New parents turn to second-hand goods to help fight financial pressure

Released on: 27 March 2013

Research released today (Wednesday 27 March), by NCT, shows that new parents are turning to second hand goods to try and keep down the costs of raising a family.

Findings showed that one in two new parents (50%) had bought second hand baby or toddler items in the last six months and the majority were more likely to buy things such as baby or toddler clothes, toys, prams and high chairs second-hand rather than new. 

The survey also revealed that the main reason for buying things for their child second-hand was to save money (67%) as well as being able to get more for their money (34%) and being able to buy more expensive brands at lower costs (29%).

Many parents are also selling their old goods rather than passing them on to friends and family with over two thirds (68%) of parents saying they would sell on their used baby products.

To meet this growing demand NCT is planning to increase the number of its volunteer-led Nearly New Sales 

NCT’s Chief Executive Belinda Phipps said:

“We know how expensive the first 1,000 days of parenthood can be, especially as the everyday costs like household bills keep getting bigger. Buying or selling your children’s clothes and toys, through places like NCT Nearly New Sales, is an easy way for parents to cut down some costs whilst also saving things from going to waste.”

Parents looking to buy or sell their baby items can find their nearest NCT Nearly New Sale by clicking here.