I had been hearing about thredUp for some time, but was always a little reluctant to give it a try. I think my reluctance was due mainly to the fact that I didn't know anyone who had used them. Thred Up is basically an online clothing consignment shop. They buy clothing from families, then resell them and ship them out.
Shopping with them was fun and easy. They sell only name brand items such as (but not exclusively) Oilily, Mini Boden, Tea Collection, Hanna Andersson, Janie & Jack, Baby Lulu, Ann Taylor Loft, Ralph Lauren, H&M, Gap, Nike, and Banana Republic. I also found Justice and Children's Place items. The items they sell are in new or like new condition. Selling clothing and accessories for girls, boys and women, they have nice, clear photographs of all items for sale.
I found it easy to navigate around the site and quickly found a couple items to put in my cart. I placed my order at 10pm on 5/19. On 5/21 I received notification that it shipped and I received it on 5/29. It was shipped UPS and I will have to say I was surprised at how long it took to get here after shipping, even with the holiday weekend. But I guess coming clear across the United States takes that long these days.
My package items in a cute green polka dot box. I had chosen a pair of girl's Justice boots and a NEW pair of Children's Place jeans. They were carefully wrapped in tissue paper. Both were in excellent condition! The brand new Children's Place jeans were $8.99 and the Justice boots were $14.99. I think the prices on both were fair, considering the condition. I know Children's Place jeans run close to $20 not on sale. On sale they run around $15, except for that one week when they mark them down to $10. I wouldn't even know what to guess the boots would cost, but know that boots always seem pretty pricey. The prices seem about average for consignment shops in my area.
Could I do better on prices elsewhere? Sure, if I took the time to hit every garage sale around town and lucked out to find just the right size I needed. But like I said, that would involve a lot of time. Not really the way I want to spend my days. Not to mention that thredUP also has sales and coupons (see below) for additional savings!
ThredUp also has a consignment program where they accept clothing to buy from people like me--moms with kids. With my package came a thredUP Clean Out Bag. I can simply fill up the bag with gently used clothing (as much as a laundry basket can hold) and leave it outside my door for USPS to pick up or return it via UPS. Either way, the shipping is FREE because they enclose a pre-paid shipping label. From there, they will email you when they receive your package and you then have the option to cash out with PayPal, use credits to shop on thredUP.com or allocate your earnings to Teach for America. I know my kids have some things they have never or barely worn and I am certain I do, too. I recently heard from a friend that she sent items in and got a $50 check. Sounds good to me! You can look HERE and see what people are earning.
If you want to try out thredUP, you can get a 10% discount by using coupon code ANN10. (Valid for new customers only, does not apply to shipping, and cannot be combined with other offers.) Visit www.thredUP.com and see what deals you can find.
Disclosure: I was provided a gift code for thredUp in exchange for an honest review. As always, this review contains my honest opinions.