ThredUP offers WalletPoppers VIP pass to swap kids clothes
Aimed at addressing the idea that babies outgrow new clothes every three months, and ThredUP's estimate that by age 17 parents have spent nearly $20,000 clothing each kid, the style swap aims to facilitate fair trade for like-minded folks looking to save some cash for college...or food, shelter, expensive gaming devices -- you get the idea.
ThredUP's online exchange allows parents to swap with savvy strangers, or create personalized circles of family and friends. The process: Register, browse, pick, pay shipping for the box you'll be receiving ($13), prepare the USPS box you're sending, and ship your hand-me-downs for free -- from home.
One friend voiced her skepticism, "I don't know," she hemmed, "it seems like a lot of trouble to go through." Another brimmed with enthusiasm and couldn't wait to give the system a trial run. It seems there's really only one way to find out.