June 10, 2022
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6 kids’ items to list now for summer

Parents are shopping preloved more and more. Your kids’ outgrown warm weather clothes and toys are in high demand right now on Mercari. Here’s what to start listing now in time to earn a little extra for fun in the sun … and help keep other parents’ budgets intact, too.

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It is truly amazing how fast kids grow. But the mountains of preloved clothes, toys, and gear taking up space in your home? Not so amazing. Before you stock up on new warm weather essentials for your little ones, why not list what they’ve outgrown? You can clear the clutter, make some extra money and help other parents stick to their summer budgets when you list these 9 high-demand kids’ items that people are shopping for right now on Mercari.

1. Swim gear

Another year, another swim suit, life vest, pair of goggles, floaties – you name it. Anything having to do with pool-time fun for kids will be in high demand. 

2. Summer clothes and shoes

If it’s gently worn, there are parents out there looking for it. List shorts, sandals, and sundresses especially. And don’t forget about summer accessories like kids hats and sunglasses. 

I also love the idea of downsizing their wardrobe to a capsule collection. It saves loads on laundry and money every year. 

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3. Outdoor and sporting goods

Last year’s little baseball fanatic could be this year’s budding soccer star. In other words, kids don’t just grow, their interests change, too. So before you gear up for another activity they want to explore, list their preloved sporting goods. If you have bulky items like a bike or skateboard, try using Mercari Local and skip the shipping.

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4. Children’s books

If your kiddo has a summer book list, make some room on that shelf and list the ones they’ve already finished and no longer want. Just be sure you keep their favorites – some books they just want to read over and over again (who can blame them?). 

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5. Video games and consoles

Whether you’re trying to encourage your kids to spend less time on screens this summer or you’re just making room for new games, list those well-played and like-new video games and consoles. I actually made a deal with my middle kid this summer: sell one game, get a new one. 

6. Outdoor toys

I’ve found that any toy that gets your kids moving is worth the money, but I’ve learned to only buy them secondhand. My youngest was absolutely in love with their kids archery set last summer … for a week. For this summer, they are begging for a mini trampoline and cornhole game. Luckily, I can make room for new activities after selling the forgotten bows and arrows. 

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Ready to start making some space? Let us know what you’re planning to sell for summer on Twitter at @mercari_app

Happy listing!

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