Several weeks ago, I started hearing about a website called ThredUP that was essentially an online thrift store–it buys and sells very gently used clothing for a fraction of its original price. Considering how much I love thrifting these days, I was intrigued. It didn’t take me long to place my first order and become a big fan of the ThredUP concept.
I’ve mentioned ThredUP a couple times here on the blog, and I’ve received a couple requests to discuss my experiences with both buying from and selling to the website. I’m not affiliated with the company in any way, so the opinions expressed in this post are completely my own. However, if you do choose to buy from ThredUP using the links provided in this post, we’ll each get $10 off our purchases.
Buying from ThredUP has definitely been a positive experience all around. Their inventory is quite extensive, with brands ranging from Target’s Merona to Nanette Lepore–there’s something for all tastes and price ranges. Almost everything is under $20, with a few designer or brand new pieces having heftier price tags. While those prices are a bit higher than you’d find at your local Goodwill, the condition of clothing is far superior than what I’ve ever found in a thrift store.
Here’s a look at the items I’ve bought through ThredUP.
Alfani pink knife pleat skirt, $9.49. My wardrobe is a little lacking in the colorful skirt department, so I happily added this fun one to my collection. I haven’t worn it yet, however. How would you wear this skirt?
Merona black ruffle-front dress, $11.99. I have been in search of the perfect little black dress for a while, so I thought I’d give this one a try. As it turns out, it fits like a glove, and it’s pretty! I wore it for our first anniversary dinner back on November 3rd with a sparkly bracelet and black bow pumps.
Talbots pink + white printed skirt, $10.49. This skirt is an example of how buying from an online thrift store can bite you in the butt (so to speak!). It arrived all pretty and perfect…and didn’t fit. It fit more like a petites skirt, and at 5’5″, I’m not exactly tall, but I’m not really petite either. Rather than return it, I decided to just re-sell it in eBay. It just sold a few minutes ago, in fact!
American Eagle plaid button-up, $8.99. I’ve been loving all the plaid button-ups I’ve been seeing on blogs lately…but not the hefty price tags I’ve been seeing in stores. So I was really pleased to find this colorful version for under ten bucks. I’ve already worn it a couple times!
Merona mustard dot skirt, $6.49. Mustard is a color I never would have considered wearing prior to reading fashion/style blogs, but you all have made me want to try wearing the color with maroon, cognac, or my beloved navy for fall.
The Limited leopard top, $9.99. I am all about leopard these days, so I really wanted a leopard blouse for wearing on its own or layered underneath blazers. As you all saw yesterday, I’ve already worn this pieces as well!
So all in all, I’ve found some really great bargains on ThredUP. I’ve also sold clothing to the website, and unfortunately I was not totally satisfied with that aspect of my ThredUP experience. I submitted an order for a ThredUP bag (which was free!), and it arrived about a week afterward. I then filled it with items I wanted to sell and sent it back immediately. My bag was then processed, and I received a notice telling me how much they would pay me for my items. There were a couple parts of the process that were a little unexpected, so I thought I would share them with you if you’re thinking about selling items to ThredUP.
- Get ready to wait. From the time that I sent back my bag of items to sell until the day that it was actually processed was over a month. Plus, after the bag was processed, I was not able to access the payout for another 14 days. So if you’re looking to make some quick cash, this is not the way to do it!
- ThredUP is picky. This aspect is both a pro and a con–it’s great that they’re highly selective of the clothing they accept, as it ensures a certain level of quality when buying clothes from them. However, from the seller’s perspective, it means that you won’t make as much money. I submitted several like-new items that were not accepted, including a pair of never-worn wedges. Bummer.
- You’ll have to pay for the leftovers. If you want to get back the items that were not accepted, you’ll have to pay a $10 fee. I thought ten bucks was a lot to spend to get my stuff back, so I did not choose to have my items sent back. ThredUP donates whatever items they don’t accept to a textile recycling program.
So basically, I LOVE buying clothes from ThredUP, but I don’t think I’ll be selling to them again. I think it’s a wonderful, sustatinably-minded concept to give gently used clothing a new life, and it’s a great alternative for people who don’t have time to dig through the racks at a thrift store.
Have you ever heard of ThredUP before?