January 08, 2019

Introducing Kids on 45th

It's Nice to Meet You

Hi, We’re Kids on 45th 👋

Happy New Year! While we’re all welcoming 2019, we thought we should take a minute to introduce ourselves, and tell you a little bit about who we are and where we’re coming from :)

Kids on 45th offers super-affordable and seasonal subscription boxes of gently-used kids’ clothes. Every box is a surprise (which is part of the fun!) and filled with clothes in great condition: we aim for clothes you’d love as much as new.. Our goal is to help parents save money and make life a little easier. ‘Cause we know exactly how not fun it is to haul crabby kids to the store! And you know that headache you get from staring at your phone trying to find deals and sales? No thank you!

We got started in this business when, on a whim, our founder Elise bought a beloved kids’ consignment shop called Kids on 45th. For almost 30 years families in Seattle have flocked to the store for its selection of gently used gear and clothes. When the owner put it up for sale, Elise thought she’d give retail a try (eek!).

The Story Behind the Boxes

Kids on 45th Owner, Elise Worthy

Elise here :) While working every day in the store, I realized that although I was around kid’s clothes all day, I didn’t have the time to shop for my own kiddos (the cobbler’s kids have no shoes)! I figured this must be the case for many parents, balancing their time and resources. That’s how the seasonal boxes come to be! We began offering boxes of affordable, everyday kids’ wear like the stuff we sell in the store, shipped for free. My boys destroy their clothes and are always outgrowing something. The idea of having inexpensive clothing items for my boys delivered straight to my door every season sounded so good to me, I knew other moms and dads would love it too.

How It Works

Child opening Kids on 45th boxHere’s how we do our boxes: Parents create profiles of their kiddos and set style preferences, telling our stylists a little about their kids’ likes and dislikes. Our system suggests some basics that just about every kid needs, and parents can adjust the quantities and items as they wish. Then our stylists work from our current stock to put together boxes of (relatively!) coordinated clothes and ship them out.

We wanted the process of creating a box to be as easy, affordable, and convenient for parents as possible. That’s why you pick what goes in the box. So if you have a kid who’s tough on pants but likes to wear the same tee for days, you can order tons of jeans and fewer (or no!) shirts. The cost per box depends on what you put in it. For example, T-shirts start at $2.49 and the average price of an item of clothing is $3.49. So you can get your kiddo several complete outfits for less than $35, and shipping is free!

We offer the option of signing up for seasonal shipments or building a box whenever the kiddos need clothes (or both). It’s all super flexible and there aren’t any subscription fees or minimum orders or anything like that. If you opt to receive a box every season, we check in with you via email before we ship it. We confirm that you still want to receive your seasonal Kids on 45th box and that the items and sizes needed are up to date. Easy peasy, as they say 😃

About the Clothes

Kids sweater, jacket, and pants

Childrens long sleeve shirts and pants

Boy playing in jacket

People always ask us what they should expect from a Kids on 45th box, so we bet you’re wondering too. The clothes are

  • Gently used: Our buyers are picky about the items they accept. We never want to send out anything faded, stained, ripped, or pilling.

  • A mix of brands: From mall favorites like Gap, Gymboree, and OshKosh, to department and big-box store brands like Garanimals and Carters, our clothes are a mix of the brands you know and love, plus some you’ll discover for the first time (we love that part!).

  • Everyday wear: The kids we know won’t wear anything too fussy, so we try not to send anything too formal, stiff, or scratchy! We aim for comfy and cute in great condition. And if you tell us your kid loves denim and dinosaurs, we do our best (given current stock) to include clothes that fit the bill.

About the Store

Our “flagship” store in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood is open five days a week and a great little spot for parents looking for gently used and new clothes, toys, gifts, and gear. If you are ever in Seattle, stop in and say hi!

Like what we’re about? Get started building a box now.

We’re here to help! If you have any questions about how Kids on 45th works, or about your order, get in touch by emailing [email protected]

January 01, 2019

Our New Year’s Resolution: One Hour A Week

It’s time for a chat about the most underappreciated people in our lives: Us.We would do anything for our kids, and that includes neglecting ourselves for years to put them first. Really think about that… years! It’s crazy amazing! Thank you a thousand times, mama!

We know from experience that “thank you” is not something you hear enough. Unfortunately, your kiddos probably aren’t doling out the gold stars as much as they should (we’re looking at you, pre-verbals). And are you aware this is an unpaid position? Haha.The reality is that we have to recognize and reward ourselves for a very challenging job done well. Sure, the babies kick in some hugs and snuggles, but that’s usually after they’ve completely unrolled all of the toilet paper in the house.

So here’s what we’re gonna do, mamas. We’re declaring 2019 our year, in one hour a week.

The Year Of You

Step one: carve out a little time for yourself. Oh yes, we know that is easier said than done (like WAAAY easier). Just getting a weekly hour or two of me-time on the calendar might take you a month of requesting, planning, and rescheduling. So tackle that first.

Here are some ideas for finding that time:

  • Swap kiddos with a friend
  • Scour the internet for a local drop-off childcare facility
  • Ask a trusted relative or a neighbor

Step two: have a plan. Sure we daydream about an hour or two alone, but now that you’re making it happen, what do you want to do with it? It’s up to you. The only essential is that it be something that it pretty much impossible with the kids around (except grocery shopping! Don’t spend your me time on that ;).

Here are some me-time ideas:

  • Meet a close friend you haven’t seen in awhile.
  • Take a walk around your neighborhood or a park.
  • Do you hair and makeup with all the time you need.

What else can you do for you this year, mamas? Some ideas:

  • Be well. Grab a piece of fruit for a fast snack instead of chips or candy and try to drink more water. You don’t have to get crazy (in fact that never works), simple and small changes work best.
  • Commit to sleep. Set a bedtime and stick with it, and literally everything in your life will be better.
  • Delegate. Are there people in your life who would love to pitch in more? Put on your most charming face and ask for help. Don’t go it alone, mama!

As busy moms ourselves, we know some things on this list can seem like total fantasy. But take time for you or risk blinking and discovering ten years have gone by and you’re still wearing those socks with holes that you were going to throw away before your baby made a surprise appearance.

If you can’t do all or even a few things for yourself this year, do one small thing, again and again. You’re a mom. You deserve it.

What are your new year’s resolutions? We want to hear what you’re going to do to make 2019 the year of you, mama.

Share your thing in the comments below!.