This was originally going to be a post about Poshmark Vs. ThredUp – Which Is Better? You know, the stylish girls’ version of Foreman Vs Frazier.
I figured it would be the perfect follow-up to January’s Clutter-Free Closet post. (If you missed that piece of blogging brilliance (surely you know I’m kidding), you can check it out here. Oh! And make sure to snag your free checklist.)
Things Changed When…
I went online, ordered a ThredUp bag, and sent in the three pictured pieces. (I put the results in the pic captions, in case you’re curious.)
Then, I went on YouTube to figure out how Poshmark worked. I got sucked in and ended up watching three videos by three different re-sellers.
An hour later, all I could think was, ‘What the heck?!?’
And not a good, what the heck.
More of a, ‘There is no way in heck we have time for that nonsense.’
Those Poshmark chicks are serious. I mean, it’s their job! One of them mentioned she makes 100K a year re-selling clothes she buys in bulk at Goodwill. And let me tell you, she deserves it – it’s a flippin’ boatload of work.
If you want to check her out, here’s the link.
Go ahead and call me lazy, but their advice to us was:
- Take pictures
- Try to remember how much you paid for it
- Research the style number
- Find the RN number (whatever the heck that is)
- Take measurements
- Create a compelling description
- And then finally, Ship It
- And you better make it look pretty because whoever buys it is going to judge you on what the package looks like?!?
Not to mention, listening to them, it sounds like Poshmark is another social media platform.
One of the girls went on and on about fighting for likes and shares and Ambassador status and re-sharing five times a day, and a bunch of other stuff I don’t remember now. Because honestly, the whole thing gave me a touch of PTSD.
And listen, no matter how much free time we have right now, there are better ways for us to spend it.
Like binge-watching the new season of Ozark.
So this article morphed into ThredUp is Awesome! And the perfect way to sell or give away clothes that need to be evicted from your closet because they no longer serve you.
And here’s why:
- They send you the bag
- They take the pictures
- They post it online or send it to one of their retailers
- They come up with the price
- They ship the item to the buyer
The only thing for us to do is throw the stuff in the bag and leave it for your mail carrier. (They even give you a label.)
Easy peasy right. Want your own polka-dot bag? Tap here.
It’s not all sunshine and unicorns…
- They can and do deny items. (They claim to only accept 40% of the average Closet Clean Out bag) For example, they rejected the Ted Baker dress above, and since I told them I didn’t want it back, they donated it. (They will return it to you. But you have to pay for shipping.) And I figured, what’s the point? I give it away, or they do – it’s still going to some girl who’ll enjoy it and look super cute.
- They won’t take clothes that are older than 5 years.
- Everything has to be in crazy good good condition.
Good for The Environment
They brag a lot about how by up-cycling your clothes they saved 10 billion gallons of water and 128 million pounds of carbon dioxide. I have no idea how they did that math, but even if those numbers are close to accurate, sending them clothes is a pretty easy way for us to help the planet.
They also have a straight donation bag available. And from now until the end of May, they’re donating $15 to Feeding America for every donation kit they receive.
How awesome is that!
Not to get on a soapbox, but… no kid in this country should ever go hungry. So, if you have anything you don’t love – please order a bag.
That’s A Wrap
After all that, I’m thinking ThredUp is the ultimate win-win. Win-win.
They make it easy – either you or a charity makes money – and we end up with only items we love in our closet.
So, give it a shot and let me know what you think. Or is there is another thrift app you like better? Tell us all about it.
‘Til Next Week.
Hugs and Happy Shopping.
P.S. Did you miss last week’s post about outfits to wear while we’re working from home? No worries – click here and you’ll be all sorted out.
P.P.S. Swing by later this week. We’re going to chat about Moto Jackets and a newly discovered jewelry brand you’re gonna’ love.