Kids outgrow clothes so fast that it seems like there is always a closet full of clothes that they can’t wear anymore and a long list of new clothes you need to buy. ThredUp is a website that allows you to swap those outgrown or unwanted clothes with other parents.
Here’s a brief overview of how it works:
Select a box that you want to receive from the online community and pay the box price, which starts at $9, plus $11.35 for Priority Mail shipping. According to ThredUp, the average box has more than 15 items in it which makes your cost less than $2 an item.
To fulfill your half of the swap you’ll need to prepare your own box of items which you will list and on the community forum and send to the person who selects it. You are not necessarily sending your items to the person you received items from, but the person who selects and actually needs the styles and sizes you have to trade. I have to say, ThredUp makes this portion pretty easy. They tell you which free Priority Mail boxes to use and you can either order them online or pick them up from the Post Office. Because you are using Priority Mail you can request a free pick up of the package so you don’t have to leave home to ship it unless you want to. AND you don’t have to pay for postage because the person who selected your box pays for the shipping.
When you list a box yourself you will receive $10 for every box you send out that receives a 3 or 4 star review from the recipient.
If you don’t have the time or the inclination to put together a box, list it on the forum and ship it, ThredUp now offers a concierge service. They will send you a postage paid bag that you can stuff full of clothes (visit the website for details on what they will and won’t accept) and set by your front door/mail box to be picked up by the mailman. You earn money for every piece of item that meets their quality standards. The cherry on the sundae is that they make a cash donation to Coats for Kids for every bag you send in.
I have not used ThredUp, but I see rave reviews about it on their Facebook page and in other places. Let me know what you think if you give it a try or are already using it.
Have fun swapping!