I have a closet FULL of clothes, and nothing to wear.
I have a friend who once had a closet full of summer dresses — with the tags still on.
We women spend so much on clothing, and yet how much of our wardrobe do we actually use on a regular basis? Thinking of how much waste is in our closets (ok, in my closet alone) makes me cringe.
According to thredUP, a new San Francisco, California-based startup, the average woman only wears 20% of her wardrobe, and yet we spend more than $1000 per year on brand new clothing.
thredUP hopes to help ease the pain on our wallets while also saving the environment a bit by offering an online store to buy and sell gently used clothing and accessories for kids, women, and men for up to 80% the retail price.
thredUP claims to offer “practically new, amazingly awesome clothing.” If you are selling clothes, you mail them to thredUP in one of their free CleanOut bags. Then thredUP will carefully inspect your clothing and pay you up to 40% of resale value up front. If you are buying, you will be looking at mostly brand name consigned clothing and some great prices. They ship quickly too! You can read more about how it all works on their website.
I had the opportunity to try out an order and was pleased with what we received. I ordered:
|Women’s Ann Taylor Loft short-sleeve top||$7.99|
|Women’s Banana Republic scarf||$14.49|
|Girls’ Gymboree skort||$7.49|
|Girls’ Carter’s skirt||$7.49|
|Girls’ Xhilaration swim suit cover up||$4.99|
The clothes came in good condition, although did have that used-clothing smell (not as bad as Goodwill, but not without that scent either).
My daughter loved her Carter’s skirt:
The Gymboree skort arrived also in great condition. The swimsuit cover up, however, was definitely not in amazing condition… but it’s about what you would expect a used swimsuit cover up to look like. It will work just fine for all intents and purposes.
My Ann Taylor top turned out to really be made of lightweight jersey sweater material, so I would call it more of a sweater than a shirt as it was listed. I LOVE it, though, and it was in great condition.
My favorite piece is the Banana Republic black and white plaid scarf, which was in excellent condition. I can see wearing this scarf all the time — it goes with so many outfits and can be worn in several different ways.
All in all, I was happy with the clothing that we ordered. The prices are reasonable and similar to what you might pay in a brick & mortar consignment shop. You might find a t-shirt for $3.49 and another for $19.99, based on the brand and the condition. It is a bit of a gamble for consumers right now because there aren’t detailed descriptions of the items (material, sizing info, etc), so you’re ordering mainly based on the images. The kind folks working with thredUP told me that they are planning more improvements and additions to the site and ordering process, so it will be exciting to see what new features are added.
I would suggest trying out thredUP — I love that it’s helping bring quality consignment clothing to people in areas that might not have quality consignment stores locally. I like that it’s a way to sell your gently used brand name clothes without the hassle of having to deal with bids and shipping to several different locations; thredUP takes care of all of the shipping and selling for you. For busy mom entrepreneurs, I can see it being such a time and money saver; I, for one, personally do more online shopping for my family than I do in-person shopping, merely because I am way too busy with work and kid responsibilities during the day.
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What do you think of the thredUP concept? Have you ordered from them, and if so, what did you think? I’d love to hear from you!
Disclosure: thredUP gave me the opportunity to purchase up to $25 of items complimentary for the purpose of this review. Any remaining amount spent was on my own dime, and as always, all opinions here are my own. You may read my full disclosure clause online.