March 30, 2016

Review: Closet Clean Out with thredUp

This is an unsolicited review of my experience with thredUp's clean out service. I shipped my first clean out bag back in early March and they finally processed it on March 24th. It took just under a month for them to go through what I sent but I've heard that it usually takes 5-6 weeks from other ladies I've chatted with that have also tried out their service. I neatly folded every item and my first bag was mostly old jeans and pants in good to excellent condition that no longer fit me correctly or comfortably.

For example, over the last few years I've amassed a small collection of white jeans because I'm always searching for the perfect pair. I now prefer jeans with a narrow ankle for a lengthening effect since I'm only 5' 2 1/2".  In the picture below, they ended up taking the two white jeans from the LEFT and both pairs have since sold. I held onto the other pairs in the middle to sell myself while the very first pair on the RIGHT is a new purchase this year (last seen here). Note that my favorite pair of white jeans this season are from Gap (see them on me at the top of this post).

I love white jeans if you couldn't tell

I was curious about thredUp's tolerance for items with stains since some of their listings are described as "This item is gently used with minor signs of wear (minor stain, needs washing)." The lace dress you see at the top of the pile below had a light visible stain on the skirt and I noticed their team didn't accept this item. They did take the other two dresses beneath it. At this time you can only order one clean out kit at a time so I was only able to fit the pants, dresses and two scarves in my first clean out bag (items in the first two vertical rows from the left pictured below minus the camis). They accepted 16 items and paid me $59.22 upfront. I can use the funds immediately as store credit to make a purchase on their site or wait two weeks to cash out the balance.

thredUp Clean Out Review on www.whatjesswore.com

How do they decide what to pay you upfront? Well they pay 10-40% of the initial selling price for items they expect to sell at $59.99 or less. Items with an initial listing price of $60 or more qualify for a consignment so you can earn 50% to 80% of the selling price once an item has sold. You can read more about their consignment service here. Items they didn't accept from my bag are either resold to third party sellers or upcycled by textile recycling partners since I didn't select return assurance. I have since ordered two more clean out kits but due to their lower payout I'll try other resale methods first before filling up the other two clean out bags I ordered. It takes about a week to receive a new bag in the mail so I would recommend ordering a few clean out kits at a time if you're culling your closet and want to free up space/hangers immediately.

thredUP Clean Out Bag

For each bag, they will provide a direct link to each item they list for sale and you will also receive email notifications once each item sells. Here are some of the items they listed from my closet that are still available:



These 5 items have already sold: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

I did a collaboration with thredUp in February (read about it in this post) where I selected a few items that were in excellent or like new condition. I was pleased with my experience as a buyer since both items arrived exactly as described. I usually prefer to have exact measurements if I buy pre-owned items so I was nervous the items I picked wouldn't fit but luckily both items worked out. You can get 40% off your first purchase so make sure to search the web for a valid coupon code but I believe their website will present you with a 40% off coupon code as a first time visitor.

Thanks for reading!
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