So I Tried ThredUp

I love shopping. My mom blames it on herself as when she brought me home from the hospital after I was born, she took me shopping first. I’ve trimmed down my closet a fair amount over the years, but the fact is, I like cute clothes. My style has changed a lot as I get older – I’m definitely into more casual clothes and long flowy dresses more than super tight and short clothes of my younger years.

I really like consignment and second hand stores but I haven’t found any that I really like here in Ottawa, so I decided to try “ThredUp”.

ThredUp is an online consignment / second hand store based out of the US. If you live in the US, you can send them your clothes that you no longer love for a store credit towards some new clothes to love.

We Are What We Wear

Let’s Make a Real Fashion Statement

Choose Used

Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world behind oil. That’s a lot of dirt on our backs. If fashion helps us express who we are and what we stand for, then our clothing choices matter. It matters that we throw 26 billion pounds of clothing into global landfill every year. It matters that fashion will drain a quarter of the world’s carbon budget by 2050. It matters that a single T-shirt takes 700 gallons of water to produce. The choices we make matter. To our planet. To our kids.

About us, ThredUp.com

That’s a pretty sweet thing to be proud of – especially as the planet is our only option – there is no “plan B”… or, rather, “planet B”

So I decided to try it to see what I thought. A few times, in fact – and here’s what I found:

PRO’s

  • ·        There’s LOTS of clothes to choose from.
  • ·        You can filter sizes, colors, labels, price point…. Lots of options.
  • ·        Shipping is quick.
  • ·        They have notes of quality and whether there’s wear.
  • ·        You can do it from the comfort of your home.
  • ·        The selection is ALWAYS changing.
  • ·        You can get designer clothing heavily discounted.

CON’s

  • ·        You can’t try them on so you’re chancing whether they’re going to fit.
  • ·        As you can’t see them, you can’t look for wear and tear… but they do a lot of that for you.
  • ·        Shipping – so make sure you make it worth it.
  • ·        Returns are easy but need to be done shortly after receiving, so decide quick.
  • ·        You have to pay shipping on the returned items.
  • ·        At the moment, you can’t send your clothing for credit unless you’re from the US.
  • ·        Customs might open and charged duty and taxes.

Some may see the list of CON’s and get deterred, but I’ve had nothing but a positive experience with them. I’ve ordered from them 3 times and only the last one was charged duty and taxes and because of that, I won’t send back anything back. I ordered 3 dresses and a pair of shoes – one of the dresses was small, but not enough to send back and pay shipping on top of what I’ve already spent in the original shipping and duty. It’s a little small, but not too bad. The first time I ordered, I shipped back a pair of shoes (I didn’t think flats could be so uncomfortable!) and a pair of pants which were ridiculously small and had to wonder if it was labeled with the wrong size.

dress and shoes from ThredUp

I’d like to say that I probably won’t order from them again (due to the possibility of getting charged duty) but I probably will order from them again. I would highly recommend using ThredUp as an alternative to acquiring a new (to you) wardrobe.

Also, if you’ve embarked on a healthy lifestyle and your body could in the process of transition – you maybe have noticed that your clothes are fitting a little looser – it’s nice to purchase new-to-you clothes without spending regular retail prices! Especially as your body is changes. You should dress your body in properly fitting clothes; you have every right to dress yourself in your own style at any stage of your physical evolution.

Trendy, fun, cute clothes aren’t reserved for women under a certain weight or size – they’re for everyone!

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