If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to check out SwapUp. An online secondhand clothing store based in Sydney, SwapUp offers scores of thrift items to choose from and the opportunity to sell your own pre-loved clothing under the consignment model.
My SwapUp Buying Experience
A newbie to SwapUp, my experience began with browsing the site online at https://swapup.com.au.
The site is very professional, super easy to navigate and new selections load quickly. There are cool filters for searching your size, and other features like brand, colour, clothing type and condition. Each item comes with an excellent photograph that can be zoomed in to look closer at the detail. Size, colour and other need-to-know information is also clearly displayed. You can add items you like to your wishlist and then move your final choices to your shopping cart.
On the downside, it can be hard to find something you like that's in your size and preferred colour – but, hey, that's the same problem you're going to have in any op-shop! Having said that, there was enough variety for me to place at least ten items on my wishlist.
For less than $100 I purchased six items. I was able to gift some small size finds to my teenage daughter who was more than satisfied.
Astonishingly, and to my delight, every item was like brand new out of a department store.
My Final Evaluation
Summing up, I would definitely return to SwapUp and recommend it to my friends and readers. Looking at the clothing online is addictive and purchasing super easy.
While you can find quality bargains on SwapUp, the site caters more for people who like and value brand clothing. If you expect everything to be less than $20 you'll be disappointed. The last time I looked, there were 1,310 items under $25, 673 items between $25 and $50, 220 between $50 and $100, and 52 items over $100. At the same time, you may find it comparable and possibly less than what Op-Shops charge these days and the clothes I purchased were as good as new but greatly reduced in price!
Check out my purchases here
So, what did I get (I bet you're curious)? Check out my purchases here.
Founded by Alifa Putri and Adi Nagara, the core concept of SwapUp is to make secondhand mainstream and reduce waste. A lifelong secondhand shopper, Alifa pivoted her career from sustainable transport to sustainable fashion when she learned that 85 per cent of clothes donated are not sold.
What thrilled me most about SwapUp is the fact that someone is even offering such a service. Up until now, women have had only two options to pass on their wardrobe: donate to charities if they want as little effort as possible, or sell on marketplaces if they'd like to earn some money back (which is highly time-consuming).
Proof of the need for the service, SwapUp's wardrobe cleanout service is so popular that according to Alifa the last time they sold SwapUp Kits they sold out after 42 minutes of release. Alifa highly recommends anyone interested in the kits join the waitlist to be notified.
Selling on SwapUp
SwapUp accepts primarily good quality (branded) women's and children's clothing and handbags and accessories. It focuses on mid-tier brands with good resale value rather than luxury or cheap chain offerings. Examples of brands you'll find on there include Zara, Review, Banana Republic, Espirit, Sussan, Jacqui E, Kookai, Cotton On and Country Road. That's just a fraction, however.
SwapUp doesn't accept clothing from budget retail chains such as ALDI, SES, Factorie, Best & Less, Big W, Jay Jays, Rivers and Valleygirl. For what they do and don't take, it's best to read that section of the website.
Alifa reveals they used to accept items from less expensive retail chains, "but they were very difficult to sell as they are already quite cheap to buy new. Our customers told us they didn't find good value in buying such items secondhand."
Sellers can earn up to 60 per cent of the selling price. You earn less on cheaper items (such as a $10 top) because it requires the same level of effort and outlay for the staff to sell as a $50 item.
Simply send in your items and monitor your earnings (which can be cashed out or used to shop on the site). Good luck!