It’s like Christmas, but any time of year!
Like many Hip2Savers, I LOVE shopping online, but my budget can only go so far. That’s why I recently starting shopping around through ThredUp, an online consignment store where customers can buy and sell their new or gently used clothes and accessories at a bargain.
Sounds pretty great, right? It is, though I had a couple qualms about it…
- They have an INSANE amount of clothes to choose from on their website. So much so, that when I’ve tried to order in the past, I’ve given up mainly because I simply don’t have enough time to sift through their entire selection.
- I can’t try before I buy. This is obviously a problem with any online retailer but with ThredUp’s return policy, I can only send back items for free if I elect to receive store credit instead of a refund.
- “But it’s used…” I don’t want to sound like I’m on a high horse (especially since my friends and I swap our used clothes ALL the time) but I always have some doubt on the garment quality. Even if I get a great deal, I don’t want to buy something beat up.
BUT, the heavens heard my woes and thus, ThredUp announced their Goody Boxes!
Glad you asked! ThredUp basically took a page out of StitchFix and Amazon Prime Wardrobe’s books and created curated boxes of items specifically picked just for you. You can go with a preset box like Spring Essentials or 9-to-5 looks, or customize a box of your own. Customizations are made based on your size and style preferences that you set.
There is a $20 deposit on the box (currently on promo though for only $10) but it will apply towards any items you keep (though it’s non-refundable if you choose to send everything back).
How customization works:
- Start by heading to the Goody Box page on ThredUp
- Click “Get A Custom Goody Box” to start the customization process
- Choose the garment types you’d like to receive
- Input your sizes
- Select your budget ($10-25, $15-50, $20-75, $25-100)
- Determine your fashion style
- Highlight your favorite brands
- Fill out some final personal details (optional)
- Checkout (box deposit is currently half off at $10, regularly $20)
- Let your stylist know about any upcoming events, your lifestyle, and styling preferences that they can take into account when selecting items for your box.
It’s really such a simple process and takes out so much of the hassle of navigating the site yourself!
What I LOVED about the box:
For my box, I expressed my minimalist style, chose the cheapest budget option, and let my stylist know that I wear mostly casual clothes since I work from home. I got a healthy mix of tops, bottoms, and dresses ranging from floral patterns to solid black from brands like Xhileration, J Crew, and H&M. I have to say, out of the 15 items I received, I’m keeping 4 pieces. That may not seem like a lot but I’m actually really pleased with that ratio considering I’ve gotten 5 pieces from StitchFix and kept none.
The total for keeping those 4 items came to under $60.
As for my worry about the used fabric quality, I have to say while they don’t look brand new, they don’t look overly worn either. After a quick wash (for my own piece of mind) I strutted out with a new outfit for the weekend!
What I plan to change for my next order:
I probably won’t order again anytime soon since I really don’t need any more clothes but I do plan on changing my budget to the next tier just to see some higher end options. I’m also going to be very selective with the notes I share with my stylist. I explained that while I don’t like patterns I’ve been really into some pretty florals lately. Well, “pretty floral” to one person can be totally different another, so I think I’d save those specific searches to myself.
Overall, I REALLY liked the Goody Box and will order one again for sure! In the meantime, I’m going to ship my current box back (ThredUp allows for 7 days to decide what you want to keep before shipping the box back) so I can solidify my purchase.
Note that you won’t have to pay return shipping as it comes with a pre-paid label to send back what you don’t want to keep.
Written by Emily for Hip2Save. Emily lives in Buffalo, NY where she spends her time drinking lots of coffee, scouring the internet for deals, and tackling DIY projects. She’s a big believer in self-care and living the fullest life possible, all while saving money of course.