I have a baby carrier, a stroller and a high chair.
Problem is, I don’t have a baby. I have a three-year-old – and she’s ‘a big girl’ now. Just ask her.
I’m storing this stuff because I haven’t gotten around to selling or donating it and I’m sure I’m not alone – although other parents are probably keeping their items in preparation for their next baby (not the next wave of motivation!).
What’s now occurred to me, though, is that I could be making money renting out my unused baby gear to parents travelling with young children!
It’s a nice way to help out fellow parents, who otherwise would have to lug heavy baby gear through airports and ferry terminals, plus an easy way to make a bit of extra cash.
And it’s possible, thanks to enterprising mum Eva Wintersberger and her partner Tom Brown, the founders and directors of Tree Hut Village.
Tree Hut Village is Australia’s first parent-to-parent baby equipment hire platform. It connects parents who are travelling in Australia with locals looking to rent out their baby items.
The idea first came to Eva when her baby niece was coming to visit and the process of hiring baby equipment was complicated and expensive. But it wasn’t until Eva and Tom took their son (who was then only four months old) on a holiday to the Whitsundays, that the concept really started to take shape.
They wanted to avoid the hassle of travelling with prams and portacots and after a lengthy online search they ended up hiring the items from a local family. They thought how good it would be if there was a way the process could be made easier.
“We connected online and loved that our $30 would go to a local family,” Tom says.
“It was this that sparked our desire to create something that provides families with the opportunity to travel more easily and also allow families to earn a bit on the side with no capital outlay.”
Tree Hut Village allows lenders to list their baby equipment for free. Stuff that was hiding away in storage, waiting for the next baby to arrive, can now pay for itself within a few hires.
Before Tree Hut Village, parents would have to take their bulky baby equipment with them on their travels or go through a lengthy hire process with traditional baby hire businesses. Now they can organise to meet with local families – who might have some handy local tips to share – at a time that suits them both, whether it is the weekend, night or a public holiday.
This blog post is sponsored by Tree Hut Village
Tree Hut Village is an Australian parent-to-parent community that provides a secure and reliable way to lend and borrow baby equipment. It connects parents who are not using their prams, capsules, cots and cars seats with those who are looking to borrow.