How about trading your outgrown clothes for someone else’s? That’s what ThredUP is all about!
Browse boxes of clothing by size, gender and season. There are descriptions and quanties of items for each box (no photos though; it’s like birthdays- you don’t know what’s in the box until you get it!) You can choose a box stuffed with mostly tops, mostly bottoms or a mix (and the boxes are pretty big; USPS Medium Flat Rate shipping boxes)! But, to make it fair, you ALSO have to list a box of your own (it’s a swapping site, after all). When you sign-up, 10 boxes are automatically sent to you (or you can stop by the post office and pick some up; they’re free!). The cost is $13 for a box (and that’s for one that you select, NOT when you send one out!), which covers shipping and handling (via USPS Priority). When someone “picks” your box, simply print out the label that’s sent to you and you can schedule the pick-up from your house!
How do they maintain quality control? Through several ways: Members review the box contents, turnaround, style of items in the box, etc. ThredUP will sometimes ask you to send a box to them.
Membership is free, but there is also a PRO membership available for $29.99 a year. Basic members view sizes, gender, season, quantity of items in the box and one brand that’s in the box. PRO members get view all the details about the box, including ALL the brands, types of items and detailed notes. They also get 24-hour advanced access to newly listed boxes! The best part about being a PRO member is that you have access to Golden Threds, which are boxes of NEW items provided by a partner retailer each month. It’s like an online scavenger hunt; ThredUP gives you what day and approximately what time Golden Thred boxes are released. Browse during the appointed time and you just might stumble on a Golden Thred (you’ll KNOW when you’ve found one!).
-Contributed by Ann