Keeping your kids clothed isn't as easy as it should be. Just when you think everyone in the family has all the pants, shirts, shorts, and jackets they could possibly need, the seasons change or a growth spurt thwarts your plans. New clothes become necessary, outgrown clothes pile up in the closet, and your wallet seems suddenly lighter.
The whole process is time-consuming and expensive. But is there a better way?
Is Online Resale the Wave of the Future?
Traditionally, parents who want to save money on children’s clothing have turned to brick and mortar resale shops, consignment sales, and good old-fashioned hand-me-downs to keep their kids dressed to impress. Each option has its benefits, and every parent seems to have his or her personal preference for which one works best.
These days, though, we have another choice for buying and selling gently used children's clothing. A new company known as Spruceling has recently entered the picture, promising parents the opportunity for a better resale experience — one that takes place entirely online.
"At a traditional resale store," says Spruceling co-founder Ryan Coyne, "you have to haul all the clothing there, wait while they rifle through it, and then they only give you about 30%. We give you 60%, and you never have to leave your house."
To resell gently used clothing through Spruceling, you must upload photos of the clothes you wish to sell (in groups of about 5-7 items of the same size), name your price, and wait for a sale. Once someone purchases your items, Spruceling sends you a box and prepaid shipping label, and you mail the clothes directly to the individual who purchased them.
Once you receive the proceeds from your sale, you can either keep them, or use the money to shop on the site yourself. And according to Coyne, consumers "get access to much more affordable clothing items" in Spruceling's online marketplace.
Can Spruceling Save Us Time and Money?
While I haven't used Spruceling for my own kids, I like that clothing is grouped in "boxes," and that one purchase yields several different clothing items for your child. The prices seem reasonable, and the 30-day return policy is reassuring.
But I'm also not an online shopper, and whether new or used, I prefer to see and touch merchandise before I buy. I also have a 4-year-old boy who is extremely hard on clothes, so reselling them is rarely an option due to rips and stains. Still, Spruceling is an interesting concept, and one that I expect will appeal to a lot of parents. If you're looking for a new way to clear out your closets and score some clothes for your kids, it is a company worth checking into.
What do you think about buying and selling used children's clothing online? Will you try Spruceling?