Reuse and resell kids gear online and save big
By Aimee Heckel
You buy your kids’ clothes and gear online to save money. But what about when they outgrow them in 1.2 seconds? Great news: You don’t have to schlepp them around town from consignment store to thrift shop to dumpster, in order to reuse, recycle and try to resell them to make some extra cash.
You can buy and sell used kids clothes and gear online — just like you can new stuff. Here is your guide to this form of high-tech recycling. We know you’re busy; it’s easier than you might expect.
1. thredUP.com should be bookmarked on your computer. Pick out gently worn clothing online for as much as 75 percent off retail prices and the clothes come right to your door. Then, while your kids are taking a nap, list, sell and send your unwanted stuff to thredUP for other smart, money-saving parents to buy.
Just to get an idea of the kinds of savings we’re talking about, check out this Laura Ashley size 4 dress for just $10 (see photo). By comparison, a new Laura Ashley size 4 girls dress at Lord and Taylor costs $62 regular ($48.99 on sale).
2. Moxie Jean is another online resaler where you can find upscale, used kids clothes. Here, you will only find top brands, which is the best bet for used clothes, because they are built to last; we’re not saying your kids need to wear designer clothes to impress the neighbors in the sandbox. It’s about quality and longevity.
The best thing about Moxie Jean is each item has a money-back guarantee, so if it arrives and you find an unexpected and unacceptable hole or stain, send it back.
Money-saving tip: Free shipping on orders more than $40.
3. PeachyBees has a great website that’s super easy to navigate and fun for kids to shop along with you. PeachyBees makes it simple, with a flat shipping rate of $5 to anywhere in the continental United States, so when you’re shopping your budget, you won’t have an unexpected surprise at the end.
Find Gymboree boys shorts for about $5. Old Navy boys polos for $4. Get your daughter a new Disney swimming suit for $5. Once again, this beats even used clothing prices on eBay — and eBay’s a lot harder to maneuver than this website.
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