Have you guys heard of thredUP before? I first learned about thredUP, which is a well curated online consignment store, from a blogger friend a few years ago. I’ve been using and loving it ever since, so I’m excited to share more about it with you guys today!
thredUP sells like-new (or sometimes actually new, with tags!) women’s and kid’s clothing (both regular and athletic), accessories, and shoes. Brands range from Madewell to Lululemon to JCrew to Banana Republic – pretty much all of my favorites are available on there, and always at up to 90% off the original retail price.
When you place an order with thredUP, you’ll receive an adorable polka dot box on your doorstep. Inside, your picks will be hand-folded, wrapped in tissue paper, and held together with a sticker. Each item will also have a cute thredUP tag on it! Zara was especially impressed by the lovely presentation.
I also loved that they gave ideas for reusing all of the packaging, just like you are reusing the clothes! :) Fun fact: as of the end of 2015 thredUP had upcycled 14,009,055 items. Wow!
So – what’s the buying experience like on thredUP? Very user friendly! They have a TON of merchandise so I love that you can search specifically by brand, size, color, etc., so you aren’t wasting your time sifting through everything. I also like that each item details its condition – whether it is new with tags, like new, or has any minor wear (and they detail where/what the wear is, so you know ahead of time). Another tip: if you are pregnant or have a little one, thredUP has a great maternity and baby/children’s clothing section!
I’ve also always been impressed with all the great brands available – many of my everyday favorites as well as brands/designers that I can’t normally afford appear on thredUP. :) Another fun fact: thredUP customers have saved a whopping $40 million by shopping with them vs. retail!
Here’s are some of the items I purchased (using part credit that thredUP gave me for this review and part credit I already had in my account from selling items to them previously – more on that in a minute):
- Kate Spade New York evening shoulder bag – thredUP price $90.99, original price $248 – whoa – so excited to have this to wear to weddings!
- Santi shoulder bag – thredUP price $60.99, original price $149 – another one to wear to weddings and evening events!
- JCrew basic tank tops – thredUP price $6.99, original price $30 – I love these tanks and have been meaning to buy more!
- Banana Republic sleeveless blouse with sequins (on the left below) – thredUP price $20.99, original price $75
- Banana Republic sleeveless lace blouse (on the right below) – thredUP price $18.99, original price $50
- Lululemon Athletic running skirt – thredUP price $32.99, original price $71
- Ann Taylor LOFT Makeup Bag – thredUP price $11.99, original price $34.50 – my current makeup bag is falling apart and this one is so cute!
All together now!
So, how does thredUP get all this awesome clothing to re-sell? From people like us! If you’re looking to sell some of your clothes to thredUP, simply order a Clean Out Bag on their website, fill it with items you no longer want (their website has tips on what they usually do/do not take), and place it by your front door for pick-up by your mailman. That’s it! So easy. And every Clean Out Bag sent to thredUP keeps 206lbs of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, saves 17,916 gallons of water, and keeps 24 items out of landfills. Yay. :)
I’ve sent thredUP a TON of clean out bags over the years and the process is so simple and streamlined. Anything they don’t accept they will either pass on to third party sellers or to their textile recycling partners. (You can also pay a small fee to have unaccepted items sent back to you, but I always let them recycle them for me.) Here’s a clean out bag I sent them a couple weeks ago – it was ENORMOUS!
In terms of your payout for the items they keep, you can either use that money towards thredUP purchases, cash out via PayPal or a prepaid Visa card, or donate it to one of their cause partners (that’s what I did with my most recent bag – it’s a new option)!
I hope you guys will give thredUP a shot and that you will love it as much as I have for the past few years. Happy recycling and reusing!
The first 100 readers to click HERE and use my code ANNE40 will get 40% off their thredUP order! Offer is for new customers only. Discount is up to $50.