I have been buying thrift shop clothes for several years. I started with Thred Up and I really, really liked it. Then they made some changes and I didn’t like it as much.
I am not saying they don’t have some nice clothes; I have some I really like! In the case of Thred Up, their customer service was no longer good. Their correspondence was really bad and when I did get a hold of them, they were not very nice. So I switched from Thred Up to Swap.com. Both are used clothing outlets, but Swap is my favorite place to buy thrifted styles. But in the last few months, I started to go to more events where I needed to dress business casual. That’s when I tried Stitch Fix.
Here’s the thing – I am not good at choosing outfits.
I know the styles that I like, but putting things together and trying new things is NOT my expertise. I like to stick to what I know and what is safe. That translates to black everything (ha!). I decided to try Stitch Fix because I thought it would break me out of my rut and that a stylist would help me get better outfits out together.
I spent a lot of time working on a Pinterest board full of ideas to share with Stitch Fix stylists. I wanted someone to help me out! I had several events coming up where I needed nicer clothing. I expected it to be so expensive that I would cry and send it all back. I got TWO amazing boxes from Stitch Fix. I could tell my stylist really listened. I was completely shocked.
From both of my Stitch Fix boxes, I kept EVERYTHING.
After getting a percentage off because I bought all the items in the box, I ended up paying $30-$40 for each piece of clothing. I felt like that was very affordable for nicer clothing. I know it is way more than I would pay for thrifted clothing. But I loved each piece I received. I loved it SO hard. You also get a bigger discount if you purchase everything in your box. But what if you don’t LOVE everything in your box? Well y’all, there are even Facebook groups that you can join where you can sell the pieces you might not want and still get the full box discount. It’s pretty awesome, y’all.
But y’all – Thred Up was a disaster.
I had some friends tell me that Thred Up did the same thing except with thrifted clothes! You complete a very short survey and share your Pinterest board. I tried it because I had several people who were too scared to try it ask me too! I went thru the entire process – signed up and got my first Goodie Box. I was so excited.
It was hilarious and awful at the same time. Y’all can’t even imagine. It was like they didn’t even read my survey or look at my pin board. They sent me clothes that people in their 80s would wear. Barry said it looked like they put everything in my box that nobody else was buying! It wasn’t a goodie box – it was a Halloween dress up box. There was no way they had even looked at my Pinterest Board or read my survey. I got a dress from the red hat society – a sweater that was HUGE, a sweater that was itty, bitty, a sweater with a huge pull across the boob, a dress covered in beads…it was bad.
Thred Up’s Goodie Box was a 100% total miss.
And the worst part – for these used pieces, they wanted $20-$30 a piece?! Stitch Fix was $30-$40 for NEW clothing.
I cannot recommend a Thred Up Goodie Box. Unless you want a $10 laugh (because that’s the stylist fee!), don’t do it! I will NOT use it ever again. But maybe it’d be a fun girls’ night – unboxing your Thred Up Goodie Boxes together to have a good laugh.
My honest review: I LOVE Stitch Fix and I will use it periodically when I need a few new pieces. I have been VERY pleased with the things that I’ve gotten. It isn’t the cheapest option out there, but for me…it is great!
DISCLAIMER: I was not paid to do this review and am not affiliated with Thred Up, Swap.com, or Stitch Fix. However, those companies do have referral programs so if you click a link from this article to one of those sites, I might get a small credit. Just wanted to make sure you know…