Strollers can cost anywhere from a few hundred to nearly $1,000. With such a hefty price tag, this essential baby gear might not be accessible for some families. So when your family outgrows your current ride, you might start wondering how to get rid of your old stroller in a way that helps a family in need.
There are many options for stroller recycling and donating. Local charities and thrift shops will usually accept your in-kind donations, or you can look to make some money by reselling it.
Let’s look into what to do with old strollers and other baby gear, including tips to make it as seamless as possible.
1. Salvation Army
As far as secondhand chains go, Salvation Army is a major player. You can usually spot a donation center in towns across America — but do they take strollers? Good news: yes. In fact, they take just about everything, from clothing to household items and, yes, baby gear.
How it works:
- Load your gear in your car and drive to your closest drop-off location
- Park in the dropoff zone and let one of the store’s employees take the items from your car
Note: In some locales, these organizations will pick the items up from your home.
2. Local Charities
Local charities or nonprofits will collect your strollers to distribute to families in need. Do your research about charities in your town prior to contacting them. Some charities might take strollers all the time, while others might wait for a specific stroller (or other baby gear) collection drive.
How it works:
- Search “your location + stroller donation charity” to find charities that are accepting donations of strollers
- Contact the charity to discuss what to do with donated items
3. Social Media
Social media platforms like Facebook, Craigslist or Instagram can help you pass your stroller onto a family that needs it. With a simple post, you can coordinate a way to get rid of your old stroller from the comfort of your home.
How it works:
- Take accurate, clear photos of your stroller
- Post online with relevant information including age, price, condition and history
- Coordinate with interested buyers about payment and pick-up or drop-off
LoadUp is an eco-friendly junk removal website that includes baby gear as part of its removal offerings. With a LoadUp account, you can request a pick-up from a team of specialists that will come retrieve your items and either donate or recycle them in a sustainable way.
How it works:
- Make a LoadUp account
- Book your pick-up online
Similar to LoadUp, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is a full-service junk removal and recycling service. Depending on the items condition, they will make efforts to recycle, donate or otherwise dispose of the item responsibly—and strollers are something they accept.
How it works:
- Check availability for pick-up in your area
- Schedule a same day pick-up (or one that works for your schedule)
Alternatives to Donating
Those who would rather sell or hand down their children’s items can look at one of the many alternatives to donating available.
1. Sell Your Stroller
Want to be sustainable while making extra money and getting rid of your old baby items? It isn’t too good to be true. Goodbuy Gear’s resale model can help you sell your gently-used strollers, high chairs, wagons and other goods so long as they’re in working condition.
How it works:
- Find a local GoodBuy Gear drop-off location or schedule a pickup
- We’ll do all the work to quality check your items for any fixes needed and value your items based on their condition
- We’ll suggest pricing, list and promote your items with our community of parents
- Once your gear sells, we will ship it to the buyer while you sit back and get paid
2. Hand it Down
There may be family members or friends in your life who need lightly-used baby gear. In these cases, save your items and give them to community members who need them. The good thing about hand-me-downs is that you can also donate items that usually aren’t accepted by resale sites like cribs, mattresses or used car seats, so long as you make sure they’re in good condition and take care to disclose their entire history.
Finding Donation Places Near You
Those in metropolitan areas usually have a good number of options for baby care item donations. Let’s look at a few cities throughout the United States and options for donations in each.
Where to Donate Strollers in NYC
If you’re in the NYC Metro area and would rather sell your stroller to recoup some cash, you can schedule a service here.
Where to Donate Strollers in Denver
If you’re in the Denver area and would rather sell your stroller to recoup some cash, you can schedule a service here.
Where to Donate Strollers in Philadelphia
If you’re in the Philly area and would rather sell your stroller to recoup some cash, you can schedule a service here.
Where to Donate Strollers in Washington, D.C.
If you’re in the DC area and would rather sell your stroller to recoup some cash, you can schedule a service here.
What Strollers Can I Donate or Sell?
First and foremost, the strollers that you’re looking to donate need to be in good condition and have all their working parts. As a rule of thumb, if the stroller isn’t something your family would use, you shouldn’t try to give it to another family.
Before donating a stroller (or any baby item, for that matter), make sure it’s:
- Not recalled
- In good condition
- Complete, with all its working parts
Can I Donate Car Seats?
Donating used car seats can be tricky. Unlike baby clothes, baby carriers, backpacks or other essentials that don’t often expire, car seats might be recalled or lose their functionality more quickly. So while it is possible to donate car seats, it might be harder to find a place that will accept yours.
If you are looking to get rid of an old car seat, make sure to do your research first.
What Other Baby Gear I Can Sell or Donate?
You can donate many types of children’s items. These include:
- Baby or kids clothes
- Changing tables
- Stuffed animals
We also accept a variety of baby gear as long as they are in clean, working condition. These include (but are not limited to):
- Strollers (must be less than 10 years old)
- Bikes (bike trailers must be less than 10 years old)
- Booster seats
- Travel cribs
There are many items on a new parent’s wish list. It can quickly become a financial burden to keep up with the necessary supplies for raising a kid — especially because parents want the best for their little ones.
That’s why at Goodbuy Gear we’re committed to helping parents get the best possible product at the lowest possible price. Shop our marketplace to find affordable items that you can rest assured were quality-checked by our team of professionals.
Then, you can visit our site and schedule a white-glove pickup when you’re ready to resell and make some of your money back.