I am a sucker for clothes that are on sale. If I see a good deal on a shirt that’s in a color I like, I buy it instantly, sometimes without even trying it on. And usually, it’s a mistake.
My closet is filled with mistakes. I’ve worked really hard at getting rid of clothes I don’t wear, but it’s still not filled with clothes I love. I wear the same items over and over again, and truthfully, I’m not that crazy about them. My body has changed since having kids, and so has my lifestyle.
I’ve decided to get rid of the clothes I don’t wear and don’t like. Someone else could definitely use them. I’ve listed a few things online with limited success in the past. Some things that sold well in the past were jeans, maternity clothes, and purses. eBay seemed to work the best for me.
But now, I just don’t have time for taking pictures, and writing out descriptions of each clothing item to list on eBay.
Before our big move across the country, I ordered a bag from ThredUp. The bags are free. It came to our house, and I filled it up with clothes I didn’t want to move with us. I put things in there that I knew were pretty nice, but I was never going to wear again. I had low expectations, as I had heard that ThredUp was a complete rip off. I just wanted someone to come to my house and take the clothes away, and I knew that the items that weren’t taken by ThredUp would be donated.
So, I sent off my bag and forgot about it. Then, last week I checked my account and saw that I made a little over $29! Sure, it’s a low amount compared to what I paid for the items in the first place, but I was thrilled to make money off of stuff I just wanted to get rid of.
So, I ordered another bag, and I’ve been filling it with stuff I think ThredUp might take. Again, I don’t care if they say no to anything. I’m just glad to get rid of the clothes.
Here are some tips for having a good ThredUp experience:
- Expect nothing. Seriously. Think of this as a charity pick-up service. Anything that you do make off of your clothes is just a huge, unexpected bonus.
- Don’t send anything you care about. If you’re going to be upset that you didn’t get paid for something, don’t send it. Low expectations are key, here.
- Check your account. I let my money sit in my account for a long time because…I forgot about it. Make a little reminder for yourself to check the account and see if you were blessed by the ThredUp fairies. 😉
I also have a ton of cheap clothes I bought at Target and Wal-Mart. ThredUp won’t take that stuff. My plan is to save it for our neighborhood garage sale in the fall. I’m going to price all of our clothes at either 50 cents or 25 cents, and I’m hoping people will buy and remove the items from our home. If not, I’ll make a trek to Goodwill. Even if Goodwill can’t sell an item, they are able to recycle it and keep it out of the landfills.
I’m getting rid of stuff little by little! The progress on paying down the Dreaded Student Loan is slow, but it’s happening.
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