An Honest Review of ThredUp
I have a new obsession that I want to share with you. It takes all of the fun of online shopping and joins it with shopping thrift. I think it’s time that someone did an honest review of ThredUp.
I’m going to start the brutal honesty by saying that it took me about a week to write this post. Not because it was difficult, but because every time I got onto ThredUp, I found something cute that I wanted to buy. Before I knew it, I had a cart with 10 items and had completely forgotten why I got on ThredUp in the first place! It’s a little addicting, honestly.
I started using ThredUp about a month ago when I saw an ad for them on Facebook. I’d heard some great things about them and decided to give it a try. But before we talk about what it was like buying from ThredUp, you need to know more about them.
What is ThredUp?
ThredUp is an online consignment store that allows you to combine the joys of online shopping and great prices of shopping thrift. If you’re a shop-a-holic (like me), shopping in a consignment store is fun, but it could never replace the ease of online shopping.
Enter ThredUp, with all of the fun and ease of online shopping, but with the prices of a thrift store. I can shop for great clothes for low prices at home. It’s no surprise that as an
extreme cheapskate frugalista, I love my thrift shopping. It’s the only way that I shop for clothes for my whole family.
ThredUp makes it easier to shop second hand. I
What can you buy on ThredUp?
ThredUp sells women’s clothes, shoes, accessories, maternity, designer, and more, as well as offering chic boys and girls clothes too.
You’ll get $10 to spend on ThredUp with your first order when you sign up through my link.
You can even make money clearing out your closet.
All of the clothes you find on ThredUp have to come from somewhere. They come from closets of people who have clothes pouring out of every corner of their rooms.
If you have brand-name clothes in your closet that you don’t wear and you’re just debating when to donate them, you might want to give ThredUp’d buying service a try. After all, wouldn’t you rather make a few bucks instead of throwing it away?
I’m just a cheapskate through and through. I immediately gravitate toward the clearance or sale section in any store. And ThredUp is no different!
There’s this amazing section called “Basement” in the ThredUp menu full of crazy deals. These items might not have tags or might have small defects that you likely won’t even be able to see.
For my first purchase, I got a pair of Nike running shoes that looked like they’d only ever been worn once or twice for a light jog. They were basically brand new but had a tiny scuff on the underside of the left toe (which, if I’m being honest, I probably would have done in the first 2 minutes of running in them on my own). Because of that scuff I got these $80+ shoes for $11.
Is there a downside?
Personally, I haven’t sold any clothes to ThredUp (I doubt that they’d want any of my old clothes anyway!), but this is the only part about ThredUp where I’ve heard mixed reviews.
I hear that they don’t pay top-dollar for clothes. And what’s worse, they charge you to ship them your clothes and the bag for shipping costs $10. Basically, you’d need to sell them a few Gap t-shirts to just break even.
But, playing Devil’s advocate, we often times assume a higher value to out own clothes because of our personal experiences. If you had your first kiss in a plain ol’ t-shirt, you’re going to think that that shirt is worth $1 million. In reality, it’s only worth $1, meaning that if a consigner is generous, they’ll split the profit with you. But often times, the consigner will take 70% and you’ll get 30%. (Again, I’m not sure if this is the split that ThredUp offers. But speaking of consignment stores in general.)
I haven’t sold anything to ThredUp. Honestly, I don’t really plan to. I don’t really have anything that will be of great value to anyone else (I’m so boring!). Most, if not all, of my clothes get donated to Goodwill or Salvation Army.
(If you’re not into selling your clothes to ThredUp or consigning them, always donate them to a local organization that accepts clothing donations.)
So should you try it?
In the spirit of the honest review of ThredUp, I say to go for it when you buy from them. I love how easy it was to browse the equivalent of a giant consignment warehouse all from my couch. Their prices all seem very reasonable for the quality of product that they sell.
However, if you’re looking to sell, you might just want to find a local consignment store and save yourself the trouble of paying for shipping.
If you’ve never bought consignment or second-hand clothes because you’re worried about their quality or a designer label, ThredUp is the best of both worlds.
You’ll get $10 to spend on ThredUp when you sign up through my link.
Have you ever used ThredUp? I’d love to hear about your experience!
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