New-to-me clothes from Twice!
Over the course of the last year, my clothing size changed, as did my style, leaving me with a ton of clothes I no longer wore. So my first project of the summer was cleaning out my closet - and of course, adding a few new items.
In the past I've always just donated old clothes, but this time I felt like I had a lot of clothes I couldn't bear to just let go, so I wanted to try selling them. I don't have the patience to sell small-ticket items one by one on eBay, and secondhand stores like Buffalo Exchange look mostly for trendy, in-season items, so those options were out. While looking for an easier way to sell my clothes in bulk, I came across online "consignment" stores Twice and thredUP, which follow the same model as Buffalo Exchange, Plato's Closet, etc. wherein you can trade in your clothes for cash or store credit.
I sold a batch of clothes to Twice and am still waiting on thredUP, and of course I couldn't resist buying a few things (okay, six things - still about a tenth of what I recently sold/donated) and overall, I'm really happy with the experience.
NWT Sheer White Blouse by Ecote by Urban Outfitters, $11.95 (est. original price $33.49)
Tan Front Button Skirt by J. Crew Factory, $12.95 (est. original price $55.95)
Long Sleeve Blazer by Halogen by Nordstrom, $17.95 (est. original price $118.00)
Blue Striped T-Shirt by Banana Republic Outlet, $11.95 (est. original price $31.99)
Total cost: $54.80
American Eagle Button Down, $9.99 (est. original price $40)
Hollister Casual Skirt, $9.99 (est. original price $40)
Total cost: $23.96, minus $15 discount code = $8.96
Most of these are items I've been wanting for a while but just never found at the right price. The blazer was a bit of an impulse purchase and isn't as flattering as I'd hoped, so I might be sending that back (luckily, Twice provides free return shipping).
Detailed comparison after the cut!
In addition to the labeled size, each company provides additional sizing information as follows.
Twice: all the important garment measurements (length, bust, waist, hips, etc.)
thredUP: "equivalent sizes" (e.g. giving 0, 1, and 3 as "alternate sizes" for an item listed as size 2)
Twice: credit cards, store credit
thredUP: credit cards, store credit, PayPal
Packaging and Shipping
Twice: $5 flat rate for orders under $49; free for orders $49 and up.
thredUP: $2.99 for the first item and $0.99 for each additional item; free for orders over $50.
Twice: within 30 days of receipt, free shipping
thredUP: within 30 days of purchase, customer pays shipping
Twice: women's clothes from their approved brand list
thredUP: kids' clothes (infant size 12 months and up), women's clothes that are not on their disapproved list, some accessories
Packaging and Shipping
Twice: Print a prepaid label and use your own box or order a free prepaid bag.
thredUP: Order a prepaid bag (free for now, though the ostensible cost is $5).
Twice: Store credit or PayPal. Store credit adds a 25% bonus to your payout.
thredUP: Store credit, PayPal, or contribution to a fundraising group.
Policy on Rejected Items
Twice: Rejected items will be donated to Goodwill. You can opt to reject the entire offer and pay a $5 fee to have your entire batch of clothes returned.
thredUP: Rejected items are entered into thredUP's "100% Re-Use Program." Before your items arrive at the processing and distribution center, you can purchase Return Assurance for $9.99 and your rejected items will be returned to you. If all or none of your items are accepted, no return will be made and the Return Assurance fee will not be deducted from your account.
Twice: your friends start out with $10 store credit for signing up with your referral link, and you earn $10 in credit when they make their first purchase. Additionally, your friends will get a $10 bonus in store credit the first time they sell to Twice, and you'll earn $10 in store credit, too.
thredUP: your friends start out with $10 store credit for signing up with your referral link, and you earn $10 in credit when they make their first purchase. No selling bonus.
|Sizing||full measurements||"equivalent" sizes|
|Payment||credit card, store credit||credit card, store credit, PayPal|
|Shipping||$5 flat rate, free for $49+||$2.99+, free over $50|
|Returns||w/in 30 days of receipt, free shipping||w/in 30 days of purchase|
|Items Accepted||selected women's clothes||most kids' and women's clothes, some accessories|
|Packaging & Shipping||prepaid label or bag||prepaid bag|
|Payout||PayPal or store credit (with 25% bonus)||PayPal, store credit, or donation|
|Rejected Items||donated to Goodwill, or all clothes returned for $5 fee||entered to 100% Re-Use Program, or rejected items returned for $9.99 fee|
Overall, I prefer Twice both for buying and selling, but I'll keep an eye on thredUP too, if only for selling things that aren't on Twice's brand list.