Since the kids are wearing nothing but bathing suits all day, it’s a good time to go through their old stuff and make space in the closet for clothes that actually fit. Instead of buying everything new, 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 and even a place to sell old toys. Scroll through the list below to find out what the best online consignment shops have to offer, and get ready to outfit your kids on the cheap.
A unique blend on online consignment and subscription services, Everlasting Wardrobe gives parents the freedom to rent clothing for 30 days.
How it works: Once you fill out a profile for each kid using the service, you'll receive eight new or like-new items of clothing. Kids can wear those items for a full 30 days before you'll need to return them. If there's something your kid loves too much to send back, you can buy that item at a deep discount.
Why you'll love it: There's no charge for shipping, you'll have stylists picking stuff based on the categories and customizations based on your preferences (with no styling fees), and you'll have access to hot brands like Burt’s Bees Baby, OMAMImini, Kickee, I Haven’t The Foggiest, Frenchie Mini Couture, PopUpShop, Mimi and Maggie, Red Caribou, and more. Also, if you're opting to have gently-used items sent to you, it's good to know that all items go through an inspection and an eco-friendly cleaning process after being returned and before being sent back out.
Ages: 6 months - 12 years
Cost: $40 per month for 8 pieces of new and like-new professionally cleaned & inspected clothing for 30 days, or $80 per month for 8 pieces of brand-new clothing for 30 days.
Facebook Marketplace & Garage Sale Groups
You’re already checking in with friends on Facebook, so it’s the perfect place to do your buying and selling too. Simply head to the marketplace section on Facebook, or search garage sale groups, and local groups will pop up.
Buy from them: Be sure the images are clear, and that there's a good description of the item.
Sell to them: Since this is all your effort, from the pictures to the pricing to the drop-off or delivery, you get all the proceeds.
Why you'll love it: If you enjoy this type of organization and price haggling, this is the way to go.
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. Their brand-new program, the Rewear Collective, partners with high-end labels like PLAE Shoes, Nui Organics and Art & Eden, in hopes of helping their customers give their clothes a second life.
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.
The local swapping app has recently launched an online store where parents can buy gently used clothing and toys.
How it works: While the option to consign is limited to San Francisco Bay Area residents (Toycycle will pick up items for free) at this time, nationwide thrifty shoppers have to option to shop for gently used goods at bargain prices. If you can consign, payouts range from 10-60% based on the value of the item, higher value items receiving a higher percentage payout. You can also choose to donate your proceeds to a local charity.
Why you'll love it: The online shop has a wide variety of items, from Land of Nod blankets to school-aged sizes for bigger kids. There are even books and DIY kits available for purchase (hello holiday gifts 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
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 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 choice 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
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
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
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 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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