Published on february 1, 2017

Pay Your Fashion Forward: Turn Clothes Into Cash For Charities

written by Team thredUP

Not looking for a payout but want the convenience of cleaning out with thredUP and a tax receipt? Look no further! You can now choose a Donation Clean Out Bag to support families and education. Instead of a payout, we’ll give $5 (per bag) on your behalf to a charity of your choice.

Our Donations program is similar to those of the Goodwill and Salvation Army but because we don’t have any inventory limitations (we’ve got plenty of internet space!) we’re able to return TWICE as many clothing items back to the US circular secondhand economy. According to the Council for Textile Recycling, only 10-20% of clothing donated to charitable clothing companies is resold back into the community. If you’re not sure what a circular secondhand economy means, you’re not alone. It’s a simple concept: reuse or recycle everything by keeping products and materials in use. Selling or donating one clothing item extends its life by an average of 2.2 years and reduces its carbon, waste and water footprints by 73%. That is what we like to call, making a difference.

So, what kind of items should you send in a Donation Clean Out Bag? We accept all women’s, men’s, and kids’ clothing, handbags, shoes, and accessories. We aren’t as strict with the quality guidelines as we are with our standard Clean Out Bags, but the better the items are, the higher the chance of your items getting a second life in someone else’s closet.

Cleaning out for the whole family has never been easier, plus you get a donation tax receipt where you can declare the value of the items donated AND we give our charitable partners a cash donation for every received. Triple winning, people!

Our main goal and priority at thredUP is to ensure that as many items as possible are given a second life and stay out of landfill. Used garments that don’t meet thredUP’s strict quality guidelines for resale are evaluated for inclusion in our Reject Rescue program. Sometimes all an item needs is a little TLC. All remaining donation items are reused or responsibly recycled.  

How It Works

  1. Click here to order a FREE Donation Clean Out Kit. From there, you’ll be prompted to choose a charity you’d like to support. Even when we are unable to fulfill standard kit requests (due to overwhelming demand), donation kits are always available.
  2. We’ll send you a FREE Donation Clean Out Kit with a pre-paid shipping label or you can print a label and ship using your own box. Don’t forget to keep an itemized list of what you send in with their estimated values. You’ll need this information to fill out your tax donation receipt.
  3.  Within one week of your bag being received, you will receive a tax donation receipt via email. Neither thredUP or the Charity partner can assign value to your donations. Please refer to IRS regulations pertaining tax deductibility for your donations.

As always, we welcome any comments or suggestions on how to make our programs better. Please send comments or questions to

thredUP’s Charity Partners include:


Big Brother Big Sister Foundation

BBBS turns gently used goods into treasure to provide great programming and care for children. And what greater treasure exists than the future of a child? By participating in BBBS programs, a child is 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs; 27% less likely to begin using alcohol; and 52% less likely to skip school. Donate. Recycle. Change Lives! Learn more at


Feeding America

Feeding America’s network of 200 food banks, provides food to 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Together we can solve hunger. Learn more at



Girls, Inc.

Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through direct service and advocacy. Last year Girls Inc. served over 140,000 girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers through lasting, mentoring relationships; a girls-only, physically and emotionally safe environment; and research-based, age-appropriate programming. While only 62% of U.S. college women graduate, 97% of Girls Inc. national scholars graduate. Learn more at

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Help a Mother Out increases access to diapers for families in need, distributing diapers to families in need through a network of voluntary home visiting programs, facilitated parent support groups, family resource centers, and public health departments. Help a Mother has provided over 4 million diapers to families in need. Learn more at for Opportunity

Wardrobe for Opportunity (WFO) assists low-income individuals in their efforts to Find a Job, Keep a Job, and Build a Career. Founded in 1995 to address often overlooked, yet critical barriers to finding and retaining employment, WFO has served over 30,000 low-income individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area. With over 200,000 living in poverty in the Bay Area, WFO is determined to help low-income individuals with transformative workforce development programs. Learn more at

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* Each charity is solely responsible for the attributed content above.  Please also note that although the proceeds from your donation will go to Charity Partner you select, we cannot guarantee that any particular local chapter or affiliate of the Charity Partner will directly receive a portion of the proceeds.


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