If you’re like me you have a handful of outfits in your closet that you haven’t worn for six months or longer. You take a shirt out on a Tuesday before work, put it on and realize it’s just not you anymore but you hang it back up knowing that one day you’ll come back to that shirt. But you don’t. It hangs on the hanger in your closet and you never wear it again.
Last year I realized that having a pretty nice-sized walk in closet was basically aiding my clothing addiction. I didn’t need to really go through my clothes because I had plenty of room to hang the new cute tops I was buying. Oh yah, and all the hangers I was having to buy as well.
I went through a phase of doing some ‘spring cleaning’ a few times last year and really going through my clothes: What am I not wearing? What is too big? What is too small? What is just ugly and what was I thinking?
The team at the local Goodwill were basically greeting me by name every time I drove up. It felt great knowing that as I was paring down I was also donating to a great cause. Then, scrolling through the Inter-webs I came across a new way of donating: thredUP. The premise behind thredUP is that you request a handy, easy to fill Clean Out Kit and it is delivered to your door in a few quick days. You fill it up with your clothes and send it back! Seriously, that’s it.
ThredUP is just that easy and the great thing about the company is that you can send in your gently worn/like-new clothes and they will sort them, approve or disapprove your clothes and keep you up to date on the status of your bag via email. Clothes that are good to go are photographed for sale online, and yes, you get a portion of the money! Now, don’t go picking out a Chanel bag with your earnings, with my last bag I netted ten dollars.
All in all my bag was worth about twenty dollars however, I had to pay for the Clean Out Bag which runs about ten dollars (think all that shipping and what not). It’s not a ton of money, but it’s more than I made on my last Goodwill visit so that is a win for me. And someone else gets to enjoy these clothes at a fraction of their cost, and admittedly some of them still had tags on them!
So, what about the clothes that aren’t accepted by the team at thredUP? This is where things get cool. You can either have the clothes returned to you, at a cost, or you can allow the clothes to be passed on to local thrift shops and stores and provide support for local businesses. Your clothes can keep going on in this world and do good long after you decided that orange was just not your color.
Are you itching to clean out your closet, gain some space back and do some good? Check out my link, see how you can get your own Clean Out Kit and learn how we can work together to keep our clothes out of landfills, and help provide cute clothes to fellow ladies and give back to our communities!
The best part about thredUP is that with the space you just carved out in the closet you can fill it with cute new styles you found on the site at a serious discount. Don’t forget to check out the designer section, too! I saw the cutest flats from Tory Birch, the sweetest dress from Kate Spade and so much more. Just think of it as opening your best friends closet and taking all of the things you covet!
So grab a Clean Out Kit, fill it up, send it back and tell me what you think about thredUP and if you are as addicted to these polka dots as I am!