Babies go through seven sizes of clothing in their first two years of life and continue to grow quickly after that. In 2011, moms spent an average of $740 on clothes for each kid up to age 8, according to a report from the USDA. Though many moms are willing to buy lightly used clothing, not all of them do because it can be difficult to find high-quality resale clothes. Seek out the perfect blend of quality and affordability with this Grassroots campaign: for $10, you get $20 worth of upscale resale children’s clothing from Moxie Jean.
Chicago-based sisters Sharon Schneider and Sandra Pinter, who have five kids between them, had been sharing their kids' outgrown outfits for years before they founded Moxie Jean. The company expands their clothes-sharing model to a much larger scale, offering an extensive inventory of carefully inspected, like-new clothes in sizes that range from newborn to kids size 8. Once kids have grown into a new size, parents can mail in the outgrown clothing in prepaid mailer bags, and Moxie Jean's stylists will pick out the best pieces to include in their inventory. For all the clothing that Moxie Jean accepts, parents receive Moxie Money to spend on new clothes or donate to the patients served by the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Clothes that don't meet retail standards but are mostly flawless are donated to The Kids' Pantry in Mount Prospect, which then gives them to families in need.
Moxie Jean coordinates each steam-cleaned item into seasonal outfits in the online shop. Recent items have included a sleeveless Gymboree red speckled dress ($8.99), a pink Oilily long-sleeve romper ($14.99), and a boy's Faded Glory shirt with Carter's overalls ($5.99). Every Monday and Thursday, the stylists update the website with a new batch of clothing bundles. This constantly refreshing supply helps parents keep growing children clothed and prevents quickly outgrown items from ending up in a landfill.