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Thredup Review From An Early Adopter
When a facebook friend posted a link to thredUP, I headed straight over to the site. What I found were hundreds of secondhand clothing items priced well below similar secondhand sites. It took awhile to find things I really liked, but there’s certainly no shortage of products or styles.
thredUP acquires stock by sending out Clean Out Bags to interested individuals, who then fill them with unwanted items from their wardrobes and send them back, at no charge, to thredUP headquarters where items are looked over and processed.
thredUP pays up front for items they want to sell, and donates (or send back, at an additional charge) unwanted items. The process is identical to brick and mortar shops like Plato’s Closet (or Charlottesville’s Darling Boutique or ReThreads), but the advantage is that thredUP has the space and market to take on more items overall. Based on reviews from the selling end of things, you won’t get a very good offer on your items, so don’t send anything in unless you really don’t want to deal with selling it through a more labor intensive channel.
But the pricing structure is great for buyers. While you’re unlikely to find clothing you want priced below your local Goodwill, the ability to shop by item, price point, and size makes the experience a bit less tedious. I bought a few things for myself and a few things for resale using a coupon code to get two of my items free. I’ll talk about my success with the items once I receive and wear them.