I’m sure you’ve heard of ThredUp by now. If not, you should. Basically, it’s an online consignment store. Here’s how it works.
In a nutshell, you browse their selection of women’s, girls and boys clothing, choose what you want, and add it to your cart. Easy as pie! With each purchase they send you a bag to send your own clothes back in, if you so choose. Once you send them your clothes, they go through and assign a value to the bag. From there you can either cash out or use that money as store credit.
I was really intrigued by ThredUp for a few reasons. One, I have entirely too many clothes which I hate to part with because some are nice and still have tags on them! There is a consignment shop near me, but it would require me to drive a distance, wait while they sort through everything and then hope the stuff sells. With ThredUp, they pay you up front. I like that. And two, I’m a fan of thrift shopping, so this seemed like a total winner in my book.
As previously mentioned, there are many options, even for boys and girls! I know a lot of my friends with kids complain that their children will wear an outfit once or twice and then grow out of it. I think ThredUp would be fabulous for them!
I tackled ThredUp from all the angles- purchasing, returning and selling!Returns
The first shirt I ordered was way too small. Since clothing sizes totally vary, a medium in one brand isn’t a medium in another. I usually try on before purchasing, so this was new for me. The medium that I ordered was extremely tight. ThredUp was great about letting me return it and I got a prompt refund! Score!Purchasing
What I’ve noticed about ThredUp is that it is kind of difficult to navigate. Granted, you have categories, such as Women’s blouses, pants, etc. and can choose color, but I think a search option would be really helpful. I was originally looking for a mint green cardigan, as that’s my current color crush. However, it took me too long to search through all the sweaters that I gave up on looking. Also, I’m not sure if some of the clothes they get are “current” or outlet. For example, I frequent LOFT, yet when you choose to view the LOFT items, I didn’t recognized anything from the store. Although I guess most people are getting rid of “older” or past season clothes, so I guess that makes sense. 🙂Selling
They send a bag with each order, so I said what the heck and went ahead and stuffed it. I had a lot of stuff with tags still on! The brands I sent in were LOFT, Express and Old Navy. I was kind of surprised that, with the amount of stuff I returned (I filled the bag!) that I only got $13.49. I guess I was hoping for more, as you’ll notice on the site that people are getting $40-$50 for some of their bags.
I ended up picking up this robe and I simply love it!
The best part? I saved $73.01 off retail.
All in all, I think ThredUp is a great site. I’m excited to see it grow!
And if you’re eager to try ThredUp, then why not save 10% with promo code FF10. Does not apply to shipping, and cannot be applied with other promo codes.
Have you bought or sold anything with ThredUp yet? And how do you feel about thrift shopping online? I’d love to hear what you have to say!
*Compensation was provided, but all reviews and opinions are my own.
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