10 Stores Where Kids Get Holiday Cash Selling Old Treasures

10 Stores Where Kids Can get Holiday Cash #MLTVkids

My youngest daughter has been asking me daily, “When are you taking me shopping for Christmas?” Which is code for, “When are you paying for me to buy Christmas presents for everyone?” That was fine when she was little and had a little person’s eye for gifts, IE harmlessly under $5 or even, blessedly inexpensively hand crafted. But now that she and her siblings are tweens and teens a shopping trip is anything but harmless or inexpensive. I understand that they are not working and their allowance is meant to cover their expenses and not be a slush fund for a long gift-giving list. However, as a single mother of three high producing, money sucking, active children my funds are slushing down the drain. That’s why in response to my daughter’s shopping list I gave her a list of my own, one with ways to turn her old treasures into cash to buy new treasures. Every parent knows that as kids get older their bodies grow and their tastes change. With this list my kids can gather their gently used clothes, toys, electronics and books and turn them into cold hard cash to line their pockets, instead of picking mine. Best of all by doing this they don’t even have to get me a gift because their cleaner bedrooms, bookshelves and playrooms are all the gift this Mom needs. Just make sure you accompany your kids to the stores because they will need you and your id to complete the sale. (You didn’t think you were going to be completely off the hook did you?)


1. Plato’s Closet

This store is looking for new and gently used brand name clothes and accessories. Typically we buy items that have been in the retail stores within the past 12 to 18 months and are current teen and young adult styles still seen in the mall.

2. Clothes Mentor

They are looking for apparel Sizes 0-26, maternity, petites, business and casual, as well as shoes, handbags and accessories. They price items at about 1/3 of the original retail and then we will offer you about 1/3 of that. Be sure to bring your ID.

3. Buffalo Exchange 

Their ever-changing inventory includes designer labels, vintage, jeans, leather, current basics and one-of-a-kind items. You’ll also find brand new merchandise and accessories. Call your local Buffalo Exchange before you go and ask what they are currently buying to get an idea of what they are looking for. Remember to bring a valid government issued ID with you in order to sell your old favorites. If you’re under the age of 18, please call your local store before visiting the buy counter; local laws vary for minimum age to sell. You can always bring a parent or legal guardian with you over the age of 18 with a valid government issued ID.

4. Once Upon A Child

Be sure your apparel items are freshly laundered and in good condition – no stains, fading, or excessive wear. Equipment and toys must meet current safety standards. Toys, equipment and furniture must include all parts, be clean and in good working condition. Items must be purchased within the last five years. It is most efficient for us to review items folded neatly or laid flat in a box, bin or tote.

5. Half Price Books

They pay you cash for your books, music, movies, games, game consoles, e-readers. They pay the most for recent bestsellers and collectibles, but they are also interested in good books, music and movies of all kinds. The primary factors they consider when buying used merchandise of any kind are: 1.) condition 2.) supply and demand.

6. Game Stop

They buy games, game systems, game accessories, tablets, iPods, and phones.

7. Staples

They will consider all electronics in store or online. You will need someone over 18 to accompany you for the trade.

8. Best Buy

Best Buy takes all the same things as Game Stop only they won’t give you cash, they will give you a gift card for their store. You can evaluate your trade-in value online before you go to the store.

9. Target

Target accepts phones, ipods, tablets, video games, game systems, and laptops. You can search the items online and in the store. Like Best Buy Target will issue you a store gift card as payment.

10. Coinstar

Coinstar is not just for coins. They will turn you store gift cards valued at $20 or more into cash.




Miss Lori

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