I don’t “do” Black Friday. Why? While I’m a sucker for sales, I’m acutely allergic to swarms of enraged shoppers, I-kind-find-a-parking-space meltdowns and waking up prior to the ungodly hour of 7:00 a.m. So this Black Friday, I engaged in the totally anti-Black Friday act of purging my closet because it was getting all Hoarders episode-like up in there (minus a coterie of cantankerous cats because I’m not a feline fan). Fine. I don’t like cats. Just thought I’d come clean about that.
Anyway, this closet cleanse was different in the sense I plan on making a little cash (mama’s been eying some new Chloé swag) and donating the remnants. How so? Well, during a gal pal lunch a couple weeks ago, some of my friends let me in on an simple way to sell one’s clothes online called thredUP.
And it’s dummy proof and easy. “Easy” being the operative word because in my humble opinion, eBay is a royal pain in the ass when it comes to selling clothes. For thredUP, all you have to do is sign up and order a free clean-out bag. thredUP mails you and said plastic bag (the size of a standard laundry bag — photographed under my son in the pic above) which includes a pre-paid, pre-addressed shipping label. Next, you’ve got to fill the sack with like-new, quality clothing and drop off the bag at your local post office or Fed Ex office. thredUP sells the items for you and you get to keep 80% of the resale value and items that don’t get accepted/sold go to charity. There’s also a cool option where they’ll return unacceptable goods for a $12.99 shipping fee.
I just mailed in my first bag and am weirdly excited (because I’m a nerd) to see how this process unfolds. Either way, it’s a win-win because I can now actually enter my closet without feeling like I’m in the center of a Century 21 sale ravaged by hordes of tourists. BOOM.