October 11, 2019

We compared kids’ clothes prices and confirmed: Kids on 45th Is the Cheapest!**

Kids’ clothes don’t have to cost a lot of money! Celebrate the savings with an extra $5 off today!

It’s National Savings Day, and while it’s great to take a day and focus on banking some bucks, here at Kids on 45th we are always in a save-money mindset. We’re committed to giving your the best prices on your kiddo’s everyday clothes and we keep an eye on other retailers’ pricing to make sure we’re delivering on our promise. We know we’re the most affordable place to get kids’ clothing, but sometimes even we’re surprised by how much cheaper we are than other retailers!

We headed to a popular discount retailer for a price check on boys’ fall clothing for our CEO and chief mama Elise’s two boys. Compared to Kids on 45th’s super-low prices, we spent twice as much (plus it took over an hour to find everything)! Here’s a round-up of how prices compared.

Isaac, size 5T

Discount Retailer Kids on 45th
1 Fall Jacket $38.99 $11.99
2 Long Sleeve Tees $8.99 each $3.99 each
1 Sweatshirt $19.99 $6.99
1 Athletic Pants $10 $4.99
2 Jeans $12.99 each $5.99 each
7 ITEMS $112.94 $43.93

Cooper, size 2T

Discount Retailer Kids on 45th
1 Fall Jacket $34.99 $11.99
2 Long Sleeve Tees $8.99 each $3.99 each
1 Sweatshirt $19.99 $6.99
2 Athletic Pants $10 each $4.99 each
1 Jeans $10.99 $5.99
7 ITEMS $103.95 $42.93

The receipts speak for themselves: when it comes to your kiddos’ everyday clothes, Kids on 45th provides incredible value and also mega time savings every single day. It just goes to show: Kids’ clothes don’t have to cost a lot of money!

And in honor of today’s National Savings Day holiday, we’re giving you even lower prices! Use code SAVINGSDAY5 to get an extra $5 off your order today, October 12, at kidson45th.com

October 08, 2019

Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids

Kiddo still need a Halloween costume? There’s no need to panic (yet) with these ideas for the fastest, easiest, cheapest Halloween costumes for kids.

With Halloween right around the corner, so is that creeping urgency to find unique, creative costumes for your kiddos (ideally without spending a ton of time or money!). Brand-new costumes can be super spendy, especially if your kiddo is only going to wear it once, and honestly so can DIY costumes if you get too elaborate! That’s why we are loving these cheap and easy ways to get your kids costumed this year.

Work With What You Have!

The average Halloween costume is nearly $100. This statistic helped spark our creativity as we surveyed our kiddo’s closet, and we hope it helps you too. 😉 So many clothing items you already have can be turned into the perfect Halloween costume. Take a red long-sleeve and a cut-out letter A to turn into Alvin from Alvin and the Chipmunks. A yellow dress, some black tape, and pipe cleaner wings can become the cutest homemade bumblebee on the block.

Here is our Minnie Makeover for inspiration:

DIY Minnie Mouse costume

Encourage Dress-Up!

Does anyone else take the price of an item and divide it by the times you wear it? 🙋‍♀️ Enter: the dress up box. Use your costumes year round for imaginative play (and occasional trips to the grocery store. We see you, toddler T-Rex in aisle three).

Check Out Our Nearly-new Costumes!

We scored a literal truckload of pre-loved costumes from our clothing distribution partners. Right now you can add a nearly-new Halloween Costumes to your Kids on 45th bundle for just $7.99 per costume - excellent bang for your buck, given how much even thrift store costumes run these days! You’ll get a “surprise” costume in your kiddo’s size, which is a pretty fun way to approach this most imaginative, creative holiday. Stock up on a couple mystery costumes for the spooky season and beyond. Your kiddo can mix and match to create a totally unique costume, dress up as two different things (one for school, one for trick or treating), or stash them in the dress-up bin for future playtimes.

How do you Halloween? We’d love to hear! Share your quick, low-cost costume ideas in the comments below!

CONTEST TIME

We want to see the costumes you get in your Kids on 45th bundle! Snap a photo of your kiddos in their Kids on 45th costumes (or the homemade costumes you create with Kids on 45th clothing) and tag us on Instagram (@kidson45th) for a chance to win a box from Kids on 45th. T + C: Must be 18 years or older to enter. U.S. Only. Winner will be randomly selected on or after November 1, 2019, and contacted via Instagram direct message. Prize awarded as a $65 credit good at kidson45th.com

September 01, 2019

Kids on 45th in the News Near You

The word is out that there are no better deals than Kids on 45th clothing. News stations in Sacramento, Washington DC and New Jersey opened up their own Kids on 45th boxes to see what everyone’s raving about.

Check out these clips, and build your own box to join thousands of other parents who let Kids on 45th do their shopping for them.

ABC Washington DC - Let’s Talk Live

CBS Sacramento - Good Day

August 27, 2019

Check Out Our Labor Day Dollar Rack: Prices Start at $1

Limited Time through Labor Day - Stock up on Gently-Used Kids’ Clothes! We think they’re “Flawsome”

Love a deal? You’re not the only one. At our store in Seattle, our Dollar Rack is the most beloved section. And we know why! These are items that show the slightest bit of wear and tear – maybe a tiny bit of fading on jeans, perhaps a little pilling at the bottom of a sweatshirt – making them are crazy good values. Our in-store customers love to buy from the rack frequently, because they know what gems we find. We know you’re also going to love it, and we are excited to bring the Dollar Rack to our online customers, finally, for a limited time through Labor Day weekend.

The idea for an “Online Dollar Rack” came to us when we were sorting clothes to find the best items to include in our Kids on 45th boxes. Our stylists follow strict guidelines for our Premium Used Kids Clothes that require them to reject clothes that are in perfect shape except for some tiny flaw like a bit of pilling on a sweatshirt or fading on a graphic tee. In our experience at the store, we know there are many parents out there who would love to purchase these “flawsome” clothes if the price was right. And that’s why we’re bringing the Dollar Rack online this Labor Day weekend.

Save Time and Even More Money

Prices on this weekend’s Online Dollar Rack are super low, even as compared to our regular cheap prices on kids clothes! Items on the Dollar Rack start at $1 for toddler clothes, $2 for big kids and tweens, and top out at $5. And remember: we do all the hunting for you, so you can bank both money and time saved when you shop Kids on 45th! You may also love that “saving the planet” feeling.

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Use Your Style Notes

Using the style notes you have in your kiddo’s profile, our stylists will hunt for the perfectly imperfect clothes that fit your kiddo just like they do for your Premium Used Clothes. When you get your box, you’ll see why parents at our Seattle store rave about the Dollar Rack. We think you’ll love these clothes as much as you love the price!

We want to hear what you think of us bringing our Dollar Rack to our online customers, so let us know in the comments below or on our social media like Instagram and Facebook. Should we have the Dollar Rack options all the time?

Don’t Miss this Sale

Shop our Labor Day Dollar Rack “flawsome” clothes with the awesome prices now. Hurry, this sale ends Monday, September 2nd.

What’s on the Kids on 45th Dollar Rack?

We know you’re curious about what types of flawsome clothes you’ll get when you shop the Dollar Rack. Take a look –– We checked out one Dollar Rack item with our friend, Isaac:

August 24, 2019

5 Laundry Tips that Make Your Clothes Cleaner Without Making More Work for You

We Got the Dirt on Laundry Know-How

When you’ve got kids, those piles of dirty clothes and linens just keep on comin’! Feel like you need to up your laundry game to stay on top of it all? Laundry is one of those things we feel like we could always do better, but we don’t want to spend any more time on – you’re with us, right?!

With the goal of cleaner clothes in mind, we turned to an expert. Mama of four and Kids on 45th superfriend Mindy McNally is a gardener, teacher, and blogger extraordinaire who was happy to share with us her top tips on tackling the laundry monster.

1. Use felt balls: Skip the dryer sheets (they’re full of chemicals) and throw a couple of these in your dryer to have clothes dried and fluffed in less time.
2. Add vinegar: Fill a downy ball halfway and throw it into your wash for cleaner clothes.
3. Don’t skimp on the scent: Mindy recommends Gain Fireworks for a pleasant laundry fragrance.
4. Make ironing easier: If you do a lot of ironing, you want it to be as quick and easy as possible. Spray clothes with wrinkle releaser spray right out of the dryer and hang them up immediately, then steam them at one time or as you need them.
5. Get the ultimate stain remover: Mindy swears by a stain-removing product called Bunch of Farmers for removing her kiddos’ toughest stains.

Thanks, Mindy! You’ve totally inspired us to up our laundry game.

Here’s our tip: Folding laundry isn’t many people’s favorite thing – but it can do double duty as an inventory-check of what your kiddo has grown out of. Grab a bag, and toss in anything that is due for a donation. Bonus: one less thing to fold! Once you know what they’ve grown out of, you can grab a new bundle of clothes for them in that next size up.

August 24, 2019

Brilliant Back to School Tips from Real Moms

We asked two mom bloggers to share their top back-to-school tips. From having the best homeschool year ever to saving money on back to school, these mamas have insight to spare

Money-Saving Back to School Supply Shopping Tip from Melanie @sweetfrugallife

@sweetfrugallife

Mom to three Melanie shares her amazing live-well-and-save-money tips at @sweetfrugallife and on her blog (check out her review of us!). Faced with back to school expenses (kiddos are expensive!), we asked her for tips on saving money in the new school year. She dropped this genius tip on us and we had to share:

Shop your house first!

“This can be a really expensive time of year when you’re trying to buy all those school supplies. I follow the rule to shop your house first. Before you ever even consider going to the store, see what you have laying around your house – it can be used! – for the back to school list. I try to keep all back to school supply options in a box -so when the school supplies list comes, we check it and also desks, drawers, and closets to find whatever you can to fit the back to school supply list before you ever go to the store.”

Such a brilliant idea, thanks, Melanie! Loving that she suggested going with used before new too ;)

Looking for another amazing way to save on back to school? Let us Build a Box for you – for all your kiddos’ back to school clothes – 20-90% everything your kids need now.

Homeschooling like a Boss - tip from Kayla @mommygazelle

@mommygazelle

Travel nurse and mom of two Kayla (on Instagram as @mommygazelle) is sending her daughter off to kindergarten this year – in her kitchen! Kayla and her kiddo are homeschooling, and although she’s feeling some pressure from that decision, she’s also feeling confident she’s got the chops to make this the best homeschool year ever. Back to school can be overwhelming for every parent, and homeschooling parents feel that crunch too, especially with all the preparation that homeschooling requires. To help families succeed in their homeschooling goals, Kayla shared three tips with us that she’s using in her house.

Three Tips for Homeschooling Success courtesy of @mommygazelle

1. Make it fun: Enjoy the process. Your kids will only be in each grade once, so remind yourself to enjoy the process. Be the one to set the tone and atmosphere to help your kids enjoy school and learning.

2. Build a community: Whether you create a homeschool co-op or find other homeschool families in your neighborhood, make an effort to get connected with kiddos and parents who are homeschooling in your area.

3. Snap a first-day photo: Don’t forget to take those doorstep photos. It’s your homeschool kiddo’s first day of school too!

August 21, 2019

Help us Give Back to the Teachers Who Give So Much to Our Kids

Every Box Sold Counts Toward our Goal of $10,000 to Help Classrooms in Need

We know it’s not enough to just shout out teachers and the incredible work they do. Inspired by the teachers who inspire our kiddos, we’re putting our money where our mouths are, and for every $50 spent at Kids on 45th, we’re donating $5 for classroom supplies to local schools. We’re donating up to $10,000 to help teachers build classroom libraries, buy art supplies, take their students on educational field trips, and improve their classroom environments.

We’re parents first and foremost at Kids on 45th – (shout out to Isaac, Isla and Charlie, three of our kindergarten-bound kiddos!) – so of course supporting teachers and schools is top of mind for us right now as we head back to school.

We Want Teachers to Start the School Year Off Strong

Here’s how it works, it’s super simple!

  • Order a box of super-affordable clothes from Kids on 45th
  • For every $50 spent at kidson45th.com through September 2019, we’ll donate $5 to projects at donorschoose.org until we reach our goal of $10,000.

Are you a Teacher? Raise More Money for Your Classroom

Teachers, we would love to support your campaigns directly. If you are a teacher, get the link to your current donorschoose.org campaign (or make one!) and let us know below.

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We will contact you with a unique kidson45th.com referral link to direct donations to you from people in your community who want to participate.

We know this is a crazy time of year, so thanks for reading and helping us with this goal!

June 26, 2019

Three Packing Lists for Traveling With Toddlers and Young Kids

Any mom who’s done a trip anywhere with young kids knows the importance of careful packing. ‘Cause leave your kiddo’s favorite lovey behind and you could be looking at a week’s worth of stressful bedtime routines – not what you want when you’re on vacay! That’s why moms understand the need for a strong packing game, and why the usefulness of a packing list for traveling with a baby, toddler, or young kids should not be understated.

We put together three sample packing lists for kids, for trips that you might be planning. These lists aren’t meant to be exhaustive, just designed to get you started creating your own list of must-haves. You can print them out or copy them into your notes app of choice, add to them, and refer back to these toddler and kid packing lists anytime you have a bag to pack. Because saving moms time is a big part of what we’re about here at Kids on 45th!

🗹 Trip 1: Overnight to Grandma’s
Staying over at the grandparents can be a memory maker for kiddos. Being away from mom and dad for a night is a big deal! One way to make sure it goes smoothly is with careful packing that includes the essentials plus some comfort items.

▢ Two complete outfits (shirt, shorts/pants, underwear, socks)

▢ Diapers/training pants

▢ One sweatshirt or jacket

▢ One pair of pajamas

▢ Alternate pair of shoes

▢ Extra pair of socks and undies

▢ Slippers

▢ Toothbrush, toothpaste, child-safe shampoo and soap

▢ Medications

▢ Favorite stuffy/lovey/blanket for snuggling

▢ Kiddo’s pillow (that familiar smell could make bedtime in a new place easier)

▢ A nightlight

▢ Sound machine (if they use one at home)

▢ Recent photo of your family

▢ A few favorite games or small activities that kiddo could play with grandparents (hello, bonding!)

▢ Box of snacks

🗹 Trip 2: Family Road Trip with Multiple Stops
Hitting the road with your family is the classic American summer vacation! Doing it with kids is fun, with some planning and smart packing. Here are the absolute essentials you’re going to want to load into the car before you buckle those belts and hit the open road for a week.

▢ 5 t-shirts and 5 shorts

▢ 7 pairs of socks and undies

▢ 2 pairs of pajamas

▢ 2 swimsuits

▢ Sandals, flip flops, sneakers

▢ Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses

▢ Medications

▢ Child-safe shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion

▢ Comb or brush, hair accessories

▢ Car-friendly entertainment, such as audiobooks, etch-a-sketch, puzzle books, tablets, travel games, sing-alongs

▢ First-aid kit

▢ Snacks and drinks

▢ Small backseat cooler, ice pack

▢ Child’s lovey, favorite toy, small pillow

🗹 Trip 3: Beach Day
Packing for a day trip to the beach with your kiddo? Lucky you! Let’s do this – stay safe out there!

▢ Portable beach tent or umbrella

▢ Beach chairs

▢ Sand mats to sit on

▢ Towels

▢ Sunscreen

▢ First-aid kit

Sunhat, Flip Flops, Sunglasses

▢ Beach toys, balls, frisbee

▢ Floatation devices

▢ Small portable cooler

▢ Snacks and drinks

Swimsuits

▢ Swimsuit cover-ups

▢ Change of clothes

▢ Body wash, shampoo, after-sun lotion

▢ Flip flops

▢ Cash for the snack bar

We hope you have some fun reasons to pack on your summer calendar! Don’t forget, you can always take a vacation from shopping by building a Kids on 45th box, where there’s no need to waste time searching for deals or browsing through page after page in search of affordable clothes for your kiddos.

LIMITED TIME OFFER: ** you can get a FREE pair of sunglasses, flip flops (big kids), or sun hats (babies) with all orders of $35+ through Friday, June 28! Use code SUNNY at check out to get your free item. Limit one free item per kiddo, max of 3 per order.**

June 14, 2019

Curious About our Clothes? Watch a Kids on 45th Unboxing

Nearly every week we unbox a sample Kids on 45th bundle on our Instagram and Facebook pages, so we can show you some examples of our finds. Below is a compilation of a few of these videos. All these boxes sell within 10 minutes, so don’t snooze on these sales!

June 11, 2019

We love when you love your Kids on 45th Haul

Check out this Kids on 45th customer who came to us for a BIG box of clothes for her 3 kids. She loved what was inside.

June 04, 2019

5 Best Stain Removers to Get Stains Out of Kids’ Clothing

Summers with kids are a blast, but wow are they messy! You know what we’re talking about: those three months of sticky hands, dirty feet, and sandy everything. Plus it’s like everything kids eat in the summer, from berries and popsicles to chocolate ice cream and ketchup, leaves a stain. No worries: We’ve compiled some awesome tips for all-natural stain removers to help you remove popsicle stains, banish grass stains, and conquer chocolate ice cream stains, plus more. With these stain removers, plus smartly buying the cheapest-priced kids’ clothing, you can let your kids clown around and get messy all summer long. Because kids should play as hard as they want during summer playtime, and you shouldn’t have to stress the mess.

Check out these all-natural stain solutions to tackle the messes that happen a lot in summer, including popsicle stains, grass stains, and chocolate ice cream stains. Can’t get the stain out? Buy your kiddo some super-affordable “new” clothes now.

Five All-Natural Stain Removers Perfect for Summer Stains

Popsicle Stains: Our kids eat popsicles – outside, please! – all summer long. Those things are mess-ee! But somehow kids only look cuter when they have an orange tongue. To remove popsicle stains on clothes, follow these steps. Source: Huffington Post

    1) Rinse out as much of the stain as you can in cold water.
    2) Using a toothbrush or sponge, gently rub the stain with lemon juice, or a water-hydrogen peroxide solution (use one per to three parts).
    3) Let the pre-treatment solution sit on the stain for a half hour, then wash as usual.

Grass Stains: Grass stains can be tricky to remove, but hey, isn’t it great that your kiddos are playing outside! Try this treatment for grass stains on your kid’s pants and shirts. Source: First for Women

    1) Soak the item for 15 minutes in a cold-water solution of two parts water to one part white vinegar.
    2) Using a clean white rag, gently dab the stain.
    3) Wash using an enzyme-based laundry detergent (like those used to remove pet odors), repeat if necessary until the stain is diminished.

Chocolate Ice Cream: Cone, cup, on a stick: whatever the delivery system, ice cream in a kid’s hand is messy! If your kiddo’s sweet treat has left its mark on his or her clothes, here’s how to remove the stain. Source: Cleanipedia.com

    1) As soon as possible, run cold water through the back of the stain. If you have access to hand soap, massage a little into the stain and rinse again with cold water. Avoid allowing the stain to dry.
    2) As soon as you can, wash the item in the cool cycle of your washing machine.
    3) If the stain has had time to set, try soaking it for 15-30 minutes in concentrated laundry detergent before laundering it.

French Fry Grease Marks: Does your kid have a french fry habit? Use dish soap to remove any grease stains – its concentrated formula is designed to remove grease from pots and pans, and it does the trick on clothes too. Source: The Kitchn

    1) Rub a small amount of dish soap on the grease stain as soon as possible.
    2) Allow it to sit for a few minutes before washing as normal.

Marker Stains: If your kiddo has a fondness for coloring (on his clothes) with magic markers, you need to know this trick! Source: How Stuff Works

    1) First, rinse the stain in cold water to remove as much of the marker’s color as you can.
    2) Then place the area with the stain on top of a paper towel, and gently dab it with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol. The marker should begin transferring to the paper towel (replace if necessary).
    3) After you have removed as much marker as you can, throw the item in the washer as normal. Rubbing alcohol can also work wonders on berry or fruit juice stains.

When in doubt, Oxiclean it out

To remove common kid stains like berries and fruit juice, do what our CEO and kids’ clothes queen Elise does: soak them in OxiClean. Be sure to first fully dissolve the OxiClean in water (check the directions for the correct ratio for your needs), and submerge your stained clothing to soak for one to six hours. Wash as normal.

Not every stain is going to come out, and that’s why we’re here for you, mama! It’s much easier to stomach a stain when you know you paid 70-90% less than retail, right? Now go enjoy your summer!

May 07, 2019

Zip Pouches Can Help You Have Your Bag Organized in 5 Minutes

Sort your stuff into zip pouches and you can kiss the days of digging for your keys, baby wipes, and hair elastics goodbye

You know how there are those habits and systems you put in place as a mom that make your life run soooo much more smoothly? Using zip pouches for purse organization is one of those mom wins for us. Takes a few minutes upfront, but saves you oh-so-much time in the long run. Sorting the messy contents of our tote into cute zipper pouches has been seriously life-changing. If you’re struggling with “messy bag, it’s a drag” – we really recommend getting yourself some fun zip pouches and trying out zip pouches for purse organization!

Getting your bag organized with zip pouches is pretty easy. You’ll want to buy or order some zip pouches you love (you can find really cute ones on Etsy, and Target often has fun designs). The number you need depends partly on how big your bag is and partly on how many zip pouches you want to keep track of – for us three or four zip pouches is ideal. This week only, get an exclusive, handmade zip pouch with your Kids on 45th order in celebration of Mother’s Day.* Use code MOMLOVE at checkout and we’ll send you this fun mom gift! Plus, see some of the fun stuff we’d pack in it on our Instagram.

Once you have zip pouches you love, it’s time to get serious about sorting through what you’ve got in your purse. Dump out bag and see what’s in there! Some people find this is a good time to clear out all that unnecessary stuff you’ve been toting around, and pare down to the “necessities.” These of course vary for every mama, but for us this means everything from sunscreen, snacks, and toys to a spare pair of socks, phone charger, and three kinds of mascara! Hey, whatever gets ya through the day, right?!

Sort, Store, and Stick with It purse pouches handmade by Indian Moon

Once you’ve cleared out the contents of your bag and ditched anything that doesn’t need to be in there, you’re ready to get zip-pouch organized. We think it’s easiest to sort stuff into categories and then designate a zip pouch for each category. For example, one mom in our office has three zip pouches, and she breaks down their contents like this:

  • the “First Aid” pouch, where she stashes bandages, tissues, sunscreen, etc.
  • the “Lip Kit” pouch, packed with lipstick, gloss, and other cosmetics
  • the “Kid Stuff” pouch, home to a few crayons, tiny notepad, stickers, and some small trinkets her daughter frequently requests while out and about

The trick is to remember what pouch contains what stuff! Some moms like to use clear or see-through zip pouches so there’s no confusion, and that system can work seriously great. If you decide not to go the clear zip pouch route, it’s just a matter of training yourself about which zip pouch holds which stuff. It might take a bit of getting used to, but for us, it was worth it (compared with the alternative of having a perpetually disorganized bag that we spent a whole lot of time hunting through!). Like any new habit, you have to stick with it, but if you have cute zip pouches and your items are nicely sorted, that’s hopefully not too tough to achieve!

So, what do you think: zip pouches for the organizational win, yay or nay? Let us know if you use zip pouches to organize your bag, and what you’re packing in them. We love to hear it and we know other mamas do too.

purse pouches handmade by Indian Moon

Our fun Mom Love zip pouches are handmade by Washington State-based mom of three Kristin Morris, who makes and sells her awesome designs on her Etsy store Indian Moon Handmade. You can also see her latest creations on her Instagram @indianmoonhandmade

April 17, 2019

Kids on 45th raises $3.3 Million to Serve Parents Who are Tired of Spending Time and Money Shopping for Kids Clothes

  • Investors include Caterina Fake (Founder of Flickr, former Chairman of Etsy), YesVC; Jason Stoffer (investor in Everlane, Zulily), Maveron; Sesame Street Ventures; and Joe Montana, Liquid VC
  • Clothes priced at 70-90% less than the competition, new type of shopping experience that takes only 2 minutes
  • The company has shipped more than half a million items just a year after launching its online business

April 17, 2019 – SEATTLE, WA – Kids on 45th, which sells seasonal boxes of nearly new kids clothing at prices lower than Walmart, has raised $3.3 Million from YesVC, Maveron, SoGal Ventures, Sesame Street Ventures, Collaborative Fund, Liquid 2 VC, and Brand Foundry Ventures to expand its reach to more parents who love that they can get a kids wardrobe of 17 items for as little as $35.

The Absolute Best Value on Kids Clothes + Time Saved

“Early customers (who are almost entirely moms) have flocked to Kids on 45th because it takes shopping completely off their list,” said Caterina Fake, Partner, YesVC. “For many moms, shopping is a chore, not a delightful recreation. This ‘Value Shopper’ mom currently shops the sales, clearance racks and second-hand stores, which is incredibly time consuming.”

Kids on 45th has changed up the shopping experience – customers select the types and sizes of clothing they need (e.g., 4 pairs of pants, 3 long-sleeve shirts, 2 dresses, 2 short-sleeve shirts, 1 pair of sunglasses), and they leave the treasure hunting to Kids on 45th stylists. The moms who love the product also love the element of surprise. Since you aren’t browsing for each item, you never know what you’re going to get. Customers also don’t return items – if they don’t like it, they either donate or pass it along to another family.

“The rise in value retail offline has been unable to be replicated online until now, due to the difficulties of making the business model work,” said Jason Stoffer, partner at Maveron LLC. “Elise and the Kids on 45th team have been able to sell clothing at radically low price points by challenging some of the shopping behaviors that have been accepted as a given up until this point. They pass more savings onto their customers by pairing a global sourcing supply chain with taking on the burden of selection from moms, thereby reducing handling costs like photos, mannequins and returns.

Unbelievably Low Prices (cheaper than Goodwill & Walmart) for Believable Reasons

The Kids on 45th model does not include photos of items or any other traditional online merchandising that’s tied to the typical online browsing experience. This is the top reason why the prices are able to dip so low (as little as $1.99).

The items are sold at flat prices – so a mom pays $1.99 for a onesie, and that price doesn’t change if you end up with a premium brand (like Hanna Andersson or Mini Boden) or if you get a value brand (like Target’s Cat & Jack). When families get a premium item, they feel like they’ve really hit the jackpot. But all the items, regardless of brand, are quality items that they can be proud of scoring at such a low price. The decision to not to add extra handling of the clothes, ultimately saves customers 70-90% compared to other used kids clothes sold online.

Resale is Good for the Planet

Americans throw out 30 Billion pounds of clothing every year, according to the EPA. Donation centers get far more clothing than they can internally process, so they sell much of their donations by the pound to downstream buyers. The Kids on 45th operation intercepts clothing that’s headed downstream from donation & consignment centers throughout the U.S.

What doesn’t get purchased in the U.S. ends up being eventually sent overseas, recycled, or put in landfills. Kids on 45th has been able to dig in, rescue and repurpose adorable clothes by buying them, sorting them and sending them out to the families that benefit from the great prices.

Roots in the Mom Community

Founder and CEO, Elise Worthy, is a Seattle mom of 2, and she spun the online operation out of a beloved local children’s consignment store founded in the1980s. When Elise bought the local business in 2017, she saw the opportunity to bring the concept nationwide by selling bundles of seasonal clothing. Previously, Elise founded Seattle’s Ada Developers Academy, an intensive year-long software developer training program exclusively for women, and before that she worked at tech companies like LivingSocial and Amazon.

About Kids on 45th

Kids on 45th sells seasonal bundles of nearly new kids clothes. Kids clothes are priced at 70-90% less than retail and are cheaper than Goodwill and Walmart. In a new type of shopping experience that takes only 2 minutes, parents select the type of clothing they need and receive adorable finds that are a surprise to them and their kids. The company has shipped more than half a million items just a year after launching its online business – it was spun out of a beloved Seattle kids consignment store that’s been operating since the 1980s. More at Kidson45th.com

April 16, 2019

How You Buy & Clear Out Kids Clothing Has a Big Impact on the Environment

Hand-me-downs, consigned clothing and thrift shopping are great for both your wallet and the world

Sustainable is a word you see a lot when it comes to kids clothing these days. And why not: parents are the original clothing reusers and recyclers – hello, hand-me-downs! hello wearing the same yoga pants on repeat! – plus we’re very aware of the impact we’re making on the planet our kids will inherit. You know instinctively that buying pre-loved, secondhand kids clothes is a good thing – of course you’re right!

Turns out buying used and secondhand when it comes to children’s clothing is super smart, totally trendy, and seriously great for both your wallet and the world. Check out these five things to know now about clothing and the environment, courtesy of the EPA and this report from ThredUp.

1. More than 20 Billion Pounds of Clothing is Thrown Away Every Year (according to the EPA): That would fill more than 3,600 Olympic-sized swimming pools! In fact, discarded clothing makes up the majority of the textiles Americans send to the landfills – our garbage dumps receive or incinerate a garbage truck’s worth of used textiles every second, yikes! Also, here’s a shocker: there have been wild reports that brands from luxury (Burberry, Louis Vuitton) to affordable (H&M, Urban Outfitters) actually set fire to tons of their surplus clothes and merchandise to prevent them from being sold secondhand, dropping a double whammy of pollution (waste + smoke) on the planet.

2. We’re Getting Good at Recycling and Reusing, but Reducing, Not so Much: The amount of clothing that all of us recycle and reuse is increasing. But so is the amount of clothing produced as we all buy more and wear each item less. No denying it: we love getting new things to wear, but that results in us still sending a ton of usable clothing to our landfills. One solution? Buy pre-loved, secondhand clothing rather than new when you’re itching for new fashions for you and your kiddos.

3. Pre-loved Clothing Is Totally Trendy: You know a good thing when you see it, and that means choosing secondhand items more and more frequently. Pre-loved clothing is one of the fastest growing areas of retail, courtesy of all of us smartypants shoppers out there.

4. Buying Secondhand Clothing Has Never Been Easier: With the rise of online consignment stores, apps, and websites, you can buy quality secondhand clothing without leaving your house or searching through thrift stores. Kids on 45th is one example of this new kind of retailer, providing parents like you a way to save time, money, and the planet with excellent-quality, pre-loved children’s clothing delivered to your door.

5. Each Used Item You Buy Reduces its Carbon Footprint by 82%: That’s like taking a giant elephant-sized footprint and reducing it to a dog pawprint in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide (aka greenhouse gases, aka pollution) it creates. Hello, green! Hello, making a difference!

child at waste facility

Even parents who aren’t able to put a lot of time into researching environmental options 🙋 are buying secondhand kids clothing for the huge money savings that come with pre-loved clothes.

Saving the planet, saving money, saving time: there are so many great reasons to buy secondhand clothing for your kids. You can order a season’s worth of clothes for your kiddo in less than five minutes at kidson45th.com and feel good about your purchase and its impact on the planet and your wallet!

March 20, 2019

Kids' Clothing Fit Chart: Which Children's Clothing Brands Run Big, Which Run Small, and How to Find Your Kid's Best Fit

Almost every kids brand in existence has been shipped out in one of our nearly-new kids clothing boxes. So, we can tell you firsthand that a girls’ 3T shirt from Carter’s can be a totally different fit from a 3T girls’ shirt from Old Navy. A boys’ six-month onesie from Gerber has a good chance of being way smaller than a six-month onesie from OshKosh B’Gosh. When it comes to children’s clothing, fit can vary wildly across sizes and brands. We sort through thousands of kids clothing items each month and see all variety of brands, so when it comes to how different kids clothes fit, we like to think we’re experts and authorities!

Finding Clothes that Fit Your Kid

Just like when shopping for your own clothes, you have to keep your kiddo’s shape in mind. Some brands are known to be cut more tall and slim while others have the short and stockier market cornered. And to make matters more complicated, as a lot of us moms know, kids often alternate, growing tall, then wide…. then tall, then wide again. For example, Carter’s is one brand that is consistently designed for long, narrow babies, while Gymboree (which just went out of business in 2019) always had some room for the roly poly phases.

shopping for kids clothing

Here are four tips we swear by when it comes to finding the best-fitting kids’ clothes for your littles:

1. Check the size chart: Children’s clothes in the U.S. are conveniently sized by age, and it’s tempting to want to buy that way. But it’s always good to consult a brand’s size chart before buying anything new. Compare your kiddo’s measurements against the brand’s height/weight guidelines for the best fit.

2. Think of baby sizes as “up to”: When you’re looking at clothing that sizes by month, it’s best to see it as topping out at that month. For example, a “3 months” onesie will fit up to a three-month-old baby, and a “9 months” tee may fit your six or seven-month-old.

3. Know the difference between 24 months and 2T: This is a case of a baby versus a toddler. Is your babe more chunky baby (complete with a diaper), or active toddler who might already be in undies? The 24-month-old clothes are designed for rounder baby shapes, while 2T will be more slim and streamlined.

4. Some styles are more forgiving: Dresses are easier to fit since they tend to be less form-fitting. Jeans and pants can be more challenging. Elastic waists and adjustable-waist pants are definitely a mom’s best friend, especially if you have a tall and skinny kid! Pay attention to the style when you’re shopping; some brands offer slim and husky styles in their bigger kid sizes.

Baby Clothes: Fit by Brand

BabyGap logo BabyGap runs a little big, shrinks a bit
Carter's logo Carter's baby clothing, which includes labels like Child of Mine, Simple Joys by Carter's, Precious Firsts, and Carter's Just One You, runs true to size or on the smaller side. Carter's clothing often seems to be best suited for long and skinny babies. Some items (onesies) tend to shrink a little.
The Children's Place logo The Children's Place baby clothing runs small, particularly their pants.
Garanimals logo Garanimals baby clothing runs small and tends to be shaped short and wide.
Gerber logo Gerber baby clothes run very small – as much as a whole size – and are also known to shrink significantly.
Gymboree logo Gymboree baby clothing runs big and tends to be shaped wide.
Kate Quinn Organics logo Kate Quinn Organics baby clothing runs long and slim, and is best for slender babies.
KicKee Pants logo KicKee Pants run long and slim.
OshKosh B'Gosh logo OshKosh B'Gosh baby clothing runs true to size generally. OshKosh B'Gosh tops can be on the wider side.

Toddler Clothes: Fit by Brand

BabyGap logo BabyGap toddler clothing runs true to size, but is known to shrink (particularly their denim).
Cat & Jack logo Cat & Jack toddler clothing runs true to size, with a slimmer fit.
Carter's logo Carter's toddler clothing fits true to size.
The Children's Place logo The Children's Place toddler clothing runs small.
Garanimals logo Garanimals clothing for toddlers often runs large and wide, but it can be inconsistent.
Gerber logo Gerber Childrenswear toddler clothing runs small and often shrinks.
Gymboree logo Gymboree toddler clothing runs big.
H&M Kids logo H&M Kids' toddler clothing runs true to size or a little big.
Jumping Beans logo Jumping Beans toddler clothing runs a little small
Old Navy logo Old Navy toddler clothes run small and often shrink.
OshKosh, Genuine Kids from OshKosh logo OshKosh B'Gosh and Genuine Kids from OshKosh toddler clothes fit true to size, generally. The website notes that "dual sizes (like 4-5) are sized generously for a comfortable fit, with room to grow."
Tea Collection logo Tea Collection toddler clothing runs true to size in the shirts and dresses categories, but Tea Collection pants and leggings run a little small. It also tends to shrink.
Wonder Nation logo Wonder Nation toddler clothing runs true to size.

Kids Clothing: Fit by Brand

Abercrombie Kids logo Abercrombie Kids runs on the smaller side and is often best suited for slim kids.
Calvin Klein Kids logo Calvin Klein Kids clothing fits true to size.
Cat & Jack logo Cat & Jack kids' clothing runs true to size, if a little slim.
Faded Glory logo Faded Glory kids' clothing runs big.
GapKids logo GapKids clothing runs true to size.
Hanna Andersson logo Hanna Andersson kids' clothing runs on the large side of true to size. Hanna uses centimeter sizing based on height, so you'll see sizes like 80/85 and 140. They say: "No need to size up, designed with room to grow. " We say: they run big, be sure to follow their height and weight charts on their site, and expect their clothes to be roomy in the waist.
H&M Kids logo H&M Kids clothing runs big and seems best designed for tall, slim kids.
Jumping Beans logo Jumping Beans kids' clothing runs a little big and wide, especially their pants.
Justice logo Justice kids' clothing runs small.
Lands' End Kids logo Lands' End Kids clothes fit like this: their pants run big, but their shirts fit true to size.
Old Navy logo Old Navy kids' clothing runs big and wide in the regular fit; try the slim fit if your child is slight. They also offer husky sizes.
OshKosh, Genuine Kids from OshKosh logo OshKosh B'Gosh kids' clothing runs true to size, generally.
Tea Collection logo Tea Collection kids' clothing dresses run big, but their leggings run short and narrow. Tea Collection clothing often shrinks in the dryer.
Wonder Nation logo Wonder Nation kids' clothes run true to size.

P.S. If you don’t even know where to start, you should definitely consider buying pre-loved children’s clothes and saving yourself a TON of money on kids’ clothes -– like 70-90% off retail. Plus, with Kids on 45th clothing bundles you’re sure to discover some brands you didn’t know about before that just might offer the perfect fit for your kid!

March 07, 2019

How to Make a Clothing Cake

Create a Unique and Memorable Baby Shower Gift for Your Loved One

We are celebrating our 1st anniversary – one year of sending seasonal boxes of pre-loved kids clothes to moms around the country. We talked about marking the occasion with the classic first birthday treat, a smash cake, but since we’re in the business of kids clothes, we decided it made way more sense to create a clothing cake! It’s a knock-off of the diaper cakes popular at baby showers, and honestly, we think it might be an even better idea than a diaper cake for a baby shower centerpiece!

Here’s how you can make a Clothing Cake. It’s easy to put together pretty quickly after you’ve made a quick trip to the craft store for some supplies. We whipped up our cake in less than an hour. It’s definitely helpful to have a few sets of hands to help assemble the cake, so enlist a mom friend or two and make a party of it! Your kiddo could be a good helper too.

Make a Clothing Cake: Step-by-Step Instructions

1) First, collect what you need for your clothing cake. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Clothes! Hand-me-down clothes work great here. Really, any cheap kids clothes that you can find, since the cake will add to the cuteness of the overall gift. You might also consider making each layer a different size, and play around with the colors. If you need some different options or sizes, you could put in an order at Kidson45th.com, and we’ll send you a box of clothes (no subscription necessary).
  • Rubber bands: You’ll need a few giant ones to wrap around the bottom layers, and smaller ones to secure each rolled-up clothing item. The plain-color beige bands are best.
  • Ribbons: Here’s where you can make it your own and coordinate with the baby shower theme.
  • A cylinder to be your base: A roll of paper towels would work, or look around your craft store for something taller if you prefer.

craft supplies

2) Next, Roll your clothing items like burritos and secure them with rubber bands.

3) Set up your cylinder base and begin placing rolls of clothing around it. Be sure to use similar-height & width rolls together (so maybe all pants on one layer, then all shirts on the next). Here it’s fun to play with colors and patterns. Once you have a layer of clothes in place, secure this “cake tier” with a large rubber band. You could also use string or ribbon. We liked how the large rubber band held the clothes so tightly together.

4) Create your next layer of clothing cake on top of the base by stacking rolled clothing bundles and securing them with a rubber band.

5) Stick the lint roller in the top to extend your cylinder up and build your top layer of clothing. If you don’t have a spare lint roller handy ;), you could use a piece of clothing. You just need something that will stick in the middle of your base layer, and have a smaller circumference than the other cylinder, so that your Clothing Cake can have the appearance of having a smaller “cake layer” on top.

6) Wrap some ribbons around the cake and make it your own! We also created a little cake topper – just made a t-shirt design, printed on thick-stock paper, cut it out, then secured it with a pencil! Feel free to use our T-shirt image template below – Click here to download a PDF of the Clothing Cake Topper.

Let us know how your Clothing Cake turns out! Tag us on Instagram @kidson45th

March 06, 2019

We've Been Sending Nearly New Clothes Nationwide for One Whole Year

By Elise Worthy - Founder & CEO of Kids on 45th

Last March, we sent out our first seasonal boxes of gently-used kids clothes to our first seasonal box customers – parents around the country. I wanted to build something for moms who were craving affordable kids clothes and didn’t feel like combing the clearance racks and sorting through consignment bins.

We started this journey by becoming the proud owners of a beloved Seattle kids consignment clothing store – Kids on 45th, which has been around since the 1980s. I shopped there regularly for my two sons. I also made some money back by consigning my kids clothes there.

In early 2017, I had made a consignment appointment at the store, and I was running late… I missed my appointment time, and they said they couldn’t rebook me because they were closing the store. I didn’t want our neighborhood to lose the access to great pre-loved clothes at affordable prices, so I sprang into action.

With my background in technology, I felt I could find a way to bottle up the love surrounding the Kids on 45th store, and spread that feeling throughout the U.S. with seasonal boxes of insanely affordable clothes. I had no idea how far we would come in just one year, and how fast we would grow. It’s clear that this is a product that moms not only really want –- they really need it! Time and money are precious resources for moms, after all!

We’ve come a long way in a year, and it’s flown by! We’ve sorted through a half a million clothing pieces to find gems for you and we’ve shipped boxes to every state in the U.S.

Thanks to all of you for being part of our journey so far, and we’re excited to keep growing and improving. When it comes to clothes – we want you to know that we have your back. We wouldn’t be here without you.

With love,
Elise
(Mama of Isaac & Cooper)

February 26, 2019

3 Steps to Save Money on Kids Clothing by Folding Laundry Like Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo’s home organization tips are the easiest to apply in your kids’ rooms and can actually help you save money on your kids’ clothes. The pro tip is that you can start on laundry day with no extra effort. In this case, imperfect is the perfect way to go!

You’re undoubtedly aware of Marie Kondo and her organizing show that’s inspiring some serious spring cleaning, or at least fueling millions of Netflix binges! The Japanese organizing consultant and star of “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” is showing all of us how to clear our clutter with gratitude and delight, seriously!

Her five-category, clutter-clearing system (Clothes, Books, Papers, Miscellaneous, Sentimental) may feel like a lot to tackle. But it’s surprisingly easy to “Marie Kondo” your kids’ clothes, and her folding method can actually help you save money on your kids’ clothing.

Use these three steps to organize your kids’ clothes, Marie Kondo-style, and save money on kids clothes:

  1. Laundry day can make or break your kids’ clothing budget – Use the time to sort out the small stuff: Sure, if Marie Kondo had her way, you’d pile up all your child’s clothes like a children’s clothes outlet bin and sift through them. But why not do a mini version of this on laundry day? As you fold each item, take a peek at the sizes, and make a donation pile for items that are too small. And notice if the items that still fit “spark joy,” which is Marie Kondo’s signature phrase, for you or your kiddo. If an item doesn’t give you delight, thank that cheap name brand hoodie for its service, and into the giveaway bag it goes (gently! That shirt served you, mama!).

  2. Go full Marie-Kondo-folding method in your laundry basket: Marie Kondo has a unique technique for folding and storing clothes. Neat as can be, Marie Kondo folds clothes into small rectangles (you can see exact instructions here). Then stands the clothes up vertically like little clothing soldiers. This way you can see all of your clothes so you know exactly what you have. Brilliant! Here’s our addition to the Kondo brilliance: As you fold your laundry, you can place the clothes vertically into your laundry basket so it’s that much easier to quickly slot them into your kiddos’ dresser drawers.

  3. Your kid’s clothing drawer becomes your shopping list: You now have an inventory system for your children’s clothes – with one glance you can see that you need more jeans, sweatshirts, etc. You know you never get dirt cheap kids clothing when you’re are in a pinch (helllllo, full-priced clothes on a Target run), so this method can help you see a clothing outage before it happens. And you know where you can fill in those girls onesies, boys pants, girls shirts, summer dresses, and anything else you need: Kids on 45th :)

folding clothes gif

Great for Growing Kids

We really love Marie Kondo’s folding and storage method for our kids’ clothes. Because kids outgrow stuff so fast, it can be hard to keep up with what they have and what they need. Plus, their clothes are often so small and there are so many of them, they can really get lost in the drawers. Using Marie Kondo’s folding and storing style, we’re able to see all of our kids’ pants, leggings, tees, pajamas, etc. all at once. It’s seriously so helpful when it comes to buying kids clothes, because it really gives you an understanding of what your kids need and what you already have plenty of, so you can stop ordering leggings and finally get your kiddo some short-sleeved shirts or whatever! (You know where to go for those in a snap, right? You got it 👉 kidson45th.com )

Have you been watching the Marie Kondo show, mamas? What do you think of her style of tidying up?

February 19, 2019

5 Ways to Get More Sleep

It *can* be done, but you have to step away from the Netflix first, mama

Sleep goes hand in hand with regular exercise and eating well: they’re the trifecta of healthy living, right? Funny thing though – no way is there enough time in a mom’s day for the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep, some sort of exercise, and healthy meals. Not when you add in work, parenting, childcare, self-care, cooking, cleaning, relationship nurturing, random internet searching, phone calls with your mom… the list goes on and on! (And don’t even get us started on having a baby or child who doesn’t sleep through the night!).

Something has to give, right? And sleep usually takes the fall. It’s a total shame though, ‘cause a good night’s sleep is restorative in sooo many ways. From looking good to feeling good, sleep is the key. So we have to figure this out, mamas! How can we all sneak in a few more ZZZ’s? We did a quick foggy-head brainstorm, and here’s what we came up with! May we present these 5 ways to get more sleep. 👏

  1. Go to bed earlier. Duh, we know. And often easier said than done as we are well aware from daily experience! But it must be said: the benefits that you will reap from being well rested will surpass that hour (or three) of late-night Netflix, promise! If you’re having a hard time dragging yourself off the couch, try setting an “bedtime” alarm on your phone every evening. When it goes off, you go to bed, no excuses!

  2. Sleep train the kids. Maybe you can’t get the baby to stop waking you up at 2 a.m., but anyone over two years old has ample ability to stay in their own bed until mama says get up. It might require investing in a few small tools, like blackout shades (the best $20 you’ll ever spend), an OK to Wake clock, and/or a fan/white noise machine. Trust us when we say these items are worth their weight in gold!

  3. Aim for better sleep. Follow all the expert advice out there and just try to tell us you don’t sleep better, deeper, longer. You know what you need to do: put your phone down and out of arms’ reach an hour before bedtime; cut out caffeine after 2 pm; follow a sleepiness-inducing bedtime routine that includes going to bed at the same time every night; avoid alcohol. These sleep tips get repeated ad nauseam because they work, so stop fighting them!

  4. Swap screens for books. We might love to read, but the truth is nothing demonstrates mom exhaustion like cracking a book at bedtime. One page (tops) and we’re passed out! So if you’re trying to sleep more, start by trying to read more, and we guarantee you’ll get more winks, ha!

  5. Simplify and automate. We’re all trying to eke out a little more time in every day, right? If you had more time, you could, in theory, get more sleep, simple as that. Take a look at your daily routine and see if there is anything you can simplify, automate, or maybe even ditch completely. For example, do you find yourself staying up late night scrolling for deals on kids clothes? Stop doing that, lol. Save time on your shopping with Kids on 45th. It takes five minutes to create a style profile for your kiddos and order them a season’s worth of clothes. With all that time saved, you can hit the hay a little earlier, mama!

Are you a sleep-deprived mama? 🙋‍♀️ What would it take for you to get more ZZZ’s?

February 08, 2019

10 Tips for Reconnecting with Your Partner

Don’t get too excited, this post is totally PG 😂

AHEM. You probably know Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. As a parent, it’s totally possible that February 14 means scribbling your kiddo’s name on the 30 cartoon cards you bought in a panic the night before. (It’s moments like these that make parenting lifesavers like Kids on 45th boxes so awesome! It takes just a few minutes out of your day to have all your kiddo’s clothes shopping over and done!). The best of us have considered getting a sitter. And for the rest of us, when it comes to our partners, well, every day is Valentine’s Day when they’re with us, right? 😜

Use Valentine’s Day to Reconnect

Actually, no, LOL. Sure it’s a bit of a Hallmark holiday, but the value in Valentine’s Day is it gets us at least thinking about doing something romantic and thoughtful for our significant others. Maybe flowers, chocolates, and a dinner-and-a-movie date are textbook, but it’s the thought behind the purchasing and planning that matter. ‘Cause while being together in the daily hustle and bustle of life and parenting is ultimately the best Valentine, it’s a little too easy to take that for granted, right? You need to stop and acknowledge it sometimes with a heart-shaped box of 55% dark!

Plus (warning: purely selfish sentiment ahead): when it comes to relationships and romance, you often get out what you put in… that said, who’s joining us in trying one of these basic, everyday ways to keep your romance alive this month?

10 Tips for Reconnecting with Your Partner

1. Speak their love language You’ve probably heard of the five love languages: acts of service, receiving gifts, physical touch, words of affirmation, and quality time. It might be hard to speak to your partner’s love language on a daily basis, we know. But if there’s ever a time to put in the effort, it’s Valentine’s!

2. Take a peek in the mirror One of the great things about being in a relationship is being able to be totally comfortable around each other – enter hoodie and sweatpants – but it’s nice to put in a special effort to look good for each other too, right? Trust us, it gets noticed (even if s/he doesn’t say anything!).

3. Give in You don’t have to be a doormat, but if you’re being a doorstop more often than not, be an angel and just this once* buy/do/plan whatever it is your partner’s been wanting** that you’ve been opposing. Honestly it’s probably worth it for you, not only in the partner goodwill but also by relieving the stress that comes with all that roadblocking!

4. Sub in Is there something your partner dislikes doing that you could take over? Anything you can do to make daily life easier for your partner means less stress on them, and more good feels for the both of you, woot! Let him or her know that from now on, you’re doing their dirty work, and you’re doing it out of love.

5. Give them a break Work, school, parenting, life: whatever’s on your partner’s plate, it’s a lot. Every parent we know could use a break, even our neighbors who live directly across the street from their kids’ grandparents/no-cost babysitters. Send your partner off for some unexpected alone time or a nap just because – now that’s love 💕 Especially since you surely need it as much as s/he does… unselfish actions for the romantic win!

6. One word: massage No explanation necessary, right? 😉

7. Make eye contact When’s the last time you really looked at the love of your life? Put down your phone, and gaze at your guy or gal instead. Do this, regularly, and see if it doesn’t lead to sparks especially when paired with a heartfelt compliment!

8. Breathe, then speak Be proactive, not reactive by taking a breath and thinking about your response instead of snapping when your partner says something less than savory… not that your partner ever drives you nuts or anything! It might not seem like a big deal but every snappy comment chips away at your love a little, whereas you could build it up by responding more positively.

9. Plan a date Cliché but for good reason: spending time with your sweetie is essential, and Valentine’s Day is here to remind us of that. Get a sitter, make a reservation, and go out.

10. Snuggle Remember the pre-kid days when you could stay in bed forever just snuggling? Do that now.

Relationships definitely take work, but they’re so worth it! Any tips you can share on what you do to keep the connection strong with your sweetie?


*Oh you! would it really kill you to do it twice?

**within reason, haha

February 01, 2019

Frugal February Survival Guide

Good thing it's the shortest month of the year!

January was a cold, dark month… for our bank account! The decadence of December really hit home for us in these recent weeks. If Santa was a little too generous at your house, we’re sure you’re feeling it too 😭 Well, come on over to our Frugal February party, everyone’s welcome!

When you’re feeling broke, the best thing to do it buckle down and embrace it, right? Go full cheapskate for a month, build the bank back up, and you’ll feel soooo much better about everything. Even if it means opting out of your [favorite disposable indulgences] for a few weeks. That’s what Frugal February is all about: spending little or nothing on the “unnecessary” items on your want/need list.

(For the families of federal employees, we realize you are in a very different kind of financial agony! Here’s hoping that all of the outstanding paychecks have been issued by the time you’re reading this!)

Google “Frugal February” and hello, it’s a phenomenon! So at least we don’t have to be alone in our month of cutting back. Of course, everyone has their own approach to spending and saving, what’s essential and what’s an indulgence. Here are some general guidelines if you want to try your own Frugal February:

Identify your essentials. First things first, you have to know what’s off limits when it comes to spending. Things like rent, bills, gas, and groceries are pretty basic, non-negotiable expenses, right? But you can put some limits on the kinds of food you purchase by only shopping with a list (no impulse buying!), and save money by only buying items that are on sale or discounted. For example, a great way to save on kids’ clothes every time you buy is with Kids on 45th subscription boxes. You can get a whole season’s worth of clothes for your kiddo for less than $50. The average price of each item in our boxes is just $3.29, so cheap!

Do a quick audit. Frugal February can be a good motivator to reduce the recurring expenses that can be a hassle to tackle, like cell phone bills and cable TV service. Sure it’s a total pain to switch phone plans and providers, but Frugal February demands it! Go through those annoying calls to customer service and trips to the phone store now, reap the $$$ benefits later.

Find new fun. Nobody likes sacrificing, especially if it cuts into a fun time. If you’re really embracing Frugal February, you might feel like you have to say no to a lot of social events like after work drinks, restaurant meals with friends, and date nights. The trick is to get creative. Go out during happy hour. Have friends over to your place for a potluck instead of racking up a big bill out. Do date night at home: swap babysitting with a friend and designate the time to hang out with your honey.

Don’t go total deprivation. If getting a fancy coffee and a muffin and meeting friends at the mall playspace is the one weekly ritual that you look forward to, consider ways you can make it work. Maybe you only go every other week in February and skip the pastry. Or ask your friends if they want to take turns hosting a weekly coffee-and-kids playdate for a month. Who knows? Maybe it will turn into a regular thing!

Are you all about Frugal February? How are you saving money this month?

Save money all year with Kids on 45th! We send pre-loved, excellent-quality clothes to your door for less. Now shipping spring! Order a box packed with clothes for your kiddo now.

January 23, 2019

Fitting in Fitness

Hi there! It’s January, so you know we just had to come up with a fitness post. Though we think winter in general and not just the holidays are to blame for our current physique. Actually, we’re pretty much always trying/wishing to be fitter – anyone else still toting a few pounds of preggo weight? 🙋

Since our biggest challenge when it comes to working out is actually fitting it in, we thought we’d go there 😀 Truthfully we’re not totally sure about that – it’s quite possible if we had tons of free time we still wouldn’t do any lunges, hee hee. But since there’s no chance of that happening – we are 100% certain that all moms need more hours in their day – we’re gonna focus this post on what we’re trying to fit a little fitness into our lives.

Plan for It

People who are in far better shape than us say planning your workouts is key. Block off time in your day for some fitness and it’s far more likely to actually get done, right? We’re training ourselves to take a quick peek at the day or week and see when we could realistically sneak off to the gym, or work in a walk, or take a class. The most common times the moms we know have to exercise tend to be:

  • During naptime: This is a great time to do a workout DVD or follow a routine on a fitness app.
  • On a lunch break: Sneak out for a speed walk on your lunch hour.
  • Early mornings: If you’re a morning person, working out before anyone else in your house is awake is a good option.
  • With your kiddos: Snuggle your kiddo into the stroller and head out for a walk.
  • During screen time: Let your kiddo watch a show while you work out.
  • Late night: Still have energy after putting the kids to bed? Commit to using the time to getting your work out on!

Surprisingly, so far we have found a couple of hours a week to exercise by reorganizing our days a bit (honestly, mostly by getting up a little earlier here and there, and cutting out a bit of mindless screen scrolling). But if you’re not seeing even a couple of times a week here and there where you might get in a full workout, you’re definitely not alone! Read on…

Get Creative

As busy as all moms are, it’s pretty much essential that we actually create opportunities for exercise in our daily lives. By that we mean turning everyday events into chances to bust a move. We’re talking about (admittedly kinda dorky) things like parking in the far lot and hiking it into the store, hauling all the groceries in by yourself, the throwing down a few pushups on the playground, and doing jumping jacks in front of the TV. There are a bunch of apps that offer super-short workouts designed to do in your living room, and some are potentially possible even for mamas at home with tiny humans!

Dress for Sweat-cess

We’re moms, so casual is our MO. That said, we’re not about to break a sweat in skinny jeans (oh no). And there have definitely been times we’ve skipped on a quick walk because we’re really hoping to keep our shoes in pristine condition, are you with us? So clothes are key. Luckily this is a relatively easy fix. It just requires keeping comfy shoes and stretchy pants on the ready so we can take advantage of any random opportunities to work out. So if you don’t want to wear your workout gear around town, it’s not an impossible ask to stash a pair of sneakers and leggings in your car or gigantic mom tote, right?

Push Your Partner

Don’t go it alone! Gently nudging your partner or a friend to exercise more is surely going to motivate you to make some moments to move, right? Whether you work out together or just compare your steps at the end of the day, having someone along for the jog is going to be of benefit to everyone involved. Plus, any opportunity for matching wrist and headbands should not be ignored, you know? 😂

Know an easy way to find some time to exercise? Order a box from Kids on 45th, and cross “Shop for the kids” off your To Do list!

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!.