Growing up as the youngest of four I was usually dressed completely in my siblings hand-me-downs. I’m not complaining, actually it was pretty great to have such a wide assortment of clothes and toys. Now, I am insistent on giving away or donating anything that is in decent shape. I was excited to learn about a new online classified site for moms called Handmedowns.com where you can buy, sell, give away or donate your new and “gently used” baby gear, toys, clothes, childcare services and more in a local and family friendly atmosphere. Handmedowns.com offers free listings for its members and prides themselves on their “mom police” system, which allows users to flag inappropriate, unsafe, or even items that do not appear to be exactly “gently used”. Something that is often lacking on craigslist and ebay these days.
The Handmedowns website says, “We pull together and organize the best baby/child/mom listings from around the web AND combine them with handmedowns.com listings posted on our site to create a one-stop destination for busy moms.” I love the idea of one place to search for used baby gear and in turn unload some stuff at the same time. If you are a celebrity hound then check out the online auctions hosted by moms like Gwen Stefani and Nicole Ritchie. They both have their tots baby clothes up on the auction block where all proceeds benefit charities of their choice. Handmedowns.com was the brainchild of Norah Weinstein who also founded The Hollywood Reporter, and most importantly, a mom of her own 14 month-old daughter. Project Nursery readers, if you have used Handmedowns.com let us know about your experience. They are in a beta phase currently and we really hope that this great concept takes off.