Friday, May 22, 2015
As the moms who founded Moxie Jean
(the site voted #1 by moms for kid's resale) we have a LOT of experience with kids clothes and how to keep them looking their best.
We're sharing our best stain removal advice in the image above (Pin it!) and general laundry care in the tips below.
General Clothing Care:
Don't use hot water unless you need to. Unless you've got serious contamination on your hands (read: bodily fluids or the like), it's probably not necessary and will just cause your clothes to show "excessive wash wear" -- which means Moxie Jean won't be able to accept them.
Go easy on the detergent. Even without high-efficiency washers, you don't need a lot of detergent. Using too much will clog up the fabric and, ironically, the residue left on your clothes will attract and hold dirt.
Don't use the dryer unless you have to. And when you do put things in the dryer (on a low setting), don't overstuff it. It causes more wear and tear on your dryer but also more friction and rubbing/wear on your clothes.
Wash and store polo-style collars turned up to avoid a permanent crease that fades quickly. On an otherwise nice polo, a faded crease in the collar ruins a sharp look.
Treat stains right away. Use ice water or seltzer on food stains before they set. Before washing, dab a stain fighter on and let it sit for 10 minutes before washing.
Turn clothing with frills, sequins, flowers or other embellishments inside out before washing it. It will reduce wear and fading on the additions and reduce the chances that things will get snagged as they turn.
Get to know the steam setting on your iron. Those cute little flowers curling up? Bows on the shoulders a little droopy? Use the steam setting on your iron to perk them up. Hold the iron maybe an inch from the clothing as the steam comes out and then smooth out the petals or bows or other embellishments. Don't actually iron them--you're apt to melt, fade or otherwise damage the materials.
Invest in an electric lint shaver. You can revive almost anything fleece that has accumulated pilling with a lint shaver, and knit sweaters, too. It's absolutely worth the $5 investment--probably our most useful tool.
Get those grease stains out. Probably our most frustrating challenge is when otherwise adorable kids' clothes have dark spots on them, like a bit of oil or grease. Use a little dab of grease-fighting dish soap, gently work it into the fabric and let it sit for maybe half an hour, then rinse the soap out by hand and wash as normal. It works!
Keep a bib on the baby, even between meals. Spit-up doesn't necessarily happen only during or right after feedings. Lots of babies spit up between meals. It's easier--and cheaper--to keep changing to a dry, clean bib than to go through half a dozen outfits every day.
Fancy Dresses and Formal Wear:
A little nail polish will save runs. The ends of ribbons and the middle threads of buttons can fray easily when kids run around in their beautiful outfits. Use a little clear nail polish to seal them before they start to unravel.
Dry clean quickly. If your child wears a formal dress to a wedding or other special event, have it dry-cleaned right after the event: little drops of apple juice may not be obvious right away, but after the dress sits in a closet for 6 months, those stains will darken.
If you have high quality, like-new baby and kids' clothing you would like to sell, please review our clothing purchase policies (and pricing charts) to see what we accept and then order a FREE Moxie Jean Mailer Bag today. Or, check out the kinds of clothes currently for sale in our store. It will give you a good idea of the quality and style that "Upscale Resale" means at Moxie Jean.
Friday, April 24, 2015
What would you buy if you had $100 for a spring wardrobe? Oh, the possibilities. Well, set aside a Franklin (or 10 Hamiltons or 100 Washingtons ... however you like to roll) because it can buy you quite a lot if you shop a gently used childrens consignment site like Moxie Jean. Right now, we're offering you a special deal: Spend $100 in April, get $25 to spend in May.
To give you a little inspiration, two moms - our co-founder and CEO, Sharon Schneider, and Community Director, Michelle Thompson - spilled what they would buy from the site with a cool $100 (Sharon has a 4-year old daughter and Michelle has a 5-year old son). Their colorful picks will last through spring - and far beyond.
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Friday, April 17, 2015
The key to a great kiddie wardrobe is quality, not quantity. It's about choosing outfits that wear comfortably and last longer. Better yet, it's about choosing in ways that don't harm the environment. That's where organic cotton comes in.
It’s definitely pricier - a simple t-shirt purchased new can easily run $25. But is it worth the extra cost?
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Friday, April 10, 2015
Any parent of 3 girls under the age of 6 (or any parent of a toddler, really) can tell you it’s definitely a challenge to get them all dressed in the morning.
Getting dressed is made a little more difficult by the fact that all 3 of my girls have sensory processing disorder (SPD), and my two younger daughters are especially affected by clothing.
For kids with sensory processing disorder, buying special clothing as well can add up. Here's how I find clothing that meets their needs and my budget.
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Thursday, April 09, 2015
From April 9, 2015 until April 30, 2015 - When you spend $100 in a single purchase at Moxie Jean (after discounts) you will receive a promotional discount code worth $25.
The $25 promotional code will be on a card mailed along with your purchase and should be received within a week of purchase. The code is good for a purchase during the month of May and all codes will expire on June 1st, 2015.
Do you have Moxie Money from selling clothes to Moxie Jean? Great - spend your Moxie Money to qualify for this offer. When you get your promotional code, you will be able to use it alongside any other Moxie Money you have in the same transaction.
Fine print: The purchase of gift certificates will do not qualify for this offer. Purchases made before April 9, 2015 do not qualify for this offer. Must purchase $100 in a single transaction, multiple transactions during the period will not qualify for this offer. Promotional codes have no cash value and may not be redeemed for cash. Only one promotional code may be used in any single transaction.
Friday, April 03, 2015
While you might walk out of your baby shower with an armload of fancy outfits, what you really need are a handful of staples that will get take you from rain to sun, and from morning to night. Here are the 6 pieces of newborn baby clothes every new parent should have on hand before the delivery day.
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Friday, March 27, 2015
Win $300 to spend on a new Spring wardrobe! $150 for your little one at Moxie Jean, and $150 for you at Twice.
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