I love shopping on Facebook garage sale groups. It’s no secret, if you have been around my blog for any amount of time, I sorta have a FB furniture shopping obsession. (you can see some of my FB scores here).
I have also sold tons of stuff on FB. From craft supplies to baby gear, FB is my go-to place to make some money when I’m on a purging roll. The only item I have not had any success with selling is clothes.
I could post a gold-plated push up bra for $5 and no one would want it.
After browsing around thredUP I ordered a Clean Out bag to purge some of Shepherd’s baby clothes as well as some of my clothes that no longer fit or just aren’t my style anymore.
A clean out kit is sent to you for free and you fill it with all of your clean, gently used clothes.
I had a TON of clothes to get rid of so I wasn’t impressed with the size of the bag they sent me.
I washed and folded all of the clothes I wanted to send in and began shoving them in the bag.
Surprisingly the entire laundry basket fit! I shipped it off and received an email notification that threadUP would go through my bag in a few weeks and let me know what my items earned.
I do wish they would let you know why some of the items aren’t accepted. You can choose to have the unaccepted items donated or for a fee you can have them sent back. I chose to donate mine. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
If your items are listed on thredUp for under $59.99 then they pay you upfront for the item, regardless if it sells or not. thredUP also prices everything, which was fine with me.
You can also see a list of brands they accept (and don’t accept) here.
Also, can we get a good laugh out of me wearing this dress I sent in?
Here I am circa 2008 wearing it.
In retrospect it was a good choice but I don’t think I could pull it off today.
Gah. I’m such a 30something mom.
So I have gotten about $1.00 for every item that was accepted.
But with $33.00 in my thredUP account I decided to spend it on a new purse.
After trolling the site for weeks I spotted this Kate Spade bag. As soon as I saw it – my armpits started sweating in overdrive.
The gold strap.
The New With Tags description.
I had to have it.
Since I was a new customer thredUp sent me a 40% off coupon code for my first purchase (make sure you sign up so you can get this same coupon). I also had the $33.88 in credits (you can use your credits to buy clothes on thredUP or you can have them send the money to your PayPal account.) I also got free shipping since my order was over $75.00.
When the purse arrived it still had the $375.00 tag attached – pretty sweet for just $88 bucks!
So was thredUP worth it?
Even though I was only paid about $1.00 per item – mainly because I sent in clothing that they listed for $10 or less – I felt it was still better then me running around town, trying to meet up with random FB garage sale people, or donating it and getting nothing for the items.
Here are some of the my Pros & Cons to using thredUP.
Less clutter in your closet.
I saved time by just throwing the clothes in the bag and putting them in the mail.
I was able to get a smokin’ deal on a fab purse.
They are really picky about what they sell – a pro when you are buying but also a con when you are selling because most items do not get accepted.
You have to pay to have your clothes returned or donate them.
You don’t get any feedback as to why items weren’t accepted.
The payout is low unless you are selling higher priced items.
They want you to wash your items prior to sending in BUT if the item requires dry cleaning then you are throwing all of your profits out the window.
Overall I liked using the service and I am waiting until my next bag cashes out to buy some new clothes for Shepherd or maybe a new dress for holiday parties.
I so wish I would have known about this when I was buying maternity clothes. They have a great selection. They also have a ton of cute shoes.
Like these adorable booties.
Or this Anthropologie skirt.
Or this chartreuse J.Crew dress.
What do you think about thredUP? If you decide to sign up, make sure you use my affiliate link HERE – so you can get an additional $20.00 off your first order.