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Clean Out and ThredUP

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April 22, 2014 by Polarn O. Pyret

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Have you been surprised by one of thredUp’s polka-dot bags in your recent order? We hope you’ve had a chance to take advantage of this online consignment service that allows you to recycle your gently used (or almost new clothing) to other families around the country. If you haven’t, we hope you’ll give it a try. It’s a great way to keep your kids outgrown, but still wearable clothes, playing and having fun.

We often receive questions about the thredUp bags. They are so easy, it can seem too good to be true! So we thought we’d try it out with some of our old PO.P, and answer your questions along the way. If you have more, please let us know!

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What am I to do with the polka-dot bag?


Fill the bag up with freshly-washed, name-brand clothing with no signs of wear or tear. (This is important for maximizing what credit you receive.) All the information on what they take and what it’s worth can be found on the ThredUp Standards page. Before you send the bag, you must register the bag. If you don’t register the bag, you may not get your credit. There is a handy link to register the bag on the bag itself.

How much Polarn O. Pyret credit do I receive when I send in a bag?


Customers can earn 10-40% of the resale value of accepted clothing as Polarn O. Pyret credit. If you need an idea of what you may earn, they have sample bags listed here. We have some customers who have earned up to $80 of Polarn O. Pyret credit. But others as little as $10. It really depends on what you send and how well it has been maintained.

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Once I have filled the bag with name brand clothing, then what?


Register the bag online at thredUP (super easy — do not worry!). Leave it on your doorstep or near your mailbox for your mailman (or lady) to pick up, or you can drop it off at USPS or UPS. ThredUP processes the clothing in its facility and they will notify you on how much you will receive for the bag. 
Your clothes will then be resold on ThredUP’s online resale shop.

How long does the process take?


It can take 1 to 2 weeks for ThredUP to receive your bag from USPS/UPS. They will send a confirmation email so you know they received it. Then, it typically takes an additional 5-10 business days to review your items at their offices. Upon review, they’ll send another email about your credit. It then takes Polarn O. Pyret another 5-7 days to receive that information and process the gift certificate.


Is ThredUP the right way for me to consign my items?

ThredUP has strict quality standards and typically accepts 40-50% of the clothing they receive. For many parents, the convenience of just packing it up and shipping it off is enough, especially for our urban customers who are limited in storage space.

Let us know your thoughts!

What PO.P pieces did you exchange with ThredUP? How was your experience? What new PO.P pieces did you purchase with your PO.P credit?


1 comment »

  1. Sheila Rasmussen says:

    I have done this several times in the past. I’m just getting another bag ready to send in. I haven’t done it in a long time, so I’m excited that I’ve accumulated enough to make it worth it. I like how even if they don’t buy my clothes, they get donated or recycled. I have used my ThredUp credits at PO.P and have even bought some PO.P on ThredUp.

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