The days of going to the shopping mall are so 1990.
Actually, thanks to online shopping, malls are a dying breed.
[Interesting part of the link above is how malls are getting SALVAGED!…LOVE IT!]
Just like a shopping mall has choices upon choices, so do we when it comes to clothes shopping.
Not only do we have specific merchants/brands, but also services.
I am comparing two services that I have personally tried.
*I am an affiliate for Stitch Fix, and have added a free link to the ThredUP app to get started.
STITCH FIX VS. THREDUP
Stitch Fix is a personal styling service tailored to your taste, budget and lifestyle.
How does it work-
You start with a personal style quiz…fill out info on your style, budget, sizes, even linking to a Pinterest Fashion Board for your personal stylist to send you items they think will fit your body type and preferences.
Five items (clothing and accessories) arrive nicely packaged, with info on what you received, prices, and a suggested styles card so you can envision your pieces in different ways.
If you purchase all the items, you receive a 25% discount off the box.
There’s a $20 styling fee which you can apply toward your final order which makes it pretty risk free.
You can choose how often you want a shipment.
They have exclusive and popular brands.
- New Items
- Known Brands
- PERSONAL Stylist
- Beautiful Packaging
- Easy Return Policy
- Price Point (for me)
My Experience ~
I have received two shipments and I loved most all of the items in each box. I do enjoy shopping but boy it was nice for someone else to do it and get it right. Because they have my measurements the sizing was right on (for the most part).
I have heard of others who don’t always like their “fix” shipments. I personally think this might be tied to how much information the stylist has to work with. This is no time to lie about your sizes and make sure you really know what style you like. You can say you love dresses, but if you never wear them, that’s not going to help anyone.
The experience is pretty far from my typical thrift store shopping so it was a major treat and they make it feel special. I am also a pretty casual person, so the clothes are high end for my DIY life, but the ones I received were very nice quality (soft).
The costs are too high for my particular budget but if it fit in my budget I would do it on a regular basis for sure!
If you are pressed for time, but not finances, I think this is a wonderful option. The initial profile takes a few minutes, but after that it’s very little time invested. I think this is also good for anyone who might be challenged in styling and those who don’t like to shop.
THUMBS UP – SALVAGE TIME
ThredUp is the world’s largest online fashion resale shop.
How does it work-
Since they company buys and sells, which I have done each, I am going to talk about the buying part today. I will discuss the selling in another post.
You go to their site and shop as you would with any other major online retailor.
Since they only accept major brands, I found searching by a brand to be the easiest way to look for items.
I had a really nice discount for my first purchase and it came with free shipping.
When I received my order it was in a regular box but it did include a note from the company, which I thought was a nice touch.
Any items you don’t like or don’t fit, these are your return options:
- Free shipping label– thredUP provides the shipping label and your return shipping is free. Your refund will be awarded in thredUP credit
- $8.99 shipping label– $8.99 will be deducted from your refund amount and thredUP will provide the shipping label. Your refund will be awarded to your original form of payment
- No shipping label– no shipping label will be provided and you are responsible for shipping the item back. Your refund will be awarded to your original form of payment with no return fee deducted
- Name Brands
- In Like-New Condition
- Reusing/Earth Friendly
- Unlimited Quantity
- Shop from Home
- Price (More items for the money)
- Time Consuming to Find Items
- Watch for Items Marked No Return
My Experience ~
As a thrift store shopper, I was really excited to try ThredUP. I am partial to used clothing not only for the budget side of things but also the waste issue.
Because I am not necessarily a brand shopper, I found it a bit difficult, and time consuming, to find items I thought I would want to try.
When I received the box, it wasn’t a surprise like with Stitch Fix. I knew what I had ordered. This can be a good or bad thing depending on your preferences. It was in a regular brown box, but the wrapping inside was nice.
For the same price as Stitch Fix, I got three times as much.
A couple of issues I had:
- One item had a couple of wrappers in the pants (which I am sure is not a common experience).
- Sizing. I don’t know the brands enough to know if they run small or large so I had several items not fit quite right.
- One item, that didn’t fit, was on sale so I couldn’t return it.
For the items I did return, I received a credit since I know I will use the service again. It was super easy to return the items with the shipping label that was provided.
Take Away –
If you are on a budget this is a great way to get brand name items inexpensively. I would also recommend for anyone who is concerned with reducing waste. Again, knowing your brands helps, in my opinion.
THUMBS UP – SALVAGE MONEY and SALVAGE RESOURCES
You can get the free app here to get started-
Have you tried either service/company?
If so, what’s been your experience?
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