Tuesday, May 7, 2013

thredUP, an online consignment for kids clothing

I was super excited to come across thredUp. It's a US based online consignment store for children's clothing, and it's brilliantly implemented. The online store is bright, simple, and nicely organized. 
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If you have gently used items that you're  looking to sell,  take a few minutes to watch the video that shows you how the program works. To get started, you create an account online and they send you a big bag with a special envelop and instructions. You launder and inspect your items to ensure that they will meet their quality standards, then pack up a full bag once you've saved up enough items. They handle the postage via UPS or USPS, and email you to confirm when they have received it. When your items sell, you earn a credit for your portion on the sale. You can use the credit to shop or cash out using Pay Pal after 14 days or donate it to a group.

Think you might have some items to sell?  Check out their calculator tool to see what your items might be worth. They also have a feature where you can see what people are earning from the bag they sent in.

As a shopper on the site, they have smartly organized clothing by gender, size and category. They display photographs of the actual items for sale and you can use the zoom feature to browse the quality and details of the item.   The pricing is great. And as a first time shopper, I encountered pop ups that offered me discounts and free shipping. The only criticism I would offer is that I would like to see them add an additional category for school uniform items to make it easier for those of us with kids that wear uniform to filter through the vast inventory. 

Next time I am due to clean out my daughter's closet, I will definitely be signing up to get a threadUP bag for us to try out the program. I'll do a follow-up post to let you know how it goes.  If you've tried it out either as a shopper or as a seller, please share a comment below to tell us about your experience with the site. 

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