Thredup is an online thrifting and consignment store that everyone deserves to know about. There is only one way to describe it – I am obsessed.
The complete Thredup review explains what Thredup is, how it works, and whether or not it can help you make/save money.
This website is created by fellow thrifters hoping to inspire more people to buy gently used clothing to help the planet be healthier. This website has taken the local thrift store to the masses by making it possible for anyone to shop their store around the world.
In addition to reinventing thrift stores and creating a sustainable store for the planet, ThredUP has also created a system for you to save and make money.
Their business models allow their customers to sell their clothes as a side hustle and save big when they are shopping for new outfits.
What is ThredUP?
Thredup is an online consignment and thrift store. If you love thrift shopping and getting great clothes for awesome deals, then this website might be for you!
They are all about supporting sustainability and throwing away the idea of ‘fast fashion’. Sustainability is their number one goal as they try to modernize the idea of thrift shopping.
On top of helping save the planet through their sustainability mission, this website can help you save money on clothes that you were already buying.
How Does It Work?
Like any other consignment or thrift store, Thredup takes slightly used clothing and sells them at a discounted rate. What makes this store different is that it is online, so you have access to great deals from all over the world.
Since anyone has access to the store, anyone can send their clothing in to help make a profit or help out a charity.
Plus, this online store is so well known that their clothing is constantly being updated – how often can you say that for your local thrift store?
In fact, there are so many new deals each day, that Thredup had to design a phone App so that their customers can stay up to date on their daily deals.
What is Shopping with Thredup like?
Shopping with Thredup is, honestly, a dream. Once you create an account, you can set up the website to only show you clothes based on your size and style.
Since all of the clothes on the website are one of a kind, you don’t want to waste your time looking at the wrong things!
One of the best parts of using the Thredup website is the fact that they have over 35 thousand brands of clothing. Whether you prefer wearing shirts from the Gap or Gucci, there are options for you to go shopping for less.
How Much Money Can I Really Save?
The website promotes having deals up to 90% off the original sales tag- which is awesome!
That honestly sounded a little too good to be true, so I did a little research. A peach Lululemon windbreaker new from the store retails for $118 while on Thredup costs less than $65- that’s a savings of 55%!
Saving money and still looking great- what’s not to love?
One of the best parts of thrift shopping is finding amazing deals on items that might need a little TLC. Thredup understands that love and wants to support that valuable part of consignment shopping- hence the creation of the rescue box.
For pennies on the dollar, you can buy a rescue box on dozens of different themes like shoes (5 pairs for $34!), T-Shirts (25 items for $28!) or even denim (50 lbs for just $60).
For a crafting enthusiast, this is the perfect challenge to help spur creativity. Even better? Take these rescue items and resell them to make even more money.
One woman on their website talks about how she takes the denim rescue box and sews them into purses and wallets. She then sells them on her Etsy shop and makes a great return on her investment.
Anyone handy with a sewing machine and an entrepreneur spirit should know about this opportunity!
Something new on the Thredup website is style icons. This feature is great for people looking for great style, but need a little bit of inspiration.
Each style icon curates a virtual closet filled with their recommendations to help you design the outfit of your dream. Each style icon on Thredup comes with 3 words to describe their style and help you decide if their style fits what you like.
Take Emily, for example, her closet is described as ‘Boho. Vintage. Classic.’
I love how Thredup is personalizing the shopping experience with these style icons and helping their customers connect with fellow thrifters to guide their shopping experience.
As if Thredup doesn’t offer enough great things, if you want something unique and catered to you, take a look at The Goody Box!
If you want to check it out, the goody box takes 10 like-new items handpicked to fit your size, style, and budget. You can either take the style quiz (it only takes a few minutes and is really fun) or request a box on a theme.
Themes include different styles for specific areas of your life. From vacation to work from home to trends to try, there is a goody box for you. There are a few companies that are offering this sort of a service right now- and it’s so fun! Thredup is the only one, though, that I have heard of charging a styling fee only if you like the clothing.
If you love to thrift but lack the time, then the Goody Box from Thredup is a great option to shop thrifty on your own time.
Ready to learn how you can get in on Thredup’s amazing business design? Keep reading…
What if I Have Clothes That I Want to Get Rid Of?
If Thredup sounds like a great website and your dresser drawers seem to be bursting at the seams, now might be the right time to send some to this consignment website. Currently on their website, there are two options to help you clean out that closet.
If you need some extra cash, why not sign up to start selling your clothes? Thredup makes it super easy to get their clothes on their website so that you can get money in your pocket ASAP.
Through the website, you can either request a bag be shipped to your house or download a free shipping label for you to print off.
Once you send in the items, the company will go through the bags and let you know what items that they are willing to sell. For a fee of $10.99, you can choose to have them return the clothes or they will donate them to a local nonprofit.
The items that they do choose to put on their website will give you a percentage of the profits for doing next to nothing.
Send in some clothes and wait to get back money or Thredup points to update your own wardrobe! This might be the side hustle of your dreams!
I should note that how much you make is entirely dependent on the clothes that you choose to send in. A $300 pair of designer jeans will make you more than that $10 tank top- so choose wisely what you want to send in.
If you don’t have a need for a side hustle and you simply want to get rid of a few clothing pieces, why not consider donating your clothes to Thredup?
Similar to selling your clothes, the website will send you a bag or you can download a shipping label to send the clothes in. (I love how easy they make this option!)
Once you send in your bag of clothes, they will donate $5 to the charity of your choice. When I went through the process, I was able to choose from 4 different charities:
- Susan G. Komen
- Feeding America
- Girls Inc.
Even though you aren’t making money, the $5 donation in your name still helps those in need and it is tax deductible at the end of the year.
What Sort of Clothing does Thredup accept?
Whether you want to donate your clothes or begin a side hustle selling clothes online, Thredup is ready to accept your clothing, along with a few other things. In fact, it’s surprising to a lot of people just how many things they sell.
A few of their categories include:
- Premium Clothing
- Plus Size
- Kids Clothing
I will warn you- cleaning out your closets can be a little bit addicting. I recommend starting small- maybe just one drawer at first. You will be surprised at how many clothes you have that would look better being sold on Thredup!
There are so many benefits to using Thredup to buy, sell, and donate gently used clothing. Not only do they work hard to make thrifting fun, but they make buying clothes something that everyone can do.
Their prices can’t be beat and their sustainability model can’t be beat.
I love to use this site not only to buy clothes for the entire family, but to help bring in extra income. With a little bit of work (and I mean very little work) Thredup can be the perfect side hustle!
Hope this Thredup review helped you – whether you are looking for some cheap finds or to make a little extra side money!
Have you ever shopped with Thredup? What is your favorite part of this awesome consignment website?