Your kids will be heading back to school before you know it, and instead of buying them a bunch of fast fashion items that’ll fall apart or they’ll outgrow in a flash, consider selling back their old gear and getting a few amazing new-to-you outfits in return. We’ve got every option out there from in-app selling to designer duds on a dime. Scroll through the list below to find out what the best online consignment shops have to offer, and get ready to style your kiddo on the cheap.
If you're looking for a basic online buying and selling community then OfferUp may be your solution.
How it works: Download the app and browse local deals, message sellers, You can narrow your search to just clothing, and since you can buy and sell just about anything on the site (there's a handy app to help make it happen), it's kind of like a one-stop family consignment shop. Plus, they've recently announced a new delivery option.
Why you'll love it: Not only will you have access to a wide array of baby and kid gear (it's all from other users within a 30 mi. range) but you can also upload and sell your own gear too.
Get started at offerup.com
If you love frills, boutique prints and formal wear for Sundays, take note! Founded by three southern moms, there are hundreds of brands offered on Bagsy's website. Simply request a bag, opt to pay for a return or donate to charity if items don't sell, and that's it!
Why you'll love it: You'll receive up to 50% of your resale price, and you can opt to use the money as credit to shop the site.
Get started at bagsy.com.
This new online swap meet-style trading platform was started by a Brooklyn mom looking to trade her daughter's old clothes for cute duds to outfit her newborn son.
How it works: Instead of splitting the profits, like you would with a traditional consignment company, you pay an annual membership fee to gain access to the marketplace. Send in the items you wish to trade, and Swoondle will catalog each item. They give you Trading Credits that can be applied to clothing and accessories on the website. Remember: what you give is what you get—each item is assigned a rating of 1 to 5 depending on its worth. Credits in a designated level are traded for items similarly tagged within the same level.
Why you'll love it: Your first five items traded are free! You'll get an email with your credit amount, and that's when you can decide which membership you want (rate depends on how many trades you want to do). To get started, request a kit and send your items back in the provided bag for free.
Get started at swoondlesociety.com
Berri Kids Boutique
This online consignment shop offers high-quality kids clothing at great prices.
How it works: Currently, the store only buys locally (in the SF Bay Area) but for updates on inventory, buying and selling, fun giveaways and more, check out their facebook page.
Why you'll love it: You can shop quality brand names like Tea Collection, Mini Boden, Nordstrom brands, Gap and more all in either new or excellent gently used condition.
Get started at berrikidsboutique.com
Ziraffe LovedBy Community
Two moms, one vision: Ziraffe LovedBy is a little different than most online consignments shops. Their mission is one of sustainability, so all new products must meet requirements (fair trade, free of harmful chemicals or dyes, and minimal environmental impact). They also act as a venue for artisans to sell directly to other parents, both one-of-a-kind creations and gently used items. Items are shipped directly to buyers from sellers.
How it works: Just shoot them an email and let them know you are interested and what types of clothing or goods you’d like to offer and they’ll get back to you.
Why you’ll love it: Sellers can choose to donate proceeds to a charitable cause.
Get started at ziraffe.com
Kid to Kid
This "online" store isn't actually a shopping site, it's a resource for parents to find the local brick and mortar store nearest them where they can buy and sell their kid's gently used items. Not only is this an excellent way to make (or save) a little cash, it's also a great way to give back—Kid to Kid has been making donations to charities since they started 25 years ago. Click here to find the one nearest you.
Get started at kidtokid.com
Sweet Pea & Teddy
Started by a busy mom of four, Sweet Pea & Teddy offers stylish name brand fashion in sizes newborn through 14 years. With bargain prices on chic pieces, the selection is varied and constantly fresh (new items are added every day).
How it works: You can search by sizes or search by styles, like “nautical,” “retro” or “holiday ready,” making it a breeze to find occasion outfits. The site is visually rich, with lots of great photos making it clear what the items look like, and checkout takes just a couple of clicks.
Why you’ll love it: The site also has a selection of designer handbags so you can browse for something for mama while you shop for the kids.
Get started at sweetpeandteddy.com
This online resale shop focuses on clothing for babies and toddlers, with sizes ranging from newborn to 5T. There is sometimes a selection of slightly larger items but this is the ideal spot for moms with younger kids who don’t want to spend a long time browsing. Search by size and add to cart: there’s not an extensive selection but new items are constantly added and all items are very carefully curated so you can be sure you won’t get items with stains or rips or funny smells.
How it works: You can shop anywhere in the country but to sell you need to be near the headquarters of the whole operation (Franklin, TN). You send an email along with photos and then set an appointment.
Why you’ll love it: Most of the clothing items are higher-end and brand names and many with tags still on. In spite of this, the prices are easy on the wallet.
Visit online now at babyoutfitter.com
This one is a no-brainer. Schoola was started by a mom and former teacher in 2013 with the goal of bringing paint brushes, gym equipment, and other desperately needed items to underfunded schools.
Buy from them: You can find clothing and accessories for babies, kids, juniors and women with special sections for petite, plus-size and maternity. Browse thousands of items at your own pace, or create a custom collection for seasons or brands. 40% of the sales proceeds (minus the cost of inbound shipping) is donated to a school of your choosing.
Sell to them: Simply box up new and gently used clothing (original retail value over $30), add the printable, pre-paid label and send them off. You can choose to receive $2 for the average online consignment payout or give $7.21 to a school of your choosing when you donate to Schoola.
Why you’ll love it: Over 30,000 schools have benefitted from Schoola clothing drives. The company has also partnered with Malala Fund, VH1 Save The Music Foundation and Girls on the Run. You can organize a clothing drive for your own school, and even earn reward points for telling others about Schoola.
Get started at schoola.com
Created by parents who know how quickly a once-coveted item gets tossed into the I’ll never use/wear again pile, KIDSTrade is a kid-to-kid marketplace designed for tech-savvy kids to trade everything from LEGO and trading cards to clothes within their circle of friends and classmates.
Trade with them: Kids can post unwanted items directly from their phone and browse items posted by other kids in their circle. When they find something they like, they select it and invite the owner to check out their stuff and the bartering begins. Parents can monitor their child’s trades, are alerted when a child posts an item and when a trade seems unfair.
Sell with them: Teach the value of a dollar by letting your kids post their unused sports equipment, last year’s video game console, and more to sell within your community. Parental permission required.
Why you’ll love it: All interactions take place with people your kids already know. It saves you a trip to the toy store and keeps unwanted items from piling up around the house.
Free for iPhone
Kidizen is a socially-driven parent-to-parent marketplace where you’ll find deals on high-end and boutique brands as well as styling ideas, all within an easy-to-use App. Coolest part?
The price includes your shipping cost.
Buy from them: Individual kid filters make it easy to find what you need, in the size you want. Shop your favorite brands, and connect one-on-one with sellers to ask questions via built-in private messaging.
Sell with them: Set up your shop, snap a photo (or two) of the item(s) you’re selling, and set your price. Kidizen eliminates the middle-mom, leaving you with 90% of the purchase price.
Why you’ll love it: More than just a platform for buying and selling secondhand, it’s a community where parents can find inspirational pics and share their favorite stylish photos.
Poshmark is one of the original online consignment shops but what you might not know is that it has a great selection of kids clothing (and is an excellent way to sell). Selling is uber-easy with the app: you take take a photo and upload to your "closet" in less than 60 seconds–right from your phone! The labels are pre-paid and shipped to you, and the cash goes into your account as soon as the item is delivered.
Why you'll love it: Buying and selling are made super easy through the app and the entire interface is very user-friendly.
Check it out at poshmark.com
My Kid's Threads
Mom-owned and operated, My Kid’s Threads makes traditionally unaffordable designer brands accessible to all mini-fashionistas.
Buy from them: Consignment couture, the “We Love” designer list at My Kid’s Threads features recognizable names like Little Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Baby Dior and Kissy Kissy at up to 80% off the retail value.
Consign with them: Taking the traditional consignment shop method online, My Kid’s Threads offers a 50% payout when your items sell. The discerning eyes behind the clothing screening process stress that only freshly laundered clothing that is free of stains and flaws will make the cut.
Why you'll love it: My Kid's Threads stands behind their clothing with a 100% money-back guarantee. There’s also My Kid’s Bucks for top customers. Earn bucks for consigning clothes, signing up for the newsletter, creating an account and more. Get all the details here.
Get started at mykidsthreads.com
Josie's Friends, LLC
Josie’s Friends is an environmentally responsible consignment shop with a philanthropic approach to buying and selling secondhand.
Buy from them: The site carries an assortment of boys and girls clothing sizes newborn to 20, as well as maternity clothes. Carrying a variety of brands at various price points, from Burberry and Stella McCartney to Gymboree, you’ll even find handmade items and a school uniform section.
Sell to them: Shipping bags, packing supplies and hang tags are all made from 100% recycled materials. Just fill up the complimentary bag, ship it for free, and Josie’s Friends will inspect, prep and photograph the items for sale. You’ll earn up to 60% of the sale price. You can also set up year-round fundraising where 50% of the sale price of your items will automatically be donated to the organization of your choice.
Why you’ll love it: Mom owned and operated, Josie’s Friends, LLC was established to support impoverished children around the world through consignment. A portion of the company’s profits benefits Children International. Unsold items are donated locally to Atlanta Children's Shelter and Atlanta Mission.
Get started at josiesfriends.com
Lil Jelly Beans Consignments
The mom of five behind Lil Jelly Beans Consignments understands the importance of budgeting when it comes to dressing a growing family.
Buy from them: You’ll find children’s clothing sizes newborn to 12, mom-made items, maternity gear, books and DVDs and even toys with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Sell to them: Consignors receive payment upfront for acceptable items, and local sellers are given the opportunity to participate in consigning events.
Why you’ll love it: Check out the Bargain Bin Boxes filled with five random items in the size of your choosing. Starting at just $4, each box is guaranteed to include one “new with tags” item. The site also offers families a unique layaway option. Pay 20% upfront and pay off the rest a little at a time.
Get started at liljellybeans.com
The NYC natives behind reCrib understand that space is at a premium, and that baby gear takes up lots of room!
Buy from them: reCrib is the online marketplace for gently used gear, furniture and toys from top brands. You’ll find everything from Bugaboo strollers to ducduc cribs without the luxury price tag.
Consign with them: Need to upgrade to a double stroller? Ready to trade in the crib for a “big kid” bed? Did that expensive soothing swing go unused? Simply snap a few photos and fill out the online form to sell your gently (or never) used items.
Why you’ll love it: reCrib is basically the love child of eBay and Craigslist, allowing you to search for infant and toddler items in your area and check them out before buying. If you’re not completely happy with your purchase, return the item for a full refund…no questions asked.
Get started at reCrib.com
This site is a one-stop-shop for keeping you and your family in style (and on budget) season after season.
Buy from them: ThredUP is the world's largest online marketplace to buy and sell women's and kids' clothing, so you’ll find everything from J.Crew (and crewcuts) to Vince and Mini Boden sold for up to 90% savings. Looking for something specific? Create a personal shop by selecting favorite sizes and brands, and thredUP will email when those pieces become available.
Sell to them: Order a thredUP Clean Out Bag, clean out your closets, and send your like-new (or possibly never-worn) garments in to be evaluated for FREE (you can also use the Clothing Calculator to estimate how much your items are worth). ThredUP buys the items outright and pays you up to 80% of the resale value in shopping credit or cash.
Why you’ll love it: The site features a companion App so you can buy on-the-go. New customers take 20% off their first order.
As the “largest online consignment/thrift store" Swap is a great resource for buying and selling everything from gear to clothes, toys, and more.
Buy from them: You’ll definitely need more than a few minutes to browse through the thousands of items available on this site. From A Pea in the Pod to Gymboree, H&M, and the list goes on (and on), you can easily dress yourself and the smaller members of the family year round, and outfit them with the gear they need.
Sell & Swap with them: The site offers a unique service where you can sell your gently used clothes, toys and gear, or swap items with other sellers. After passing the inspection process, swap.com will style and photograph each item, and then let you set the price. Not sure what to charge? The Kids' Pricing Guide can help.
Why you’ll love it: The new SureSell Guarantee means that you’ll make money no matter what. If your items haven’t sold in 45 days, you can sell them to Swap.com for up to 30% of the retail value.
Get started at swap.com
— Lauren Hill
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