Fast fashion is a growing thorn in my side. As I’ve discussed on here previously, I have absolutely nothing against purchasing brand new clothes, shoes, and accessories if they are going to be worn for a long time. For instance, when I buy a new pair of shoes, I quite literally wear them into the ground until the soles are falling off.
But fast fashion is exactly the opposite – purchased usually as part of a fad and discarded in a land fill even though the garment still has a lot of life left in it.
All of this is to say that this weekend I decided to check out two unique businesses that set out to combat fast fashion – all while giving fashion mavens a chance to get a fix for cheap!
Both websites have unique business models: with thredUP, users send in their gently (and sometimes not-so-gently) worn clothing, shoes, and accessories, which thredUP pays them for. Then, thredUP photographs the goods on their dressforms and sells them at a premium relative to what they paid for them. While you can certainly find some designer goods on thredUP, it is overwhelmingly saturated with the likes of GAP, Banana Republic, Loft, Old Navy, et cetera. I even saw some Wet Seal and Faded Glory (Wal-Mart brand) on there. Point is, don’t go looking for your next pair of Loubs on here.
Tradesy, on the other hand, is essentially eBay for high end fashion. While it does have “lower end” nice brands like Banana, it truly caters to much higher price points, with loads of Chanel, Gucci, Chloe, Louboutins, et cetera, to choose from. And unlike with thredUP, you purchase directly from the individual owner, so negotiating is possible.
Overall, my experience with both was good. With thredUP, I definitely felt more like I was shopping a true thrift store, in the sense that I had to do a LOT of rummaging to find things I even remotely liked. I also noticed a lot of items that really looked like they were way too worn to be resold. There’s a difference between “gently loved” and falling-apart-with-pit-stains.
For example, this Lilly swimsuit (which, by the way, looks very 2003) was listed for $27.99 at the time of writing and looks very well worn. I am all about recycling fashion and buying as much pre-loved as possible, but when it comes to issues of health and sanitation regarding clothes that touch sensitive areas, I definitely draw a line. And you can clearly see that the lining of this old swimsuit is yellowed with age.
In the end, I was able to find a Lilly Pulitzer sweater that I’ve actually been wanting for about a year now, in addition to a pair of Seven denim shorts, and a pair of Lilly wedges. With an intro promo code of SWOON40, I got 40% off my entire order and paid about $60 for these items.
If they show up at my doorstep looking as nice as they do below, I’ll be really pleased!
Next I went to try my luck with Tradesy. One of the cool things about Tradesy is that it lets you filter for just how worn (or new) the item is. I managed to find this adorable (and office-chic!) Lilly shift dress for less than half of the MSRP.
Tell me, have you tried either thredUP or Tradesy? If so, what were your experiences? Do you have other online reselling apps you like better?
Until next time,