Second-hand toys

There are several reasons why parents buy an object that has
already been used: a second-hand toy is often much cheaper than a new one, but
it also makes it possible to engage in a circular economy, giving a second life
to toys that are often very quickly abandoned by the youngest.

To make savings on toys, it is possible to turn to sites or shops
specialising in second-hand toys. A more ecological and economical

Online flea markets…

The first reflex to find used toys is to turn to online platforms.
From wooden abacus to talking dog, more than 2.4 million offers from private
individuals are currently available.

Such an offer makes it possible to find a large number of toys,
even those on the most specialized Santa lists. “Private sales sites are
no longer just a way to resell unwanted Christmas presents, but the place where
people come to buy them”.

How do I buy?

Ideally, you should get the original toy packaging.

It is recommended to obtain the original packaging of the used toy,
on which the instructions for use of the toy are written. “Without these
instructions, you may find yourself, for example, having difficulty assembling
a set of parts, which can be dangerous for the child,” explains Martial

For example, a swing will not be assembled in the right way, which
can lead to falls. The same goes for baby rattles, some models of which are not
dishwasher safe.

Find out about the minimum age required to use the toy.

“Some parents give their younger parents toys that are not
intended for them,” explains Martial Doumerc. It’s all the more
complicated to know the minimum age required to use a toy without its original
packaging (this instruction is usually written on it).

In this case, don’t hesitate to find out before buying. For
example, small figurines are not suitable for young children, who may ingest

Check the surface condition of the second-hand toy.

“It’s difficult for a private individual to check the
condition of a toy,” says Claire Tournefier-Droual, founder of the Rejoué
association, which repairs and sells toys.

You can nevertheless check that the toy has no external defects,
that no part is detached or crumbling.

You can also test it on the spot, insisting on the bearings, the
elastic parts, the elements that swivel. Don’t hesitate to spend time
inspecting it. Beware of screws and nails, especially on wooden objects, which
can rust.

Anything that is damaged can present a risk to children. It is not
recommended that you buy any broken, cracked, chewed, chewed, or cracked toys,
as well as objects that produce music that seem to be malfunctioning.

Beware of battery-operated toys


“Batteries, especially buttons, are very dangerous for
children,” warns Martial Doumerc. They can be swallowed by the youngest

Once you’ve bought a toy, it has to be cleaned and disinfected.

Pay particular attention to the battery case, which must be
complete, screws included. The inside should not show any signs of rust.