Monday, August 17, 2015

Buy, Sell, Trade: The Riches of Resale

Buying clothes for kids can really start to add up. Sometimes the price is high but often I find things that we outgrew before we even had a chance to wear them. I consider myself a bargain shopper and cringe at the thought of throwing money away where it could have been saved.

Before I was a mom, I loved shopping for myself. (Okay, I still love it.) I discovered Poshmark, an app where you can buy and sell clothes straight out of your closet. The idea was simple and the process was quite painless. I never cared much for eBay and loved that when an item from my closet sold on Poshmark, the app would automatically email me a shipping label (which the buyer paid for) and all I was left to do was package up the item(s), put the label on, and drop it in the mail. A few days later the funds from my sale would be deposited into my account balance and I could cash out the balance or spend it on other's items for sale within the app.

Once Lucy started to outgrow her clothes I found myself hanging on to certain items that I felt still held value. I wasn't exactly hoarding them for the possibility of a future sibling, but I just couldn't get myself to donate those adorable Kickee Pants, or unique boutique dresses. I was on the hunt for something similar to Poshmark but for children's clothing. I found a couple of apps and they were okay. I also found a few pages on Facebook locally and nationally where you can buy, sell and trade children's clothing according to the page's brand, rules, and criteria. I also created an Instagram account solely for the purpose of Lucy's wardrobe buying and selling. These outlets were all helpful, but none of them proved as successful or as painless as my experiences with Poshmark.

Until one day...

I discovered Kidizen.

Kidizen is a place to buy and sell children's clothing, shoes, accessories, nesting items and maternity clothes. The app links directly with your PayPal account which makes buying and selling a secured breeze, not to mention shipping! Shipping through PayPal is cheaper than visiting your local post office and once you have the packing tricks down you will be saving money left and right.

Here's another great thing about Kidizen -  It's a community.

I have found since joining Kidizen I have become a part of this wonderful community of parents, grandparents and shop owners. They also run a Facebook page, Hello Kidizen where they are always helping to promote shops, daily threads which cater to various deals, a place to bounce ideas and a space to meet some really great people. (Check out Momizens too where all kinds of topics can be discussed.)

Follow our closets here:

@SeeJayne on Poshmark @AnotherBabyMaybe on Kidizen

There is a reason I felt the need to hang on to some items that held value and that reason is that they ARE valuable. There is a certain joy in letting go of things and sending them off to carry on their beautiful purpose in the home of someone else who will love that something just as much as you did. It also doesn't hurt that you make a little money along the way to "re-invest" back into your child's new wardrobe. Since I have started in this wonderful world of resale, I have made an average of $300-$1000 per month off of items I have that are no longer being used in our home. The average fluctuates depending on the season, but some items I have sold have even generated a profit over what I purchased the item for originally.

I encourage you to check out these apps and find out for yourself just how much money you have hanging up in your closets!

Check out these referral codes, use them when you sign up and we could both be entered in a chance to win an awesome giveaway on Kidizen and an automatic $5 to spend on Poshmark:

Kidizen Referral Code: mxh2t
Poshmark Referral Code: HGLJF

What is your favorite way to save extra cash while shopping for the kiddos?

-XO Carly

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