Now a new community based website www.mygyko.com offers a solution to just the problem.
The ethos behind the GYKO site is to build on existing local community spirit. The site provides parents with a simple easy to use, safe and friendly way of trading the items their children have now outgrown with other families living in their area.
What is unique about the website is that it puts parents with children at the same school, sports club or uniformed organisation(s) in touch with one another and allows them to buy, sell, swap or give away items.
The GYKO siteenables the informal school gate agreements that often exist between small circles of friends to be widened up to a larger community.
By conducting transactions via the school and sports club you don’t have to advertise your address to strangers who then collect items from your home. Nor do you have to incur postage charges.
Parents who are looking for ways to earn some extra cash will find this an ideal place to sell outgrown uniforms and sport kits that are filling up their cupboards and garages. Whilst parents who are shopping on a budget for school items may well find costly items such as blazers, football boots at a fraction of the cost of similar brand new items or in some cases parents may be getting items for free- the website offers an option of giving items away to others as well.
The site is free to use for both the parents listing items and the parents acquiring items.
GYKO is a site that puts community and parents first as opposed to profit and commercialism – something that can only be beneficial to everyone.