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Hand Me Downs Go High Tech (Or at Least the Way They're Handed Down Does) Handing Down Hand Me Downs Goes High Tech

thredUP.com creates a kids' clothing exchange for the 21st century by merging online technology with traditional 'hand-me-downs.'


That old cliche about kids growing like weeds? It's true. In a matter of months, that cute dress I bought for my preschooler turns into a top. Her jeans quickly become Capri pants. I give away bags full of T-shirts, foot pajamas, and sweaters to other parents but I've still got to throw my credit card down at the Gap to start the whole cycle all over again.

James Reinhart, CEO & co-founder of thredUP.com (and a dad) feels my pain. "We knew parents needed this service because, well clothes don't grow and kids do." he explains. Since launching last spring, the online kids' clothing exchange has thousands of members and has facilitated the exchange of some 150,000 clothing items.

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Leaving Your Kids to Play in a Vacant Lot Is Good Parenting?

The benefits of a feral, rough edge on urban childhood, particularly with the growing chatter around the rise of "Chinese parenting" and "tiger moms."

When is a vacant lot a vast wilderness? When you're not quite tall enough to ride the roller coasters, your imagination is bigger than the latest Xbox offering, and your parents aren't the smothering types.

Our friends at Shareable have a nice little essay by Corbyn Hightower extolling the virtues of letting her little ones romp in a run-down parcel of land just down the street—gasp—without supervision.

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How To Start a Coworking Space

Our workforce is increasingly mobile with independent professionals less bound to traditional offices. Looking for more community while you labor?

Tired of the coffeeshop but allergic to the cubicle? Our friends over at Shareable have assembled 5 handy online resources for getting a coworking space up and running. Writes Beth Buczynski:

Finding a way to draw independent professionals with introverted tendencies out of their home offices and into a coworking space can be tricky. Whether you want to know if your community's ready for coworking, or are looking for tips about how to choose the right permanent location, veteran space owners and current coworkers are the best people to ask. These online resources will help you tap into the experience of the global coworking movement, and build a vibrant space in your community.

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