I can't believe it's back to school time already! Ahhhhhhhhhh! OK, sorry -- had to get that out of the way. One of the things that's so overwhelming is all the shopping we need to get done: My daughter is starting a new school with a new dress code, so we need even more clothing than usual! That's why I am totally stoked that there are some really great ways to save a bundle of money through online clothing swaps and consignment stores. And -- yay for moms -- some of these sites offer great deals for us too!
1. MoxieJean.com (newborn to size 8): Founded by two moms (who are also sisters!) who wanted to save time, money, and be eco-friendly, Moxie Jean's tagline is "Upscale re-sale." To sell, you just request a pre-paid mailer bag and send your "like new" kids' clothes in to get cash, store credit, or a donation to a children's charity. To buy, simply check out their Pinterest-like gallery of available clothes and add what you need to your shopping cart. Right now they have everything from Ralph Lauren to Gymboree and H&M.
2. ThredUP.com (kids, juniors, and women!): This is a site for almost the whole family (sorry Dads!). Just like MoxieJean, you can buy and sell high quality clothing. ThredUP's site is designed really well: It's easy to search by category or size, and there are also editorial components like "Fabulous Fall Finds" and a school uniform section. A quick glance shows brands like BCBG and LOFT for women, and everything from NIKE to Mini Boden and Gap for kids.
3. FlipSize.com (newborn to size 8, plus kids' shoes up to size 3): This site operates on the same principle as the others, though in addition to store credit and cash, you can redeem your used clothing for gift cards to major retailers. The brands they're particularly interested in are: Gymboree, Hanna Andersson, Zutano, Guess, Janie & Jack, Oilily, Gap, Naartjie, Mini Boden, Tea Collection, Hannah Banana, Baby Lulu, and Ralph Lauren. They have a "no dud" promise!
4. SwapMamas.com (clothing and goods): There's NO buying or selling on SwapMamas.com; it's purely a site for -- you guessed it -- swapping! Once you join the community, you can upload photos of the stuff you have (I see everything from Tide Pods to DS games to clothes listed), and then you can "start a swap conversation." It sounds a little more involved than just being able to purchase items, but it also seems like a fun way to meet other moms online and make some great trades!
5. DoubleDutchery.com (kids' and teen clothing, shoes, and sports gear): The newly launched Double Dutchery site is also purely about swapping. Basically, you send in a box of your gently worn kids' clothing, and then you'll get points, which you can redeem for other members' boxes. Buyers pay flat rate shipping plus a handling fee, so, for example, they say that $17 will get you a box of 4 to 12 items, many with brand names.
Have you ever tried an online swapping or consignment site?
Image via ThredUp.com