I’m a thrift store girl. I admit it. I usually get my clothes from Goodwill, ARC, My Sister’s Closet, or at the Community Resource Center. I am fully behind the recycled clothing movement and don’t want to pay full price for clothes that I will most likely be sick of within a year. Also, having very limited closet space allows me only a certain amount of clothes so, to have more variety, I rotate them.
Recently, one of my favorite Bloggers reviewed a new idea/trend in second-hand clothing. It’s called ThredUP and after some research, I am already fascinated with it. Just wanted to share this cool idea with you. If you’re not into thrift store shopping or recycling clothing, this probably isn’t the post for you. If you are, or you’re just intrigued, please read on!
thredUP has been around for awhile, and while many people know about it, there are so many (like me) who don’t. Here’s how it works:
It’s basically an online women and children’s clothing thrift store. You can visit the thredUP website, create an account, and then start shopping til your heart’s content.
It’s free to create an account and you will get a coupon code for your first order, which you can apply upon checkout. I received 40%, off my first order and someone I know, got $10 off hers. If you spend more than $79, your shipping is free, otherwise it’s a flat fee of $5.99. ThredUP will then send you your clothes and you’re done!
Returns are easy as well. They will email you a shipping label and you can either return your items in the box that they were sent in, or use a box or envelope of your choice. I am told that they usually process returns within 7 days.
patiently waiting for your order to arrive, you can go back on their website and request a “clean out” bag. thredUP will send you a polka-dotted bag to fill with all your clothes, shoes, handbags and scarves you want to recycle. You can also skip the first step of ordering clothes and order the clean out bag first. thredUP accepts women and children’s clothing, shoes, scarves, handbags, wallets and totes. I’m waiting for thredUP to process the bag I sent in and price out what they will offer me for my stuff. This process is longer than I expected but I’m OK with that (about 4 weeks from what I’m told).
I can use the money that they credit me for my items to buy more clothing from them, or I can choose to cash out via PayPal. Here’s a sneak peek at some items I sent in my “clean out bag.”
If you refer a friend to their site (after you sign up) and that person turns around and spends $10 or more, you will receive $10 in your account to spend on clothes or you can cash out.
My clean out bag came in this envelope and was already post marked with a shipping label. All I had to do was fill up the bag, seal it up and put it next to my mailbox. As soon as our mailperson picked up the bag, I got an email that it was on the way their warehouse. You can also drop your bag off at any FedEx or USPS location.
thredUp will accept a plethora of different brands and they also have a list for you to refer to when gathering up your items. They claim to have high quality standards and typically accept less than 50% of the items in any bag that they receive. thredUp would like the items you send to be clean, fashionable, from a name brand, on trend and in season, less than 5-years-old and in excellent condition. I sent a few things that probably don’t live up to these standards, but I was going to donate them anyway so I really have nothing to lose. They claim that any items that they don’t accept will be recycled responsibly by them. You can also opt to have any unaccepted items sent back to you for a fee of $9.99 which I chose not to do.
If this sounds interesting to you, check out their site here and take look around. It’s free to shop!
Thank you for reading and enjoy your day!
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