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Kids on 45th Clothing Subscription Box Fall 2018 Review

Kids on 45th is a high-quality used clothing subscription for kids that ships items specifically chosen for your child right to your door. You can customize your wardrobe according to what type of clothing your child needs (i.e. shirts, pants) or let them send you a seasonal wardrobe. When you sign up, you complete a style profile by selecting attributes specific to your child’s style such as classic, cool, bright, sporty or even animals, to name a few.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

About Kids on 45th

The Subscription Box: Kids on 45th

The Cost: Clothing prices are based on individual prices for each type of clothing ranging from $2.79 for a short sleeve shirt up to $8.99 for a 3-pack of brand new socks. A sample cost for a fall wardrobe is $48.69 for 11 items. 

COUPON: Use code BIG20 to save 20% off your first box!

The Products: A collection of clothing personalized for your child that you can customize by choosing which types of clothing (i.e. pants, shirts) you want or have them selected for you based on the season.

Ships to: the U.S.

Our Fall 2018 Wardrobe Review

When I saw that there was a subscription for inexpensive, gently used clothing, I thought it was a great option! I have bought clothing at yard sales for my children before, and I thought this would be a great way to get the same results with much less work.

This is the invoice that was included with our order. I like that it lists everything that we received along with the cost of each item. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to send a dress for my daughter as we had requested, but they let us know ahead of time and referenced it on this note here as well. The total cost for the 9 items we received was $40.61 and came with free shipping.

I had hesitations about buying used clothing, but they have a lot of great information about it on their website.

From Kids on 45th:

Our buyers are super picky about the items we accept: no fading, pilling, stains, or wear. Only items that are in excellent used or like-new condition pass our standards, so we think you’ll love them just as much as anything you’d buy new.

So let’s see what we got:

Disney Minnie Mouse Tank Top – Cost $2.79

The first shirt that we pulled out of the box was a clear winner with Minnie featured on the front and the price tag still attached making it seem new. It looks like this was part of a two-piece set that costs $38.00. While it is new, it does look a bit faded, unlike if it came straight from the store. I love the ruffle skirt and my daughter was thrilled with it!

Faded Glory Capri Jeggings – Cost $4.29

So these are the pants that we received and I really wish that they were full length. They are modeled in the above photo with the Minnie shirt. I wouldn’t necessarily call these “high quality” as they are a Walmart brand, which is fine, but that means they probably retail for close to or even less than what we paid for them. They are in good shape and will go with a lot of clothing for now, but not super impressed with these.

Justice Pink Sequin Skirt – Cost $3.49

This skirt (or skort since there are built-in shorts) was perfect for my twirly, girly girl. This is from Justice and is in great shape other than a teeny bit of pilling at the waistband. 

Eliane et Lena Navy Butterfly Short Sleeve Shirt – Cost $2.79

This shirt is very cute with all of the details on the back and the sleeves. The back is actually more of a cotton material while the front is a bit silky. You can see my daughter wearing it along with her sequin skirt in the above picture. It almost seems like it might be a bit small since it’s so tight even though it’s her size. It is very cute though and from looking at other items from this brand, it seems like they are a high-end clothing company.

Sonoma Sweater with Sequin Pockets  – Cost $5.99

This sweater is actually a bit big on her, which I’m happy about because I think she can wear this right into spring. It is a grayish oatmeal color and has this really fun shiny pink sequin detail on the pockets. This was also in really great shape and it is thick and cozy. A great find!

Scooter Brown Floral Long Sleeve Shirt – Cost $3.29

This is the long sleeve shirt they sent for her and she loved the flowers and frilly lace detail at the bottom. (FYI- She wanted her brother to be in the picture with her and he is always willing to smile for the camera.) This is in great shape and is thicker like a sweatshirt. The sleeves are either a bit short for her or more likely, they are meant to be 3/4 length. Cute and girly and just her style!

Faded Glory Polka Dot Shorts – Cost $3.49

These shorts are cute and will be good for play, pajamas or to wear under her dresses. Again, these probably aren’t worth much more than we paid for them, but I guess these balance out some of the nicer items we received.

Penelope Mack Floral Swimsuit – Cost $5.49

This ruffle swimsuit is adorable! I love the silver metallic sparkle of the flowers and the contrasting neon trim. I like the one shoulder design, too. My daughter was really excited about this. While I had never heard of this brand before, a little research shows that swimsuits from Penelope Mack retail for almost $30.

Jefferies 3-pack Socks – Cost $8.99

This set of crew socks is very cute and they are decent quality, but I think they are a bit overpriced in general. It’s convenient if you want to be able to one-stop shop though.

The Verdict:

I’m glad I had a chance to try this service from Kids on 45th and we received some really great pieces that my daughter loves. I like the idea of recycling gently used clothing at a price that doesn’t break the bank, especially at the rate my kiddos are growing! I think that some of the pieces were a great value, while others weren’t, but overall, everything was in great shape and it all balanced out in the end. For $40.61 plus free shipping, it was a fair value for the 9 items (counting the socks as one) that we received, but the real issue with this subscription might be in the consistency of the boxes they send. Are they always able to send a mix of high-end and everyday-value clothing or does the value change depending on what they have? I paid a bit more than I would have at a traditional yard sale, but this was definitely on par with consignment shop prices and you can’t beat the convenience and style personalization. I think the real hook with this service is that you might just get one item that is a great find and really stands out in value.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Kids on 45th curates boxes based on each individual’s preferences and what they have available so you will most likely get items different from what we received.

COUPON: Use code BIG20 to save 20% off your first box!

Value Breakdown: This box cost $40.61 with free shipping and we received a total of 9 items which means we paid about $4.51 for each.

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Written by Brandi Dowell

Brandi Dowell

Brandi has loved the idea of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013. Now that she’s a mother of 3, she loves finding unique boxes to educate and entertain her kids while enjoying some more pampering boxes for herself. Her favorites these days are Lillypost, KiwiCo boxes & Wicked Good Perfume!

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Comments (16)

  1. After seeing ads for kids on 45th all over the place I decided to give it a try. Not having to take two 4 year old boys out in public to buy clothes! Yes PLEASE!

    I ordered 8 pairs of brand new shorts and a pair of sunglasses (to get it over the $35 mark). I would have ordered used shorts had they not been $5.49 each and brand new ones only 3.99. I couldn’t choose their exact sizes but had to choose a range instead (Small 6/7). So I left a note asking for 6’s because they have no waist or butt and 7’s would fall off and 5’s are too short for their super long legs…

    Open the box 9 days later to find 8 pairs of size 7 cheaply made shorts that cant go in the dryer (dry flat only) and a pair of toddler sunglasses that you can buy at dollar tree and are way too small for either 4 year old T_T

    I did get $10 off and free shipping bringing the shorts down to $3.12 each (not factoring in the sunglasses I got just to avoid paying shipping and can’t use anyway).

    I just bought (because we can’t use these till next year and we’re in desperate need of shorts now!) 6 pairs of shorts from Walmart for $3 each in cute patterns, much higher quality material and best of all ones that don’t melt in the dryer. In the future I’ll be skipping this and sticking to brick and mortar locations.

  2. I just tried this subscription and honestly wasn’t overly thrilled with it. Several of the items were very worn and stretched out. And I didn’t get anything I would classify as “high end” or “high quality”. Most of what I got was Wal Mart or Target brands. So for me, not a good match.

  3. I will not buy any used intimates but I don’t mind the dresses and shirts

  4. This will be a pass for me. I’ve used services like this in the past and it never works out. The last one I used was Thred Up & it was a flat out nightmare. After I rcvd my order (an order that was so insanely messed up I wrote abt it on facebook) I looked into the company & found out they were also scamming sellers! I ordered for my kid, child size 14/16, and what i got was a mix of adult size 14 & 16, child size 14 & 16, child & adult plus size 14 & plus size 16, child size 7 but the price tag said $14, one pair of high end leggings that said it was BNWT but had been previously ripped down the back seam and repaired and more. When I went to return it all I was told I had to pay the return shipping and a percentage of the price as a return fee even though it was 100% their fault. I had a 50% off coupon code and even with that I spent over $85. Out of all the pieces I received my kid ended up being able to wear 4 items and I wound up wearing 2 lol. I gave away a few things to a niece that wore plus sizes, but still had a box and a half full of unwearable clothes that I got stuck with. I learned that these types of companies are never what they appear or promise to be. Someone is always getting hurt, one way or another. If it’s not the buyers getting ripped off with low end brands or damaged goods it’s sellers being told their items aren’t saleable and then they see their items being sold on the site days later.
    I’m just saying if you buy from companies like this keep your expectations low and know what you’re getting into.

    • You just left a review on another company… this article is for Kids on 45th

  5. Your kids are adorable! The outfits look really cute on your daughter. But as you stated the Walmart brands can be bought for cheaper at the store. I worked at Kohl’s for years and with their sales the Sonoma sweater was probably cheaper brand new than what you paid for it used. I live within 5 miles of of about 50 stores and probably 4 thrift stores. If I lived in an area where shopping was quite a distance I could see this being a great choice especially with free shipping.

    • Thanks, Katie! and good to know about the sweater! Store sales are definitely getting better, so I’m sure you’re probably right!

  6. Thank you for reviewing this box and for the honest review, as I had never heard of it before. While I understand the reasons why the don’t allow returns, if they did I would be more likely to subscribe.

    • Thanks for reading, Kris! 🙂

  7. I think for used clothes I might prefer to shop on Swap where I could pick them out myself and get an eye for the condition. It might be different if they only sent clothes in very good condition with no pilling/fading/stretch.

    • I’ve never heard of that! I’ll have to check it out!

  8. We just received our second box. This second box wasn’t as nice as the first box we received in the summer. My daughter (size 12/14) didn’t receive any of the dresses we ordered and one of my sons (5/6) didn’t receive his pants. This go around we got several Walmart and Target brand clothes. One of the shirts for my other son (size 10) was totally stretched out and faded. And a lot of the items you could tell were from many seasons past (haha I dont think my 10 year old daughter has EVER worn (or even seen!) boot cut and she got four pairs of boot cut jeans! That was more in style when I was a teenager!). I will give it maybe one more season. Despite the inexpensive price, I almost think we could do better buying from sales at their favorite mall stores!

    • Thanks for sharing your experience! It sounds like it could really be hit or miss with this box.

  9. This is a nice sub, but I would not want a used swimsuit. It seems unhygienic to me.

    • It’s really the same as pants, tights, leggings, etc. If you buy from store, chances are someone tried those clothes on commando. For kids…they poop and pee. You could get a used shirt thst is more unhygienic than a swimsuit.

    • I thought the same thing!! I would never buy a used suit, underwear or even socks. Just ooks me out too much.

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