At least mostly free. Watching our children grow is a joy, but watching them quickly grow out of their clothes is another story. With another season and another inch comes spending another bundle on a new wardrobe. While parents have always passed hand me downs around within their family and group of friends, a crop of national and local online options allow parents to more broadly pick and choose exactly what kind of clothes they are looking to give and to receive. Queens Mamas has some of the most affordable and convenient ways to get started exchanging, purchasing and selling clothes online.
Thredup.com “Clothes don’t grow, kids do” is the mantra at this newly opened site where they are committed to helping families exchange beautiful “pre-loved” clothes. Available online for swappers nationwide, navigation is made simple by sort options including gender, size, season, clothing type and even brand. Pay only $5 (plus $10.95 shipping and handling) per box! With over ten items per shipment, each item of clothing averages only $1.50! With no hidden charges or fees, the box is sent directly to your door by the parents who listed it. Community ratings are also available on the site to ensure you a being offered only the highest quality items. In addition to receiving fabulous clothes straight to your home, it is also a great way to clear out the old for spring cleaning season. And they make it really simple to do! Once you sign up, you will receive a pack of free (yes, free) USPS flat rate boxes for shipping. Just register your clothes on the site, and once someone chooses your box, print the prepaid shipping label and auto-schedule the pick-up. You can leave the box outside your front door or with a doorman for pick-up. Recommended by Parenting, Real Simple, Daily Candy Kids and countless others, thredup.com also allows you to list toys, Halloween costumes and scouting uniforms. Go ahead and start swapping.
The Queens County Freecycle: While the Freecycle of Queens County is not solely a clothing swap site, it lists some great wardrobe bargains and wanted items from all over the borough. With the simple search feature, you can find and post not only clothes by age, size and location, but also numerous other great baby and kids items including cribs, toys and furnishings. With loads of great deals, you also never know what you may find for yourself! Sign in, click “How to Use My Freecycle” and get started. Check it out at Queens County Freecycle.
Craigslist for Queens: We have all scoured this site for job listings and apartment rentals, but it is also perfect for connecting with local parents for used and never-before-worn clothing sales and purchases. The “For Sale/Baby & Kids” section allows you to scroll through the hundreds of listings to find what you may be looking for. While it may take a little extra time to scroll through the amount of options available, most offer high-res images of the clothing and you can be in touch with the seller/purchaser directly to inquire about posted items. Today we found the following headline accompanied by photos of fabulous looking play shirts and pants “APPROX 40 PIECES OF BOY CLOTHES–MOSTLY 18-24 MONTHS – $10 (QUEENS)” — you can’t beat that! Log on to Craigslist in Queens.
Who knows, you may even save or make enough to buy that NEW pair of shoes for yourself.