Rent and Return Special-Occasion Children’s Clothes

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Tired of paying a ton of money for special-occasion clothing your kids may only wear once or twice? A new eco-friendly website allows you to rent new or “like new” children’s clothing for a fraction of their retail prices. Founded by a mom of two, wearhop.com is based on the premise of recycling and reusing high-quality children’s clothing.

Wearhop.com carries a hand-picked collection of clothing in sizes 12 months to 5 from the following premium brands:

  • babyGap
  • Crewcuts
  • Hanna Andersson
  • Janie & Jack
  • Joules
  • Lilly Pulitzer
  • mini Boden
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Tea Collection

But we’re not talking t-shirts and jeans. All of the items on the site are special-occasion pieces, such as dresses, button-down shirts, sweaters, and chinos. And since a typical season-long rental costs 40 percent off retail for new items and up to 70 percent off retail for “like new” items, you can save a ton of money on your daughter’s Easter dress or the blazer your son will wear to a relative’s wedding. For example, you can rent a “like new” Crewcuts floral dress, which retails for $90, for only $23.52 for one month.

Renting clothing is easy. Simply browse the site for items you like. Decide whether you’d like to rent the items new or “like new” and how long you’d like to rent them for—any period from one six to months. Then simply place the items in your shopping cart, check out (shipping costs $5), and check your mailbox for your clothing! And you can rent as many items as you’d like at a time!

Once you are finished with the clothes, simply place them in the pre-paid, pre-addressed envelope you received with them and drop it in any USPS mailbox. You can also decide to keep clothing for an extra six months, or purchase them and keep them forever.

I haven’t yet tried Wearhop, but I’ll definitely consider it the next time I have a special event to take my twin boys to! Since the site is brand new, only time will tell how successful it will be. But seeing how popular Rent the Runway—through which women can rent designer dresses, gowns, and accessories—has become, I can only imagine Wearhop will really take off among parents!

What do you think of wearhop.com? Please leave a comment and let us know!

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Jennifer Marino Walters is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in All You, Fit Pregnancy, Parenting, and several other magazines and websites. She’s the mom of adorable twin boys and the wife of a U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel. Though she and her family recently moved from the mountains of Colorado to the beaches of Southern California, Jennifer—a New York City native—is a city girl at heart. She writes about her adventures raising twins while navigating the military lifestyle on her blog, www.doubledutytwins.com

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