As I mentioned last week, we have been doing a lot of shuffling around of clothing at my house, in preparation of the beginning of the new school year. The clothing shuffle is never easy with four growing girls who all have different likes and body types. I am a firm believer in hand-me-downs though so I make it work the best I can.
This year I have a new way of clothes sharing that I am really excited about:
I first heard of ThredUP a few weeks ago at BlogHer10. They had a booth on the Expo floor asking parents to be more environmentally friendly this school year and trading clothing was one of their suggestions.
I soon plugged into the ThredUP site and was happy with how easy it was to manage my account. The first box I chose arrived in two days with clothing items my kids liked and could wear.
I quickly listed five boxes of our clothes that where in nice condition, but we didn’t need anymore and four boxes were picked the very next day giving me credits in my account since they were sizes the site needed at that time.
The basic membership is FREE and the pro membership is $29.99 a year/or $19.99 for six months. With the pro service, meaning you get all the bells and whistles that the site offers. With my link you can have pro service free for one month! This way you can feel out the site, list some boxes, maybe earn some credits and soon be a trading maven yourself.
Remember the site does not offer pictures of the clothes, just brief descriptions. I think it is important to remember that you are not shopping for Homecoming dresses and suits here. You are trading hand-me-downs to help out the budget!
Also, until August 30th, ThredUP will donate $1 to Cradles to Crayons for each transaction on the site. Good deeds, good clothes equals good for everyone! The site is easy to understand and I encourage you all to go there and see for yourself.
One lucky reader will receive a years pro membership for free! This is a $29.99 service for twelve months to use and keep your kids in jeans for a while. This contest runs from August 23 through August 31st at midnight. (2010!) The winner will be drawn via Random.org.
There are several ways to win:
1) Leave a comment below about your favorite back to school moment. It can be about your children or from your own childhood.
2) Leave a comment below describing your child’s favorite outfit this year that you hate!
3) Follow me on Twitter @FourAgainstTwo and leave me a comment that you are now following me.
4) Follow ThredUP on Twitter @ThredUP and leave a comment here that you did so.
5) Tweet the following tweet (once a day only) and leave a link to your tweet:
Win a membership to ThredUp with @FourAgainstTwo http://fouragainsttwo.com/index.php/2010/08/23/thredup-is-my-new-place-to-trade-give-away/
(Disclosure: I have not received any compensation for this post. I just thought a giveaway would be fun! I do get a month of Pro status when you sign up through me with ThredUP .)