reCrib: Buy and Sell Top Quality Secondhand Baby Gear

ReCrib is a dreamy place to purchase high quality baby gear or make money selling used baby items. Thank goodness a site like this now exists!

If only we would have had reCrib when our babies were little. In our book, The Eco-nomical Baby Guide, we share that we each spent about a thousand dollars on our babies’ first year, and we did it by reducing, recycling and repurposing what we already had. (Typical american families spent upwards of seven thousand on baby’s first year alone!)

With reCrib you can buy heirloom quality baby gear at 40-60% off retail prices, and then sell it back (using reCrib) for a respectable sum when your baby has outgrown it. It’s essentially a top quality, online consignment store.

Should Strollers Made before 2007 Go Straight to the Landfill?

In the March issue of ShopSmart, put out by the publisher of Consumer Reports, experts analyzed used baby gear to determine “when you can gratefully say yes and when you should gracefully say no thanks.”  I am devoting several posts to discussing their findings.  (I’ve already written about baby bath tubs, car seats, cribs, and high chairs.)

I was surprised to read ShopSmart’s views on used strollers:

Safe: Strollers made after 2007 when new safety standard were published are safe.

Unsafe: Any stroller made prior to that date, or has missing, loose, or broken pieces is not.

My daughter is still riding around in her 2005 Maclaren Triumph–which was new at the time of purchase, just a few years ago.  I was hoping to sell it once Audrey no longer needs it, and I’d heard Maclarens have a great resale value.  I may have to look into the more recent safety standards, but I hate the idea of every pre-2007 stroller cluttering up our nation’s landfills.