3 reasons why you should teach your kids to sell their old toys

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The school holidays are here, and you’re probably looking up all activities to do with your kids during the break. I’ve got an unusual suggestion for you, and while it might sound self-serving at first, hear me out and I’m sure you’ll see the benefits too.

Teach your kids to use Carousell and sell their old toys.

That’s right. Getting your kids to use Carousell has quite a few benefits that will teach them important values and skills. To illustrate this point, I’m going to use my younger daughter as an example.

1. They’ll hoard less stuff

My family has had the fortune of relocating across many cities, countries and continents. For my younger one, she’s only 10 years old but she’s already in her third country.

Throughout our journeys, we’ve discovered that moving has several benefits. While there is undoubtedly the loss of continuity, this is more than offset by the excitement of discovering new places, making new friends and a constant opportunity to “spring clean“.

Evaluating what you need to bring with you to a new home is an incredibly powerful exercise. To be honest, it used to be really difficult but it’s become more fun over time. One advantage is that we’re not too emotionally entangled with “stuff” now, and we’re finding that life is more about experiences than accumulations.

We still buy things, but once an item has served its purpose, we are quick to recycle it. Marketplaces like Carousell have made recycling easier by a factor of 10. This is aptly demonstrated by the fact that our 10 year-old has more Carousell transactions against her name than the rest of us put together!

The result is that her room today is clear of everything she has outgrown. In its place is some extra pocket money.   

2. They take better care of their belongings

Knowing that everything she buys today will potentially be sold tomorrow, our daughter now takes a lot more care of her things. At first I thought it was to keep the resale value up, but after talking to her I’ve come to realise that it’s because she understands that her toy will someday belong to another little girl, so she should be more gentle and mindful in her handling of it. Almost like an heirloom of sorts!

It’s such a sweet thought, and we think it’s also a great lesson in sustainability. The better we look after our belongings, the longer they will last, and less things will be needed to replace them.

3. It sows the seeds of entrepreneurship

In her usage of Carousell, she’s discovered that there’s an opportunity to sell even the smallest of items. So much that her adopted mantra is now “When in doubt, list!”

It’s great to see kids learning at such a tender age to market their item well, negotiate deals, keeping to commitments and evaluating the overall experience objectively. Obviously my wife and I handle the actual deals and mailing of items, but the little one does everything else and has learned a lot from it.

Not to mention the newfound appreciation for money and how one has to work for it.


Recently, I’ve seen many examples of young children who have combined Carousell with their love of making slime into an little entrepreneurial exercise by selling all the excess slime they make on Carousell.

Now tell me that isn’t a better activity than watching animated puppies rescue a town run by a mayor whose chief political advisor is a chicken?


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