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Thred Up, My Experience

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Thred Up, My Experience

Anyone who reads my posts knows how I feel about Stitch Fix, spoiler alert, love it, here’s a link to one of my Stitch Fix Reviews if you want to know how much June Stitch Fix Review But when I talk about Stitch Fix, I notice a lot of confusion with Thred Up, the fashion resale website which I also use. Here is a review of my Thred Up experiences.

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Stitch Fix-clothes, great graphics, comes in a box

People are always confusing Stitch Fix and Thred Up, I think it’s because they both deal with clothes, have amazing branding and use a kicky greenish color in their logos.  But the two companies could not be more different.

Thred Up-clothes, great graphics, also comes in a box, I see the problem

Stitch Fix is a wardrobe service which sends you new clothes every month to try on and possibly purchase.  Conversely, you send gently used clothing to Thred Up, in return they either give you money or credit which you can use to purchase other used clothing on their site.

I have used Thred Up several times now, and I feel I have enough experience to give an honest review. The first time I used Thred Up, I was on a full Kondo inspired purge of my closet and had just heard of the service so I gave it a try.

 

 

 

If you are not familiar with Thred Up, this is how it works.  You request a clean out bag on their site and in about a week you receive this adorable polka-dot bag in the mail.  You then proceed to fill up this mammoth bag with gently used, name brand clothing and mail it back to the company.

Thred Up clean out bag

Seriously, this bag holds a metric ton of stuff

The bags will fit A LOT of clothes, a warning, your postman/woman may not love this, it can get really heavy.  You might consider taking it directly to the post office, because if you work in an office like me, and leave it with the other mail, the brightly colored bag is not exactly discreet.

Once Thred Up receives the bag, they process it and send you an email outlining what they accepted and the assigned sales prices.  They may pay you upfront for some items and take others as consignment sales.

You will immediately have credit in your account for the upfront items, or you can request PayPal credit or a prepaid Visa card.  With consignment sales, you can monitor items and either adjust prices or reclaim an item during the 84 day consignment period. If you reclaim an unsold item within 14 days of the end of the consignment period, you pay the shipping costs, if you don’t, Thred Up owns it.

How my Thred Up Bags fared.

In November of 2016 I sent in a bag stuffed to the gills.  I remember it took a really long time for them to process it, but when they did, I received $73.45 upfront and I was thrilled.  After paying the $6.99 shipping fee, I had $66.46 to play with.

I used that credit, plus a 20% coupon code, to score a Tomas Maier (former head of Bottega Veneta) red leather handbag that retailed for $850.00.  It was a great trade and I was very happy with my experience. That bag is still in my handbag rotation.

Bag Number Two

My second bag was in January 2017.  Again, I packed up a big green and white bag with some of my best used stuff and sent it on its way.  This time the processing was much quicker, but the upfront payout was only $36.80.  Some of the items went to consignment with potential sales of $58.64.

By the end of the consignment period all but two items had sold, so I ended up with $91.09 in total sales.  After paying the shipping fee, which had increased to $9.99 by then, because giant bag, I netted $81.10. Not too bad, I was really getting the hang of this Thred Up thing.

Bag Number Three

The third time I used Thred Up was in February of 2018.  Having had two great experiences I gleefully filled up another bag and sent it in, I was after all, a Thred Up pro at this point.  The processing was lighting fast this time, however, I was shocked when the upfront payout was only $14.50.  Not to fear I still had a potential $51.33 in consignment.  Everything was going to be fine.

Not so fast there cowgirl. This time I was not so lucky. Despite adjusting my consignment prices down several times, I only received $23.03.  My total on that bag was a disappointing $37.53.

Bag Number Four

Determined to rebound, I put together a more curated bag which I sent in May 2018.  Following the guidelines of what they were looking for, I was sure this bag would do well.  Cue the sad trombone music.  On my last bag I got zero dollars upfront and potential consignment sales of $27.40.  So far one item has sold and my portion of that sale is $4.68.  Super disappointing.

It is entirely possible the items I sent were neither the brands or quality they are looking for, but I doubt it.  I was pretty careful not to send dated or excessively used items. In fact, some of the items they rejected were new, brand name items, with the tags still attached.  So I am not really sure where it all went wrong.

Bottom line, I will probably not be using Thred Up again. Since I strongly believe in the concept of fashion resale, I would not go so far as to discourage others from trying this service. However, I think in the future I will take my items to thrift shops run by local charities and try to keep the money in my community.

Have any Thred Up experiences to share?  I would love to hear other people’s stories.

 

 

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STITCH FIX-Teen Edition Take 2

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STITCH FIX-Teen Edition Take 2

Since the inaugural mother-daughter Stitch Fix experiment went so swimmingly, we decided to try it again.  For the second time, Piper’s stylist did a great job.  It was one of those fixes where you start rationalizing keeping it all as soon as you open the box.  But, with a budget of $100 decisions will have to be made.

What’s this Stitch Fix thing you keep rambling on about?

If you have no idea what I am talking about,  Stitch Fix is a subscription styling service, that, for a reasonable fee, sends you items based on a profile you create.  Purchase an item and the styling fee ($20) is credited towards your balance. You can  get a $25 credit if you use a referral link when you set up your profile.  If you are interested, just follow the link below and fill out your profile.  When you are ready to order your first Fix, you will have a $25 credit waiting for you on your account.

Stitch Fix Referral Link for $25 credit

Let’s take a look at what she got this month.  First, out of the box was this adorable outfit. The Ishya Halter Blouse by Collective Concepts and the Cathleen Crochet Short by La Class. This top is fully lined and the neckline is adjustable with a tie in the back. The shorts have a flat, elastic waistband, stretchy fabric and the scallop hem that is so popular this year.

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Here’s a close up of the shorts, since the previous pic does not do their cuteness justice.

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Next, was this Liverpool Denim Cross Front Frayed Hem Shirt.  Good news, bad news situation here.  Good news, it’s Liverpool so the quality and style are amazing.  Bad news, the price will make you weep.  Piper loved this shirt from the moment she laid eyes on it, so this will make the final decision tough.

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Then there was this Paloma Emboidered Trim Skirt by 41 Hawthorn.  Piper told her stylist she wanted to upgrade her clothes to look a little more put together, this skirt certainly fits that bill.  The fabric is amazing, you would not believe how stretchy and wrinkle resistant it is.  While the skirt is fantastic, it’s not really something she has much cause to wear; and it’s pricey so I’m pretty sure it’s not staying.

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Finally, these little gems.  The Gorjana Power Gemstone Studs.  So cute, but probably are not in the budget so let’s not get attached to them either.

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So what’s the damage? Let’s find out.

stitch fix invoiceI gave her a budget of $100, anything over that she is going to have to earn and/or pay for herself.  She loved the denim shirt, lace shorts and printed top.  She liked the skirt and earrings, but choices have to be made.

Without the discount the three items she wanted were $166. With the discount, $124.  Then deduct the styling fee and you are at either $146 or $104.  With the “buy it all” discount she was really close to budget. Time to make a deal with Mom.

Here’s what happened. First, we listed the skirt and earrings on Facebook trying to sell it on the Stitch Fix forum, no luck.  In the meantime, I tried on the skirt and realized it would work in my wardrobe really well.  Ultimately I bought the skirt, and she agreed to work off the $28 for the earrings, everyone was happy and peace was restored to the kingdom.

So, Teen Fix #2 = success.  If you have a teenage daughter (or son, they do have Fixes for guys) I highly recommend giving Stitch Fix a try, it would make a great back to school gift and possibly spare you the agony of standing outside a dressing room for hours on end at your local Target.

Want to try Stitch Fix?  Here’s how to get a $25 credit on your first Fix, seriously $25, no joke.

If you want to try Stitch Fix, PLEASE use a referral code when you set up your profile. (don’t be a chump like me)  You’ll get a $25 credit towards your first Fix.  You don’t have to use my link, but please use someone’s.  However, if you would like to use mine, I would be thrilled.

Here’s the link Stitch Fix Referral Link for $25 credit

You don’t have to order your first Fix right away. You can set up your profile and let them know your preferences and budget.  When you are ready, you’ll schedule your first Fix.  You will also be given your own referral code that you can give to your friends and get a $25 on your account, so please share the love.

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Stitch Fix Review- May 2018

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Stitch Fix Review- May 2018

I have been told that like fine wine, your Stitch Fix experience is enhanced by age.  I can confirm this to be true.  This was my third Fix and this time, I actually paid attention to the email they send while they are putting together your Fix soliciting input, and gave the stylist some suggestions as to what I would like to see.  I told her no pants, only skirts or dresses, light weight sweaters or tops, please.  Here is what I got.

Before I get ahead of myself if you don’t know, Stitch Fix is a subscription styling service, that, for a reasonable fee, sends you items based on a profile you create.  If you choose to purchase an item, the styling fee ($20) is credited towards your balance. You can also get a $25 credit if you use someone’s referral link when you first set up your account.  Here is my link if you have any interest in trying this for your daughter or yourself. https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/12153084?sod=w&som=c

To recap, in my first Fix, I kept one of five items, on round two I kept two.  Given the trend, you would think I was on pace to get three new pieces, but alas you would be wrong.  Let’s take a look.

First, the Rampart Lightweight Pullover (Absolutely $38.00).  Loved it, kept it. Versatile color, soft, quality finish.   This guy will get a lot of action.

Next up the Clareese Scallop Detail Knit Skirt (41 Hawthorn $64.00).  This skirt is crazy comfortable, the fabric has lots of give, but it is lined and heavy enough that doesn’t get all wrinkly when you sit.  The best feature, in a word, Pockets!!! The price is a little high, but this is easily a year round piece so it too joined my closet.

Third is this Shula Textured Cardigan (Pink Clover $44.00).  I cannot put into words how soft this sweater is, it feels like I am wrapped in a fluffy cloud.  Lightweight but warm, this became my newest weapon in my ongoing war with the air conditioning in my office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, the Callum Tulip Sleeve Blouse (Fun2Fun $38.00). Love the pin dot print, can be worn tucked or un-tucked, looks great alone or under jackets and cardigans.  Winner.  Could we go 5 for 5????

Last, is this guy, the Skylee Knit Dress (Nine Britton $34.00).  I love everything about this dress, color, feel, style, sleeves, my only issue is that it is really short on me.  So short in fact that it makes me a bit self-conscious, but since my discount for purchasing all 5 is $54.50, it would actually cost me $20 if I don’t keep it, so I did.

I think I am going to check out the Facebook group where you can buy, sell and trade Stitch Fix items and see if I can sell or trade this dress for something a little less showy, if you know what I mean 🙂

So here’s the damage. The total bill was $218, but with the buy it all discount and credits for my styling fee and a referral, it ended up being $138.50, or about $27.00 per item.  Not too bad at all.

Another Stitch Fix Convert. Fix #1 and #2.

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Another Stitch Fix Convert.  Fix #1 and #2.

Yes, it’s true I have become a Stitch Fix evangelical. I realized a few months back that I have no idea how to update my wardrobe anymore, and frankly at this point, I am just not motivated enough to learn. So after hearing from everyone that I should check out Stitch Fix, I gave it a try. The following is my experience.

If you don’t know, Stitch Fix is a subscription styling service, that, for a reasonable fee, sends you items based on a profile you create.  If you choose to purchase an item, the styling fee ($20) is credited towards your balance. You can also get a $25 credit if you use someone’s referral link when you create your profile.  Here is my link if you have any interest in trying this service   https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/12153084?sod=w&som=c

Just click through the link and set up  your profile.  Whenever you are ready, you can schedule your first Fix. Don’t be a fool like me and just sign up without a referral and pay full price, you are literally passing up $25 in savings. Yes, I did that.

With my first Fix, I only kept one of the 5 pieces.  I actually liked 4 items, however, I already have lots of black pants, and even though the ones they sent were amazing, I can’t justify spending $88.00 on another pair. They also sent a jacket and a blouse that were cute, but pricey, and I could not see myself wearing them enough to warrant spending that kind of cash.  We will not speak of the sweater, it was so wrong for me that I have chosen to block it from my memory.

I kept this Mollee knit dress by Kut from the Kloth ($88.00), and sent the rest packing. This dress is so soft and comfortable.  It’s lined so it keeps it’s shape and the blue and white print looks great under a jacket or sweater.  I see this dress and I doing great things together in the future.

Realizing a lot of my resistance was to the prices not the clothes I adjusted my budget to the “cheaper the better” option.  I think they should rename this option, because it makes you feel a little bad about yourself, which is why I initially went with a higher budget. Crazy right? Why should I care if some stylist I don’t know thinks I’m cheap.

Fix number two was a little better.  Again, I really liked 4 of the items and the 5th wasn’t bad, I am just not inclined to spend $55 on a striped knit shirt that I could find at TJ Maxx for $19.99.  This time I kept a super comfortable unstructured blazer and a really nice quality chambray shirt.

The jacket is called the Asa knit blazer by Skies are Blue ($64.00) and it is like wearing a hug.  The sleeves are pre-rolled and sewn into place, so no adjusting them all day.  It has a really nice weight even though it is unlined, and the color blends nicely with other blue items which is not always the case when it come to blue.

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The “Betty” shirt is by Liverpool ($64.00) and it is simply perfect.  You have to know for me to pay that kind of price for a shirt, something has to be up.  All I can say is if you could put this shirt on and feel how nice the fabric is, you would be smitten too.  I have already worn this shirt at least 8 times.

There was also a white blouse (Clearwater Mixed Material by 41 Hawthorn $58.00) that I loved the looks of in the box, but once I got it on, it just did not fit me well.  Probably because I am short-waisted, and it hung really weird on me.  The pants fit me great, but they were a cropped style and that is just not my jam. I can never find shoes that look right with cropped pants so I just steer clear.

Once again, I thought the prices in this Fix were too high (that $25 discount would have been nice) but I was satisfied with the items.  I sent a note to my stylist again asking for them to please be more mindful of the prices next time, so we will see what happens. I will keep you posted.

 

Stitch Fix- Teen Fashion Edition

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Stitch Fix- Teen Fashion Edition

Piper (aka Lil’Mayhem) has been wanting to up her wardrobe game, and since I barely know how to dress myself, and I know a teenager does not want clothing advice from her mom (no matter how wise and awe-inspiring it may be), I set her up with a Stitch Fix.

If you don’t know, Stitch Fix is a subscription styling service, that, for a reasonable fee, sends you items based on a profile you create.  If you choose to purchase an item, the styling fee ($20) is credited towards your balance. You can also get a $25 credit if you use someone’s referral link when you first set up your account.  Here is my link if you have any interest in trying this for your daughter or yourself. https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/12153084?sod=w&som=c

Once you click through the link, you will set up an account and build a profile by answering questions about your style preferences.  You can also create a Pinterest board with samples of what you like, if you are into that sort of thing. Based on her profile, which indicated she liked casual, boho inspired clothing, this is one of the outfits they sent.

Isn’t my little Gen Z hippie cute?  The top is called the Peasley Cold Shoulder Cotton Top (Collective Concepts), the necklace is the Knox Chain Lariat (Berry Jewelry) and the Margery Printed Wide Leg Pant (Boom Boom Jeans).  Despite the pants being comically long, these items look perfect together, kudos to Kathryn the stylist who put the look together.

She also received this adorable summer dress called the Joseline Knit Dress by Nine Britton.  The fabric is really soft and heavy enough that the dress has a quality feel to it.  Saving the best for last, she also got this Callie Denim Jacket by Kut from Kloth.  The sleeves are a little long, but otherwise is looks fantastic on her.

If you are like me, at this point you are saying, how much, right??? I am not going to lie, the prices are a little steep.

As you can see, the total price before discounts is $252.00 which is a lot more than I would ever spend in one shopping trip.  Once you apply discounts, the price drops to $144, which is $28 per item, that’s a little more reasonable.  But those pants were a non-starter with her, so we’re not getting the 25% discount for buying everything.   Decision Time.

Here’s what she did, she kept the blue top which was her favorite piece. She also kept the dress because it was cute and reasonably priced.  I talked her into keeping the jacket, it looks so good on her and she has already worn it at least 10 times.  And, finally I bought the necklace because it is perfect and I love it. So bonus incentive to the Moms out there, if you do this for your daughter, you may also find something you love in that box.

You can see she got $25 credit for using my referral link  https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/12153084 which you are welcome to click through and use as well.  If you are going to give Stitch Fix a try you may as well start off with $25 in the bank.  Once you schedule your first Fix you will get a referral code that you can share, and each time a person uses it, you get a $25 credit, pretty cool, eh?

In the end, we had a really good experience with our mother daughter Stitch Fix and would highly recommend you try it at least once to see if it is right for you.  Let me know how it goes in the comments.