Selling Clothes Through Thred Up Part 1

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I recently heard about a company called ‘Thred Up’ on Good Morning America that makes it easier to resell your old and unused clothes. I’ve been in the process of a closet clean out, and wanted to make sure I was taking advantage of any clothes I had in good condition. I quickly went to the Thred Up website and ordered one of their Clean Out Kits to get started. I’ve just grown tired of so many of my clothes, and want to just get rid of them and start over. It would be nice to make at least a little money to fund my new wardrobe!

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When I ordered the Clean Out Kit, it came very quickly. The ‘kit’ just consists of a bag with a mailing label (free shipping back to Thred Up!) and a quick note on what they do and do not accept.

How it works is, you send them a bunch of clothes in one of these bags, and they will pick what they want to sell, and donate the rest. It’s similar to a consignment shop, but I don’t have to do as much work by dragging stuff to the store and watching them go through my things.

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These are the piles of clothes I had started to take out of my closet making a mess on my bedroom floor. And I got rid of a bunch of stuff last year too!

I’ve had bad experiences at the consignment shops where I live, so I thought it couldn’t hurt to at least try this online option. They seem pretty specific on what they do and do not except, so I’m not sure how successful I will be.

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There is much more information online, but here is a quick look at what they will accept. I was annoyed to see they don’t take men’s clothes, but I guess men don’t really shop at online consignment shops. I also felt like they were a bit snobby in the companies they prefer. Some clothes can be nice but not name-brand. If they don’t recognize the brand, will they just not take it?

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I got to work make some piles. The front pile is a few things I don’t want to get rid of, but won’t wear. I have a bin at home for clothes I can’t part with but don’t fit anymore. These I plan to keep and possibly give to my future daughter.

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Since they don’t accept men’s clothes, I took all the stuff my boyfriend wanted to get rid of for a donate pile. There is a clothing donation bin around the corner from my house, I will probably bring those there. There were a few really beat up things I just threw out.

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The things I want to try to sell! I’ll go over a few of them with you and explain why I think they might be excepted by Thred Up.

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Gap Shorts

These are tight one me, and I don’t feel comfortable wearing something so short. I can’t wear them to work, so they got no use all summer. Gap is a well known brand, and they have only been worn a few times.

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Calvin Klein Dress

This dress has never been worn and still has the tags. It bought it, realized it didn’t really fit, then never got around to tailoring it. It’s not really my style anyway.

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Zara Sweater

Zara is one of the accepted brands listed on the card. This sweater fits, but it just doesn’t go with a lot of things I own. It’s a very warm shade of brown, I just don’t like it. It has been washed a number of times, but I didn’t think it looked too worn.

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Urban Outfitters Sweater Dress

This was worn a few times in my college days when I actually went to parties. It doesn’t do me any good now! I’m concerned this won’t be accepted because it’s some random brand only sold at UO.

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Urban Outfitters Blouse

This is another one from a random brand they might not recognize. I love the color of this shirt, but I can’t wear it to work (too cold) and I find it hard to find the right shirt to wear underneath (it’s see-through lace).

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There are a few more sweaters, some pants and a skirt I through in there too. I’m sending the bag out sometime this week, and have no idea how long it will take to get back to me.

I’ll post again when I hear back and let you now if this is a good way to sell your clothes!


20 thoughts on “Selling Clothes Through Thred Up Part 1

  1. Love your Gap shorts! I am a little put out with ThredUp. A fashion blogger friend of mine sent them a bag full of clothing to sell that included a gorgeous cashmere blend paisley Ralph Lauren sweater that I really wanted. She had reviewed it last year, but ended thinking it didn’t suit her and she only wore it a couple of times. If I had known she wasn’t wearing it, I would have bought it directly from her. Anyway, ThredUp rejected it so now this gorgeous sweater is lost forever. So I’m not sure about it. I definitely have clothes that I could send them, but I would be annoyed if they sent things that I really liked and hardly wore for donation. I have to think about it. I hope you’ll do a follow up on what happens to your bag items.

    1. I have had so much trouble reselling clothes, so I’ve set the bar really low. If Thred Up doesn’t take them, I’d end up donating them anyway. If I had anything I thought was really worth much, I’d have kept it and tried to sell it myself.

  2. Very curious! I don’t shop many brand names, I am more Uniqlo, H&M and my key pieces are designer and take care of them so not willing to part with. However, my daughter uses Gymboree and that I would be interested in getting rid of those.

  3. This is such a good idea – I hope it works out and they take all the stuff you sent them. I’ve had bad experiences in secondhand shops as well and have given up trying to sell my unwanted clothes and just donate the lot now. Will watch out for your follow-up post!

  4. Good luck!! I’ve used ThredUp for the past couple of years, and they used to take so much more and give much better payouts. They’re always adjusting their structure so it’s a moving target. The last bag I sent in was super disappointing. I think I sent in about 20+ items, including brand new boots knee-high boots, and I got somewhere around $13 total. I still like using them because it’s a good way to clean out and earn a couple bucks in the process, but for nicer items, I like to look at other avenues first because you’ll absolutely make more in other places.

    1. All the items I’m selling I KNOW aren’t worth too much. If I had anything I thought really deserved money I’d take them to a better place. If I make $10 bucks, it better than 0!

  5. I have sent two bags to ThredUp; if your expectations are low they will be met. Like you mentioned upthread, I would have just donated the clothes anyway so it was no big deal… but I was kind of annoyed that once they have surveyed your items and decided which ones to accept and for what price (for me it was about 1/4 of the bag of all NWT items, ultimately sold direct to ThredUp for approx. 7-8% of the MSRP for the items) – they won’t release the payment to you for 14 days. You can use store credit immediately, but if you’re just looking for cash they make you wait.

    Good luck to you!!

  6. Looking forward to hearing what you think! It does sound super specific though…that would probably be a bit of a turn off for me! Hope it works well for you!

  7. I just earned 200 from thredup after sending in a bag for the first time last month. Since then I sent in 5 more bags and I have received notice of $170 pending from 2 bags that were just processed. Like you said any money for clothes that are just sitting in my closet is a bonus. By the way, the Veterans Assoc. picks up clothing and many other household items you can donate for free. I give them my husband’s old clothing and books and toys too.

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