Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Cleaning out Your Closet in Six Easy Steps with thredUP

With spring just around the corner, I am dreaming about fun floral prints, vibrant colors and peep toe shoes! Time for a confession, I am attached to the items that live in my closet. It doesn't matter if they are shoes, handbags, tops, dresses or skirts--I love them all. I pride myself in taking exceptional care of my items; I want them to last for more than one season (even if it's from Target). However, there does come a point when it's time to tell a few items goodbye. Hence the spring closet cleanout of 2016. Saturday afternoon I spent some much needed time cleaning out my closet.

Recently,  my social media timeline has been overflowing with ladies gushing about thredUP. Naturally, I was intrigued. I ordered a free cleanout kit and waited patiently for my turn. My bag arrived a few days later and I decided it was time. Below I have listed some of my closet clean out tips. Be honest with yourself when you are answering these questions, even if it hurts a tiny bit.
  1. Have you worn it in the past year? No? Next question.
  2. Is the fit/cut/style still flattering on you? No? Next question.
  3. Does it fit? No? Next question.
  4. How does it make you feel? If you answered anything other than happy, cheerful, confident (or other positive adjectives) move on to the next question.
  5. Is it less than five years old? Here's how to check, there should be a small tag with the fiber content and care. Search for the season code followed by the year. Example, Fall 2016 would read FA16. If you answered yes, next question. 
  6. What's the items condition? It should be in excellent condition with no stains, holes, pilling, or signs of wear. If it meets or exceeds those standards, fold the garment and place into your thredUP bag!
thredUP has high standards when it comes to accepting items. Usually, they accept less than 40% of the items they receive. You can choose to have your items shipped back to you (for a small fee) or decide to donate the items to be recycled into new products (like carpet and pillow stuffing).

Items that are listed under $60, you will receive a payout as soon as the items are possible. The items that are listed over $60, you'll be paid for them once they sell. You can choose to have store credit, give to a cause, or transfer cash to PayPal.

I suggest that you take a look at what thredUP has to offer. Here is a $10 credit for first-time shoppers. Now, what are you waiting for? Order your clean out bag and make room for a few new spring items!