ThredUP :: What to Do with Outgrown Clothing


When you have kids you buy lots of clothing. Not to mention shoes, boots, coats, jackets… You know the drill. This means you also have lots of outgrown clothing.

What do you do with the clothing and shoes your kids have outgrown?

While I do give some away to charity and friends, there are certain items that I want to see a bit of ROI on, like; expensive tennis shoes, barely worn expensive shoes, nice coats and clothing that is in like new condition. A local consignment shop purchases gently worn items that I’ve sold to over the past many years. Now that my kids are getting older the shop takes less and less. Especially those tennis shoes we keep accumulating.

With yet another tote full of nice children’s items headed for the Goodwill bin, I decided to do a little more investigating. That’s when I came across thredUP. This online store sells super cute pre-owned items for women, juniors, and kids. And guess what? They also buy your old stuff.

Here is how thredUP works:

You order one of their Clean Out Bags and fill it with your “like-new quality” items. Use the Clothing Calculator to estimate your payout.

Next, give the Clean Out Bag to your mail carrier or drop it off at a FedEx. The bag comes with a prepaid shipping label so shipping is on them.

After a review of your items, thredUP pays you up to 80% of resale value. Use either as store credit or get paid through PayPal.

What about the stuff they don’t want? thredUP sends it on to one of their charitable partners or a textile recycling company.  You can even create your own fundraising group.  What better way to raise money for a school than to sell your used children’s clothing.

This sounds like a great deal to me. How about you? Have you given thredUP a try?


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Written by Liz Thompson

I am an organic beauty expert, writer, and mom of two young environmentalists who can already spot a toxic product when they see one. Read more about me at Organic Beauty, and find me on , Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

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