Showing posts with label Uniform Exchange. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Uniform Exchange. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Re-Threads, a uniform consignment exchange in Cary, NC

Not too soon after starting Uniform Mom, I ran across a uniform exchange program at a Cary Christian School in Cary, North Carolina.  I haven't yet been able to connect with anyone that runs the program, but I can see from their Facebook updates, they are preparing for another event at the end of May.

They began communicating the date of the annual sale about 3 months in advance.  They then distributed details on how to participate as a seller about a month out giving families plenty of time to sort through the closet and find items still in good condition that the kids have outgrown.

Sellers are provided guidelines how to price their items based on condition. They are also advised what items are acceptable based on the school's updated dress code. They are asked to hang and tag the items with a simple coding system used for the event.  Items that do not sell can be returned to the families or donated.  The seller is promised 75% of the purchase price and payment is sent via check approximately 10 days after the event.  The event organizers will tag the items for you for an additional fee.

Buyers are asked to bring cash in small denominations or a check for payment. Shopping is open for a short two-hour window of time.  The items are organized by type of item and size making it easy to find exactly the items you need in your child's wardrobe.

The event itself looks to involve several stages for the organizers:
  1. Advertising and pre-preparation logistics
  2. Event set up
  3. Drop off hours for the sellers to bring items to the event (3 hrs)
  4. The sale hours when the event is open to buyers (2 hrs)
  5. Hours for sellers to pick up unsold items (2 hrs)
  6. Post event cleanup and unsold item donation
  7. Event accounting close out and disbursement of the funds to sellers
It appears to be a large event that is well orchestrated.  If you are looking to host a similar event for your school, you can reference their event flyer for details. We'd love to hear from you if you've participated with this event, please share your experience in the comments below.  I always like to learn of other exchange programs. If you know of one in your area, please contact me directly.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Uniform Consignment has gone Mobile!

Uniform Consignment Truck
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Uniform Consignment has gone mobile. Literally.

Early last Spring, I shared a interview with the owner of a Uniform Consignment business in the Denver area. The previous owner offered highly personalized customer service via in person appointments to local customers and also sold items online.  She grew the business and sold when it grew too large to be run out out of her home.  The new owner took over last summer.  She considered opening a storefront, but realized that this niche business is at its best when you can take the uniforms on the road.  The Uniform Consignment Truck was born.

"The Uniform Truck is officially up and running and ready to come to a location near you! We carry pants, shorts, shirts, sweatshirts, jumpers, skorts, skirts and more..... just ask us. We will set up for a two - three hour block of time, take consignments and buy backs as well as sell items during our stay."                         
 Melanie Kirkpatrick, Owner of Uniform Consignment

The food truck businesses that have become so popular in many cities helped paved the way for a mobile storefront, with local governments setting guidelines on when and where you can park and open the doors to customers. Uniform Consignment sets up a schedule to visit specific schools or local parks during morning hours and promotes it via Facebook.  Visibility of the big box truck also helps let customers know they can stop by. They also hold joint promotions with local traditional consignment store fronts by parking in front of the partnering store at advertised times so families can visit both stores on the same visit.

Those of you in the Denver area can Like Uniform Consignment on Facebook to keep up on when "the Truck" will be in your area.  And for those of you that might be running the uniform locker or exchange program at your local school, I've invited Melanie to share with us on occasion the lessons she's learned along the way about operating a uniform consignment operation.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013 an online consumer-to-consumer department store

If you're looking for some serious deals and you're open to getting gently used items, then you might want to check out  It is an online site that can assist families to start selling, swapping and buying school uniform through

Buy, Sell & Swap Pre-owned Kids' Items is the first online consumer-to-consumer department store where you can buy, sell and swap pre-owned items. It focuses on kids' clothes, toys, kids' sporting equipment, as well as trading books and DVD's for all ages. offers a full-service experience, where customers simply send in their items to sell and swap with them. does the rest. The sales price is set by the item owner. Shipping the items in and getting items listed is just $8.90 and our sales commission is low $1+20%. There is no auction or negotiation of the sales price. You can buy as many items as you want and you can pay with PayPal or credit card. Uniform Mom is an affiliate partner with  If you have a bunch of items to sell, click through to let them know Uniform Mom sent you.

I browsed around and found a few school uniform items, both for boys and girls.  You can even subscribe to receive an email alert when uniform items become available in your child's size.  You would go to the clothes category and use the filters for size, gender and type of clothing and then write uniform in the search box. Then you would be able to subscribe for the email search alert for when the items are added on

I haven't had a chance to try it out this service for myself yet.  If you have used the service, please add a comment below to tell us about your experience either buying or selling with

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

10 Tips for Shopping at School Uniform Consignment Events

At the beginning of the school year, many schools have some type of exchange program or uniform locker where you can purchase second hand items.  These can be a great opportunity to save a bundle and cut some expenses from your Back to School Budget.  You can look for items in your child's favorite brands and styles in the next size up to have on hand for the next growth spurt.  If you have a younger child that is still mastering the potty, you can pick up some inexpensive items to leave at school or in your child's backpack for emergencies.

Beyond, gender and size, here's a list of things to keep in mind when shopping at a uniform exchange program or consignment.

  1. Check the tag and look for brands known for quality items.  Better made items have reinforced seams, while seams tend to loosen and may fray on inexpensive items.  
  2. Check for excessive wear which is likely to show first on the hem or cuffs.
  3. Check for stains.  If you find a stain, leave it behind.  Even on a white polo or t-shirt, some stains are so set in they don't come out even with the handy bleach pen.
  4. But don't just look at the outside of the item.  Look for signs of yellowing under the arms. Ick factor!  
  5. Check the color(s) for excessive fading.
  6. Check the zipper and the buttons.  Make sure the zipper is functional.  Check that all buttons are in tact.  Loose buttons can be tightened if you're proficient with a needle and thread. 
  7. Check for signs of wear or dry rot on elastics.  Remember to check the elastics in the waistband on items with an adjustable waist.
  8. Check for signs of alterations.  With pants, check for indications that may have been hemmed.  I found a smart tip from Fruggalissa who recommends that you measure the inseam on your kids current pants beforehand and take a tape measure with you so you can check the length. This tip can also works for girls skirts and scooters.  If your daughter has to pass the fingertip test, measure the length from her waists to her fingertips and note her number for reference as you shop. 
  9. Many retailers sell certain items as unisex.  Basic polos and t-shirts are a great examples. So don't be afraid to check out items from both racks when items are separated by gender.
  10. Even if the sales rep or volunteer tells you that items have been laundered, it's common sense to launder all items when you get them home in your preferred detergent.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

thredUP, an online consignment for kids clothing

I was super excited to come across thredUp. It's a US based online consignment store for children's clothing, and it's brilliantly implemented. The online store is bright, simple, and nicely organized. 
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If you have gently used items that you're  looking to sell,  take a few minutes to watch the video that shows you how the program works. To get started, you create an account online and they send you a big bag with a special envelop and instructions. You launder and inspect your items to ensure that they will meet their quality standards, then pack up a full bag once you've saved up enough items. They handle the postage via UPS or USPS, and email you to confirm when they have received it. When your items sell, you earn a credit for your portion on the sale. You can use the credit to shop or cash out using Pay Pal after 14 days or donate it to a group.

Think you might have some items to sell?  Check out their calculator tool to see what your items might be worth. They also have a feature where you can see what people are earning from the bag they sent in.

As a shopper on the site, they have smartly organized clothing by gender, size and category. They display photographs of the actual items for sale and you can use the zoom feature to browse the quality and details of the item.   The pricing is great. And as a first time shopper, I encountered pop ups that offered me discounts and free shipping. The only criticism I would offer is that I would like to see them add an additional category for school uniform items to make it easier for those of us with kids that wear uniform to filter through the vast inventory. 

Next time I am due to clean out my daughter's closet, I will definitely be signing up to get a threadUP bag for us to try out the program. I'll do a follow-up post to let you know how it goes.  If you've tried it out either as a shopper or as a seller, please share a comment below to tell us about your experience with the site. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013, a UK based classifieds for school uniforms

It's like Craigslist for school uniforms, sporting goods, instruments and and other items kids use. is a site based in the UK that helps match buyers and sellers.

Sellers can place an ad for £1 which includes option to upload an image of the item. Ads are listed for 30-180 days. To have your item "featured" is an extra 50p. The site suggests a pricing model based on the original cost and the current condition of the item. It also offers suggestions to make your listing descriptive. Buyers and sellers are encouraged to work out payment options and shipping costs amongst themselves. Sellers that multiple items to list can purchase a membership for 6 months for £10 to list up to 15 items.

Items for sale are organized into the following categories:
  • School Uniforms 
  • Musical Instruments 
  • Sports Equipment 
  • Sports Clothing/Footwear 
  • Books 
  • Dressing Up Items 
  • Out of School Clubs (Scouts, Brownies) 
  • Other Items (Holiday /Ski Accessories) 
Check out the site at or follow them on Twitter at @skoolkit

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Uniform Consignment in Denver

I connected recently on Twitter with @UniformConsign. After checking out their website, I wanted to learn more.  I exchanged a few emailed with Kim Vigil, the company's owner to conduct this virtual interview.  I also think its worth noting that she offers highly personalized customer service to local customers in the Denver area, they have expanded to partner with schools in El Paso Texas and Birmingham, Alabama.

Q) What motivated you to start this local business?
A) is a  family owned business based in Denver, Colorado that wants to make the buying and selling of school uniforms a simple and less expensive process. We are committed to our schools, the children, and their families to help provide quality garments at all times. We understand that it is hard to make it to the uniform shop during their hours, especially if they are across town from your home or workplace. We support our children, and any type of clothing swap that happens at the schools, but we wanted to provide an alternative since, let’s face it, most of us get up early and stay up late to keep our families running!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Uniform Locker Program at LCTA

I first learned of the Uniform Locker program at my daughter's local school during Kindergarten Prep orientation week. The PTA had sent a flyer to the parents in the K-Prep materials that the Uniform Locker would be open on the school playground after school pick up one afternoon that week.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Re-Uniform UK

I just happened upon this video of a school uniform recycling program that appears to be run by the Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council in the United Kingdom. These folks are taking the local school uniform exchange idea to new levels.

Items are donated to the program at drop off points in the schools.  The items are them laundered and packaged by employees with learning disabilities "helping them live independently through employment".  They are returned to the school and offered for sale for around 5 pounds per item. The program mentions it is opening a storefront retail location and may expand to include additional items such as sports equipment and musical instruments.

You'll have to click to see this video (3:44 run time) because I can't embed it here (its not on YouTube), but it will make you feel good.  Recycling + opportunities to improve the well being of the disabled + and helping families save money on school uniform items. Warm fuzzies all over;)

Friday, February 8, 2013

Share with the Class

As I mentioned, I'm the Mom of a Kindergartner at a public school with a uniform dress code, and I'm learning things from that perspective. And I fully acknowledge that I don't know it all.

To that end, I invite you to share your experiences, advice and lessons learned, even if your opinions and perspectives differ from mine. Here are a few ways you can get involved: