Looking for some great used kids clothes online and curious about a review of Kids on 45th? Then read on to see what to expect from their service! This post is sponsored by Kids on 45th but all opinions are my own.
It is back-to-school season right now, and despite homeschooling, our kids still need some new clothes for the upcoming school year, just like every other kid.
Perhaps doubly so as our kids also need warm clothes for the winter months, which actually happen here in New York, unlike Texas which we just moved from.
With five growing children, buying a whole new wardrobe, especially winter wear, for each of them can be super expensive!
I don’t want to spend a fortune on clothes, but I also don’t love buying super cheap clothes that fall apart or get holey fast either. Quality does matter still.
I love the idea of giving new life to old clothes and contributing less to consumer waste in the world, which is why I hunted for used kids clothes online.
I was eager to see how Kids on 45th would compare to my experiences with these other companies, knowing that I would receive used clothing this time around.
What is Kids on 45th?
First, let’s go over what Kids on 45th is.
Basically, they’re a retailer of secondhand kids clothes, shipping “surprise” boxes of gently-used (and some new with tags) clothes to parents around the country for super-low prices.
Kids on 45th started as a real, brick-and-mortar store 30 years ago. Their locally-beloved store, located in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle at 1720 N 45th St., is still around and still focused on delivering the highest-quality new and used kids clothing and gear.
Kids on 45th sorts through and find the highest quality finds from donation centers across the U.S. There’s a chance to score big brands at cheap prices, and they are committed to sending great quality clothes at a good value.
Anyone in the 50 US States can take advantage of high-quality used kids clothing without having to search through racks and racks of secondhand stores yourself thanks to the Kids on 45th subscription box service!
You just go to their website, fill out their quiz about each of your children you are looking to outfit, their sizes and style preference, as well as their wardrobe needs (aka 3 pairs of shorts, 2 tees, 1 sweatshirt, 2 athletic tops, etc).
Then Kids on 45th will find and ship you the best used kids clothes in their sizes and with their style preference. If you order for multiple kids, they’ll put all of the clothes in one box to save you on shipping costs and waste.
Their big goal is to make life easier for busy, frugal, planet-conscience parents with a 2-minute online shopping experience for a whole season’s worth of kids’ everyday clothes.
Kids on 45th Clothes
Kids on 45th offers used kids clothes from sizes Newborn to 14/16 in both girls and boys.
The clothes are in excellent condition —no stains, pilling, tears, fading.
Kids on 45th Costs
Items start at $1.99 and max out at $12.99 for a winter coat! They are all priced low, with an average item cost of $3.29.
You pay for the clothes before they ship, but there are no styling fees.
Kids on 45th Shipping
They offer free shipping at $65+ and depending on your location, it takes about 4-7 business days to ship from to you after you order.
At this time they only ship within the 50 U.S. States.
Kids on 45th Subscription
No subscription is necessary. They don’t automatically opt you in for seasonal shipments. It’s totally optional but a cool idea.
When you sign up for their seasonal deliveries, you receive clothes for your children in advance of each changing season, four times per year.
There are no styling fees or subscription fees and the deliveries can be paused or canceled anytime.
Before each seasonal delivery ships, they send you a reminder to update your child’s size and review the items in your shipment. You can also order clothes mid-season if you’re missing something.
Kids on 45th Returns and Exchanges
Because Kids on 45th are all about saving the planet, you won’t ever have to make a trip to the post office.
Their Happiness Policy doesn’t accept returns or exchanges. Instead, they give you a store credit, asking you donate the item that has an issue, so the item can find a new home.
You select the item that had a quality issue (holes, pilling, stains, tears, outdated, or other) and submit that to them for review. If they confirm there was an issue, they will credit you the cost of the item.
Kids on 45th customers typically go gaga over a few key items, and feel others are perfect playtime staples.
Kids on 45th Review
I filled out three style profiles for my three oldest children, as they have the biggest clothing needs. There aren’t a ton of options and is very simple.
One tip though: in the style notes, add both what your kids like and what they won’t wear so their team knows what to avoid. They even have a clothing/material sensitivities section if you have a child that has sensory or other needs.
After I filled out their style profiles and sizes, I specified how many of each type of clothing I wanted for each individual child. You have to order at least 10 items total, which can be spread across multiple children. They give you price points for each item (including if it’s on sale) and running totals with any credits applied to that order.
I ordered a variety of clothing items for my three kids, and paid for the clothes upfront. (Use discount code FAGANS to save $10 on your first purchase!)
However, I got an email after I placed the order letting me know that they couldn’t find enough gently used items that met their quality standards in the sizes or type of clothing I requested.
To remedy this, they offered me the option to swap items out for something else (these swaps were sometimes for different sizes, or different types of clothes, or for things like new sunglasses) or to receive store credit. I had 48 hours to make my choices.
They also credited my account $20 toward a future purchase for the hassle.
Not an ideal situation, but free money toward future clothes purchases is still pretty cool.
But, I was disappointed that they had like nothing in a boys’ size small. My son ended up only receiving like three clothing items (and in too big of sizes) and some sunglasses, when I was hoping to get him a lot more clothing.
After I got the clothing swaps and credits situation figured out, they shipped out the box… only it went to my Texas address (oops!) and need to be forwarded to me here in New York.
Because I was working with Kids on 45th for this review, they found this error, and put together an entirely new box and sent it to me in New York and it arrived quickly. I ended up with two boxes coming only a few days apart.
The good news is we got more clothes so I could do a better Kids on 45th review as I had more clothes to look over and evaluate! Win for you and me.
My kids were super excited to get new to them clothes (and some new new too).
There were definitely some big winners, but also a few pieces my kids didn’t love, or didn’t fit well, like one pair of jeans too small for my oldest daughter.
My son’s clothes were all too big, but he loved them all the same.
My 4-year-old daughter immediately grabbed all the sunglasses and disappeared with them, which works out since I didn’t buy her any clothes (she has plenty from her older twin sisters).
It’s pretty awesome though to receive a big box of clothes for your kids where the average price point of the clothes is like $5.20 each piece.
Kids on 45th Promo Code
Because they are awesome, Kids on 45th created a special promo code just for my readers! Use Kids on 45th discount code FAGANS to save $10 on your first purchase.
Kids on 45th Referral Program
If you like their service, you can earn a $10 credit for every new Kids on 45th customer who places a $35+ order with your personalized referral link.
The referred customer will receive $10 off their order too!
You can find your personalized link and code on your account page.
I also got an email about an option to pre-pay for future clothes and save money if I do, meaning I could buy $250 of Kids on 45th credit for only $199 (saving me $51). I don’t know if that type of offer is always available, but that’s pretty incredible!
They also will run sales and other promos.
These kids clothes are secondhand, which makes them the most sustainable choice a mom or dad can make — good for you and the planet
Overall, we’re really happy with them and will use again.
If you need clothes for your kids, give them a go! And don’t forget to use code FAGAN for $10 off your first purchase!