Online Consignment for Kid Stuff

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Are you familiar with thredUp’s online “swapping” for children’s clothing and toys?

I tried it a few times.   You review their website for postings of boxes of children’s clothes that other moms have put up on the site.   Everything is sold as a pre-boxed collection of clothes at a flat shipping rate so it’s easy to know what the prices are.   You purchase a box that you want and it is shipped to you. In return, you are supposed to post a box of children’s goodies on the site that you are willing to send off to someone else in return.   It was a great idea.

Notice I said “was”.

I’m sad to say that thredUp’s swapping community will end on March 21st.   Although they had 300,000 members, the activity just wasn’t enough to sustain the business long term.

However, thredUp will focus their attention on a new concept – an online children’s clothing consignment shop.

Yes, you can still buy and sell quality consignment clothes for you kiddos while shopping in your pajamas at 1:00 in the morning.   (Am I the only one that does that?)

She Is Dallas Info:   thredUp is an new online children’s consignment shop.     Take a look around their online shop.   Take a look at the details of the process below or review their FAQ section.   You might also want to read up on the transition on the thredUp blog.   You can also follow thredUp on Facebook.

So you want to sell your kids clothes?   Request a shipping bag and pay a $4.95 deposit which is fully refunded when you return the bag.   The bag will arrive with an address label and pre-paid postage to thredUp.   Fill the bag with high quality kids clothes.   No stains, tears, etc.   Here’s a list of what they are buying.   NOTE – they do not buy infant clothing size 12 months and younger.   Drop the bag off at UPS or just stick it outside for the mailman to pick up and it will make it’s way back to thredUp.     When your bag is received, you will get your $4.95 deposit back (it really costs you nothing to ship your clothing to them).     It can take up to three weeks for thredUp to receive your bag from USPS/UPS. Once it has been received, you will receive a confirmation email.   Next the buyers will review your items.   This step may take an additional 5-7 days.   Once your items have been reviewed, you’ll receive another email and your cash will be sent via PayPal.   There is no negotiating your payment and you can not request items to be returned to you if you are not happy with what they offer you.   It’s a done deal.

What about buying from thredUp?   You can easily shop for individual items on the thredUP website.   Just add the items to your cart just like a typical online shopping experience.   I found that many of the items were priced about the same as my local consignment shop but some items seemed higher.   It takes about 1-2 days for them to process the order.   Shipping is a flat $6.95 and usually takes 7-10 business days through UPS Ground.   All sales are final so there are no returns.

Check out the site and let us know what you think about it.   I’m about to head over there an do a little shopping myself….and yes, I am shopping in my pajamas!

5 Comments

  1. The swapping was crazy active! What happened was that they got money hungry & decided that making more money was more important than moms helping moms – which was one of their original ideals. Instead of complimenting their original service – which people loved – they are alienating the customer base that helped them become so successful.

  2. I’m still a new member to Thredup. I tried swapping and it’s such an addicting experience. I want to help other moms. I swapped all my 3 yr olds clothes even when I couldn’t find replacements for them. It made sense that what was not being used in my home was really needed by another child somewhere else. Specially with this economy. It’s not about money. It’s the fact that Thredup will leave thousands of parents with out of pocket expenses from doing this swaps. I sent out boxes with 20 items in great condition and received $5.00. I can now buy socks for my son. I dont need handouts, my children are happy. Thousands of kids are happy because of the swapping concept. What is the price for that?

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  4. You might also want to try Swap.com, a consignment store for baby and kids’ stuff. The difference between ThredUp and Swap.com is that Swap.com is a real consignment store and you’ll get to keep most of the sales proceeds. Swap.com also accepts toys, baby gear, movies, games and other baby and kids’ items.

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