Secondhand Scoop

Looking for more information about secondhand and hand-me-down gift giving and receiving?  You’ve come to the right place.  Much of secondhand gift giving is the same as new gift giving: gift-givers get the joy of picking out and giving a gift and gift getters get the joy of getting and using it.  Other parts of the process are different when used baby items are added to the mix.  We’ve gathered the information below to help you navigate what for many, is new territory.

If you’re on the fence about giving or asking for hand-me-down baby stuff, check out our Why Go Secondhand page to see our top five reasons to go the new-to-you route.

Read our Secondhand Safety page for an overview of some of the major safety considerations that go along with used baby stuff.  Also take a more detailed look at safety considerations for secondhand cribs,  secondhand car seats, and secondhand breast pumps.  Go to our Product Recall Search page to check for consumer product recalls from the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) and child seat recalls from the NHTSA (National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration) going all the way back to 1999. For help locating instructions/owner’s manuals and replacement parts, go to our Instructions/Manuals and Replacement Parts Index.

To learn more about the do’s and don’ts of giving and getting hand-me-down baby gifts, visit our Secondhand Etiquette page.  Also read more about the special features that are built in to Encore Baby Registry to keep etiquette blunders at bay.

Peruse our Secondhand Shopping section for tips on finding the perfect secondhand baby gift.  If you are a registrant wondering how your guests who don’t have hand-me-downs to give will be able to use your registry, or you are a guest wanting to know more about secondhand gift purchasing options, check out our Where to Find Secondhand Baby Gifts page.  Search for secondhand shopping opportunities in your area in our Secondhand Store Directory and add any of your favorites that we’ve missed to our map.  Read our Secondhand Baby Gift Shopping Tips page before going shopping to see what to look out for while picking out a secondhand baby gift.