This post is sponsored by thredUP.
You might think that, with three boy babies, the hand-me-down game would be pretty straightforward. And for awhile, it was! I shuffled onesies and footie jammies from child to child, removing anything too worn out, replacing the modest wardrobe gaps only as needed. As they grew, the hand-me-down bins got a little bigger and keeping them organized got a little more challenging (still never found that missing bin of size 3T shorts, btw!!), but overall, our annual back-to-school closet lift-and-shift system worked.
And then the babies grew into people. People with opinions.
Noah and Ike prefer to live in the standard-issue boy-uniform of Under Armour shorts, Old Navy jeans, and a variety of graphic tees. (Though by the time Noah's clothes shuffle on down the chain, Ike's been ending up with fewer and fewer wearable options.) They're doubly easy because they both like anything that's blue or orange. Any old video-game character will do. They each pick out one pair of (blue) sneakers and wear them until they fall apart, and will happily walk out the door in clothing that's visibly ripped or stained or inside-out if I'm not there to notice and stop them.
And then there's Ezra.
He prefers collared and button-down shirts and nice pants. He wants a nice dress shoe alternative to his everyday sneakers. He believes in dressing up for nice restaurants and holidays. He likes belts and ties and jackets. His favorite color is red, particularly a specific shade of burgundy red, and the wardrobe makeovers are by far his favorite segment of Queer Eye, which (of course) he loves, because he thinks it's so nice to watch people being so kind to other people. Also, they make everything look so fancy!
So you can just IMAGINE his excitement when I hand over a pile of Noah's old clothing. Oh goody, more athletic shorts and another Minecraft tee. Just what he wanted.
So this back-to-school season, I decided to do something different. I boxed up most of Noah's outgrown stuff and stashed it in Ike's closet instead, and hit my favorite mom hack site, thredUP—the world's largest online thrift store, with thousands of brands for women and kids up to 90% off estimated retail—this time, for Ezra (read on for a special discount too!).
(And for Ike, because of Youngest Sibling Fairness Laws and a string of unfortunate Fruit Punch Incidents this summer.)
Let’s just say my kids walked away with quite a haul (I got 17 items for less than $200!). And I didn't have to drag them around to a single store or dressing room or dig around in picked-over piles in search of their sizes -- I just click on their sizes once and then search by brand, price, color, etc., and bam. I’m done and I didn’t even leave my couch.
The crown jewel of my shopping spree was this AMAZING and practically brand-new suit from Crewcuts (a brand Ezra's long admired but never worn before because ARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH THOSE PRICES). This would have cost over $150 at full price.
I paid $22 for the blazer and $15 for the pants.
I. Got. Him. A. Hundred. And. Fifty. Dollar. Suit. For. Thirty. Seven. Dollars.
I also got him a Crewcuts leather belt for $14.50 vs. $46 est. retail. This shirt is from Gap Kids and cost $13.50 vs. $30.
This is Ezra's planned first day of school outfit. Crewcuts shorts for $17.99 (est. retail $46) and a Gap Kids button down for $9.99 (est. full price $25).
And now back to THE SUIT, this time paired with an Old Navy button down in his FAVORITE shade of red (plz note how it coordinates with his flute case). And while Old Navy is usually my go-to kids' brand, it was nice to pay only $6.80 for this shirt.
(And yes, those ARE custom-painted portraits of Beau and Poppy dressed up like Renaissance-era royalty. Why?)
And now two of Ezra's own outfit creations, pairing the blazer with Gap Kids khakis ($9.99 vs. $40 est. retail) and two other Crewcuts button downs. ($10.20 for short sleeves and $12.75 for long -- which is much more reasonable than the est. retail prices of $46 and $61, because I have met my children and nope.)
He and I have a special dinner date planned at a local French restaurant to celebrate the first day of fifth grade. He says the bottom outfit is perfect for that.
Ike's special back-to-school outing will be rollerblading. No word on his outfit selection for that but I really do dig this like-new Nike US Soccer jersey ($10.20 vs. $36), especially when paired with the cat.
Ike's actually a little obsessed with the Nike brand, since "it has my name in it and also you call me Ikie so it rhymes" He's planning to wear THIS Nike shirt ($8 vs. $24 est. retail) on the first day of school "so it'll be easier for people to learn my name." Cannot argue with that reasoning.
(I asked him if he wanted to do a second funny pose in this shirt and he did this, as if I'M the crazy one for even ASKING.)
I don't think I've ever asked them to pose for this many photos and outfit changes, but Ike quickly figured out how to speed the process up. That kid's a genius.
And of course. I couldn't resist picking something up for myself...a cozy sweatshirt from Socialite (a Nordstrom brand I am currently obsessed with, typically retails around $36) for only $11. Seen here paired with past thredUP finds from Jewelmint, Gap, Kut From the Kloth and my biggest THE KIDS ARE GOING BACK TO SCHOOOOOOOL!!! face:
If you need to do some back to school shopping for the family or just want to get yourself some new pieces (treat yo self) thredUP is offering you up to an extra 50% off your first order! That's the same promo I shopped with and I saved SO MUCH on top of the already low prices and took a HUGE chunk of out of our back-to-school shopping. Click here to shop and use code AMALAH at checkout. (Expires 8/31/19. Applies to new US and Canadian customers only, see site for full terms.)
AND ALSO, TOO! How about a $200 shopping spree? I would not object to that, no? To enter:
- Go to thredUP and take a look around.
- Comment below with a link to any item you like/want/must have in your life.
- I’ll randomly select one lucky winner once comments close in seven days. (So please comment with a proper email address—it won’t be displayed and will only be used if you win, promise.)
And…that’s it! Good luck, fellow shoppers.