This post is dedicated to Circular Monday! And how can we contribute to the reduction of consumption by buying second-hand or renting.
As always, a little bit of Wikipedia first:
Circular Monday is a grassroots movement, database and shopping day for circular consumption. It involves businesses with circular economy business models that sell, rent, share and repair products made out of recycled materials, including second-hand services.
It was founded in 2017 in Malmö, Sweden, by Swedish start-up founder Henning Gillberg, and was initially called White Monday; it changed the name in 2020. It was devised as an antidote to Black Friday, which promotes linear consumption, and takes place on the Monday before Black Friday. By 2019, over 200 businesses were taking part. Participating companies - mainly based in Europe - discount their products to expose circular alternatives to the linear consumption offered by Black Friday and other shopping days.
Check out the official website for more details: https://www.circularmonday.com/
Stroll In supports a circular economy, and, of course, wants to contribute to the awareness of the alternatives to buying new child gear.
Physical Second-hand stores
Children's products (clothes, toys, accessories) second-hand store located outside of Uppsala. This store claims to have carefully selected garments for children.
It doesn't have a website, but you can check its Instagram instead.
Second-hand store outside of Stockholm (Åkersberga) with a huge selection of kids' clothes, accessories and toys as well as sports items for children. There are also maternity clothes.
There is a website but I recommend checking out Instagram if you want to see the shop and get an idea about the selection presented.
If you want to bring your child gear you get a 40% return on the items that sell in the shop, check details on the website.
Second-hand store located in Stockholm, Kungsholmen. This store has a selection of kids' second-hand clothing, accessories, shoes and some toys. The selection is limited, but all the items are of good quality.
You can always check their Instagram to see what is in store.
If you want to bring your child's gear you get a 15-30% return on the items that sell in the shop, depending on the condition and the type of the item, check details on the website.
Röda Cross Mariatorget
This is a general second-hand store by Red Cross. What I have noticed there sometimes are brand new H&M clothes for kids with cut labels at a fraction of the price.
PO.P Second Hand: Used&Loved
This is both an online and physical sale of used kids' PO.P. garments.
If you want to bring your child's gear you get a value check on the items that sell, check the details on the website.
The NGO-driven organisation also has a chain of second-hand stores which has a selection of kids' clothes shows and toys. Generally, the quality is not so good, but the price is the most affordable.
You can donate your child's gear if you wish.
Online second-hand stores
I found only one online store of children's clothes, the rest are second-hand trading platforms, meaning that there is no guarantee on the delivery itself or delivery time or the quality of the items purchased (unless you purchase extra "insurance"). Some platforms have no set price, but offer the bidding process instead, which could be beneficial for the seller, but frustrating for the potential buyer.
Minikit - online store that specialises in children's clothing of a good quality&condition.
Marketplace on Facebook
Vinted - general second-hand trading platform (apparently, offers the cheapest delivery).
Tradera - general second-hand trading platform.
Sellpy - general second-hand trading platform.
Parently probably has the biggest selection of the children's gear to rent. One can find everything from strollers to high chairs, children's furniture and even reusable diapers.
Brands presented are AXKID, BabyDan, BBhugme, Bugaboo, EcoViking, ErgoBaby, Luie, Maxi-Cosi, Minimeis, STÅLHÄSTEN, Thule, TinySeats.
The rental period depends on the product desired to be rented, but, generally, the rental period could be 1, 6, 12, 18 or 24 months. There are some items, however, that can be rented for 1 week - a great option for those who come to visit as tourists and might need extra gear, like a stroller.
Hyber is the children's gear rental service (online or in the Hyber office in Stockholm) offering a wide selection of items to rent:
Clothes (PO.P., Isbjörn of Sweden, Tretorn, Reima) ,
Prams (Thule, Ergobaby)
Kids bikes (Stoy),
Car seats (Axkid)
and even some basic Maternity clothes (Boob Design).
The rental period depends on the product desired, for example for clothes it is 1 month, for pram - 3 months.