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Sell Your Clothes for Cash: My thredUP Experiment

Gina has been a freelance writer and internet researcher for over 10 years.

Is threadUP a good place to sell your used clothes? Read on to find out!

Is threadUP a good place to sell your used clothes? Read on to find out!

Where to Sell Your Clothes for Cash – No Personal Selling Required

So you want to sell some clothes right? Well, you have a few options . . .

You could list your clothes on eBay, have a garage sale, post a Craigslist ad, or sell to your friends and family. But I have one word for all of that:

annoying!

I've always avoided selling clothes since it's just been a pain. But I recently found a service that truly makes selling clothes super simple. No listing your clothes online, inviting strangers into your house, or wasting a good Saturday morning on a yard sale.

Nope, you can literally throw your clothes in a bag, have that bag shipped for free and then have a buy offer within a few weeks.

Sounds cool huh? I'm talking about an online gently used clothing shop called thredUP. I've tried it and I really love how easy it is. And I got cash in my PayPal account!

I'll spill the details and explain the pros and cons of this service below.

My thredUP bag filled with clothes to send off to their warehouse.

My thredUP bag filled with clothes to send off to their warehouse.

The Process Is Pretty Simple

  1. You order a free bag on their website and they ship it to you for free via USPS. I received my bags within four days of ordering them.
  2. Then fill the bag to the very top with kid's and/or women's clothes. The clothes need to be in like-new or new condition (you can get more money if they still have tags, a.k.a. NWT). And they also need to be name brand. Since they have strict quality requirements, you'll want to read their guideline on what they accept.
  3. You then seal up the bag and ship it to them for free. You can either drop the bag off at your post office or UPS store (I use UPS and they were super fast). Or you can schedule a pick up from either USPS or UPS. With UPS, my bag took a few days to reach their warehouse. When they get your bag, you'll get an email.
  4. You then wait for their expert clothing pickers to go through your clothes. Apparently this process usually takes a week, but when they get bombarded with bags, this time-frame can increase. For my first bag, it took a few weeks total from the time I shipped my bag to the time I got a buy offer. You'll get email updates along the way if they are having any delays.

When they have gone through all your clothes then they will email you a buy offer. The offer has details of what they bought, how much they are paying you for each item, and what they are going to sell it for retail on their website.

They give you a store credit for your bag at first, then if you want the cash instead, you just have to wait 14 days before you can request a payout to your PayPal account.

But What About the Clothes They Didn't Buy?

Well, it's inevitable that thredUP won't buy everything you send them. So you have two options at this point . . .

  1. The default option: If you don't say anything to them they will recycle your clothes that they didn't buy.
  2. You can submit a request for them to ship back all of the clothes that they didn't buy (called their Return Assurance Program). This will cost you about $10.99.

So, on to My thredUP Experiment . . .

I really wanted to give thredUP a thorough try for myself. I have a bunch of my own clothes that I've been wanting to sell and I've been looking for the easiest way to do so.

Here's what I did. I ordered two free bags and filled one up with my like new, name brand, plus-size clothes (remember they accept women's sizes—regular and plus—as well as kid's clothes) and I filled the other bag up with thrift store buys. What do I mean?

For my thrift store bag, I went shopping at my local thrift shop and bought a bunch of like-new designer clothes—most for $1 each (it pays to shop on $1 day!). I wanted to get a good mix of sizes (size 0 to size 14) as well as clothing types (shorts, shirts, pants) and designer brands (Calvin Klein, Anne Taylor, Gap, etc). My intention was to see what types of clothes are more likely to sell.

My Results

Bag 1: the plus-size clothes I owned has not been looked through yet (I sent this bag in last as I wanted to wait for a buy offer from my thrift store bag before I bothered sending in bag 1).

So I'll write about bag 1 as soon as I receive my buy offer.

Bag 2: Thrift store bag – buy offer received.

ThredUP paid me $77.93 for my bag. (I paid $40 for all the clothes inside it.)

They bought 20 out of the 27 clothing pieces I sent in.

So cool! I actually made a $37.93 profit with my experiment!

Screenshot of one of my bags.

Screenshot of one of my bags.

What Types of Clothes Did They Buy From Me?

So keep in mind that thredUP is very picky about what they buy. They typically buy clothes that are in season, name brand, and like new. Check out their "what we accept" page on their website which has the most up to date information.

To give you some specific examples, here's what they bought from my bag in the summertime . . .

  • Ann Taylor LOFT: Dress pants, skirt, and dress
  • Banana Republic: Skirt
  • Worthington: Dress pants
  • Chico's: Dress pants
  • New York & Company: Skirt
  • Kay Unger: Dress (I got $25 for this one dress)
  • Jones Wear: Skirt
  • Liz Claiborne: Dress pants and vest
  • Calvin Klein: Jeans
  • Lane Bryant: Skirt

Have you sold clothes before?

Go Have Some Fun and Sell Some Clothes!

Keep in might that if you use thredUP's service, you may not be paid for any of your clothing.

Please thoroughly read through the guidelines on their website as they update their process and what they accept occasionally.


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Comments or questions?

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on October 20, 2017:

This is very interesting. I had never heard of this. Please update this post when you have the results of your plus size bag.

bikerministry on January 03, 2014:

Wow - what a great business model. I really like the concept. Will look into it.

L Olson from Northern Arizona on June 06, 2013:

This is news to me, 1209! I will take an inventory of my stuff!

Im2keys on June 06, 2013:

I've never heard of this service, thanks for the info!

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