Mail-Order Thrift Shopping {with ThredUP and Twice}

I’m a big fan of thrift stores. But I admit that depending on the store, sometimes the selection isn’t ideal. If I don’t view thrift shopping as a hobby or a frugal way to expand my wardrobe, I can get frustrated by what I don’t find.

This fall, I’ve learned that I don’t have to worry about that frustration when I use online thrift stores.

Mail-Order Thrift Shopping

After trying two online thrift stores – ThredUP and Twice – I experienced the pros and cons of mail-order thrift shopping. Here’s what I discovered:


  • The selection is extensive. Both ThredUP and Twice offer thousands of items.
  • It’s easy to search for what you’re looking for. Simply narrow your search by choosing the item, size, color, and price range you’re looking for. If you know the brands you prefer, narrow your search to those. You can even narrow tops and dresses to the kind of neckline and sleeve length you’re looking for.
  • The quality is amazing. Both sites offer new (with tags) merchandise, and like-new.


  • You can’t physically touch the clothing. You won’t be able to eyeball if it would fit you correctly – or if you really like the fabric.
  • If you don’t give yourself limits, it can turn into a huge time suck. With so many clothes to choose from – even if you narrow your selections – it’s easy to scroll through page after page after page.
  • The prices aren’t as low as typical thrift stores. But then again, the quality of the clothing typically is much better than what I’ve found at thrift stores.
  • Once you place an order, you have to wait more than a week for delivery.

My own experience

For the sake of a well-researched story, I wanted to try both ThredUP and Twice. (Shopping all in the name of research, right?)

Right away, I discovered the hard way that if you spy something you’re remotely interested in, click to add it to your cart. As soon as you see it. (Seriously.) Otherwise, the clothing can be gone in a matter of seconds. You can keep clothes in your ThredUP cart for 24 hours and in your Twice cart for 1 hour– but then they’re returned to the website for other shoppers.

Both ThredUP and Twice are very similar sites, but I did notice some differences:


ThredUP has a HUGE selection of clothes. They’re clothing is a little pricier than I would typically pay, but compared to department stores, they offer good prices.

The great thing about ThredUP is that you’re given a referral code, so when you get a friend to sign up, they get $10 in free merchandise – and so do you. (I’d love to offer this treat to you! Through my referral you can try shopping through ThredUP and get $10 in free merchandise.)

ThredUP accepts credit card and PayPal payments, and your shipping rate depends on how many clothes you order: $2.99 for the first item and $0.99 for each additional item. Orders of $50 or more qualify for free shipping. (If you need the clothing quickly, you can pay $11.99 for two-day shipping.) Or, if you pay an additional $19.99, you can get free standard shipping for the rest of the year.

If you’re not happy with your purchase, you can return it within 30 days for a refund.

I’ve made three orders to ThredUP – and I bought three dresses and one pair of jeans.

My first order I used my friend’s $10 referral code – and I picked an Ann Taylor dress and Old Navy dress. (Warning: For whatever reason – fall, maybe? – I was in the mood to buy black colored clothes.)

Mail-Order Thrift Shopping with ThredUP and Twice {}

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I could hardly wait to get them and start wearing them, but they finally were delivered about a week and a half after I placed my order. I was a little skeptical about ThredUP, because the Ann Taylor dress reeked of thrift store disinfectant spray. Yet I was happy with my brand new (with the tags still on!) Old Navy dress.

For my second order, I received a $10 credit because a friend ordered through my referral code. I bought another Ann Taylor dress because it just looked so pretty in the pictures. When it finally was delivered (another long wait) I was happy to discover it did NOT smell like a thrift store – it looked brand new.

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In my third order, I couldn’t pass up a pair of like-new Ann Taylor jeans on sale for $9. It was a great deal, but they’re a little too long. (Nothing that a little hemming can’t fix.)

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Twice doesn’t offer as many clothes as ThredUP, but their prices are cheaper. And, they ‘re more selective with their brands.

A great thing about Twice is that they also offer a referral code – you get $10 in merchandise every time a friend signs up through your referral code, and they get $10 in free merchandise, too. (I’d love to offer this treat to you! Through my referral you can try shopping through Twice and get $10 in free merchandise.)

Twice accepts credit cards and PayPal, and their shipping is a flat $4.95 for purchases up to $49. For orders above $49, it’s free.

If you’re not happy with your purchase, return it within 30 days with the Twice tags attached for a refund. 

I bought one item from Twice – an Ann Taylor skirt with a $10 credit for signing up. When I received it, it looked brand new – I was very pleased.

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Cleaning out closets

If you’re purging your wardrobe, you can sell your own clothing through ThredUP and Twice.

For ThredUP, simply order a Clean Out bag – then fill it with your clothes when it arrives. You can ship it for free to ThredUP. Once your clothing is selected and sold, you can receive store credit or payment through PayPal. (If your clothing is not selected, it will either be donated – or returned to you for a fee.)

When selling your clothes through Twice, you can either fill a box with clothing and print a prepaid shipping label, or you can order a selling kit that will include prepaid shipping. Once your clothing is selected and sold, you’ll get paid through a store credit (with a 25% bonus), check, PayPal or Venmo.

Get $20 to $40!

Want $20 in free clothing … right now?

You can sign up for ThredUP and get $10 in merchandise RIGHT NOW. When you refer your own friends, you’ll get $10 for every time your friend signs up and they’ll get $10, too!

You can also sign up for Twice and get $10 in merchandise RIGHT NOW. You’ll also get $10 for every time you refer a friend – and they’ll receive $10, too!

If you decide to go shopping, please let me know what you choose – I’d love to hear about your great deals!

Have you tried online thrift shopping before? What are own personal pros and cons?

Disclosure: I will receive $10 from ThredUP or Twice if you sign up with my referral code. Thank you!!