We have three small children who are constantly growing out of their old clothes and into the next size up. Unlike some lucky people, we don’t have a source for hand me downs (that would be so amazing!) With three kids, clothing gets expensive and it seems like a bit of a waste since they seem to change sizes every 9 months or so. Buying second hand has long been a great option for parents of all budgets, it’s simply smart shopping, but who has the time?! Thanks to a new internet based company, everyone does!
ThredUp is a clothing swap website where you group items by size and stuff them as packed as you can into a flat rate box that is shipped to your door by the company. Once you’ve loaded up your box you simply list it with a general description of what’s in the box. Then all you have to do is wait. When someone selects your box you print a label right from the site and have your mail carrier pick it up the next day, all at no cost to you. Simple as that. In exchange for your box you will get the opportunity to pick a swap box, and if you have a box that is in high demand (low supply sizes) you can earn $2-$4 per box. When you pick your swap box the cost is $5 + shipping ($15.95 total)
I purchased my first box last week and I was so pleased to have 8 1/2 new outfits for her for under $2 a piece. You can’t beat that! L loved receiving a special box of clothes just for her, full of her favorite colors and lots of dresses. She was all too happy to show them off too!
While I was browsing boxes I saw everything from Nike shoes to books, dress clothes to gently used toys. If it fits in the box, you can be fairly certain that someone will be listing it. It’s not all for kids either! I’ve seen “mommy boxes” full of novels, candles, adult clothes, home decor and more.
Speaking of other things, there is a great Halloween swap coming up from September 15 to October 15. You’ll be able to list last year’s costumes and find some new ones without spending the high prices you see at the stores. Our children love costumes year round. We keep a tub of them in the closet and they are constantly playing dress up. This would be a great chance to swap for new ones.
I admit that I was a bit skeptical when I first signed up for ThredUp. The concept was great, but I wasn’t sure that I’d get quality items. It took a bit of browsing to find a box that sounded right for us, but I’m glad that I waited until I saw just the right box. I know that not every box will be amazing, but the average box contains 15 items and at $15.95 a box, that makes for some affordable clothing even if they aren’t Sunday bests. We’re very happy with our box and I am looking forward to shipping out a box soon and picking some more boxes for the kids!