Buy and Sell Your Kid's Clothes with thredUP.com
What to do?
So, your little critter has outgrown yet another set of clothing and you don’t know what to do with the growing pile of clothes. It would be great to sell them off and make some of that cash back for the next round of clothes shopping you need to do. Of course, you could deal with your local consignment shop, but they tend to take a big chunk of your profit. If your savvy enough, you could use eBay, but some people find listing, shipping and fees more of a hassle than they want to deal with. There’s also Craigslist and Facebook yard sale groups, but not everyone is comfortable with having strangers come to their home. What is the alternative?
This site operates within the USA only.
While trying to answer that question, I came across several websites that cater specifically to the resale of quality used children’s clothing. Some of them were similar to consignment shops, several charged fees and at least one was a nightmare to navigate. Finally, I discovered thredUP.com. The site is free and the service is extremely easy to use.
I found the site very easy to navigate and appealing to the eye. I liked the clothing shown on their home page. Some were even NWT (new with tags) for amazing prices. Their FAQ’s were extremely comprehensive.
How to Use the Service
Create your Account
Go to the threadUP website, and create an account. This will ensure that the company can track what you send them and ensure you get paid for your items. (You will need a PayPal account.)
Order Your Bag(s)
Order a bag from the site. They will require a deposit of $4.95 USD per bag that you request to help them cover their fees, however the amount is fully refunded once your return the bag to them (at their expense). thredUP will send you empty bags with their address and a pre-paid shipping label on them that allows you to return them via USPS or UPS.
The company does not accept:
- Infant clothing;
- Items with rips, stains, odours, wear or other imperfections;
- Junior or adult clothing;
- Homemade items;
- Altered or personalized clothing;
- Sleepwear, socks and undergarments;
- Items missing labels;
- Clothing from Faded Glory, Garanimals, George, Sonoma, Athletic Works, Kid Connection and Koala Kids.
When you receive your empty thredUP bag(s), fill it up!
The company accepts high quality, gently worn kid’s clothing and shoes over size 12 months. (Please, make sure all items are laundered before sending.) You can earn more by sending items that still have their price tags, are appropriate for the current season or a top-name children's brand, such as Tea Collection, Guess, Ralph Lauren, Gymboree, Gap, Hanna Banana and Baby Lulu.
According to their site, items that thredUP cannot resell are either donated or recycled appropriately. Nothing sent to thredUP ends up in a landfill.
Insert Your Information
Before you seal up the bag, be sure to include the envelope your bag came in. It has your email address and signature on it. The company needs this so they know who sent them the items so they can pay you. If you lose the envelope, clearly write your name, email address and mailing address on a letter-sized piece of paper and include it inside the bag.
Return the Bag(s)
To return the bag via UPS by taking it to a UPS driver, store or drop box - OR - Return the bag via USPS by dropping it off at the post office or putting it out with your regular USPS mail.
Once Your Items Arrive ...
As soon as your bag is received by thredUP, they send you an email to let you know it has arrived. They go through the items you sent and credit your account for each quality item.
Once thredUP has credited your account, you can “cash out” via your Paypal account.
That’s all there is to it. It sounds simple and quick. Just the way most people like their transactions to be.
Because I’m in Canada, I have not been able to use this service personally. If you have used thredUP, please leave a comment below describing your experience.
© 2012 Rosa Marchisella