The rising cost of living and tough economic climate mean many families are having to tighten their belts. NCT Nearly New Sales are a haven for cash-strapped parents, offering a brilliant alternative to trawling the high street for pricey baby products
Becoming a parent is exciting, but it can be an expensive time too. At NCT Nearly New Sales, expectant and new parents can buy top quality baby and children’s toys, clothes and equipment straight from their loving owners, saving around 70% on what they would set you back brand new.
Meanwhile, local families can clear out their clutter and make some cash at the same time by selling the baby goods they no longer need. Clothes and equipment must be in excellent condition, and most sellers make more than £60. Sellers keep up to 70% of the proceeds while the rest is returned to fund NCT’s vital services and support for parents.
NCT Nearly New Sales, sponsored by Persil, are also great news for eco-conscious parents, because every item bought from an NCT Nearly New Sale is an item which isn’t thrown away. Every year the Sales prevent over 300 tonnes of baby clothes and equipment ending up as landfill.
Clare Lawson from Leatherhead, Surrey, currently six months’ pregnant, said: “The list of things we needed seemed endless, and I was worried about how much it would all cost. I focused on finding a few key items at my local Sale, such as a changing station and high chair, and was delighted with how much we saved. I’ll definitely be coming along to the next one to buy clothes and toys!”
The Sales are not just for NCT members and are open to everyone. On average, parents spend £25, which could buy bedding, a changing station, a moses basket, travel cot or baby bath.
For details of your local Sale, visit www.nct.org.uk/nearlynewsales or call NCT Enquiries on 0300 330 0770. With over 750 Sales a year, you’re sure to find one near you!
Timothy Todhunter, Branch Fundraising Manager says: “There are so many benefits to NCT Nearly New Sales. Some parents sell items they no longer need, others pick up a bargain for the kids – all while helping to preserve the environment for their future and supporting NCT to boot.”
Last year more than 200,000 parents attended an NCT Nearly New Sale, raising more than £1 million for the charity.
Funds raised from NCT Nearly New Sales go towards the charity’s vital services and support for parents including providing evidence-based information, running national helplines, local services such as breastfeeding and coffee mornings and training antenatal and postnatal teachers.