Disclaimer: You need to know that neither of the companies featured in this post know I am writing this. They have not paid or bribed me, this is not an affiliate ad or anything like it. When I find something that makes my life easier, I like to share it with you. That's what the #MomLife series is all about, and that's what today's post is for.
Shopping used to be my favorite thing in the world. Walking around stores, sipping a latte, being creative with what I bought from different places, the whole process was something I loved and really enjoyed. Fast forward to today and I've got a tribe of banshees that follows me everywhere, making shopping for clothes the bane of my existence. I also have to find clothes for my whole family and not just myself, so that does me in. Shopping is now part of my job description, a task on my giant to do list, a chore. I have done the mall, thrift stores, shopping online, you name it. Nothing has really cut the budget enough for me [I'm cheeeeeeap when it comes to spending money on kid clothes] or made the whole ordeal easy enough for me to enjoy the process.
Enter Kidizen and Mercari.
I first heard of Kidizen a couple of weeks ago when I was sitting outside with my new friend, Dana. I complimented her toddler daughter's adorable outfit and she said, "Oh thanks! I got the whole thing on Kidizen." Aaaaaaaand my life was forever a little bit easier.
Kidizen is a shopping app that lets you customize the sizes you need for your family. I added each of my kids to it, including their gender, clothing size, and shoe size, and I can shop for each one of them separately. Uh-maze-balls.
Here's an example:
Bella needs shoes. I open up the Kidizen app and hit the search icon, type in "shoes" then click the filter icon and select Bella. Now all the items coming up in my search are girls size one. I can customize my search even more by selecting certain brands, a price range, and more.
Kidizen is basically a thrift store, except you don't have to go anywhere. The app is comprised of personal shops [just like Etsy] where people sell their kids' new and gently used clothing. I got Bella a designer tunic with leather pockets [something I would never buy for full price, or even on sale ha!] brand new with the tag for $15. If you wanted to clean house and make extra cash, you could also become a seller on the app and get rid of your kids stuff. Win-win.
One of the best things about Kidizen is that the price of every item includes shipping, so you don't get that alarming total at the end of your clicking spree, and you don't have to mentally tack on five dollars to everything you want. It is what it is, and my mommy brain needs that.
I will say one thing I dislike about it, and I hate to go Negative Nelly, but I have to give my full review. The app's checkout process needs some work. You have to check out from each individual shop separately. So, if I have eleven items in my cart, they're likely all from different people's shops, and I have to check out for each individual one. I understand why it works this way, it's just really tedious and sort of irritating when you're a busy mom. The real issue with checking out on Kidizen is that the app is fairly new, and there seems to be a glitch with their PayPal checkout. It continued to log me out or say it couldn't read my PayPal account or credit card [I tried using both methods to get past the glitch], causing me to re-enter my payment and shipping info 5-10 times PER ITEM PURCHASE. Yes, annoying.
I have high hopes for an app update soon, but all in all, Kidizen is a mom life-saver. The other day I spent thirty minutes restocking the kids' wardrobes, because the weather here in Arkansas in October is much different than the California heat wave we're used to. I spent less than $150 and got everything they needed- shoes, pants, and shirts restocked. All four of them. Seriously, this app is incredible.
During my time on Kidizen, I got into contact with a shop owner I had purchased some things from and she told me about a very similar shopping app, Mercari. I downloaded it and looked around, and fell in love even harder, which I didn't think was possible.
The reason? Mercari is exactly like Kidizen, except they have everything. Designer stuff, workout gear, shoes, clothing, home goods, makeup, everything a human person could ever want to put on themselves.
I got a Smashbox eyeshadow set, obviously unopened, for six dollars. A pair of fringed ankle boots for ten dollars. A designer blouse for eleven dollars. A Nike running jacket for ten dollars. I liken this app to a combination of TJ Maxx [the quality of most items and the abundance of great name brands] and a thrift store [the prices] except again, you don't have to leave the house to shop. Even my husband has downloaded the app and loves it. He's lost a significant amount of weight and needed a new wardrobe. Mission accomplished for pocket change.
I haven't found anything I don't like about Mercari, except the fact that some people are selling junk, which annoys me to no end. Really?? You think I want your early-2000's Packers green, velvet vest with a tear in it? I don't. But, it's a whole heck of a lot easier than sifting through other people's sh*t in person, at the thrift store, kids in tow ;) and if you just filter your searches to be tailored to what you're looking for, you can usually skip that problem altogether. And their checkout process is just peachy, so thumbs up there.
I hope this post helps out my fellow mamas! I know these apps have severely cut down on my errands, and for that, I love them. Happy on-the-couch shopping!