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OutGrowingIn: “Save Money Swap Shopping for Children’s Clothing”

Posted on Friday, August 19th, 2011 at 8:12 am
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Instead of spending money on new clothes for back to school, you can save money by swapping clothes instead. OutGrowingIn is a clothes swap site for maternity and children’s clothing that works similarly to ThredUP. It’s free to join and only $3 (plus $10.95 for shipping) per box of a clothing. Each box contains 12 items of gently used maternity or children’s clothing.

Why Swap Instead of Buy?

The site really says it all, “a child doesn’t ruin their clothing … they just outgrow it! So, why buy new clothes for kids, when you can swap ’em for a fraction of the price?” Really, swapping kids clothes is a great way to save money!

How Does it Work?

Swapping is so easy. Here’s all you need to do:

  1. Pick a box to have shipped to your door. Boxes are listed by type, size, brand, style, color, and season.
  2. List your own box of gently used children’s clothing by the previously mentioned criteria.
  3. Ship your box when it is chosen. Shipping your box is free with a pre-paid label.


You get to pick a box when you join. After that, you get to pick another box every time another member picks one of yours. You can also earn extra picks by participating in Idea Swap or by listing extraordinary boxes.

How Long Does it Take?

Swapping doesn’t take long at all. Once you’ve listed a box and picked a box, delivery only takes about 5-7 days.

Is There Any Quality Assurance?

Members have the opportunity to rate each other based on the quality of items they receive. You should also post a picture with your listing, and only pick other listings that have a picture as well. If you still receive an exceptionally poor box of clothes, you can contact OutGrowingIn for assistance with reconciling the problem.


If you can’t find what you’re looking for at OutGrowingIn, don’t worry. There are swapping sites for just about everything – check out more swapping sites here.

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