As inflation soars, few parents have enough money to buy children’s clothes, which is why mylittleoutfit.com was created in the first place: to provide parents with a place to donate or buy clothes slightly used.
Courtney Fishman did some math when she launched her “gently worn” clothing business online.
First, she looked at how much parents spend and found research that indicates children grow six sizes, on average, in their first two years.
“$1,300 a year just for clothes. That’s 6% of what it costs to raise a child,” she said.
Tens of millions of tons go to landfills, she says. And many are designer brands: Ralph Lauren, Bloomingdales, Burberry.
MyLittleOutfit.com allows parents to donate clothing while purchasing similar (lightly used) clothing at a much better price.
This has been a boon for some as inflation soars.
Her stuff is picked, mixed and matched by a fashion expert, so parents don’t have to do it themselves.
“We do all one price, which is $15 for the whole outfit,” she said.
She said it can provide savings of 70-90%.
In return, customers receive a postage paid bag, and a choice to make:
“Do I want to keep these clothes for my child? Or do I want to offer this credit to women in shelters for shopping? ” she says.
Alex Firestone is a single mother whose daughter Rory has scored some great outfits – a free shopping spree courtesy of the site.
“We’re on the receiving end, which is amazing,” she said.
Sarah Wilson’s Harvest Home is where Firestone got her outfits. It is a shelter for homeless pregnant women. That’s where mylittleoutfit.com clothes go when Fishman customers choose to donate their clothes instead of keeping them.
She says shopping sprees give mums a sense of dignity and self-respect that they don’t always get charity gifts.
“These are really nice outfits and things that people would buy in a store,” said Sarah Wilson, executive director of Harvest Home Shelter.
It’s an option that saves money, saves time, saves the planet and helps children in need.