One Mom's Trash Is Another Mom's Treasure

trading cradles online marketplace!

Before your little guy arrived it was all buy, buy, buy and gifts, gifts, gifts.

Then he turned 1, started walking, and suddenly you need room, room, room.

Say bye, bye, bye to gear, clothes, and toys he’s outgrown at TradingCradles.com, the new online local marketplace for parents looking to sell goods they no longer use. Think Craigslist for baby and kids’ gear — but easier to use.

Specific categories like cribs, strollers, and mom stuff make searching a snap (no need to worry that you’re missing out on that Oeuf crib because the seller doesn’t know how to spell the brand name). Plus, posting your own items is as simple as filling out the form, uploading the image, and clicking through (the team at TradingCradles.com claims you can do it in under 30 seconds; we placed our infant car seat in an even 25). Before they go live all of the listings are screened and approved by a team of parents just like you. 

If you log on today you may find some empty pages, but that’s because the site is so new. TradingCradles.com needs parents to clean out their crawl spaces, garages, and attics and sell, sell, sell.

Available online at TradingCradles.com.

this week in philadelphia!

Craft Experience for Kids

What: Spend the afternoon sponge painting colorful sun catchers (ages 5 and up).
Why: Family-friendly gallery guides hold your munchkin’s tiny attention span.
When: Sun., noon-2 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St. (215-545-4302). Suggested donation, $10.

Kids’ Kitchen
What: See how Betsy Ross whipped up meals like turkey pot pie back in the day.
Why: Head to City Tavern afterward to fill up on the real thing and get a free scoop of ice cream.
When: Exhibit, daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; City Tavern, Mon.-Thurs. & Sun., 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St. (215-686-1252). Adults, $3; children, $2. City Tavern, 138 S. Second St. (215-413-1443).

Smith’s 111th Birthday
What: Mark the occasion with face painting, crafts, and other fun activities (ages 10 and under).
Why: Free birthday cake and Rita’s Italian ices make it a true party.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Smith the Kids’ Play Place in the Park, E. Fairmount Park, N. 33rd St., at Oxford St. (215-765-4325). Admission is free.

Photo: Kevin Poh / Flickr

Smith the Kids' Play Place in the Park
N 33rd St
@ Oxford St
Philadelphia, PA 19121
City Tavern
138 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
239 Arch St
@ 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
251 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103