Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The ubiquitous baby gate

You want the stuff at garage sales that are an easy re-sale on eBay or Craigslist. An item you can find, and without even having to do an eBay or Terapeak look-up, just know the thing will sell quickly for nice dollars. I recently came across another garage sale item that meets this criteria. It's similar to the strong market found with baby strollers discussed back in a previous blog. The item I am talking about can be had at many a garage sale and should be on your "buy" list. It's the common baby gate!

I've picked up a few baby gates recently and had excellent luck with re-selling them. The best ones for re-sale are the top quality plastic models. You'll do OK with some wooden ones too, but it's the plastic gates that are in most demand. The used baby gate market has several built-in clienteles. First and foremost are young parents who need to confine their toddlers. Once those little critters discover they can walk, look out..... it's off to the races! If you don't confine them, next thing you know lamps are being pulled off tables, curtains are being yanked's total toddler anarchy! Solving this problem requires lots of baby gates! Another potential buyer are the grandparents. With the economy in such awful shape, more grandparents are watching the grand kids. Lastly, there is the pet owner market. This market is nearly as strong as the others. Dog and cat owners need baby gates to keep little Fido or Mittens from tearing up the entire house! Many pet owners want to avoid paying retail for a brand new baby gate. Their frisky puppy will only end up chewing and scratching up a shiny new gate. Buying used gates is smart purchase for the pet owner. So taken all together, you have three groups of buyers looking for the hotly sought after baby can you lose?

Here are two gates I bought last Saturday at a garage sale. These are very durable plastic gates made by North Star Industries and retail for at over $80 together. When I inquired about the price, the seller asked me to make her an offer. I should have let her throw out a number first, but I was overly stimulated from my second cup of coffee. I blurted out an offer of ten bucks for both. She liked the price and told me they were mine! (Which made me think I should have laid off the coffee and just offered five!)

Since I knew these gates were going to be an easy sell, I avoided the hassle and greedy fees of eBay and went right to good, old, dependable Craigslist. I posted them on Sunday evening for $45 and over the subsequent twenty four hours received four inquiries about them. By Tuesday night I had sold the gates to a young couple for forty dollars. (I came down five in the spirit of compromise.) So I basically held these gates for only three days, flipping them for a profit $30 big ones. I'll take that any day of the week!

There are plenty more "baby" items like these gates that make for an easy re-sell on eBay and Craigslist. Tell us about your flips. We'll post it here!

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  1. Wow! Never would have thought about baby gates! I look for baby stuff at sales but usually for myself (I have a 5 month old). I'll definitely start thinking a little differently next time I hit a sale with baby items!

  2. Jennifer- For sure...they're an easy sale!

  3. I can certainly see how easy it would be to resell baby gates. They are often a must have for new parents and very expensive to buy new in the stores.

  4. I use baby gates to keep my 2 chihuahuas out of the living room. These gates are expensive. Didn't find any cheap ones at a garage sale but luckily found cheap wooden ones at WM for about $10. Even these are hard to find.

  5. Rite - Yep, those gates are gold! But like you said, there is always "Walley World". If they don't have them who will right?!

  6. Hey Dude!...Just wanted to thank you for this post. I picked up a couple of baby gates a few weeks ago, five bucks for the pair. I was hoping I'd be able to use them out on our upstairs deck to keep the cats from wandering off it, but my sneaky cat just walked through the railings by the gate and went on down the stairs. So I posted an ad on C'list yesterday and within an hour both were sold...for a total of $30. Woo hoo!

    1. Hey Queen! You very welcome. Even though I wrote about it, I still have to keep it my mind too. They're everywhere, that's for sure...Thanks for writing in....Dude!