Charlotte (WBTV) When Karen Garrett and her husband Erik brought their seven week old home from the hospital he was itty bitty. Jack was born ten weeks premature. He weighed only 2 pounds 8 ounces at birth. But these days the 21 month old is running around and playing like crazy! But because he came early, the clothing mom got at baby showers didn't fit, and the seasons were off.
Like a lot of parents, Karen has tons of clothing that's practically brand new that Jack cannot wear. "We had a lot of clothes from baby showers you get ahead of time. You think the season was going to work but he arrived so early and by the time he was able to fit in them it was out of season and it just didn't work," Karen said.
This dilemma is why ThredUp.com is zeroed in on helping moms like Karen. The site allows you to "Clean Out and Cash In" as their slogan says. You register at the web site and request a bag. Once you get their trademark green polka dot bag, you fill it with clothing that meets their specifications. It has to be good quality clothing, no stains, practically new and freshly laundered. There are certain brands and sizes that are not accepted.
"I like the convenience of it," Karen told me. The full-time working mom doesn't have time to load up the car, take clothing to a kid's consignment shop, then wait for it to sell. "To me time is money, every minute I can spend with him; I want to spend with my Jack!"
Thred Up will inspect the clothing and pay you 20-40% of what it will sell the clothing for in its online store. You can either get a check, or get shopping credit. We found Gymboree shorts that retail for $14.00 selling for $4.49 on Thred Up. Some people just use the web site as a place to shop for their kids. We received a box of clothing from Thred Up. The clothes were good quality and in great condition.
"I have these two sweaters that are 18 months, but when he's big enough to wear them, it will be middle of summer, and they're good quality," Karen explained, holding up two adorable sweaters. "This way you can even just get the credit and buy clothes and not have to spend cash. And it's something I can do on my schedule."
As in any consignment situation, make sure you understand the terms before sending your clothing. And take some time to look at the online store, and see what clothes are going for. Remember the better the brand, the bigger the check for you!
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