Stuff I love- THREDUP
There are some products and businesses out there that are just plain awesome. Some businesses I love because they've either got a great business model, or they make my life much easier. ThredUp is one of those companies that makes my life easier. I heard about ThredUp from my friend Alanna who is very wise and knowledgeable about the ways of the internet and life generally and has fantastic taste in books and music. So when she mentioned Thredup, I knew she must be on to something.
The company works like this: They send you a large bag in the mail. You fill it up with all the clothes you no longer want, you send it back to them (currently with free shipping) they pay you up front for the cheaper stuff they know they can sell and they list the more expensive stuff on consignment and if that sells, they pay you for that too.
Seemed too good to be true, so in the name of research, I tried it. The first thing I learned is that if for nothing else, it's so handy to not have to take my clothes to a donation center to get rid of them! Living in the North End without a car, it's a pain in the neck to get to any donation center, although I do love a good road trip down Route 1 in Saugus (Hello Kowloon and Giant Leaning Tower of Pizza!) But being able to bring my clothes to the post office a block away was amazing.
I filled my bag up with a few tops and a Foley and Corina bag I was no longer using. They stress on the website that they really only take nicer items and will give you a list of what they'll accept. So Banana Republic is in, but Target is out. If you don't care about getting paid, it's fine to send your less nice items (which I did) but if you're in it for the Benjamins, then stick to the rules so you'll be happy. I put in a few nicer items that I didn't want them to just pitch if they weren't going to sell it, so I opted to pay the optional 12 dollars to have the option to return unsold items. When I was all done, my bag looked like this:
My stumpy looking bag. Later, last season!
I will say that it took a LONG time to process my order. I waited about 2.5 weeks to get the email saying they got my bag, and the email said it would be another 3-4 weeks to process my order. I wasn't in any rush, so this didn't bother me. But just be warned if you're looking for a quick turnaround.
When it was all said and done, they paid me $20 up front for my clothes, and currently I have two pieces on consignment, a purse and a shirt that could potentially pull in another 100 dollars for me. Those will be listed for 90 days and if they don't sell, they'll be sent back to me. You can either cash out with your money, or you can use it to shop in their store, and there are a lot of really nice pieces online if you don't mind wearing used stuff.
They also have kids clothes too, but they're not accepting under 12 months, so we're just going to have to find another place to donate the things Chewbacca wore for about 3 days. They're also currently not accepting men's clothes but I believe you can send them and they'll donate them. Here are all their RULES on how it works.
If you want to try it, you're welcome to use my referal code. That way we both get $10 to use in their store. And let me know what you think!