thredUP Review – The Good, The Bad, & How to Save Money Without Compromise

Jen SmithFrugality, Personal Finance14 Comments

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ThredUP is the largest thrift and consignment shop on the Internet, but is it right for you? In this thredUP review, you’ll learn my experience with buying, others experience selling, and some alternatives to get you high fashion at low prices.

I’ve been shopping thredUp for over a year and while I don’t buy clothes often I’m an outspoken advocate for buying them secondhand. I’m not perfect but I try to buy as much used clothing as possible.

Shopping on thredUP


The thing I love about thredUP is the selection. It has more inventory than I can count and just keeps expanding. It started with women’s fashion and has expanded to accessories, kids, and maternity.

Last time I bought a work blouse, 2 summer shirts, and a pair of shorts. Everything was great quality and delivered quickly, even though it was around the holidays. All items were wrapped in their signature tissue paper making the unboxing part of the experience.

For me, thredUP is a once a year treat for a vacation, special event, or because I hate all my clothes. Their prices are higher than Goodwill (which is pretty expensive itself nowadays) but 1000% worth it for the quality and ease of use.

That’s why I so highly recommend it. Not everyone wants to (or has the time to) drive all over digging around thrift stores to find quality pieces. *Raises Hand* ThredUP makes saving money and buying secondhand accessible to more people and Mother Earth loves that.

Selling on thredUP

To get high-quality items people have to sell high-quality items, thredUP accepts less than 40% of the items they receive. I’ve seen a ton of bad reviews of their selling process and payouts and while I have personally not sold to them I can empathize with their frustration.

So many people are trying to sell that it takes around 40 days for a “Clean Out Kit” to process. And if you want your items back it’ll cost you $10.99. So if you’re going to sell to them, make sure it’s stuff you’re sure they’ll buy.

I would only sell to thredUP as a last resort. If you don’t have a resell store like in your area then thredUP would be a good option. But I might even try selling them on eBay first if you have the time. Otherwise, don’t expect more than $1 for any of your average items.

Alternatives to thredUP

Plato’s Closet and Clothes Mentor are the brick & mortar versions of thredUP. Plato’s is more casual, younger styles while Mentor is business casual and mature female fashion.

Prices are comparable but there’s never a shipping cost. As for selling, you get more cash back and you get it in less than a day. These stores are the superior alternative for selling and have great, albeit different inventory.

ThredUP is for women a little too old for Plato’s but not mature enough for Mentor. ThredUP also has maternity and kids which neither of those stores carries. But Plato’s does accept men’s clothing. So depending on what you want to buy or sell, there’s something for everyone.

thredUP Coupon

You can use my thredUP referral link to get $10 off your first purchase – no minimum required! I hate it when stores make you spend $50 to get a deal. If you spend less than $79 all you’ll pay is around $5.99 for shipping.

Cheap clothes that are nice and good for the environment. Sold! I love the dresses!

14 Comments on “thredUP Review – The Good, The Bad, & How to Save Money Without Compromise”

  1. definitely keen to check this out – i see they do ship to Ireland! I agree with you, rummaging through clothes can be such a drag – i way prefer online shopping!

  2. I have mixed thoughts about ThreadUp too. I actually made a good bit of money selling my clothes so I was happy about that. Some of the items I received were not as nice quality as they looked online – which is the gamble part though. I actually buy most of my clothes from Plato’s and Clothes Mentor – favorite stores ever!!

    1. I guess the good part about having recognizable brands is that it’d be pretty easy to know or find your size. Otherwise, they have a 14-day free return policy!

    1. You’re probably better off. They get so much that they can reject stuff pretty easily if it’s not perfect.

  3. Wow that’s a great coupon!! I love ThredUP, but I haven’t used it in years! When I first started my career, it was a great resource to finding name brand clothes (NEW WITH TAGS) without paying the price for them!

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