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When Karen Garrett and her husband Erik brought their seven-week-old home from the hospital, he was tiny.  Jack was born 10 weeks premature. He weighed only 2 pounds 8 ounces at birth. 

These days, the 21-month-old is running around and playing like crazy. But because he came early, the clothing Karen 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. 

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," said Karen, who is a full-time working mom. "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 to 40 percent 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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