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Closet Cleanout – ThredUp

January is riddled with New Years Resolutions and words to live by.  New gym routines and diets.  People wanting to clean up and clean out.

I will admit that I am one of those people too.  I like the idea of being able to start each year fresh and it makes me excited to do something new.  Like this post.

Cleaning out your closet seems like the best of times and the worst of times for most people.  You are all excited when you start and then you get everything out of the closet and it’s like, what am I going to do with all of this?  The best laid plans right?  To me it helps when I have a plan for what I am doing with everything I am going to purge.  Lately I have been sending a lot of it into a online consignment shop called Thredup.

I used Thredup for the first time in the fall.  It should surprise no one that I have a lot of clothes and I always have things that need to be sold.  The process was extremely easy so I decided to order another bag and tell you all about the process.

How does it work?

The process is easy.  Check out the Thredup website here and request a clean out bag.  They send the bag straight to your house with a mailing label.  All you have to do is fill the bag with as many items as you want and send it back.  It’s that simple.

After they receive your bag you will get an email letting you know where you items are in the process.  They will keep you updated on how it is moving along and when they are finished with your items.  After they have completed processing your order they will ask you how you want to be paid.  You can choose to send the money with them or get a merchandise card that you can use anywhere that takes visa.

The items that they don’t take can either be recycled or you can pay a small fee to have them returned to you.  I usually have the items returned to me and find a place to donate them locally.

What do I need to know?

Thredup wants name brand clothing that is in good condition and freshly laundered.  Items need to be on trend and purchased within the last 4 years or so.  The most popular items are activewear, shoes, jeans, handbags and coats.  Things they will not take are stained items, things that are pilled or faded, anything with missing pieces, rips or tears.  They want good, quality items that people will be eager to purchase.

Just so you know I stuff my bag as full as I can get it.  Don’t feel like you can’t get one more sweater in there because you can.  The bags are thick and durable and will hold shoes, handbags and more.

When is it time for a clean out?

This is my rule of thumb…

  • At the end of each season {September for summer, December for fall, March for winter and June for Spring}
  • When my closet feels crammed.  If I have an issue finding room on the rack for a hanger then I make myself take 5 to 10 things out of the closet.
  • When all my shoe cubbies are full.  This also keeps me accountable to only keep shoes that I have a organized space for.

As soon as I fill a ThredUp bag I order another one so I always have one on hand.  This helps me not feel overwhelmed when I clean out my closet because I have a plan for the things I am getting rid of.

So the next time you need to do a little purge of your closet thinks about filling a ThredUp bag and get paid for your unwanted items.

XO,

Tippy

 

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