My Experience With ThredUP


I recently requested a (free) bag from ThredUP (an online consignment website) so I could send in a pile of clothes that had been sitting in my closet. Most of the items were things from Express that had only been worn once or maybe twice and no longer fit me. I sent in a few other items as well including a pair of wedges and a brand new jacket from h&m. 

I checked and double checked every item I sent in to make sure it was a brand and item they would accept and used their calculator to try and estimate how much I would get back. I was expecting $30-$40-- assuming they accepted everything. 

I was only credited $19. Now, I realize this is $19 I wouldn't have otherwise, so maybe I shouldn't complain, but I was disappointed to say the least...

I take full responsibility for not reading into how they calculate the payout percentages before I sent in my items-- the large print claims they pay you up to 80%, little did I know you only get 80% if your item is sold for over $150!

Out of the items they accepted, they were selling them for a total of almost $95, so you can do the math to figure out what percentage I was given. 

I did a little research on a few local consignment stores, while they don't all offer upfront payouts, most do give you 50% of the profit for each item sold. 

It took close to 2 weeks for my bag to arrive. After you send in your bag, it can take up to 3 weeks of transit time-- after that it takes an additional amount of time for them to process your bag & once they do that you then have to wait 14 days to "cash out" via paypal. 

My Final Thoughts

I think ThredUP is a good option if you don't want to deal with taking your clothes somewhere else. If you don't mind the long process and the low payout percentages then you might want to consider it. It might also be better if you're planning to sell luxury items, as you're guaranteed a higher payout percentage. 

They offer a lot of coupon codes and referral bonuses, so if you're going to use your credit to buy things from the site, I think that's your best bet. I was planning on using the paypal option from the beginning so the coupon codes really weren't that appealing to me. I'd say eBay or your local consignment store might be the better option if you want to make a profit. Otherwise donating your items to Goodwill or another service is a great way to clean out your closet!

I hope this was somewhat helpful & if you have any other specific questions feel free to ask! 

Have you ever used a site like ThredUP?


19 comments

  1. What a bummer! Never heard if thread up.. I give my clothes to my future mother in law.. She sends them to El Salvador when she visits..!

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  2. I've been thinking about this so glad you reviewed. I guess I need to just get my lazy butt and bags of clothes in my car trunk to the consignment shop!

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  3. How disappointing!
    My sister sent in some things and said the same thing!
    They don't send bags to Alaska- so I have only ordered clothes FROM them....I haven't sent clothes in.
    Sorry it was a bad experience!

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  4. How disappointing, sorry that happened, I would be bummed for sure!

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  5. I've never heard of ThredUp or anything like it. It's a neat concept, but I'm sorry it wasn't a better experience!

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  6. Gosh that's so unfortunate! Thanks for sharing so others to jump on the bandwagon thinking it's something great. So sorry!

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  7. Yikes sorry to hear that!! I usually stick to eBay and try to sell it myself - if something doesn't sell in a certain amount of time I just donate it!

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  8. That's such a bummer. Like you said it is an easy way to get rid of things and a little extra cash, but like you I would want a little more extra cash. My tracking information says I should have my order by Friday so I'll let you know how things go from the buying end!

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  9. Wow, that's disappointing! I've never even tried to consign clothes because I'm afraid they're going to be super picky, only give me a small percentage of what it's worth, take forever to get my money to me, etc. The thing I like about eBay is that I only have about a week in between listing something and then getting rid of it either by shipping it out or donating it if it didn't sell.

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  10. I usually end up taking my things to Goodwill because I can't be bothered trying to sell them myself, and I know they go to a good cause. This idea could have been great though!

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  11. I'm sorry for your not so great experience girly. Yea its $19 you didn't have but when you are expecting something a certain way and don't get it, its definitely disappointing. Ive never used a site like thread up but I have always taken my clothes to a mom and pop consignment store that I actually used to work at. They gave you 40% of what items sold for but higher brands = higher selling prices. It was also nice how they did it because they did a step down price range every few weeks to give more of a chance for your items to sell. At the end of the time frame that they were on the floor if they didn't sell you could either go through and find them or the store would donate them and at the end of the year you received a tax write off of what was donated. It was nice because as soon as they were out of your hands it was all taken care of. All you had to do was worry about bringing more items and or picking up the money. They also had started a buy it now option where the name brands they would add up and offer cash on the spot and you could either accept or deny that. Another well known pay up front store Ive been to (and also worked out lol) is Platos Closet.

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  12. I actually love thred up but more from a buyers perspective than from a seller. What a bummer!

    -the Preppy Student

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  13. The idea behind it sounds good but the whole process itself sounds like a pain in the ass! I'm more of an instant gratification kind of girl! haha

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  14. Sounds like it takes forever to get paid and the profit almost isn't even worth it. I am selling my clothes on Poshmark and Instagram...it's a lot easier on there and I can set my own prices.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  15. Thanks for this review. I had been thinking about trying out this site, but it just never seemed "right" to me. I take any clothes that I want to try to sell to Plato's Closet; I've been doing that for years, and I usually get at least $100 every time. Any other clothes I just give to Goodwill!

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  16. Sounds like I'd have better luck with Kijiji/Craigslist or eBay!

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  17. ugh what a bummer! i would have been so pissed. yeah its money you didnt have, but you could have sold it on ebay and made $95 not $19. bah! i did not know that about them, i have only bought 2 things from them before and i dont think i'll be going back now that i know they stiff the sellers.

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  18. I'm really glad you posted this! I've been meaning to try ThredUp, but didn't realize the total wait time was that long. And when you're trying to clean out your house, sometimes you just want things gone NOW. Very interesting - thanks for sharing!

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  19. yikes! i'd seen someone post about thread up and i tried to get into it… but i'd rather just go to goodwill or something, haha.

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