When my older son was little, we had the dream hand-me-down setup. Our nephew was just six months older than our son, so my sister-in-law would pack up all of his clothes a few times a year and we’d grab them when we visited. This allowed her to free up space in her home, and helped us get a bunch of great clothes for our little guy — with less time and money spent on filling out his wardrobe.
But over time, my son caught up in size to her’s and the hand-me-downs petered out.
To this day, I love hand-me-downs for my kids. I still hit up second hand markets and events, but I rarely find anything that works for my bigger kid. It seems that once kids hit about age four, there’s just less high-quality second hand (or hand-me-down) clothing available.
In the world of adult clothing, bigger progressive brands have wised up to the fact that well-made clothes have long after their first owner is done with them. Companies like Patagonia and Eileen Fisher have changed the way they view their previously used garments. Both of these companies offer amazing programs for the repair and resale of their clothes. Patagonia, ever-present at outdoor events, not only has a sweet little repair trailer that they cart around, but they resell their repaired clothes on a stand-alone website.
Eileen Fisher — which holds a special place in my heart as it was one of my mom’s favorite brands, has an enviable renewal atelier. Here, they not only do small repairs on their used garments, but they will totally remake garments into new, beautiful creations.
Any company in the fashion space knows that our thirst for fast fashion is unsustainable and that the most sustainable option is pre-loved. But what if the source for pre-loved clothes for big kids is dried up because the quality of what’s available frankly sucks?
That’s why from the very beginning we established our Trade Up program. Like my inspirations companies, we design clothes to last and we are committed to being a more environmentally friendly clothing company. When your kid outgrows our clothes, the garments still have lots of life in them. My older son has recently outgrown his favorite Ash pants, and they are perfectly broken in and ready to be worn and loved by more kids.
When you send back your outgrown Jackalo clothing, we’ll then wash, repair, and resell them at a discount (and either upcycle or responsibly recycle what can’t be resold.) And, you’ll get a 20% discount on future purchases.If you’ve already got some Jackalo gear that’s ready to be handed down, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you started in the Trade Up program. Or, join our email list to be the first to know when those perfectly broken in Jackalo pants are available for purchase.