ThredUp, an online consignment store


My friend recently posted on Facebook about thredUP. They say on their website that they’re “like an consignment store, but simpler.” They have like-new brand-name clothing for up to 90% off the original price, including designer clothing. And you can buy it all online, while you’re in your pajamas. You don’t have to fight another customer for the last dress on the rack in your size. You can even return the clothing within 14 days if you decide you don’t want to keep them for any reason (though items marked as “FINAL SALE” are not eligible for returns).

Not only that, but once you don’t want to wear the clothing any more, you can put it in a thredUP bag, put it on your doorstep, and thredUP will pick it up, cover the shipping, and then sell your clothes for you (you get a percentage of the sale). I think it’s awesome that they cover the shipping for clothing you want to sell through them, since they’re based in San Francisco, CA and I’m over on the East Coast. (Though it looks like they have a distribution center in Mechanicsburg, PA… and they have a few job openings in that area if anyone near there is interested.)

Currently, they can only ship orders to the 50 U.S. states, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, and APO/FPO/DPO addresses, but they want to expand to international customers eventually.

Now, I love me a good thrift/consignment store. The vast majority of my wardrobe comes from thrift stores, since I’m lucky enough to have quite a few really awesome Value Village locations close to where I live. I really don’t mind wearing clothes and shoes second-hand. They’re usually already broken-in and more comfortable to wear!

I’m a bigger girl (I wear a size 16ish at the moment) and it’s pretty difficult to find cute clothing in my size. It seems like most clothing designers think that people over size 14 should just wear burlap sacks, or other shapeless garments. I was able to find quite a few dresses on thredUP that I really loved.

I got $20 to spend, since I was referred by a member. I ended up purchasing one Sienna Rose casual dress and one Connected Apparel cocktail dress. After the $20 referral, I spent $10.97 total for both dresses, which included $5.99 for shipping and handling. Yep, I spent less than $3 each for two dresses. You can’t beat that!

Most of the dresses I looked at were under $20 each, without the referral bonus. There are more expensive dresses on the site, some going for $75 or more. But those dresses were originally $300 dresses, so you can’t really complain!

They don’t only have dresses, thredUP has a ton of items to select from: dresses, tops, sweaters, sweatshirts, outerwear, rompers & jumpsuits, leggings, jeans, pants, skirts, shorts, activewear, swimwear, accessories, shoes, and handbags. They sort the site into categories such as Women, Designer, Plus, Maternity, Shoes, Handbags, Girls, and Boys. They even have what they call “specialty shops” for maternity, plus, petite, tall, juniors, and designer. You can further sort items by size, brand, color, or price.

They’re also doing a promotion right now for a limited time called thredUP for Schools. For every purchase you make, they donate 5% to the school of your choice. I chose my high school. As part of this promotion, they’re also doing Clean Out For Schools, where 100% of the payout you earn from your school’s designated Clean Out Bag goes to the school. The bags are distributed by the school’s thredUP Ambassador. Ambassadors are volunteers who are sent a box of 40 Clean Out Bags with tips on how to fund-raise.

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