*******EDITED 3/27/13: While I still would love to take advantage of the convenience this company offers, I’ve had several friends report issues with ThredUp and I recently had one of my own. I’ve concluded that while ThredUp prides itself on providing good quality clothes, their intake standards are nearly impossible to meet at this time. I sent an entire bag of clothes recently and they only accepted two items. The company later admitted even they couldn’t see many of the “faults” the processor found but their overall compensation for my loss of literally hundreds of dollars in clothing was very small. To this end, I have pulled their affiliate ads from my site and will no longer be recommending this company to others.
I don’t know about y’all, but the Clothing Situation over here is always pretty nuclear. I sort and I purge and I wash and I have the kids put away, but at any given hour, you are guaranteed to find a pair of kid underwear on the steps.
It’s one of life’s little mysteries that I’ve given up trying to solve. I simply make it my goal to hide said underwear before anyone comes in the front door. Or not. I’ve kind of gotten used to it. Maybe I’ll try to pin a few pictures of it on Pinterest and start the next big wave in DIY decorating…
But I digress. Sort of like the underwear…
I like shopping at consignment sales for the kids because I can clothe the gang with good clothes cheaply. I do NOT enjoy selling at consignment sales. In fact, Andrew says he will pay me NOT to sell at consignment sales. All that pricing and pinning and hunting for hangers…
Life is too short.
Donating the clothes was easy, but not exactly lucrative.
So I was thrilled to discover a company like ThredUp. They let me enjoy the value of consignment without all the hassle. It’s so easy.
They send me a bag with the postage already paid. At most, this bag costs me five bucks. If I catch a special, I can get the bag for free. I stuff it with any clothes I think would be worth consigning. When it’s full, I seal it up and set it by my mailbox. It disappears from my house and I don’t lose any blood pinning tiny safety pins to every pair of pants.
A week later, I get an email telling me how much they decided to pay me for each article of clothing. And I think they are very fair. If they don’t pay me on a certain piece, they tell me why. Then the money lands in my paypal account to spend on anything I want. No “credits” or anything like that. Just cold, hard internet cash.
This system works really well for us. I keep a bag ready at all times and as things get out grown or need to exit the house, they get tossed in the bag.
I do earn some store credit when one of my friends signs up and uses my name. So when Mira needed new dresses, I went shopping on the site. I was very satisfied with the quality of the pictures of each dress. I knew exactly what I was ordering. I knew ThredUp’s standards were high, so I was certain I’d be pleased with what I selected. And then they arrived on my doorstep and Mira practiced spinning in each one.
It’s possible I may never attend another consignment sale again.
A helpful hint: shop for your next season clothes on the off-season. Like, buy summer clothes in November and vice versa. ThredUp tries to stay with the seasons, but I’m learning the really good summer stuff will be long gone by the time we’re actually ready for short sleeves.
Which is why I’m telling you this now. ThredUp is offering free shipping this entire month so you can stock up before the first consignment sale mails their flyers for spring. Use the code: SHIPJAN13 at checkout.
Although I can’t guarantee there will be any less underwear on your steps…
*I didn’t get paid for this post. Affiliate links are included, but I’m a fan of the company and I would have told you about them whether I got anything out of the deal or not. Just FYI.