As the mother of two boys I’ve become all too familiar with the game of hand me downs. My youngest would typically be on the losing end of that situation but after finding a company like thredUP, he’s always a winner. By age seventeen, our children are on track to outgrow nearly two thousand articles of clothing. According to a CNN Money report, that would run you about $13,500 over those seventeen years. That’s also $13,500 that could be better spent elsewhere. A college fund perhaps?
Thankfully, thredUP is here to help. I first came across their site after finding out that, celebrity moms; Jennie Garth and Jenny McCarthy use it for their own children. thredUP is an online kids’ consignment shop where you’ll find top children’s clothing brands like GAP, Ralph Lauren, Gymboree and many more at up to 75% off of retail prices. Not only can you purchase new and gently used items but you can make money by sending in the items that your child has outgrown. Now, there’s a pretty penny to throw in baby’s piggy bank!
I recently had the opportunity to give it a try and I cannot say enough about them. Their clothing is hand-selected by in-house quality assurance specialists, packaged with care, and shipped right to your front door. Shopping with children in tow is never an easy task but I got to do it all right from my couch! thredUP allowed me to lighten our family’s carbon footprint and saved me money (and my sanity) at the same time.
The Ed Hardy shirt that we ordered was a perfect fit for our little guy and definitely the last thing that I thought I’d find at a consignment shop. It was like new! And yes, I really mean that it was genuinely like new! He was so excited when it arrived that he wanted to try it on right then and there despite the 90+ degree weather and the fact that it is a long sleeved shirt. I know that it’ll be a favorite of his for the beginning of school and during the cooler months but he’s more excited about being able to help me with the fun part, going through the items that no longer fit him nor his brother.
This is definitely the “fun” part. thredUP’s Clean Out program is a genius idea. I have numerous bins of clothes that the kids have outgrown and, mentally, they’ve gone from a dust covered chore to dollar signs. All you have to do is order a bag, fill it with items that your child has outgrown and send it back to thredUP. They’ll pass along your gently used items to other parents and you can earn anywhere from twenty to forty percent of each item’s resale value. It’s a revolving door for kids’ clothing – out with the outgrown and in with the like new!
One of the newest additions to the site is that of their Stylishly Sustainable section that features stylist inspired collections that you can browse and purchase from. You can also become a fan on Facebook and follow them on Twitter where they’re currently running a Pinterest contest that gives you the opportunity to win a $100 thredUP shopping spree.
thredUP is definitely my new go-to store for dressing my boys stylishly while still maintaining our budget. I love that we get to save money, now have a destination for our never-ending pile of outgrown clothes, and my children love that they still get to wear all of their favorite brands. Oh, and tearing open the new packages to make toys out of the cardboard boxes never gets old either. It’s a win-win-win situation for you, thredUP, and parents & kids everywhere. Head on over and join today for a free $5 credit towards your first purchase! And good luck!
Carly Fauth, chief mom over at thredUP, knows just how expensive styling kids for back to school can be, so she is offering Eighty MPH Mom’s readers the chance to win a $50 ThredUP box of clothing hand selected by Carly (based on a personal style consultation with her)! Good luck!
*Randi received the above products, free of charge, to facilitate this review. All opinions are those of reviewer only.