March 3, 2012 Scotland on Sunday By EMMA COWING
THEY cost more than £9,000 – and that’s just for the first year. Now thousands of parents are flocking to new “baby sales” to reduce the cost of bringing up a family.
The sales, which can turn over up to £10,000 a day, allow parents to buy and sell second-hand designer items, from Bugaboo strollers to BabyBjörn sling carriers, and have become so popular that stalls in many upcoming markets have sold out.
The demand is so great that one organiser – the Jack and Jill Market – has eight sales pencilled in for this month alone. Retail experts said the decline in families living close to each other was a contributory factor, as hand-me-downs are no longer easily available.
Parents can choose to set up their own stall at the dedicated sales for a small fee and sell on anything from clothes to toys and books for babies and toddlers, making on average £200 to £350 per stall. The only rule is that they cannot sell general household items, only articles specifically for babies and young children.
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