Fredrikstad center, Torvbyen | Norway’s first second-hand shop for families with children is moving into Torvbyen
– Torvbyen is very proud that we are opening a new sustainable project called BarneSkatter.
That’s what center manager Monique Blystad says.
Because it’s been a while since Christiania Belysning turned off the lights on the 3rd floor for the last time. But now a new tenant is in place.
And it’s not just any regular store chain that opens on May 28th.
Driver shop in the shop
BarneSkatter is fully committed to re-use, and is a concept that allows private individuals to sell their used children’s equipment. Everything from clothes, toys and sports equipment to prams and car seats can be sold.
The baking company is Mia Wehler, who opened the first store in Drammen in March 2019. She aims to open a store in every city in Norway.
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The store works by digitally renting a stand in the store, and thus has a kind of store in the store. You decide which date and for how long you will have the stand.
You are responsible for all the practicalities of setting up the goods you want to sell, but it is BarneSkatter who manages the store and sells your goods.
How long you rent a booth determines how much you have to pay for it.
A week costs 250 kroner, while a month for example costs 600 kroner. In addition, you can pay extra for cleaning your stand, unpacking or selling a pram.
When the rental period is over, they take a 15 percent commission on the sale.
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26,000 kroner on things in the basement
To Drammens Tidende tells mother Elin Pedersen (42) that by renting a stand in the shop for three months, she has earned 26,000 kroner on things she had in the basement.
– Real fun! I’m almost a little hooked. This is much easier than finn.no. Here I get rid of all the board by agreeing when it suits people to pick up things and such, Pedersen says.
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After a total of three months of sales before and after the corona closure, the mother of a small child has noticed some tricks.
– I like to be here a couple of times a week to clean and refill with more items. It is also important to post nice pictures of both the stand and the garments on Facebook. I also think I price well, from five to 15 kroner for ordinary garments, she says.
If she sees that something is not sold in a couple of weeks, she lowers the price.
According to founder Wehler, it is common for sellers to sell on average between 4,000 and 8,000 kroner in three weeks.
– If you have a pram and clothes from two children, you sell quickly for 20,000 kroner, she thinks.
Large in our neighboring countries
The concept started in Drammen, but now there are also departments in Asker, Bærum and Kongsberg, in addition to now soon Fredrikstad.
To Drammens Tidende Wehler says that the concept originates from Finland, but that she herself discovered it on a holiday trip in Denmark.
Then she thought this was ingenious and decided to start the same thing at home.
– I googled up and down, but the concept did not exist in Norway. I thought that was strange, she says to Drammens Tidende.
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According to her, there are 4-500 stores of this type in Finland, seven-eight in Denmark and one in Iceland. In addition, the concept is apparently on its way to Sweden as well.
Recycling options in several places
Recently, several stores have opened that focus on reuse in Fredrikstad, in addition to the well-established Fretex.
Used children’s clothing is also sold in the children’s shop “As good as new”, which is located in the pedestrian street. But here it is owner Anita Engen (52) who is responsible for both purchasing and resale. Here, the age group is 0–5 years.
And next door to Ileby’s Blomster, “Teft for Unika” has opened, which sells recycled interiors.