When it comes to stuff, especially baby and kid stuff, Parent Hacks Question #1 is: do you really need it?
If the answer is yes, Question #2 is: can you borrow it or buy it used?
If the answer is yes, great. But this is where a lot of us get stuck, because how do you find the specific thing you need without spending hours trolling resale shops and Craigslist?
The other side of the coin: you've got a fantastic stroller sitting in your garage. You paid good money for it, you got years of use out of it, and now you'd love to pass it on (and declutter your garage as a bonus). How do you find that person without time-consuming listings and random messages tossed out on your social network? Even if you find a taker, how do you know they will be nearby?
Jason Glaspey, friend, new dad, entrepreneur and incessant problem-solver, has come up with an answer. He and his business partner are launching Have On Hand.
Have On Hand allows you to post requests for items you need. HOH will deliver that request only to the people likely to have that item available so no one gets inundated with useless information. Once there's a potential match, HOH connects you so you can make the exchange.
Have On Hand will open shortly for free beta access, and Parent Hacks readers have the first shot!
I am SO excited about this possibility not only for the decluttering and helping out potential, but because it can be a real way to break the isolation of new parenting. You can use Have On Hand to sell, swap or borrow things among your friends and community. You save money and time, you consume less, and you strengthen connections with other families. How great is that?
Find out more about Have On Hand, and sign up now to express your interest. You'll be notified as soon as it's live (your email address will NOT be used for any other purpose).
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