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Rent just about anything

Rent just about anything

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by Terri Gruca

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Posted on January 17, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 17 at 10:53 AM

I’m always looking for a bargain. I love digging through sales racks and will wait for something to go on sale before buying it.

Being pregnant makes that pretty tough. I’ve found a few places where I can score some reasonably priced clothes, but have to admit they don’t always look the most flattering.

So thought I’d share this web site I came across that lets you rent maternity dresses. It’s called Rent Maternity Wear.com. It’s a great deal if you have a special occasion, like a wedding or an event and you don’t want to spend a ton of money. Other than that I find the prices kind of steep, because you can spend about $45 a week renting some of these dresses.

There are lots of other sites that allow you to do the same thing. Here are a few of the other ways to rent just about anything:

Rent Designer Children’s Clothing

Wow Clothing Club lets you rent two to six designer children outfits each month for a fee of between $40 and $68. You’ll find clothing for little girls in sizes between 12 months and 6X. You keep the clothes for 30 days then send them back in the postage paid box.

Rent Designer Dresses and Jackets

Wear Today Gone Tomorrow does the same for women. This site allows you to borrow designer dresses, jackets, skirts and tops. My big complaint about this site is that you have to become a member before they will show you the pricing. The dresses seemed pretty expensive to me, but I’m not a big designer label buyer (typically several hundred dollars a week, plus a cleaning fee). The jackets seemed a bit more reasonable. I saw some renting for around $40 a week. My other issue—sizes were limited.

Rent the Runway.com is another great way to look like a celebrity without spending the money they do. You have to become a member to browse. It is free to join and the dresses are 90 percent of the cost they would normally cost retail. You'll find prices as low as $15 for accessories, $50 for dresses. And you can pick the occasion and see a selection of samples from which to choose including wedding attire.

Rent Toys

A Houston mom was getting tired of all the toy clutter in her home and a few years ago created a website that allows parents to rent toys. Her site is called Baby Plays.com. The idea is that kids get tired of their toys so easily anyway so why not pay a monthly fee and rent them. You’ll find toys for as little as $6 a month. There are plans that allow you to receive so many toys each month. You can keep the toys for 30 days or more then send them back in the prepaid box. If your child likes the toy so much you can even buy it.

Rent Designer Purses, Jewelry and Sunglasses

Got a purse hound in your family? Have them check out Bag, Borrow or Steal. This site is really for those women who buy a lot of designer handbags. For as little as $40 a month you can rent name brand handbags. And if you like the bag enough you can even buy it. They’ve also added jewelry  and  sunglasses to the mix. You’ll find the latest trends and a section for the newest arrivals. If you are just looking for a little something special for an event and you don’t want to fork over all the cash to buy it, this could be a good place to start.

Rent Books

 Chegg.com allows you to rent books, particularly textbooks. This is terrific for college students. The one warning I’ve heard from students who use the site for college textbooks is to begin your search early.