ThredUP Resale Review

Motto: Secondhand Clothes. Firsthand Fun.

I’ve talked about this a lot on my blog, but I love to buy and sell on resale sites to discover really good deals and make some extra money.

thredUP is the world’s largest online thrift store where you can buy and sell high-quality secondhand clothes. Want to make some money off your gently used clothes and keep your unwanted stuff out of the landfills? Sell your used clothes through thredUP! Want to go shopping for secondhand clothes that are in great condition for a fraction of their retail price. Try thredUp!

What is ThredUp?

I’ve used thredUP’s recycling program that allows customers to fill a pre-paid bag full of new/like new items and get paid for them. To sell your items through thredUP, request a Clean Out Bag and put any items you want to sell in it. Ship it to thredUP and they will take photos and put the qualifying items up on its website for sale. Some stuff is new with tags, but the majority is used clothes, shoes, and handbags. Each item has a rank,  like “new with tags,” “excellent condition,” “minor fading,” “needs cleaning,” etc.

Why I would use ThredUp again to clean-out my closet

It was so effing easy. Everything was done for me besides the closet clean-out and taking it to the post office. They shipped me the bag, I filled it up, then it went on its way. Then I got an email saying they had reviewed my items and then I could decide if I wanted to be paid through thredUP shopping credit, Discover gift card, or cashed out on PayPal. All your items are listed on consignment, so you can get them back if you want. They buy name brands like J. Crew, Banana Republic, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Lululemon Athletics, Free People, Lilly Pulitzer and Madewell.

If thredUP decides not to buy any of your items, they will donate them for you. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of driving around with three bags of clothes in your trunk for six months because you keep forgetting to go to Goodwill, ThredUP also has an option where you can send in your items to donate.

I like that it’s super easy and they do the work for you by selling your items that you might otherwise donate and then giving you a small cut of the profit. If they decide your items don’t have much of a value on their marketplace, they will donate it for you.

The downside

They estimate it could take two weeks before “your bag is processed,” and mine took about four. You can also pay an extra $16 if you’d like to expedite your processing to one week instead, but I feel like that’s kind of silly here. What if your bag isn’t even worth $16?! Because they use resale market value and sell them at a very discounted rate, you might not make a lot of money on ThredUP. I sent them a mixture of items ranging from Forever21 and Target brands to Northface and Nike. My total payout (after their $9.99 bag fee) was $59.

I like to see it as an alternative to just simply donating directly, because I can also make a little bit of money back, which I like to put in a savings account.

Have you bought or sold on thredUP? Let me know what you think.

If you’re interested to shop the items I sold to thredUp, use my referral link to get $10 off your purchase! I get a $10 gift card if you buy something, so everyone wins!

By Becca Risa Luna

Seattle-based fashion writer and personal essayist. Likes designer handbags, glaring openness, and subtle vulgarity.

One reply on “ThredUP Resale Review”

So good to hear about your experience! I just sent three bags into ThredUp for the first time (well two of my own boxes) and have yet to hear back on an update — it’s been over two weeks. I am hopeful though because of how easy it was! And this was after many many months of hustling on Poshmark.

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