Kids’ resale is such an awesome idea. After all, kids hardly wear most of their stuff. You buy it, they put it on like two times and before you know it, they’re moving on to the next size. Or to the next pop culture character. Or to a new favorite color.
It’s harder for us parents, though.
For us, many of those clothes are lovingly associated with memories of our children. We take mental snapshots of the steps and lessons learned in them. Oftentimes they serve as growth markers in our minds, and letting clothes go feels like watching bits of their childhood walk away.
Kids’ Resale Made Easy
It’s not realistic to box up and hang on to every last piece of cotton that touches your little one’s skin (believe me, I’ve tried!) so the next-best thing is leveraging them for the good of other kids and your own family. If it feels rewarding to cycle through kids’ clothing, parents are a heck of a lot more apt to do it.
We’ve starting working with TotSpot, which is a clothing resale app where parents can make extra money for their families by selling their children’s gently worn clothing. Our family has found a ton of our favorite brands on there including Gap Kids, Gymboree, Janie & Jack and even handmade items for up to 70% off retail.
What really makes TotSpot different from similar services I’ve tried is the community aspect. Everyone gets a profile on there with a little avatar, you can setup details for your “tots” to easily filter for stuff that fits them, and you can even follow closets of other people whose style you like. Parents “favorite” each other’s items to keep an eye on them or show support, and a lot of the moms send along stickers or kind notes with cute little details about places their kids have worn certain items.
Knowing that your kids’ resale items are going into this awesome circle of families makes letting go SO much easier. I get excited thinking about some parent across the country putting our beloved items to use with their own kids. On top of that, fair pricing means that I can put the money I make right back into my children’s closet.
Which means that I can keep this little guy in a steady stream of adorableness.
I personally don’t have time to be listing all of our old clothes, so I’ve started using the TotSpot Concierge program to have a more experienced seller do that part. I order a “cleanout bag” by clicking the Sell icon in the app. A free bag shows up at my doorstep, ready for me to send off our stuff to a kids’ resale expert who analyzes them for sellability, quality and condition. Unsellable stuff gets donated to local charities.
With the traditional program, TotSpot keeps 20% of the sale and the seller gets the rest. With TotSpot Concierge, that remaining profit is split between the seller and the concierge who photographed and listed the item, with the seller getting between 20-50% depending on the sale price.
Bottom line: clothes leave my house, I get money.
So we can all do a little less of this.
And a lot more of this!
Have you ever tried a kids’ resale service?