They are fabulous.
An online boutique that has precious pre-loved clothes for your kids from birth up until Size 14. When I was asked to try out Minitrade and their services, I was more than happy to oblige. I love the whole idea of it and I was excited to try it out for myself. It is really quite simple and I think you will be hooked once you’ve tried it.
How It Works:
Minitrade.ca acts as a traditional online retailer, conveniently available 24/7. Members can shop and purchase items at up to 75% less.
They also encourage their members to de-clutter their home from outgrown clothes by sending it to Minitrade. The process is very simple: they order a FREE clean out bag on minitrade.ca. They then fill it with gently-used kids clothes that meet their quality standards and drop it at the post office or request a pick-up at home. Both are FREE.
They inspect the clothes and grant members with store credits. They pay 20% of the reselling price upfront. More credits will be granted for prestigious brands and new clothes with tags still on. Members than use their credits in purchasing brand new and gently worn apparel for their quickly-growing children.
With over 10 000 active members across Canada, brand new and pre-loved items from coveted brands are rolling in on a daily basis!
With $50 to spend, I was set to go. Pictured above are some super cute heart-print tights from Old Navy, they were literally like brand-new, in fact, I am pretty positive they are. They were $3.33 and with versatility at that price, you cannot go wrong. She paired it with her favorite boots and petticoat.
My next pick was this absolutely adorable printed shirt-dress from Kanz. It was a bit more than my other items at $13.33 but, I thought it was completely worth it. It has a little pocket with ribbon accents and poofy sleeves. We paired it with her favorite boots and pair of skinny jeans. I love how it can be worn during Spring, Winter and Fall with minor changes to accessorizing clothes. For Spring, I would put on some Capri tights with sandals, during Winter, I would layer it with a shawl, scarf and jeans. For Fall, you will see my next look below.
This was one of my most favorite finds, this tan coat was gorgeous. And guess what? It was only $10.00! I layered her previous look with this coat and it would be perfect for fall days and nights. I think I can even use it for early Spring, considering the polar vortex. It will be chilly! I am in love with this coat, it almost reminds me of a Burberry coat. LOVE. Did I say I love it? So, does Mimi, as you can see.
Pretty in Pink.
My next little ensemble for Mimi is this adorable, corduroy blazer from Mini Souris. It was only $13.33 and again, it is super versatile and can be worn in so many ways. Here, I ‘ve paired it with a cute studded shirt from Children’s Place and skinny jeans from Old Navy. I love the flower adornment and the vibrance of the pink, it’s a gorgeous staple in any wardrobe. And yes, even that of your kiddos.
This absolutely darling polka dot sweater-dress from Les Deux Capitaines was only $6.66. I fell in love with the A-line and bow belt accent. The pockets were ridiculously charming. Since Miss Sassy loves her boots, she decided she wanted to wear her boots with the dress and I must admit, it looks pretty darn cute. It can easily be worn with tights and cute Mary Janes.
Pop of Color.
Last but, not least are these fabulous pants from Children’s Place. For the price of $6.66, I got not one but, TWO pairs of pants for Mimi. The pants pictured above are the electric blue and I paired it with a studded shirt from Children’s Place and her favorite boots. The ones that aren’t pictured are in black and are just as fabulous as the black.
De-Clutter Your Closets.
Once I received our package from Minitrade, I ordered a FREE bag from them so that I can de-clutter and trade in some clothes in exchange of credits. It was super easy and I sent along some of Gabby’s and Mimi’s clothes from Puma, Pelle Pelle, Mecca, Baby Phat, Children’s Place and more. They are now even accepting clothes and maternity wear for Women. To see the requirements, check here.
I think we made off like bandits and were able to create such darling and adorable looks for an affordable price. Pieces that looked like new and that can be used in so many different ways. Not to mention, it is green, I love that we are reusing pre-loved items and not wasting by buying.
If you want to get started and want to de-clutter your kids’ closets, you can order a shipping bag, here. You can start earning credits and begin shopping online in no time. Trading mine in was a breeze and to top it off, it was FREE. I just filled it neatly and dropped it off at the post office. I am still waiting to see how many credits I’ve earned!
Do you love shopping for pre-loved clothes for your kids?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.