INSIDE: Kids grow so fast! Thankfully, you can sell those darling clothes they only wore once — see how in my Kidizen review.
My husband and I started out selling clothing on Poshmark alone. As we experienced little ebbs and flows in consignment sales, it reinforced the need to cross-list our items on several apps to keep things moving and diversify our reseller income.
Though we focus primarily on adult clothing and shoes, every now and again we have a few children’s clothing items to sell. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to move kids’ clothing and shoes very quickly on Poshmark. Perhaps it’s because of the flat-rate shipping of just under $7.
Fortunately, I heard about the Kidizen app, which focuses on selling used kids’ clothing (including baby clothes) and accessories. If you have kids’ books and toys, this is also a good place to sell online. The listing and sales process looked pretty simple. So I decided it was worth a try. Now I want to share my Kidizen review as a seller.
Kidizen was founded way back in 2013, originally as Itizen. In 2014, the company launched its iOS app under the Kidizen name. As you can see, this online marketplace has been around for a while!
While this app was originally focused solely on kids, they now have a Mama category, too. That means you can sell women’s clothes and accessories as well at this virtual consignment shop.
Listing an item on Kidizen is free. When your item sells, they deduct a 12% (+ $0.50) marketplace fee from the list price. If you choose free shipping when listing, the label fee will also be taken out of your earnings.
How Does Kidizen Shipping Work?
Shipping options are a lot like those on Mercari. You can get a label through the app or buy your own and upload the tracking number.
When listing your item, you will have a few options to choose from:
- You pay shipping or the buyer does.
- Three weight classes are available: 8 oz. and under, 8 to 16 oz., and under 2 pounds.
(It’s a good idea to have a scale on hand to weigh your items. Luckily, scales are pretty inexpensive. You can see the one I use here.)
If you decide to send offers to interested parties, you will again have the option to offer free shipping or not.
If you choose to get your label from Kidizen, the fee will be deducted from your sale’s earnings and the label will be emailed to you.
How Does Listing Work?
If you’ve listed items on Poshmark or Mercari, you’ll see that Kidizen isn’t much different.
- Pull up the app on your phone.
- Push the Sell button.
- Take pictures of your items.
- Create a compelling title, using the brand name and any relevant keywords.
- Select the category, gender, size, brand and condition.
- Write a description. Be sure to disclose any damage or condition issues. If necessary, you can include measurements.
- Select shipping.
- Set your price.
You can also use hashtags on Kidizen, though I haven’t ventured into those much yet. I would pay attention to the Hash Flashes on the app’s home page. These are kind of like Poshmark parties. During the weekly Hash Flashes, items with the chosen hashtags are featured. When I wrote this post, the weekly Hash Flashes were #floral, #springbreak, #swim and #lillypulitzer. You can also use these trends as inspiration for what to list.
If you have kids’ clothes but don’t want to list and sell them yourself, you can use a Style Scout. These local area representatives photograph the items, manage and promote the listings, and ship them once the items sell. Scouts and their clients split the proceeds after the Kidizen fee and shipping costs are deducted.
When and How Do I Get Paid?
One nice thing about Kidizen is that as soon as your item starts tracking, you get paid. Kid Bucks is the payment system used. When you make a sale, the proceeds are added to your Kid Bucks balance. You can then use the funds to make purchases on Kidizen, or you can cash out your earnings to your bank account or PayPal. There’s a $1 convenience fee if you request a cash-out of less than $15.
My Results Selling Clothes on Kidizen
My first listings on Kidizen were cross-listed from other platforms. Kidizen wasn’t supported by List Perfectly at that time. Therefore, I listed on the website as opposed to the app because it was a little easier for me. I uploaded my images and copy-pasted my titles and descriptions from the other platform.
I wasn’t able to find a place where I could see sold listings. I always like to see what the “going rate” is for items on a platform. Not a deal-breaker. I simply priced comparably to similar items for sale on the site.
One difference between the app and the website is that I didn’t see where I could choose the buyer-paid shipping. No problem. I just adjusted my prices accordingly. I listed seven items on my first day.
Within 24 hours, I was able to make my first sale on Kidizen. It was a pair of kids’ shoes. The sale came about after I received notification that a user had added the shoes to her cart. I then had the option to make an offer to the customer, which I did. The customer took the offer and made the purchase.
I totally believe in beginner’s luck, but I also believe in consistency and diversifying your income sources. Little by little, I have been adding a few more items to Kidizen each day, especially since they have a Mama category now. The more eyes on your merchandise, the better.
If you’re ready to sign up to start selling kids’ clothing – or Mama clothes and accessories – on Kidizen, I’d love for you to use my referral link. We’ll both get a little shopping credit to use on the site if you do. Two great things about belonging to these reseller communities are the ability to work at home and the opportunity to support others doing the same thing as you.