A month or so ago, I blogged about my desire to combat unnecessary landfill waste by finding more sustainable methods for getting a fashion fix. As I told y’all in that post, I tried out two of the biggest names in online second hand shopping: thredUP and Tradesy.
So, how did they work out?
My Tradesy order, a navy and white striped cap-sleeved Lilly shift dress, arrived within a matter of days. While I was pleased with the quick shipping, unfortunately the dress was a terrible fit — entirely too loose but simultaneously far too short for decency!
Luckily, Tradesy has a lenient return policy, so I was able to exchange the dress for credit. So, I logged back in and picked out two summery Lilly tops.
My thredUP order, on the other hand, took ages to ship. When I did finally receive the order, I found it rather odd that a company built on the principle of second hand sustainability would use oodles of tissue paper, filler, stickers, and pamphlets to stuff the shipped goods inside an unnecessarily large cardboard box.
From thredUP, I got a pair of 7 For All Mankind denim shorts, a purple Lilly open-front sweater, and a pair of Lilly wedges. Last Sunday when I chose to do a little photo shoot of some of the items I bought, it was unfortunately too chilly for the shorts and wedges.
I absolutely LOVE the pink one-shouldered ruffled top from Tradesy, and I felt that it paired perfectly with the purple cardigan from thredUP.
This was the day that we went to go see Beauty and the Beast and meet my mother-in-law for a late lunch, so I dressed up my casual outfit a bit with my favorite Lilly bangles, my rose gold Kendra Scott necklace, and my gold leather Lilly crossbody.
(Side note: I swear I do wear brands other than Lilly Pulitzer! It’s just that 99.9% of my summer clothes are Lilly, while fall tends to be J. Crew)
The ruffled top might just be my new favorite summer top. Between the rosy color and fun ruffles, this is just such a feminine piece. Knowing I saved something from a landfill makes it even sweeter!
All in all, I would say that I am very pleased with both my experience with thredUP and Tradesy. The two companies are arguably different, but I enjoyed both. While thredUP is great for lower price points, the selection was not nearly as good, the shipping literally took weeks, and I could have done without the unnecessary paper waste in the packaging. Tradesy, on the other hand, has a much greater selection and lightning fast shipping (at least with the sellers I worked with), but the price points are quite a bit higher.
Tell me, have you used either service, or another online second hand shop? Or do you prefer brick-and-mortar second hand shops?
Until next time,
P.S. Huge shout out to my amazing husband for playing photographer!!