Even if you’re a minimalist, you know kids need a lot of stuff. Yes, they will play with a box and a toilet paper roll despite a playroom full of toys, but there are some things it’s hard to do without.
Luckily, as they grow, they start needing fewer and fewer things. Eventually they outgrow the crib, the stroller, the baby carrier, the bottles and the diapers, and you can likely keep them in the same twin bed until they head to college. By about age 5, your main concern is keeping them in clothing and footwear that more or less fit. (I used to chuckle to myself when my Grade 9 boys would arrive in class wearing pants a couple of inches too short … but now I just empathize with their parents.)
If you’re any good at math, you will know that twins need double the stuff, or, at the very least, gear that accommodates double the babies. We were kind of sort of always on the fence about a third pregnancy, so I didn’t keep a ton of stuff from my first two … so the news that our third pregnancy is bringing TWO more kids has hit us in the pocketbook for sure.
The timing couldn’t be more perfect for the arrival of the Reshopper App in Canada. Reshopper, Denmark’s “Best Children’s App” for three years running, is poised to revolutionize how parents like you and me buy and sell our kids’ stuff.
Yes, there’s Kijiji and Craigslist. Yes, even Facebook has a marketplace feature. I’ve used them all with various levels of success and each has its own pitfalls. Reshopper makes the buying and selling process easy … but also FRIENDLY. Sure, it’s a marketplace, but it’s also a community. And if there’s one thing parents these days need more of, it’s community.
To start with, I listed three items on Reshopper: a baby carrier, a breast pump and some puzzles.
I have to be realistic: we need money to put towards a minivan, and we do not need more baby carriers than we can use. With just one baby, I admit I indulged myself in “hobby” babywearing—trying new carriers just for fun. Alas, with two babies I need to concentrate on FUNction.
I also don’t expect to be pumping much milk since I will have two mouths to feed. Most definitely, I do not need two manual breast pumps, so one’s gotta go.
With Christmas on the way, I have started going through our toy bins to weed out the things my kids never use, and I found two puzzles they never play with that could surely be loved by other children in the neighbourhood. I only want $5 for both puzzles, but that’s $5 for a 4 litre jug of milk, which I am currently guzzling at record speed.
Once you’ve downloaded the app, which is available for iPhone and Android, you can be buying and selling in mere seconds.
You can tell this app was designed by parents: when you list an item, you are prompted to include all the information your prospective buyer will need and all the information that will help categorize your item for searches.
Start by choosing a category—clothes, shoes, maternity wear, toys, equipment, furniture, bicycles, or books and movies—then enter the brand and name of the item you’re selling, specify size if applicable, an age-range for the item, its condition and the price. Next, you write your description.
You need to input your home address, but you can choose to have your exact address hidden. You see, one of the main benefits of using Reshopper is being able to shop for items specifically in your neighbourhood, so it’s important to input your address so shoppers can at least know if you’re within the desired radius from their own home. I don’t expect someone to drive 25 kilometres to spend $5 on wooden puzzles: I sold them to someone nearby and within 48 hours!
I don’t know about your neighbourhood, but there aren’t a lot of occasions for us to get to know the other families who live here. Rather than gathering around a neighbourhood school, many families (ours included) send their kids to a school outside of walking distance. The layout of the neighbourhood isn’t really conducive to kids playing outside, unlike the quiet cul-de-sac where I grew up. Reshopper has the potential to connect you to families the next street over … sort of like a dating app for play dates! When you go pick up that second-hand bicycle, you might also pick up some new friends.
I know I’ll be using Reshopper to buy what we need for the twins and to sell the gear they’re done with (no, we are NOT having a fifth!). What a fun way to connect with other families with multiples in our area!
If you have kids (which you likely do if you’re on my page), help grow the Reshopper community by downloading the app today! You know you have a basement or an attic full of stuff another family could use, and that extra cash can make a big difference for you this holiday season.