How to Deal With Unwanted Toys

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It’s inevitable. At some point, your child is going to want a toy and then change their mind a few days later. Or maybe they’ve outgrown their old toys, and now they’re just sitting in the closet – or even worse, they’re scattered all over their bedroom. Whatever the reason, you may find yourself with unwanted toys on your hands. Don’t worry – there are solutions! Check out these tips for dealing with unwanted toys.

  • Keep a select few as keepsakes: If your child has a toy that they’re attached to, even though they don’t play with it anymore, consider keeping it as a keepsake. This way, they can look back on it when they’re older and remember the good times they had with it.
  • Sell them: If you’re looking to make a little bit of money off of the unwanted toys, you could try selling them. Here are a few places where you can try selling toys:
    • Facebook Marketplace: There’s a good chance you’re already on Facebook, so why not sell the toys on there? Just create a post with some pictures and a description, and then wait for people to message you about buying the toy.
    • Yard sale: This is a classic way to get rid of unwanted items – and it can be pretty profitable, too! Gather up all of the unwanted toys (and any other items you want to get rid of) and have a yard sale. You may be surprised at how much people are willing to pay for things that you consider junk!
    • Craig’s List: Like Facebook Marketplace, Craig’s List is a great way to sell items online. Just create a post and wait for people to contact you.
  • Upcycle them into something new: If you’re feeling creative, you can upcycle old toys into something new! For example, you could turn an old dollhouse into a planter or jewelry holder. Get creative and see what you can come up with!
  • Give them away: If you don’t want to go through the hassle of selling the toys, you could always give them away. Ask your friends and family if they know anyone who could use them.
  • Donate them to charity: There are plenty of organizations that would love to receive children’s toys. Do some research and find a local organization that could use your child’s unwanted toys, or check to see if some of the places listed below have an interest.
    • Hospitals: Many hospitals have toy drives where they collect new and gently used toys for children who are staying there. This is a great way to get rid of unwanted toys and brighten a child’s day at the same time!
    • Shelters: Shelters are always in need of donations, and toys are no exception. If you have any unwanted toys, consider donating them to your local shelter.
    • Daycares: Daycares are always in need of toys, so this is an excellent option if you’re looking to get rid of unwanted toys.
    • Social Services: Social services organizations are always in need of donations, and toys are a great way to help out.
    • Fire and Police Departments: Fire and police departments often have programs where they collect toys for children in need.
    • Thrift stores: Thrift stores are an option for getting rid of unwanted items – including toys!
    • Animal shelters: Believe it or not, animal shelters sometimes accept toy donations! They use the toys to help socialize the animals and make their time at the shelter more enjoyable.
  • Throw them away: In some cases, it may be best just to get rid of the unwanted toys. If they’re broken or damaged beyond repair, it’s probably time to say goodbye.

These are just a few tips for dealing with unwanted toys. Now that you’ve read these tips, what are you going to do with your child’s unwanted toys?

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