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Recycle and get $$$ back!


April 13, 2016 by Polarn O. Pyret


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 women’s and kids’ gently used (or almost new clothing and shoes) 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 yours and 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!

What am I to do with the polka-dot bag?160422_ThreadupMBBLOG

Fill the bag up with freshly-washed, name-brand clothing and shoes (women’s and kids’) 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 can I get a bag if I haven’t received one yet?

You can easily request a clean out bag to be sent to you at!

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

Customers can on average 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. Remember, for every credit that thredUP issues to you, PO.P will add $5 as our little “thank you” for participating in the program. There is no limit to how many bags you can send in!

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. Lisa says:

    Does the $5 credit go to consignment pieces or upfront payout pieces? If not the latter, who pays the upfront payout?

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