Being part of the blogging community means that you inevitably learn things. Sometimes they’re bits of code for personalizing your online space, and sometimes they’re great products and services that everyone‘s using. This post is about one of these bandwagons that I happily climbed into: ThredUp.
In case you don’t spend hours reading all the blogs, ThredUp is like an online consignment store service for women’s and kid’s clothing brands. You can shop hundreds of like-new pieces from reliable brands at a fraction of the price.
Today’s post is all about the other side of the equation: sending in your own gently-used clothing and receiving money (or ThredUp credit) in return.
ThredUp makes it incredibly simple to send in your clothing.
- All you have to do is create an account and order a bag.
- Once it arrives, fill it to the brim with all of your unwanted clothing.
- I would definitely suggest reading through their very high standards policy, checking out what they’re currently buying, and using the clothing calculator to be sure 1) ThredUp accepts the brand you’re going to send, and 2) they accept the particular article of clothing from that brand.
- Once you’ve done all of this, simply seal the bag and drop it off at your local Fedex location — they even take care of shipping for you!
Here’s a quick video to give you a better idea of how it works.
I know what you’re thinking: sounds great, but now I have all of these questions! What from my closet should I send? What types of clothing will score the biggest profit? How do I know which pieces will actually be accepted?
Great questions! And that’s where my favorite clothing app ever comes in. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that I started using Stylebook Closet App religiously toward the end of winter to keep myself from falling back into my “uniform,” and it worked its magic in a big way.
So when I decided to give ThredUp a try, I immediately started thinking of ways for Stylebook to help increase ThredUp earnings. Your main considerations when sending clothes into ThredUp should be quality, brand, and season, and I’ve found an easy way for Stylebook to streamline this process. Let’s take a look at a few in-app screenshots!
Setting up Stylebook
On the home screen of the app, click on Closet, which will take you to a screen that lists the different categories in your closet: Tops, Pants, Accessories, etc.
For this example, we’re going to click on Sleeveless, a subsection of Tops. Now if you needed to add a new sleeveless top to your Stylebook closet, you would click on the + in the upper right-hand corner, take a photo of the top, clear the background image, and save it to your closet. I’m going to choose an existing top.
When you click on the first icon in the toolbar, it will take you to this screen and allow you to edit the information about this top. Here’s where you can edit your clothing to streamline the ThredUp process.
First of all, you should note that according to Stylebook, I have worn this top 0 days and included it in 0 outfits. This isn’t quite true because I wore it a few times when I first bought it, but it does mean that I haven’t worn it since I started using Stylebook consistently a few months ago. Trying to decide which pieces to send to ThredUp? I would certainly start with the ones that you haven’t worn in months.
ThredUp has pretty high standards for the clothing that they accept, which makes perfect sense considering the business they’re in. You wouldn’t want to purchase a gently-used top only to find that it has a hole in the arm, stain down the front or other defect that would make it virtually unwearable, would you? Well neither do ThredUp’s other customers, and if you send in clothing with defects, you won’t get compensated for them. That’s where Stylebook’s Notes and Tags section comes in handy.
I am the queen of spilling drinks, dips, and sauces right down the front of me, and I’ve started keeping tabs on the stains that I can’t get out in this section of the app. In the same vein, sweater pilling, cuff unraveling, and any wear that’s more than gentle gets documented. By simply putting “defect” in the Notes and Tags, I can easily see which pieces won’t fare well during ThredUp’s intense inspection.
ThredUp only accepts a select number of brands; they know what their customers want, and they don’t have time to waste on anything else. In Stylebook, you can write in the brand name for any piece in your virtual closet. Easy peasy!
When trying to increase your ThredUp earnings, it’s important to stay ahead of the times. This means sending in seasonally relevant clothing at the correct times. You don’t want to buy sweaters in the middle of summer, and ThredUp doesn’t want to receive them either. Stylebook allows you to mark each piece of clothing as Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, or Resort, and there’s no limit to the number of seasons you can assign.
Searching Stylebook for ThredUp-worthy clothing
Now that you’ve correctly set up Stylebook, it’s time to use all of that extra knowledge about your closet to determine which clothing you should try to sell to ThredUp. Using Stylebook’s Search feature makes this so easy that I almost feel silly explaining it to you!
From the main screen, click on Closet and click on the magnifying glass icon in the upper left-hand corner. Stylebook lets you search by Keyword/Tag, Color, Fabric, Season, Brand, and Status. As I just showed above, I tend to filter by Season and Brand to help determine what to send in to ThredUp at any given moment, but I also utilize Keywords like “defect” for items I don’t think ThredUp would accept or “ThredUp” if I know that a great item is going to waste in my closet.
When you decide which items to part with, you can keep track of them in Stylebook by changing the Status from Available to To Donate.
I can’t guarantee that following these tips will result in ThredUp choosing to sell every single piece that you send in, but I do know that Stylebook helped to significantly increase ThredUp earnings by keeping me organized and reminding me about the little details about my clothes, all from the convenience of my smartphone!
So tell me, have you ever sold clothing on ThredUp? Would you consider using Stylebook to streamline the process and increase your earnings?