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Sling and Nappy Sale

Don’t forget to bring (lots of) cash!!


This Saturday is our annual Sling and Nappy Extravaganza!  If you’re sling or nappy curious or a hardened addict this is your chance!  Bargains galore, and an epic raffle.  As well as second hand slings and nappies we have a few stall holders including gorgeous goodies (wax wraps, wool dryer balls and more) from Olive and Ivy, and beautiful locally made clothes from Blackbird, and lovely smellies from The Body Shop.  Info follows for buyers and sellers (and both!!) below.

 

 

Buyers Beware!!
There is always a risk when buying second hand goods.  Jen and Gill and other volunteers will be on hand, so do ask advice, but here is some general guidance.

Second Hand Slings
Is the sling clean?  Is it faded?  Is there visible wear and tear?  If it is a buckled carrier are the straps slippery?  Are all the buckles working and with no cracks or damage?  If it is a wrap are there any holes, stretched out parts or pulled threads?  If it is an Ergo has the seller provided evidence that it is genuine (not fake.  If it feels “cheap” or if there are any typos on the safety label be very cautious).
These things are not necessarily reasons not to buy (except the fakes, don’t buy those) but they might impact how long the sling will last (a faded buckles carrier with slippery straps is not going to last another three kids, even if it has life for another one!) and the amount of money you are willing to spend!

Second Hand Nappies
Why are they selling?  Is it because they are useless – or is it because they are awesome but their child has moved on?  Check the elastic – is it stretched out and perished?  Check the waterproof layer (hold it up to the light) – is it still good or starting to fail?  Check especially around gussets and edging.  Check velcro – is it still good and grippy?  Stains?  (Don’t forget that apart from this last weekend the weather hasn’t been great – a good sunning will reduce most staining – better a good nappy with a stain than a really tired old knackered one without!).  Are they getting thin and ragged?  Think about price.  If its dirt cheap it may be worth a punt – but it may be a waste of money!  Remember that soft and fluffy isn’t necessarily absorbent – bamboo and terry can feel stiff and dry but be super thirsty.

How to Price:
If you are selling it can be really hard knowing how to price.  For sling pricing I would have a look at FB selling groups – given that people will be buying with cash and paying no postage or paypal fees I would expect to pay a bit less than online prices – as a guide under £20 for stretchy wraps, £40-60 for most buckle carriers (depending on brand, age, etc, maybe more for popular brands and toddler carriers, maybe less for other brands) and for woven wraps and ring slings it would depend significantly on brand (could be £20, could be £200!)

For nappy pricing it will depend on condition.  Some years bundles will sell well, others they won’t!  Often people price to sell, they want all their nappies gone, so if you price high you may not make sales because of other bargains.  On the other hand if someone wants that nappy they might buy it whatever the price!
For both slings and nappies please look at the buying guides above and price honestly – if your slings or nappies are tired (even though they still have life left for one or two more children) then please price accordingly.  Any faults please declare them.

How to Sell

Bring your items to The Baby Room either during Friday 26 April from 12 till 5pm or from 9am to 10am on the day of the sale.  Label them as follows (ideally with a sticky label or something that can easily be removed if the item sells, but won’t fall off too easily during a rummage!)
NAME
DESCRIPTION
PRICE

eg:  Gill Travis
Ergo classic standard buckles carrier.  Some cosmetic fading.
£40

Jen Harris
Lenny Lamb fitted bamboo nappy size 2 (10-20lb)
£3

After the sale.  You can collect unsold items and money from 2-3pm after the sale.  If you cannot collect on the day then please arrange a date and time with Jen and Gill within the following week.  We do not want to store your stuff!  If you wish to donate unsold items to us that is fine – we will either sell it to raise funds for The Baby Room, donate it to other good causes (Baby Bank, collections for Africa et al) or recycle it if necessary.  We will assume uncollected items are donations unless you have made specific arrangements with us.
We will take 10% from your sales for the Baby Room.

 

 


Prizewinning!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re proud to announce that recently we’ve won a couple of prizes at the Baby Room!  The Green Vase was presented to Jen in March.  It is a Recycle Devon Thank You Award for the category Local Recycling Hero.  She was nominated by lots of you for her sterling work in the community talking about rubbish!  Jen can tell you about composting, recycling, reducing food waste, and making small changes that make a big difference. (And of course cloth nappies!!)  Her family of four throw away just one large crisp packet of rubbish in their black bin every two weeks!  While that amount of rubbish can feel impossible when you are currently putting out two or three black bags you may be surprised how much you can reduce your waste.  Check out this Devon Live article about Jen and her family, and take a look at the Zero Waste in Exeter, local Freecycle, and Compost Connections Facebook groups for more ideas.

Our second prize was especially for us as a venue.  We won a Feed with Confidence Award, which is very beautiful and a bit tricky to photograph!  This acknowledges the hard work of our breastfeeding peer supporters and ourselves Jen and Gill for creating a lovely, friendly and safe space here at The Baby Room to feed your babies.  And of course massive acknowledgement must go to the hard work and determination of you Exeter breastfeeding mummies – you couldn’t do it without YOU and never forget that!!  Jen and Gill are both breastfeeding peer supporters and we usually have one or two others by our side at the Nappuccino Groups so never be afraid to ask for support!


Sling and Nappy Sale

This week is Real Nappy Week!  It’s all about helping you make the changes to cloth nappies and learn a bit more about them.  We have our usual sessions at The Baby Room – Nappuccino on Wednesday 9.30-2 and Friday 12-2.30 plus the NCT group (non NCT members also welcome) on Thursday from 1-2.30.  The highlight of the week will be the secondhand sling and nappy sale on Saturday from 10-12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Buy:  Come along to The Baby Room between 10 and 12.  Pay £1 on the door and get shopping!  Have a cup of tea or coffee and keep shopping!  Jen will be on hand to give nappy advice, and Gill for sling advice.  When you’re ready to go head for the till and pay!  Cash only please so come prepared!

To Sell:  Bring your items to The Baby Room at 9.00 am (or bring to any of our groups on Wednesday 9.30-2, Thursday 1-2.30 or Friday 12-2.30).  Label them clearly (stickers are easiest) with your name, description of item including brand/size etc, price.  (Please also mention any faults, particularly if it might not be obvious at first glance)
EG:  Gill Travis, Size 6  Didymos Woven Wrap, £60, small pull in taper, cosmetic only
Jen Harris, One Size Stuffable Nappy £5

Come back at 12 to collect your remaining items and your cash!  We ask sellers to make a donation to The Baby Room from their takings (suggested donation 10%, more always welcome!)   If you choose to you may donate your remaining items to us.  We will sort through what is left with us, and depending on the condition we may keep it for future sales, absorb into trial kits or library, donate to other charities or recycle.  But one way or another it will not be wasted!!