ThredUP-dateI promised all of our great Rated By Mom/Baby Gizmo readers an update on my ThredUP experience.  I have “officially” completed my first clothing swap.  I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but my experience was not really all that great.  I know there are tons of moms out there who really love this site for the cheap second hand clothes they get.

Believe me – I was definitely excited at the prospect of not having to scour those yard sales and second hand shops anymore for nice, cheap play clothes for Little Bud.  My initial reaction has not changed much.  I still think this is a good way for parents to swap out the clothes their little ones have outgrown for the clothes they need.  At only $5.00 + shipping per box, the price is right.

Now that my first box has arrived, I’m less than enthusiastic.  I realize that maybe my expectations were too high.  After all, I knew the clothes would be used.  When I first opened my ThredUP purchase, I was surprised at just how many clothes could were crammed into that little flat-rate USPS box.  Seriously – this thing was jam packed!  Before making my selection on the ThredUP website, I made sure to scour all of the box selections and pick one with lots of summer clothing.  Since the weather is warming up, I wanted to try and get some great little summer duds for the Bud.

The description said this one included several pairs of shorts and short-sleeved tops from brands such as Carter and Oshkosh, brands we currently own and usually love.  What the seller neglected to mention was that many of the clothes were BADLY outdated.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I am not one of those ladies whose babes have to be dressed in the latest fads, but some of the clothes looked like the things Big Bud wore when he was little (that was 10 years ago).

ThredUP-dateI also know the clothes are used, but I was expecting something GENTLY used.  These looked like they had been through a couple of kids before I ever got them!  One of the shirts was even missing a button.  Overall, I wasn’t too terribly disappointed.  ThredUP has an awesome site and the buying process was quick and easy, so I will take this as a learning experience.  I guess I could always re-trade the box, but then again I wouldn’t really feel right about passing on clothes that are this worn out to any other mom.

In fact, I might do better to just head down to Wal-Mart and pay a couple bucks for something from Garanimals.  I am still going to try my hand at another swap to see if my luck is better the next go-around.  If it doesn’t, I guess its back to yard selling for me!


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Veronika Smith, Editor Veronika is a full time working mother of the two craziest, greatest boys ever, ages 9 months (Little Bud) and 10 years (Big Bud). This Kentucky mom holds a degree in business from Indiana Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing a second degree in nursing. She is a slave to all gadgets that promise to make her life easier and increase her "productive abilities". With her most recent family addition, this obsession has stretched to include the wonderful world of baby-sized gadgets! She also has a passion for fashion and the nose for a great deal. Several friends have (unflatteringly?) referred to her as the bargain bloodhound. They don't call her the coupon queen for nothing!


  1. I was not a huge fan of ThredUP, either, but I do think that clothing that worn is actually against their policy. In fact, that’s part of my concern with the site – I’m not sure we’d ever have anything in good enough shape to be able to send out!

    The one box I got was very helpful for me when I needed a handful of newborn clothes to get me through ’til my baby was big enough to wear the 0-3 mos well, but I can’t see me ever using it as a regular thing.

  2. I seriously thought about doing thred up… I love the idea of it, but the price for one box after shipping is $15 – $16 and considering the number of items you would probably get in the box, I think going to the local consignment sale/store is a better deal. At Once Upon A Child (btw, I do not work for them in any capacity and I’d seriously recommend that no one purchase anything new from them as the prices for new gear run really high) I can get a t-shirt for my son for $2 – $3 and shorts for the same. Added to that, I’d much rather get some retail therapy while saving!

  3. I was really unsatisfied with the site because I assumed the seller woul receive the $5, to use in return to swap for another box. Either I am not as smart as the average bear, or they should be more clear. I took all my listed boxes down, I can pass them on to moms I know.

  4. I haven’t started using them yet but I’ve read that it’s good to look at the rating of the trader so you know you’re dealing with a good trader.


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