When you are shopping for new items in your wardrobe, where do you go first?
For me, I usually start by trying to re-purpose what I already have. If that is impossible, (and it often is) I hit sale racks at Walmart or Old Navy. Occasionally, I’ll get lucky and find something cute at our dinky little local thrift store. I like shopping online, but shipping costs and new clothing costs combined add up quickly. When you are on a limited budget, that doesn’t always work out.
Recently, however, friends introduced a brand-new-to-me concept: online consignment shopping. I didn’t even know that such a thing as buying and selling gently used clothing existed! (And nice brands, at that!)
I’m not a brand name connoisseur. I’m happy to wear what fits and looks good on me, even if it bears a humble name tag. But it is true that sometimes brand names have better quality and last longer than something I can pick up at Walmart. And a cute dress with a brand name for the price of a no name dress of lesser quality is a no-brainer kind of decision.
The idea of being able to browse a virtual thrift store fascinated me. Shopping from home is so much easier than navigating the city and spending a whole day in town on the hope of finding one good dress at a good price. On several good recommendations, I went over and signed up right away. Not only were the sites easy to figure out (I don’t like sites that I get lost in!), the clothing looked great and the variety was surprisingly good.
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Twice Clothing offered a 20% off coupon for liking their facebook page. They regularly provides free shipping on orders as small as $49 and also seems to often offer discount codes for additional percentages off your order, and free returns within 30 days for a full refund.
ThredUp has been offering children’s clothing for a while. I was excited to see that just this week they began offering clothing for women as well! They are currently offering a $10 off coupon right up front, and a promotional code for free shipping on your first order.
What both stores offer
I think I mentioned that the sites were easy to navigate. Each site has its own style of navigation, but on the whole, neither one was difficult and both offered plenty of options to narrow down your search.
You can look for products by category, size, style, color, occasion or brand. I believe you can sort by item price, as well.
The pictures are clear, and it is easy to see what you are buying. They tell you the condition of the item upfront, and the price reflects that. Twice gives exact measurements of each part of the garment. ThredUp lists the size on the tag.
Both sites show the original price of the item so you can get an idea of your potential savings, which can be kind of fun!
Buy & Sell
You can earn money or store credit with both Twice and ThredUp by selling your own gently used clothing to them. They both make it easy to send in your clothing and offer around 40% of original value of the item upfront if they accept it.
All the feedback I’ve heard about both places has been very positive. A friend who has ordered children’s clothing through ThredUp said the quality was excellent and the shipping was super fast. Others have worn adorable outfits from Twice and I couldn’t tell that they weren’t brand new. I was impressed!
If you haven’t signed up for ThredUp and Twice Clothing, it only takes a moment to do it. I simply entered my email address and a password and I was shopping within a minute or two! You can also sign up with your facebook account instead of choosing an email address and password.
I’m looking forward to exploring these two online consignment stores more. I’m excited about placing my first order for a cute top soon! Thanks to the coupon codes and free shipping on my first order, I’ll be paying next to nothing. And that’s the kind of bargain that makes a penny-pincher like me grin.
Already Been There and Done That?
Do you know of more online consignment stores? I’d love to hear about where you get your online deals for gently used clothing!