Update: It looks like some of you have had trouble with the selling process through thredUP. Until I can confirm for myself, I won’t be posting any more deals from this company. Sorry for those of you that have had trouble!
thredUP is an online children’s consignment sale that I have been wanting to check out, so I was really excited when they contacted me to give it a try. They offer clothes of all sizes for boys and girls at seriously reduced costs. Not as cheap as you would find at a yard sale, but these are all clean, inspected and you know exactly what you are getting. Plus, you can browse in the peace and quiet of your own home instead of hauling the kids from sale to sale and hoping they don’t break something (is that just me?).
The site is super easy to search, you can look for certain brands, types of clothing or search by size. At any given time, they have tons of different brands like GAP, Gymboree, Ralph Lauren, Children’s Place and much more. When your child has outgrown the clothes, you can order a thredUP bag, fill it with your items and send it back. You can earn from 20-40% of each item’s resale value!
I was able to get 2 pairs of jeans (Levi’s and Children’s Place), a long-sleeved Children’s Place shirt and a pair of good-quality H&M sweats for just $20. The pictures showed the cut and style of each item really well, so there was no question as to what I was getting. My items arrived quickly and the email correspondence was helpful.
I found the site really easy to search, with one minor complaint. I was looking for a pair of shoes for my son, but since they sell from so many different brands, the sizes were all different. It wasn’t super easy to search for a specific size (say, a toddler 10) as there may be only one brand that actually called their size a toddler 10. The easiest way to search the shoes was to choose “Boy” and scroll through all the different pairs, which was a bit of a challenge.
When the clothes arrived, they seemed to be in really good shape. When I went to wash them all, I did find a wad of gum in one of the pockets. I was really bummed, as I wanted to give thredUP a really good review. However, when I contacted their customer service department, they were seriously on the ball. They emailed back almost immediately with an apology and applied a new credit to my account almost instantly. I was then able to order another pair of jeans and didn’t even have to return the pair with gum in the pocket, very little hassle. After I placed my second order, they sent a quick follow-up email making sure everything had been handled satisfactorily. I was impressed.
Overall, I was really happy with my experience. All the clothes that arrived (without gum!), were in great shape and almost like new. This was a great way to add a few items to my son’s preschool wardrobe without breaking the bank.
For those of you would like to try thredUP, I have an exclusive discount for you! Use promo code TU10 at checkout to save 10% off your entire order. Shipping is free with orders of $40 or more. Click here to check it out. It also looks like you can share with your friends via Facebook or email and you both will get $10 off your purchase in the form of a credit.
Please let us know if you have tried this service and your thoughts. I will definitely be ordering from them again!
Disclosure: thredUP did provide me with a $20 credit to try out their site, but obviously the opinions are all mine. I found the pricing to be very fair and was really impressed with their customer service.