Wednesday, April 27, 2011

TL Auction #43 - ThredUp pro membership and 1 swap box

Item: 1 year ThredUp pro membership and 1 swap box
Value: $46
Location: US
Reserve: $15
Auction start: 4/28 8:00 am Central
Auction end: 5/2 8:00 pm Central
Questions about the item: member(dot)thao(at)

About ThredUp:
thredUP kids is the place for America's busiest families to conveniently exchange kids clothing online.

The service aims to bring a new level of affordability, convenience and eco-consciousness to a highly fragmented, billion-dollar market for second-hand children's clothing. thredUP kids is designed to help parents easily swap clothes their kids have outgrown for great new items that fit. thredUP's best-in-class interface allows parents to exchange with their closest friends or with a national network of parents - all from the convenience of home.

thredUP kids combines the best features of some of the most popular sites on the web: Like Netflix, parents can queue up a box of gently used clothes to receive. Then, similar to eBay, members build virtual boxes of clothing for exchange. Finally, like StubHub, thredUP enables, coordinates and manages the exchanges. The marketplace facilitates exact matches, ensures quality and remedies the lack of coordination that plagues offline clothing swaps. The service is a complete end-to-end solution for busy parents.

"Children grow out of clothes every 3-6 months, having worn outfits only a couple of times," said James Reinhart, Chief Knitwit of thredUP. "Currently parents are spending upwards of $20,000 on kids clothing by the time their child is 17. And they're retiring some 1,400 items! We've found that many 'swap, buy, sell' sites are not that enticing to busy parents. They are just too much work. thredUP kids is all about convenience."

I have been a Pro thredUP member since last December and just recently bought my second box. Having same gender twins has really helped me save on clothing. They basically wear the same size so they share all their clothing. I rarely buy anything new and full price, usually only for special occasions and major holidays. After I got my first box, I wrote a review which includes a breakdown of costs. With my first box I averaged $.68 per item, my second box averaged $.70 per item.

Membership donated by ThredUp. Swap box donated by Thao Powell.