I don’t know how moms with twins do it. Y’all are some special and patient people! After I had Bonnie, and it was just the two of us, we got out and about a lot. The weather was great in the summer and fall, and she was a newborn, which made going places so easy. I’d never done much online shopping before, because I’d always enjoyed the experience of actually getting out of the house, grabbing an iced coffee while we were out, and making a day of it.
Then, when Bonnie was a few months old, we started babysitting Luke during the week. We love having him, but having a second baby nearly the same age as Bonnie changed the dynamic completely. No more hopping in the car to kill some time at Target on a whim. Getting out became an ordeal! Coordinating naps, coordinating snack and meal times, getting two babies in and out of car seats, and then in and out of a shopping cart. Not to mention, where do you put two babies in a single shopping cart?
(I actually think I’ve found a pretty neat solution to this dilemma, with the Buggy Bench. I finally bit the bullet and ordered one, but it hasn’t arrived yet. It should make things so much easier!)
Even though we still brave the stores occasionally (especially now that the weather is finally getting nice,) I’ve found that I do WAY more online shopping than I ever thought I would. And it has been so nice.
Here are my faves:
1) Amazon Prime- Amazon Prime is a lifesaver for when I realize last minute that I’m running low on a pantry staple (like almond flour) or when I need one, random thing that I know I’ll never remember to grab next time I do get around to going to the store (like the cheesecloth I just ordered.)
2) Zulily– I love this site because their products change daily, and you never know what you’ll find. They have anything from clothing (for the whole family,) to furniture, to food. Zulily is actually how I discovered the Buggy Bench, although I waited too long to get one, and they sold out!
3) ThredUp– ThredUp has been a favorite clothing resource of mine for a couple of years now. It is like thrift or consignment shopping online! And the selection is enormous. If you spend enough time, you can find something every single time you shop here. Plus, when you order a “Clean Out Bag,” and send your clothing to them, you get either a shopping credit or a direct payout (whichever you choose.) So in the end, you can pay for your new clothes with your old ones, without spending much (or any) money! They have clothing for women, infants, and children, but not for men. They also have maternity clothes!
At first, I was turned off by the idea of buying clothing online, without being able to try it on, but they accept returns, and their return policy is really convenient and hassle-free.
4) Moxie Jean– Moxie Jean is the same concept as ThredUp, but they buy and sell only baby, kids’, and maternity clothing. Their selection is a bit smaller than ThredUp, but anything I’ve gotten from them has been very high quality, and I have yet to be disappointed. They do accept returns though, if you aren’t satisfied with anything you order.
Their payout is not quite as high as ThredUp, but they accept more brands than ThredUp does. So I usually send Bonnie’s clothing to ThredUp, unless I know it’s a brand they won’t take (like Carters,) and then I’ll send it to Moxie Jean.
Here’s my latest order from Moxie Jean:
5) Stitch Fix– Another resource for clothing, Stitch Fix is a bit different from the rest. With Stitch Fix, you complete a “Style Profile,” and a stylist puts together five pieces for you, mails them to you, and you have three days to decide which of the pieces you want to keep. You can keep all five, or none. You only pay for what you choose to keep! With your “fix” you also receive style cards, giving you ideas of how to put each of your pieces together with different outfits. This is great for someone who struggles with putting outfits together, and it is really fun getting new inspiration for wearing pieces you may already have.
If you hate everything you get, you can go to your account, and leave a note explaining what you did not like and why. The more specific you are, the happier you will be with your next fix. You can even request a new stylist if you are unhappy with the first one!
One thing I love is that, on your Stitch Fix account, you can link to your style or Fix board on Pinterest. Your stylist will use outfits and accessories you’ve pinned as inspiration when she is creating your fix. I have a Pinterest board that is dedicated specifically to Stitch Fix. One thing you need to do on your Stitch Fix board is be specific with your captions. For instance, if you pin a dress because you love the style, but aren’t crazy about the color, you need to type that in your caption. Again, the more specific you are, the better you fixes will be! (I think your Pinterest board is your most important tool when using Stitch Fix.)
Stitch Fix is a wonderful way to treat yourself once a month by scheduling regular fixes, or you can use it only for special occasions (Easter outfit, a wedding outfit, etc.)
So, these are my favorite places to shop online. If you have any favorite online stores for day-to-day, practical necessities, or for fun extras, I’d love to hear about them!