For Valentine’s Day, we asked you to share your Kidizen Love Stories with us – and we were so blown away with how many we loved, that we decided we couldn’t just share just one! Here are some of our favorite Kidizen Love Stories that were shared with us.
“Hi Kidizen Fam! If I knew Kidizen existed I would have joined way sooner…here is my story ❤️. I have been struggling financially and just did not know ways to make extra income so I went to YouTube to search. Upon my 1 month of searching “side hustles” I found a YouTuber mom who use Kidizen as a side hustle selling/decluttering her house of clothes. I immediately realized finally something I have and can do. I have 4 kids: 5yr, 4yr, 2yr, and 6months…..therefore when it come to kids clothing….I have plenty. Once I created my log in and started posting, I made my first sale within a couple days and shipped immediately. I was filled with JOY and realized there are so much opportunities. Although I’m only about 1 month into using Kidizen and so far have only 1 sale…km not going anywhere yet! I think what’s even better with Kidizen is not just selling but finding clothes I could never find before….driving around town is not easy to do with 4 kids under 5yrs old. I love the community, the love the set up of the app (super easy), I love all the moms on here. We are all in this together. ❤️ Happy Valentine’s Day Moms.”
“It all started when I messaged her about a watermelon swimsuit I wanted for my 6 month old for a family vacation. I just wanted a couple of dollars off 😆 She wouldn’t budge, but I bought it anyway. Little did I know that it would start the beginning of a life long friendship that would transcend distance, moves in the opposite direction, and time. It doesn’t matter how long we go without speaking we can pick up where we left off and send a 5 minute voice text. Who doesn’t love a friend you can vent to about your crazy in-laws, your annoying husband, and your exhausting kids. Here we are 5 years ago at our first meet up when I was 6 months pregnant with my youngest now 4 1/2. We’ve been friends for 7 years now. I’m talking about Tara Hartis from Buttered Popcorn 😊”
- Clairebear & Lu Too
“The one that got away
She was one of my first shop follows
Siena + Will Her shop was cute
And fit the bill
In my cart
A little bear tank
Handmade and $12
But I was waiting on the bank
Friday came I opened the app
The tank had sold!
“SHI”….I mean “crap”
Years have passed
I still think about it
Who bought it?
Would it still fit?
Perhaps if I’d been able to cart it
Id be “all set” on baby clothes
Id even save money
But now, nobody knows
A true story of love lost
So take my advice I
f you see the bear tank
Buy it, don’t think twice”
“Oh, Kidizen love stories. I have many, but there’s one that’s just a little more beautiful than the others. In June of 2017, my husband went to work at his law office. It was just another Tuesday, he made the boys’ lunches and took the oldest two to school while the littlest two and I slept. Our youngest, Louise, was FINALLY able to nurse without nipple shields and the use of the LactAid which made me look exactly like a dairy cow and I had to use it for every nursing session for months. We were free of all the plastic and latex but I was still getting up every two hours because she was still underweight. Everything was in its right place. So I didn’t get up to kiss Adam or even hug him. Because it was just a normal Tuesday. I could watch LOTR with him when he got home and then I could hug him.
It wasn’t a normal Tuesday. At all. My husband was arrested at his law office that day. He never came home again. His arrest and the trauma that ensued for me and our four babies isn’t the story I’m telling today. But it was the first step on a journey that’s led to me a place I didn’t think I would find without him. I truly and honestly didn’t know how I could laugh again or find joy in anything without him home with us. I had nothing. We lost every single thing that had any value: our home, our boat, my beloved 1970 VW bus I lovingly named Edith (Adam had it fully restored for me). Our bank accounts were frozen. I had $1146 in my personal account and that was all I had left.
I got on Kidizen because in the chaos of Adam’s arrest, two HUGE moving boxes of Louise’s clothes got lost in the shuffle when we got back to Florida after initially moving to WA. I knew there were clothes but I had no idea what kind, what sizes, what brands. Those boxes being lost and found again when they were was a little gift from the universe. Bobo Choses, Tinycottons, Misha & Puff, Canvas House, Hugo Loves Tiki, Kalinka, Tocoto Vintage, Rylee & Cru, Thief & Bandit, Briar, Oeuf. The list went on and on and on. They were all NWT or NWOT. And so I found a way to generate income while Rigby and Lou were still too little for school.
I found Bethany through Lacey, one of the most wonderful Kidizen friends I’ve ever met. Without her, I wouldn’t be nearly as successful as I’ve been the last five years. She showed me the ropes and I became a part of her share groups and back then, there was no “share” button so you had to comment on every single listing to bump it up to the top of the shopping tab. Lol.
Lacey and I decided to head an event which allowed people to win prizes without having to purchase something as so many of us had very little disposable income. The Kindness Drive (was that it?) was a great little event and one of the shops that joined us in that venture was Shop The Franks. Just FYI: totally got choked up just typing her personal shop name. I am such a sap. Shop The Franks was Bethany’s personal shop, back then we weren’t Style Scouts yet but two newbies to the app just trying to kickstart a side hustle. Bethany and I were in Lacey’s Slack group, a group of Momizens that joined Slack to ask questions and vent and just be a sounding board for one another. Bethany and I and Heather frequently found ourselves laughing at the same stuff and realizing we had similar ideals and ideologies. We ended up texting one another and the rest is history.
My family lives in Washington and after years of FaceTimes and using other apps to communicate that aren’t even available anymore, Bethany and I met in person in the summer of 2021. Bethany wasn’t just a Kidizen friend, she was someone that knew my heart. She was always there, never ceasing to come to my aid when I was lost or angry or hurt. She listened without prejudice when I told her how Adam had been diagnostically identified as a case of grade 3 CTE (Aaron Hernandez was a grade 4). She assured me that we would get through this and no matter the ending, we would all be okay. She helped me when my phone’s camera shattered and broke and I was taking my pics for Kid with my front facing camera which sucks and I do not recommend it. She and Kyle tithed that year by helping me get a new phone so I didn’t have to take 2739292763 pictures of one dress simply to get one that was satisfactory.
When Bethany’s father got sick and left this world, I wanted to fly there and just be there for whatever she might need. Over the last five plus years, we have always been there for one another. As our lives got more packed with lessons and practices and schools, we could still jump right back into a conversation that was left months prior without skipping a beat. We met for the first time in the summer of 2021, I only wished it could’ve been longer.
Kidizen has saved me in so many ways. Financially, socially, and beyond but it’s enriched my life in more ways than I could possibly detail here. As you can tell, brevity is not my strong suit. I’ll end with this: we never know why things happen when they do. Why it seems like good people suffer and unkind people prevail. But if you step back and take a look at the chaos from afar, there’s always order amidst the ruins. I’ll never understand why what happened to us had to happen but I don’t doubt that it was necessary. And Kidizen and Bethany are worth all of the pain and the hurt and the confusion. We are always more than what we’ve suffered through. P.S. Not kidding, as I typed this, I got this text. She really is my people.”
- 3 Dudes, Lou + Tampa Too!
About The Author
Randi Pivec a.k.a. Violet’s Closet, is a kids clothes shopaholic and photo-obsessed mama of two who is just trying to figure this parenting thing out. She loves to answer any and all questions about Kidizen in the app and the Hello Kidizen Facebook group. When she isn’t helping other moms navigate buying and selling, she’s curating collections and brainstorming new style features.