Have you heard of thredUP? It's the coolest online thrift store ever. I don't know if there is another like it yet. Sure there are places like Goodwill and Salvation Army, but thredUP actually does quality control and are picky about what they buy from sellers. You can find very damaged, stained and poor quality items at regular thrift stores, because someone donated them that way. With thredUP, you see a decent quality picture of the item and some relevant details like size, color, and if there are any tiny flaw. Some clothes are even new with tags and will let you know too. They have a large selection of designer and premium selection clothing as well.
To start, you can order their signature polka dot bag to fill and return to sell your old items. So far I have earned $41.28 selling my clothing. I really like to purge so I'm guessing that number will likely increase soon.
The Thrift Economy: Four Ways Thrift Shopping Aids Social Business by Larry Hollon.
This article explains the benefits of buying second hand items. Here are some bullet points to consider:
1. "Thrift shopping provides lower economic groups access to goods they might not normally be able to afford."
2. "The thrift stores are giving back to the community."
3. "Social consciousness and an increased focus on recycling and repurposed goods are at the heart of a portion of thrift purchases."
4. "Thrift shopping has a global impact. About half the garments donated to places like The Salvation Army eventually wind up in overseas market stalls or as industrial fiber. That second life translates into 17,000 jobs in the United States, an estimated 100,000 jobs in Africa’s informal economy and a multi-national trade in second-hand clothing valued at more than $1 billion a year."
I love the fact that we are recycling our used items. This makes for a more sustainable environment for everyone.
I'm so glad I found thredUP and will be a loyal customer for years to come.
Here's a link to their site.
Have you used thredUP yet? How do you like it?