Thred Up: the Online Clothing Swap Party

What: Thred Up’s a new site that may soon render clothing swap parties obsolete. On ThredUp.com, guys and gals can list “new” and “like new” shirts they no longer wear, and get replacements in the mail. Kind of. In order for Thred Up to do all the clothes swapping work for you, you’ve got to order enough $5 pre-paid envelopes to accommodate each swap. Fair enough. You also must list every item you want to get rid of on the site- but there’s no photo uploading or writing involved.

What They Say:

So we thought it would be cool if you could exchange the clothes that you were bored of (old-to-you) for new ones (new-to-you). That’s really it: out with old-to-you, in with new-to-you. Then we got all fancy with being a “personal shopper” and “a refresh button” and “starting a closet revolution”. No matter what we call it, it’s the same great experience.

What We Say: We are seriously rooting for Thred Up, because we see lots of potential here. And so does Thred Up – they’re launching a kids site soon. While clothing swap parties are fun and all, they can be a hassle and there’s no guarantee you’ll be happy with the results. Thred Up takes away all that face-to-face pressure and stress; it is like a clothing swap party, but where everyone in the US who has an Internet connection is invited.

However, as Thred Up’s a relatively new site, you can’t swap anything but shirts, and you can’t peruse photos of anything that’s been listed. You also have no say on what shirts the Thred Up team will give you back; for some, that’s part of the fun, but for others, a trip to  Goodwill to dispose of unwanted clothes – and then a trip to the mall to replace those clothes – is more appealing. The good news is if Thred Up sends you something in bad condition, you’ll get credit towards another swap. As well, you don’t have to keep anything Thred Up gives you, but can pass it along again.

Anyone use the site yet? We’d love to hear your take.