An Update On Baby Clothes
A few months ago, I wrote a post about about a website called Plum Gear where people could get a subscription for baby clothes – “a Netflix for children’s clothing”. As the months went by, I noticed that the post got constant views (one click here, two there). So, I thought it would be worth it to do an update on the program.
Unfortunately, I was saddened to discover that Plum, the company that ran the subscription program, has actually gone out of business and the website no longer works. Sigh. Although I do not have any children to clothe, I thought the idea of being able to constantly exchange clothes as your child grows was excellent – is there anything more short-lived than a growing baby’s clothing? Well, besides that baby’s diaper…
Luckily there are alternatives out there on the web. Here are a few that I have come across.
- thredUP is a swapping program where you can get children’s clothing, toys and books online. Signing up is free. You buy boxes of clothing (or toys, or books) on the site for $9 (plus shipping). Details such as the sex, size, brand, colour and season of the clothes are given. In return, you put up your own boxes for sale. thredup is currently only available in the US.
- The Clothing Exchange. As the name says this is a clothing exchange program. It is currently only available to the residents of Cornwall in the UK, but there are plans to make it accessible throughout the UK. The program allows you to buy and sell children’s clothing and maternity wear. You can let them know what you are looking for and they will send a “Browse Box” to your home. Or, The Clothing Exchange can help organize a “Clothing Exchange Party”. They also do “Clothing Exchange visits” at playgrounds and children’s centers. A portion of the profits from those events go the host location.
- MEC online gear swap. Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) is a chain of outdoor gear stores throughout Canada. I’ve used they’re gear swap site before and loved it. They have a section dedicated to children’s gear (that’s where the link takes you).
- Swap Kids Clothes. This is a swap program for families in Australia. After becoming a member ($49.95 membership fee), you get access to their online catalog. You send them your old clothes in exchange for “SwapPoints” which you can use to purchase “Preloved” or “As New With Tags” (their terms). You pay an $8 handling fee and postage.