Baby clothes are cute aren’t they? Everything comes coordinated so you don’t have to find that perfect shade of blue to match the shirt that you fell in love with but have nothing that goes with it in your closet. And while everything is coordinated, everything also looks the same. Brands seem to pick a theme and everything in the store for that season looks like that theme. It makes it easy to mix and match, but it also means that every kid in daycare is wearing the same thing.
Sometimes, if all the kids in day care are facing away from the door when I walk in, I can only (initially) pick out my kid by what she’s wearing. If she’s wearing the same thing (or has the same thing—I’m tired when I dress her, so I don’t always remember what got picked for the day), then I run the risk of going over to the wrong child initially (not that I’ve ever done that of course, not ever).
I am also cheap, so I have a hard time shelling out $15 for an outfit that she might ruin right away or grow out of after one wear. Because kids grow out of things so quickly you go through clothes a lot in the first year, so there are a lot of perfectly good clothes in second hand stores. The baby section in my local goodwill is not great, but we do have a Once Upon a Child (which is a chain of second hand baby/kid stuff). I have gone there and found some good buys, but the racks are jammed packed so it’s hard to get a good look at stuff and it is really narrow in our local store so it’s not the most pleasant shopping experience (especially if you are carrying around a baby or if you have a stroller).
I started looking at second hand clothes on ebay, but the pictures of the clothes were never any good and it seemed like people wanted to charge a million bucks to ship a t-shirt, so I quickly became disillusioned. Then, somehow, I stumbled across Moxie Jean. Moxie Jean has dubbed itself “upscale resale” and wants their shoppers to feel like they are in a little boutique and that is exactly what it feels like when you are shopping online. All of the clothing is categorized neatly so it’s easy to find the specific things you are looking for without having to sort through a bunch of junk (I’m looking at you eBay). You can search by gender, and then search by size, type of garment, and also look through their clothing collections or shop the designer room. The collections are organized into specific styles, so if you tend to dress your kid in a specific style (preppy, retro, frilly, whatever) you can just look at the clothes that match that particular style. I will say that their collections are dangerous if you find one that you like because a lot of stuff will end up in your shopping cart. One of my favorite things about their site, is that each item is displayed in a cute way
(screen shot from Moxie Jean)
I mean…come on. How can you resist baby clothes when they are displayed this like (and I would totally buy this outfit if I didn’t already spend my clothing budget).
I ordered a bunch of stuff because my daughter has moved out of 6 month clothing and into 9 months and was able to use a 20% off coupon because I signed up for their mailing list (they don’t e-mail a lot, so I don’t feel inundated by spam) and received everything very quickly. Once I got my package, I found that they packaged everything very sweetly and tied raffia bows around the sets of clothing I picked out. It was fun to unwrap everything and admire all of my purchases. Everything was clean and in great condition. One small criticism is that I wish they had the sizing charts for the brands they sell on their website. I picked out an adorable overall outfit and when I got it, it was much, much, much bigger than what I would expect for 6-9 month clothing. It would probably fit a 1 year old easily, which means I will set it aside for later, but I wanted to but her in it now. The overalls were a brand that I hadn’t bought before (I mostly stick to Carters and Old Navy and Target stuff) so I had no way of knowing what the sizing would be like. It would be nice if they had the charts on their site rather than having to hunt them down elsewhere on the internet.
Overall, I was very happy with my purchase and I thought the prices were very reasonable. I did request a mailer bag to see if the selling part of Moxie Jean is just as nice. I currently have a bunch of clothes just waiting for me to ship them, so hopefully I get make act together soon and do it!