Consignment stores are a great place to pick up clothes for kids—especially when they are growing so fast and seasonal items are always needed. The prices are far more affordable than buying new, and with careful digging, you may unearth treasures like barely-worn Hannah Andersson jammies or like-new Boden dresses.
If you don't have the time to dig through the options or run all over town to consignment stores—or if you simply don't love shopping—we've found a great solution.
Kids on 45th, the Wallingford children's consignment store that has been a fixture on the Seattle scene for more than 25 years, just launched an online subscription service. They will deliver seasonal, pre-loved wardrobes that are individually curated to your kids' styles, right to your front door. Think of it like a seasonal capsule wardrobe for kids, made from used and like-new pieces.
While some subscription services can be anything but wallet-friendly, this one is super affordable because the items are previously owned.
When you first sign up, you will get a box in the mail right away, with a mix of brands ranging from Old Navy and Carters, to Tea and Hanna Andersson, plus more. They try to put a blend of brands in each box. If you continue with the service, you will get a box four times a year—right before the seasons change and back-to-school—March, June, August and November.
You can easily customize and update the sizes and quantities of items needed, on their website—for example, if you sign up for a subscription today, the box would have a mix of pants, t-shirts, shorts, dresses (if you have a girl) and sweatshirts. Don't need any shorts? Select zero. Want extra T-shirts? Increase the number from the four included.
Prices are so low (T-shirts for $2.75 each, pants for $4.25 each, dresses for $4.25 each), Kids on 45th doesn't accept returns. However, you are welcome to place unwanted items in your mail-in bag for a 20% credit toward your next box. You can also mail back outgrown clothing—from Kids on 45th or anywhere else, for credit—just use the prepaid mailer bag to return outgrown clothes for credit in the next season.
We think it's a pretty sweet deal that makes consignment shopping for kids a breeze.