Sprouting Threads Subscription Box Review – May 2015
Sprouting Threads is a brand new subscription for children ages 2-8 that provides clothing styling services. I have been looking, for some time now, for other subscription services in this niche and was happy to learn about this one.
Sprouting Threads kindly sent us this package to review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Sprouting Threads
The Cost: $20 styling fee that is applied to your purchase of two or more items
The Products: Your choice of 2, 3, 4, or 5 outfits sent to you every month to keep or return, based on your child’s style profile
Ships to: US only, shipping is free both ways
Good to know: This service can be paused at any time.
I signed up for Sprouting Threads for my seven-year-old son. There are a lot of choices with this service! In addition to his size and gender, I filled out a pretty thorough style profile quiz. I then chose my number of outfits (2 through 5), and how often I wanted a package (monthly or seasonally). In addition, you can choose whether you want all new items, or half new and half “re-threads.”
Re-threads is Sprouting Threads’ term for used clothing. When your child has outgrown an item, you can return it for 20% credit toward your next package. Re-threads are also obviously less expensive.
From there, Sprouting Threads sends you a package of clothing and an invoice. They also send a postage pre-paid envelope. You keep what you like and return what you don’t. Your credit card is charged for the items you keep (per the invoice prices), but if you choose to keep more than one item, the $20 styling fee is applied to your order total.
I chose the 3 outfit, monthly, and 1/2 Re-thread option.
Cargo Shorts – $30 cost to keep
These are brand new cargo shorts from Tooby Jeans / Tooby Doo New York. They are very high quality, and I absolutely LOVE the red and navy stripe detail on the belt loop! These are pretty impressive for a pair of kids’ cargo shorts. Also, they are $36 on Tooby Doo’s website – score! The clothing in this package was sent to us for review purposes, but if I were a regular subscriber, I would definitely choose to keep these!
Tea Collection Button Down Polo – $14 cost to keep
This is actually a Re-thread (used) piece, but it’s in absolutely perfect condition. I love this shirt! The color and print totally fits the style profile I filled out, and this will be the best layering piece ever! My son looks adorable in it! I would definitely keep this one as well!
Tea Collection Dobby Shorts – $22.50 cost to keep
This is another pair of new shorts from Tea Collection. Have you ever seen pinstriped jersey-knit boys’ shorts? With an elastic waistband? I’m on the fence about these. I can’t decide if they are unique and cool, or if they just have too much going on. My son is a big fan of comfy pants and shorts, so we would probably end up keeping these. On the other hand, they are currently on sale on Tea Collection’s website for $13.50, so that might be the way to go. Retail price was $22.50.
Short Sleeve Polo – $12 cost to keep
This cute little polo shirt by Lucky is another Re-thread. It’s in great shape for a used piece, but I find that boys’ collared shirts are almost impossible to buy used because the collar never lies straight again. This one is no different. It’s a cute shirt, but nothing really special. This would go back.
Baja Shorts with Lace Bottom – $28 cost to keep
I love little boys in plaid shorts! This is totally the right style! They fit well and are very well-made, adjustable waistband and all! But I couldn’t find anything “lace” about them, so I was utterly confused. I entered the description on the invoice into Google and came up with these:
(from Amazon’s website)
Ha! So it looks like Sprouting Threads put the wrong item on the invoice. My son would have been so irritated if they had sent him these instead! I would have definitely made him try them on, though.
So, this would have been a customer service issue, which I am never thrilled about, but the shorts they actually sent us have a list price of $38 and a sale price of $26.60 on Amazon. Although I would have wanted to keep them, I wouldn’t feel comfortable paying the invoice price without clarification.
Appeman Stanton Motors Tee – $26 cost to keep
This is a new shirt with a vintage wash, and I just love it! It’s sooooo soft, and the perfect style! On the other hand, $26 is pretty steep for a kids’ t-shirt. From a brief web search it looks like the original retail price was $34, so that’s a good discount, but still… I’m not sure I would keep this one.
Verdict: My son has had a serious style upgrade! More than anything, I am absolutely astounded at how Sprouting Threads completely hit the nail on the head in terms of style. All the new pieces they sent were great quality and were at or below retail price. That’s fantastic! The Re-threads were also in remarkable shape for used clothing.
I think it’s important to note that Sprouting Threads was still in beta when they asked us to review their service. This might explain the snafu with the lace shorts (plus whatever, mistakes happen). More importantly, though, I am impressed by how well their website worked and how smoothly the whole process was. I love Sprouting Threads!