Working with St Kilda Mums

Working with St Kilda Mums

Working with St Kilda Mums

All about our work with St Kilda Mums! 

 

 

 

St Kilda Mums re-home baby equipment like prams, cots, car seats and secondhand clothing to thousands of families in need across Victoria each year.

 

 

At Use-Ta! we want to help them to keep doing all of their amazing work, so we've been delivering the items that haven't been sold in-store (with the ok of our generous consignors!)

 

 

Over the last two months, we've also become a voluntary drop-off point for locals with goods that they would like to donate but don't have the time or ability to trek over to Clayton.

 

 

If you have a pram, cot or carrier you would like to donate, please follow these easy steps:

 

 1. Check their website to see if your items are needed

2. Email St Kilda Mums at: donate@stkildamums.org with pictures of the items you would like to pass on

3. Wait for their reply, they will let you know if the item is useful to them and let you know where your nearest drop-off point is

4. If we're your local drop-off point, we'll email you back with info about our next collection weekend- it's usually the first weekend of the month

5. We'll take your items along with us when we deliver our monthly donations

 

 

 

 

Our commitment to St Kilda Mums

We share a lot of the same values as St Kilda Mums in that we're all about respecting each other, the earth and ourselves and that giving families a great start is so important for the whole community. We're so proud to be working with an organisation that has such amazing reach- In the 2019/20 financial year, they re-homed 61,318 items- 98% of which were donated! 

 

 

How you can help 

Donate! Donate your time, donate items, donate cash! The St Kilda Mums website has so much great information on how individuals can contribute to their amazing work. Another way you can help is to share their message, on social media, or just by telling a friend! 

Selling Your Kids' Clothes

Selling Your Kids' Clothes

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My kids seem to outgrow their entire wardrobes overnight! Pants that fit perfectly yesterday are an inch too short, shoes are uncomfortable, and t-shirts have mysteriously become crop tops. Before Use-Ta! I would think to myself 'what do I do with all these baby clothes?!' and I'm sure there are tonnes of parents out there thinking the exact same thing so I thought i'd write a post about the many options out there for selling your kid's clothes. 

Gumtree & eBay

Selling your baby and children's clothes online through eBay or Gumtree is a great option for parents who have the time and the inclination. The trick is to upload good quality photos along with thorough descriptions and be prepared to answer buyer questions and provide further information to keep your feedback positive. eBay and Gumtree are both great for bundling together items in the same size which means you can offload a bunch of stuff quickly. Gumtree is free to post an ad and eBay's fees vary according to how many items you've advertised in a calendar month and how your buyer has paid for the item. A lot of people prefer to meet up and collect items to save on the cost of postage but if you're not comfortable with that make it really clear that pick up is not available and make some time to get to the post office!

 

Facebook

Facebook is perfect for selling popular brands or to people in your area. The best way to find the right group is to go to Facebook and search for your favourite brands or your local area with the keywords buy, swap, sell or trade. Most of the good groups are closed and the admins check to make sure new members are legit so before you ask to join make sure you have a clear profile pic so they know you're a real person. Once you're in make a point of reading the pinned post so you can follow the rules of the page- many a Facebook feud has been started over group guidelines and on many pages if you don't follow the rules you get booted! When you're selling your stuff clear photos are important and a clear description of the item's condition, payment terms and postage details. One big plus of Facebook selling is that there's often a lovely community of parents with similar interests hanging out in these groups, and it's free! Pro tip- avoid people wasting your time by specifying that immediate payment is required (preferably with PayPal so both buyer and seller have protection if something goes awry).

Markets & Garage Sales

If you have a lot of stuff to sell a market stall or garage sale could be an option. There are heaps of child and baby specific markets that pop up in different venues, such as the Kidspot or All For Kids markets in Melbourne and most areas have a trash-n-treasure market. Book early to get a good stall at a good venue and be clear about the fees involved and what they include (for example, some markets don't include public liability insurance or tables and chairs). Don't forget to rent or bring a trestle table or clothing rack to display your goods and show up early to make your set-up easy on the eye and organised. Bring a buddy in case you need to eat or use the bathroom and don't want to leave the stall unattended, and also because friends make it way more fun. Before the day make sure everything is clearly priced (people hate asking) and if you have particular sizes or brands that might be of interest print off signs to put on your racks or table. If you've gone the garage sale route make some big, colourful signs for the main roads around your house. Bring change and shopping bags, be friendly and be prepared for some haggling! 

Consignment Stores

If all of the above is just too much or if you just don't have the time to do it yourself a consignment store like Use-Ta! is a great option. You just drop the stuff off and let us do the rest! Check out our seller's information at www.use-ta.com.au/sell for details.

So there you go! There are so many options for re-selling your baby and kid's clothes. If they're good quality, in good condition and are good brands then there are people out there who want to buy them. It's sustainable, it puts money back into the family budget and it's fun!