Selling Clothes on ThredUP: Is It Worth It?
You may have already heard of ThredUP. If not, it is the self-titled largest online consignment and thrift store and its popularity is increasing by the minute. I’ve seen a ton of amazing ThredUP purchases from my blogging buds and on instagram but have you wondered how they get all of these like-new name brand clothes for you to purchase at such great prices? Did you know you can send them your own clothes for resale?
During my most recent closet cleanout I had quite a few great pieces I was looking to resell and decided to give this route a try. Below, I’ll outline the entire process and give you my honest opinion and verdict on whether I recommend you send your unwanted pieces for resell.
Before Ordering a Cleanout Kit
Before you even order a clean out kit, consider what you are thinking about sending. If you are wondering whether or not your items are worth trying to resell on ThredUP here are a few guidelines and FYI’s:
- At this time ThredUP only resells women’s and children’s clothing.
- They accept 40% or less of what is sent to them.
- Items that are new, with tags still on, or like-new (in near-perfect condition) are the most likely to be accepted for resell.
- Name brand and high-end items are preferred but you can find an entire list of brands they will and will not accept here.
- You can estimate how much you will be paid for an item by using the earnings estimator, which shares what others have earned for selling similar items.
- Any items that are sent and not accepted for resell will be “recycled”, which means sold to a 3rd party and you are not paid for this. You have the option of requesting that unaccepted items be returned to you but you have to pay $12.99 for this.
- You will be contacted after you send in your bag and it has been processed with what items have been accepted and the amount you will be paid.
- You will be paid immediately for any items that are listed for less than $60. You’ll receive your payout for any listed for greater than $60 after it has sold.
- This cash can be spent immediately on ThredUP or you can wait 2 weeks for funds to “process” and have it transferred to a PAYPAL account – where you will be charged a 2% transfer fee.
Ordering a Kit
This is simple, head over to the ThredUP site and click “sell”.
The “kit” is simply an envelope that includes a large bag for items, shoes, etc. Shipping is free. And instructions are included.
I was selective with what I sent. Choosing only items that were practically new (you know the ones you’re ashamed about because you splurged and only ever wore once or, even worse, never wore at all)… Many of my items still had tags. Most were from Old Navy, J. Crew, Gap, and Target. I also sent a dress from Stitch Fix and another from LuLu’s.
I sent 19 items. If I totaled how much the entire bag was worth, it would probably make me nauseous, so I’ll spare us. But I did jot down and photograph everything I sent, packed it all up in the bag, and scheduled a pick-up, as directed on the package. This was all very simple and easy to do.
Now that ThredUP is gaining in popularity, it seems they are also receiving quite an influx of bags. That’s great for shoppers – seriously! On the other hand, it took a while for my bag to be processed. They did email me with an estimated processing date which was nice so I knew my bag hadn’t been lost in the mail.
Once it was reviewed, I was contacted and informed that the payout for my bag was $25.21. Sigh.
You can get online and see what they kept and what your items are being sold for. You will also be informed when your items are sold. Here is just a preview of some of my items listed for sale:
It’s been a month since my bag has been processed and most of my items have sold. I had to wait 2 weeks and then I was able to transfer the funds to my paypal account, which made my total payout around $24.50. I could have just spent it on ThredUP but I haven’t yet found anything I want. I keep looking though.
I would not use this service again for reselling my brand name and new/like-new items. Though they did opt to keep 17 out of the 19 pieces I sent, which seems to be more than average (likely due to my careful selection), the payout was much lower than expected. The payout essentially equates to $1.48 per item which is not fair. I would have made more at a yard sale. I didn’t necessarily expect to come away with more than $50 but I do believe I could have sold just that J. Crew vest for $25 elsewhere.
And here’s where I get a bit speculative. I photographed all of the items I sent prior to shipping my bag so that I could keep track of every piece. One of the pieces that I sent was this Lauren Conrad pink sequin skirt (left photo below). This skirt wasn’t accepted by ThredUP even though it’s fabulous and in good condition, but nevertheless, it disappeared to wherever they send unaccepted clothes. Then, a few nights ago on my instagram the photo on the right popped up: the same skirt I sent was purchased from ThredUP. Could it be my skirt and I wasn’t reimbursed for it? I just don’t know. I truthfully want to give them the benefit of the doubt and believe someone else sent in the same skirt and the ThredUP team just decided they didn’t need mine too. But questionable trust on top of poor payouts just further supports my decision to stop sending items.
On a last and final note, I will say that my overall perspective is limited by the range of items I sent. I wasn’t sending Diane Von Furstenberg dresses or Jimmy Choo pumps. The price range of my pieces were $25-100. Higher-end items may earn a better payout. Regardless, there are way better options for reselling your items and though ThredUP seems to be great for getting steals on purchases, it’s at the expense of its donators.
Have you sold items on ThredUP? I’d love to hear about your experiences good or bad!
Thanks for stopping by!
* The opinions in this post are solely my own. I wasn’t asked by ThredUP or a 3rd party to do this review nor was I reimbursed as incentive for trying this service. I did receive payment from ThredUP for the items that were accepted from my bag, as detailed above.