I recently took about 10 items to ThredUp, but only one was accepted for a grand total of $7. The company will pay you for bringing in older clothes, much like Main Street Rags or Labels. The difference is that ThredUp will donate, recycle or put them on their website if they don’t buy it. They also will give them back to you if you want to directly donate it.
That’s what I really like about ThredUp. What they don’t take will get consigned on the website and you might end up getting more money or the material will get recycled and donated. So either I feel good about where it’s going or I might get some money out of it.
I also didn’t feel clothing-shamed (that it wasn’t good enough for the consignment store). I tend to hold on to items, and all consignments want items that are two or three years old. I recently Marie Kondo’d my closet for the first time in 10 years, so I have a bunch of (old) stuff to donate, and just have to do it seasonally. But, ThredUp accepted everything that I had (even if they only kept one item to sell). I left feeling good about it all, versus going to the snobby consignment store next door.
Whew, it feels good to get rid of a lot of old stuff (of course those are the items that I won’t get any money for). ThredUp was founded in 2009 and inspire their customers to think “#secondhandfirst.” It’s a very cool concept, and I hope you all give it a chance!