I’ve turned down a lot of sponsored content lately because, well, it’s hard to tell you about stools to help you poop when I’m all mired down in (figurative) poop myself. But this one, this one struck me as important so bear with me.

miss vivi on a wednesday.

For the last several months I have had three bins full of clothes sitting in the corner of my bedroom. They mean too much to me to simply drop them off at Goodwill but I also haven’t exactly had the energy, dedication and drive to list them for sale online (Because if you’ve ever done this? Damn, it’s a lot of work.) There’s a local pregnancy resource center that lets new moms “shop” through donated baby clothes for free, I really like that idea so the tiny stuff goes there. But what about the rest?

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With back to school happening today (Yes. On a Thursday. In July.) I have had the opportunity to teach Addie even more about second hand shopping. She LOVES Justice (I deal with it) and I gave her a set amount she could spend at the Justice store in the mall. Whew boy was she ticked when her the amount I gave her resulted in a pair of pants and a shirt. (Justice is EXPENSIVE!) But it’s what she wanted and I decided not to fight her on it. We took a separate trip to a second-hand clothing store where she had the same set amount but walked out with three pairs of pants, four shirts, a jacket, and two dresses. (Not to mention several of the second hand items were from Justice.) The kid is now geeked about second hand shopping. Score: Mom.

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Addie is lucky enough to have both an art and music program in her school and she loves music class with all her little sequined heart. While I have a lot of complaints about public school (one recess a day?) I’m grateful a lack of arts funding isn’t one of them. Lately with all the crap I’ve been in, my camera has been a welcome break from everything that is broken in my brain. When I was younger dance was my escape and while I don’t have a single musical bone in my body — music has the most profound and instant calming effect on everyone I live with.

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So here’s how all this ties together. Schoola takes your outgrown kids clothes and sells them online, all you have to do is request a free donation bag, fill it up, and send it on its way. What’s even better is YOU get to choose what school 40% of the profits from your used clothing go to. You can choose your child’s school, the school you grew up attending, a school in your neighborhood, or you can pick one of Schoola’s suggested schools — like the KIPP academy in the Bronx.

Let’s say I send in a bag of clothes that would have just ended up at Goodwill, Schoola takes them and resells them for $100. $40 goes straight to KIPP academy (or any school I choose) and some kid somewhere gets to wear Addie’s super cool second hand clothes. It only takes three donation bags full of your donated clothes to buy a violin for a child at KIPP. It only takes one donation bag to fund a year’s worth of art programming for 5 kids at another school.

That one violin I could fund with the clothes in the corner of my room could be the difference between a kid finding a way to express themselves through music instead of violence or the one thing that keeps them going to school each day.

The clothes your kids no longer wear hold a lot of power.

Request your first donation bag now, maybe tell a friend, maybe tell your child’s whole school and see what outgrown clothing can do for a struggling program in your own neighborhood.

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Comments

  1. I’ve never heard of this but it sounds AMAZING. Thanks for the link!

  2. Jenni Mamph says:

    BRILLIANT idea! I’ve got a bag coming to me and hope to be the first to help our local school! Happy shopping!

  3. Seems like a great program!

  4. This is ingenious! I’ve always handed down Sierra’s clothes to Lexie to Chelsea, but by the time Chelsea gets them they are pretty much worn out. But, Chelsea’s clothes…I can definitely donate, (not handing them down to Noah!) so that the proceeds can go to this great school, and for an awesome cause. We support the arts through and through because all my girls are musical!

    Thank you for this sponsored post, and thrift store/second hand shopping is the best! Have been doing that for years since I was in my teens!

    Love ya Casey!

  5. Courtenay says:

    I want to hear about the stools to help you poop. LOL. I’ve heard about them.

  6. Sounds like a great idea. We have grown out of Justice thankfully. I actually have a bunch of it to get rid of. I may look into Schoola. But wanted to let you know that you can often find their stuff discounted at TJ Maxx.

  7. Fabulous! I have several friends from my high school days that are now music and art teachers. I’ll be posting your blog story to my FB to help pass the word, and maybe some donations will be made to help out their schools!

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