Published on April 13, 2018 — Leave a comment

11 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Clothes You Don’t Wear

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A smart closet should have nothing to hide. Not those skinny jeans you’ve never managed to squeeze into. Not the five sweaters you bought but never wore because they’re not as good as the one you live in. And not even the impulse buy you forgot about until way after the 30-day return period. Our clothes should reflect our lifestyles, and we should be able to see ourselves every time we look in our closets.   


thredUP accepts every Clean Out Bag it receives, but each clothing item needs to pass our 12-point quality inspection before it gets added to the site. How can you ensure your clothes will make the cut? Follow these 11 tips to give your quality clothes the recognition they deserve.

  1. Set an intention for cleaning out. Do you want to eliminate a few items to make room for your impulse buys? Perhaps you want to give someone else a chance to a love an item you once did? Or maybe you just want to get rid of stuff you don’t need?
  2. Take all of your clothes out of your closet and group by category. It’ll be much easier to decide which of the many cardigans in your closet should stay, and which ones should go when you see them side by side.
  3. The #1 reason sweaters aren’t accepted by thredUP is because they’ve pilled. Pilling happens when extended wear creates small balls of fabric to bunch on the surface. The easiest way to clean those up? Gently shave them off with a razor.
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  4. Think seasonally. Ask yourself when and where you would wear it. If you wouldn’t wear it in the following two seasons, consider holding onto it for another six months when people will start shopping for those styles. Just because thredUP won’t accept it today doesn’t mean we won’t in the future.
  5.  If it cost a lot, has sentimental value, or you would wear it again, consider investing in return assurance. Any items that thredUP doesn’t accept will be returned to you.
  6. Once you decide which items you want to sell, scan each one front and back with a lint roller to collect any excess dust, hair, or loose miscellany.
  7. If the items has minor spots, marks, or stains, give it the Tide stick test. If any of these eyesores persist, ask yourself how you would feel if the item was donated instead.
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  8. Iron or steam out any wrinkles or kinks…unless, of course, they’re supposed to be there.
  9. Give the item a final wash or drop it off at the dry cleaner’s to remove any dirt or pesky smells, like body odor, perfume, cigarette smoke, or closet scents.
  10. If it’s missing a button and has a small tear or two, use your needlework to give it that little bit of love that will make all the difference.
  11. Finally, fold your clothes. Give your quality clothes the care they deserve. First impressions are everything, after all.

Clothes ready to sell? We’ll take them off your hands.

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Experience throw-mo (fear of throwing out)? The thredUP Closet Cleanser is your guide to learning the art of knowing when to let go.

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