I Cleaned Out my Closet with ThredUP: An Honest Review

You already know I’m a big fan of vintage and thrift shopping. 90% of my wardrobe is second hand clothing, with the exception of a few special pieces. Still, since leaving my office job when I moved to the US, I realized I no longer had a need for the formal and professional clothing that I used to need for running workshops and hosting meetings.

Usually I would just sack up my clothes and donate them — which I still did with a majority of the spoils of my spring cleaning — but I was also intrigued with the idea of making back a bit of cash on some of my nice and rarely-worn pieces. So, Iย  requested a free clean-out kit from ThredUP and got to work.ย 

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The Process

I started by checking the website to see what brand they accepted. I had a couple of pieces from Canadian companies that didn’t make the list, unfortunately.

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Then I washed and pressed each item to make sure they would appear their best.

I made piles and took inventory of everything I was going to send. It was good stuff. I had high hopes.

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Here’s the chart that I made so I would be able to cross-reference with ThredUP’s decision.

The Selection

Garment

Brand Colour

Condition

Ankle pants Gap Green New, Unworn, tags on
Denim mini dress Gap Navy denim Rarely worn
Dress, keyhole back Gap Purple Rarely worn
Chiffon dress Gap Gray Rarely worn
Tweed sleeveless dress Gap Navy, gray tweed Rarely worn
Floral sundress Gap Factory Pink, floral Rarely worn
Black sundress Gap Factory Black Occasionally worn
Floral rayon dress Banana Republic Gray, floral New, Unworn
Pleated sundress American Eagle Navy, lilac Occasionally worn
French bulldog blouse Reitmans Blue, polka dot Occasionally worn
Scissor peplum top Reitmans Black and white Rarely worn
Festive sweater Jessica Simpson Cream and gold Rarely worn
Striped sundress Old Navy Beige, peach Occasionally worn
Crochet flowy top Old Navy Blush pink Rarely worn
Polka dot chiffon top Forever 21 Black and white Occasionally worn
Polka dot satin tank Jones New York Navy, gold Occasionally worn
Strappy slide on flip flops Crocs Black New, Unworn

The Payout

It took a few weeks to receive a response from ThredUP but eventually I received the much-anticipated email. After sending an estimated $1000 worth of clothing, I was credited with $12.26.

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You’ll see that the best stuff gets sold right away while other item(s) get put into the consignment category. You can adjust the listing price lower if you’re so inclined but it does not affect your payout percentage.

Initial Thoughts

It’s disappointing that more pieces weren’t accepted. A couple of the Gap dresses were so beautiful and had only been worn once or twice. I was definitely surprised they didn’t make the cut.

On the other hand, if I had just outright donated them, I wouldn’t have received any money….So there’s that.

Worth it?

If you’re hoping to make some good money with consignment clothing for a handful of pieces, no. You probably have a better chance by going to a local resale or consignment boutique where you can have a real-time, face-to-face conversation with someone who will look over each item and give you honest feedback.

If you are a fashionista with plenty of beautiful, brand-name clothes to pass on, then YES, definitely try it out. Especially if they are in like-new condition and are in-season and on-trend.

I’m somewhere in the middle, personally. If you are like me and just hoping to make sure your clothes can be enjoyed by someone else instead of contributing to a fast-fashion-filled landfill, then yes. At least by using ThredUP you know that the website provides a greater chance of reaching that special someone who is looking for a specific, gently used item.

Since those $12 aren’t going to get very far in rebuilding my wardrobe, it’s going to be a while before I have anything worth going through the effort again. In the meantime, I’ll stick to local charities when I have a piece or two to get rid of.

Addendum:

ThredUP offers the option to return clothing that they don’t accept for their site for an additional fee of $10.99. I opted not to take advantage of this option as I was deep in a spring cleaning mindset and looking more to clear out the house than to make money. It’s fortunate though because if I had, my profit would be a whopping $1.26, which is more that I spent on detergent for all these items.

Ultimately, while this isn’t the service for ME, it might be an okay option for others. My biggest regret from this experience is not learning why specifically my items (that did meet the criteria set forth on the website — ie. worn only once or twice, brand name, on-trend, etc.)ย did not make the grade.

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15 thoughts on “I Cleaned Out my Closet with ThredUP: An Honest Review

  1. I was hoping this was going to be a story of wild success in reselling clothing! I think I might try my hand at eBay…

  2. Gosh that is disappointing, Krista. You worked more than $12 worth of time/effort to send the things. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    I get a much better feeling giving things away in a direction I appreciate.. so maybe Dress for Success or a Women’s Shelter or some local organization near you who is helping people get back on their feet. I’d happily wash and press things to hand them over to another woman in need.

    This doesn’t sit well with me. It feels like a tale of woe. Aw. Such a pretty dress. It’s hard not to think of how many Canadian dollars *everything* costs. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    You’re right though. That’s $12-ish you wouldn’t have.

      • I definitely still gave a few LARGE bags of clothes (lots of cold-weather stuff!) to a local charity. It was the cream of the crop that I sent to ThredUP though – the stuff that I had dropped good dough on and wanted to maybe get a few back. Oh well…

  3. I was hoping for a success story! I’m so sorry it isn’t. I’ve long since given up on selling things. The time and effort never seem to be worth it! Instead I donate and hope it makes someone else life easier1

  4. Have you tried Posh Mark? I sell a bit on there and will list 20 or so pieces at a time so Iโ€™m not overwhelmed. My last patch brought in $150, and I donated whatever didnโ€™t sell in a month.

  5. Selling through apps like Depop or Poshmark is wayyy more profitable because there’s no middleman! You negotiate your own prices. Due to this, I like to sell on Poshmark and buy on ThredUp! I actually just posted an article about second hand shopping- I love it! Would love to hear about your journey embracing second hand shopping.

  6. I recently tried ThredUp as well and was sadly letdown as well. I followed all the same steps as you prior to sending off my items. I do show some items still selling so my payout has gone up a little but not a ton.

  7. I just dropped some of mine off and got $40 for 19 pieces. One of them was a White House Black Market top WITH tags (a $50 top) they gave me $3 for it. Ha ha! Guess that means I should stop getting things I don’t need.
    Bummer that you didn’t get more for your items, they sounded like they would be worth WAY more than $12. Love this review.

  8. Oh man I was personally disappointed with eBay and I was looking for new sites to try but it doesn’t look like this one is too promising either! Thank you for sharing your experience!

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