What is Zulily?
If you are a mom, I’m sure you’ve browsed the Zulily website. From fluffy tutus, to maternity wear, to home decor, to tons of toys, Zulily is one of the coolest shopping experiences for families. And everyday, there’s something new! It’s extra cool for our family because the Zulily headquarters is in Seattle, close to where we live!
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Zulily is a company launched in Seattle in 2010 and provides cool products to moms at a discounted price. What sets them apart is that in addition to popular brands like Little Tikes, Thomas the Train, Ergo, etc. they also find small, unique businesses with creative products. Plus, you can save Up to 70% off of Kid’s Apparel!
What Do They Sell?
It’s one of the best places to find interesting birthday presents and holiday gifts. Oh, and party supplies! This past 4th of July, my friend hosted a BBQ. She saw a giant, inflatable bowling set and thought it would be fun for the party.
The kids decided it was more fun to pick up the pins and chase each other around the yard! They had never seen anything like this before and they were fully occupied for at least 30 minutes. Even my toddler joined in on the fun!
Tour of Zulily Headquarters
Zulily invited my family to tour their Seattle headquarters earlier this month. I was beyond excited! I mean, I’ve shopped on Zulily for years and was curious to see what the Zulily office looked like. It’s located in Seattle’s trendy Belltown neighborhood near the Seattle waterfront.
We parked in the garage across the street and took the sky bridge directly to their office. As soon as we got to the front desk, my kids spotted a play area! The staff member encouraged me to send the kids to play while I finished checking in and getting my visitor’s badge.
The first thing I noticed was how clean and organized the play area was! We arrived at 12:30pm, so plenty of time for things to get messy, especially with Zulily child models going in and out. But, my kids loved climbing on the toys.
After a few minutes, Callie and Yli came to greet us. My boys were excited to meet them. They were so sweet and gave us a big bag of Zulily goodies, including some yummy snacks to eat on the car ride home!
Our first stop was seeing their cafeteria. No, they don’t get their meals for free, but they have a catering company that provides some really delicious and healthy options for breakfast and lunch. What I noticed most was how bright and airy it was. That’s because it’s in an atrium! Such a smart way to get a bit of light, especially in Seattle!
I also got to check out their marketing department! They had just done a team building activity where they did a photo scavenger hunt around Seattle. The photos from that hanged on the walls and it looked like a fun place to be!
We also got to see the big storage area of all the toys, shoes, clothes, etc used for the photo shoots! It reminded me a ton of local consignment sales like Just Between Friends and Jack & Jill with the sheer quantity of items! My kids wanted to sit here and play with all the toys, but we had more things to do!
What Makes Zulily Unique?
So, one thing that makes Zulily different than its competitors is that they can offer wholesale prices for top name brands. Basically, they do flash sales and you can get in on the discounted price. Then, they send in the order and ship it out once it’s been filled. They work directly with the brands.
And you can follow certain brands on Zulily and you’ll get an email alert or Facebook message when that brand is doing a sale with Zulily. It’s really helpful if you’re hoping to score particular items, but can’t check Zulily every day.
But, it’s not just kid stuff. They also have a full line of Women’s clothes (including maternity,) Men’s clothes, toys, home items, beauty products, event tickets, and more! And they launch tons of new products every day.
Zulily Photo Shoot
One of the stops on the tour I was most excited for was the Zulily photo shoot. What’s cool about Zulily is that they use regular, local Seattle kids and parents as their models. I got to briefly see their dressing rooms and hair and make-up stations.
They let my kids and I play around in a really cute woodland creatures set. We got to pretend that we were Zulily models! The first thing they did was crank up the Moana tunes!
My toddler wasn’t sure about taking photos, so one of the employees started blowing bubbles. Bubbles really do make problems go away! The boys and I had a lot of fun popping them!
I’m really glad I got an insider look at the Zulily Headquarters in Seattle! I love supporting Seattle businesses and I finally understood what all goes into their massive business.
If you think that you or your kids would like to model for Zulily, fill out their Zulily Model Submission Form.
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