PARTING WITH a beloved toy or teddy can be heart-breaking – but exciting events at Saddleworth School are making it fun and profitable for the whole family.
At the monthly Kids Car Boot sales, both parents and children can get involved selling kids-only products to clear out their unwanted items and make space – and cash – for new ones.
There are also ‘swap shops’ where youngsters can exchange their unwanted toys with each other to become the proud owner of something different.
The idea proved a big hit with eight-year-old Denzil Brown from Delph, who set up a stall to sell some of his old toys to save up for a new IPod after losing his first one.
Helped by mum Charlotte Campbell and dad Peter Brown, Denzil reached his target amount at his first event and was able to purchase the longed-for item.
Said Charlotte: “It’s great he decided to do this himself and now he can see the direct correlation between sales and getting something new that he wants.”
Youngster Sebastian O’Neill was also commanding a stall with mum Victoria Lysaght and friend Daniel Tomlinson to clear out his unwanted toys.
Victoria said: “It’s just a great thing to do, and you can leave everything you don’t sell for Barnardo’s after.”
Products on sale range from toys, clothes, prams, books, games, to DVDs and Xboxes as up to 42 stall holders pack into Saddleworth School gym.
Kerri Roberts, of Greenfield, teamed up with Steve Winfield from Grotton to organise the events as they help founder Shane Crawford expand the three-year-old scheme out of Manchester.
And after their first six months, the duo, both parents to pre-school children, are pleased with their early progress as the events grow every week.
Kerri, a qualified lawyer who runs Something Yummy Cakes and Catering, said: “In the current climate parents can’t always afford new things.
“These events allow you to sell your unwanted items to raise money for new ones and also get the kids involved, so everybody wins.”
Stall proceeds and any leftover items are donated to Barnardo’s, a move which has so far raised more than £36,000 for the children’s charity.
Events are held at Saddleworth School on the first Sunday of every month. Visit www.kidscarbootandswapshop.co.uk to book a stall. Entry is 50p for adults, free for kids, with refreshments available.