Five things you can do with an old pushchairHow to dispose of unwanted pushchairs and buggies

14 June 2011

Unwanted pushchairs

Got an unwanted pushchair at home? Sell or give it away instead

Eighty per cent of parents have a pushchair at home that they no longer use, according to a new survey - so here's five ways pushchair hoarders can free up some storage space, and even make some extra cash.

According to buggy website Pushchair Trader, parents own an average of four pushchairs - and half of those are left unused or in storage.

When we questioned parents of children under three earlier this year about how many pushchairs they owned, we uncovered similar findings. Then, around three quarters of parents said they owned more than one buggy, with more than half telling us they still had all the pushchairs they'd acquired.

Which? home editor Liz Edwards said:'I have one old pushchair that's broken but hasn't quite made it to the recycling centre yet, so I sympathise with parents who hoard them. However, I made some cash selling my other old pushchair, a Phil and Teds which I'd bought second hand. Plenty of pushchairs hold their value quite well.'

If you're a serial pushchair hoarder, one of these five easy steps should help you to declutter your home and potentially earn you some money.

1. Sell your pushchair online

There's a thriving second-hand market online for pushchairs - particularly when it comes to models in good condition from popular buggy brands such as Bugaboo, Phil and Teds, Quinny and Maclaren. 

At the time of writing, we spotted active auctions for used Bugaboo Cameleons attracting prices up to £335 and a Qunny Buzz 3 for £250 on eBay. Don't forget to factor in listing and selling fees.

You can also list your old pushchair for sale on sites including Preloved, Netmums' Nearly New boards and Pushchair Trader - we've got a full list in our guide to buying baby goods second-hand.

2. Use NCT and second-hand baby product sales

Alternatively, try a Nearly New sale organised by your local National Childbirth Trust (NCT) group. There you can sell unwanted baby products (minus a commission payable to the NCT, or an entry fee) as well as socialise with other parents.

If there aren't any taking place in your area, check your local press for details of upcoming car boot or second-hand sales.

3. Give your old pushchair to friends and family

Offering up an unwanted but functioning pushchair to extended friends and family remains a great way to re-use your buggy - and they'll appreciate the helping hand from a trusted source.

4. Freecycle your buggy

If your pushchair is still in safe working order but you've had no luck selling it, you could give your pushchair away to others that need it through a community-based re-use scheme such as Freecycle or Freegle.

5. If all else fails...

If your pushchair isn't in good enough condition to pass on to someone else, contact your local council for recycling or disposal options in your area. Because pushchairs are made up of multiple materials, you might need to take the pushchair apart to dispose of it in separate pieces.

Practical parents may even be able to put working parts of the pushchair - such as the wheels or seat fabric - to good use at home elsewhere.

Looking to buy or sell more baby products second-hand? Our guide to second-hand baby goods has more tips and advice, including how to find out about second-hand sales near you and safety issues to consider.

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