In the last few weeks I’ve stumbled across a website called ThredUp, which is basically online thrift. They send you a “clean-out bag” which you then fill with your unwanted, gently used clothes and send back to them, all for free. They then pay you for what they think they can sell. I sent in a bag half-full and got a $40 payout, which is pretty good considering none of my items were anywhere near designer.
On the shopping end, the prices are somewhere between true thrift (Goodwill) and your more specialty consignment shops. And you still get that thrifting thrill of sorting through loads of things you don’t like until you find something unexpectedly awesome. The only possible drawback is that shopping online makes me, at least, less likely to take risks in the same way I would for a $4 item at the Salvation Army, which means you don’t always go for that wonderfully unusual piece that you’re not sure about at first but ends up being a staple in your wardrobe. That being said, though, everything I’ve ordered so far from ThredUp has been perfectly lovely and I am very satisfied.
Overall, I’m very happy with my purchases and highly recommend the website if you enjoy shopping in your pajamas at two in the morning.