ThredUP Goody Box Review October 2017

If you don’t know, ThredUP is an online thrift store. They recently got into the style box market; these are boxes of curated clothing. They follow the basic scheme of paying a downpayment or styling fee ($20 in this case), and then paying for all and only the clothes you keep. The styling fee gets applied to the clothing cost.

I signed up for ThredUP’s boxes as soon as I found out they were going to be starting because I love, love, love the idea of style boxes. I am bad at decision making and these boxes are a fun surprise where someone decides for me. But a lot of the boxes, while a good value, are a steep price for a part-time working grad student. Thus, ThredUP was a godsend to me.

I got into their early “beta” of Goody Boxes through a simple email sign up and answering a few questions; I am in no way paid or incentivized by ThredUP.

Zara Basic Long Sleeve Blouse

I took this out of the box and immediately knew that I loved it. I was so excited; first product in and it was already perfect. Black is a color I love and lack in my wardrobe, and they thin vertical stripe pattern is awesome. My horror came when I put on the shirt and to my misfortune experienced the dreaded button-pulling in the breast area. I really waffled about the decision, but this went in the no pile for that.

Item Price: $18.99

Forever 21 Long Sleeve Blouse

I pulled this shirt out and laughed a little to myself that two black and white shirts made it in their for me after I just recently purchased another black and white striped sweater…from ThredUp. They weren’t wrong to do it; I loved the style immediately and loose silky fabric like the fabric of this sheer shirt is my favorite. I tried it on and fortunately did not experience any button-pulling, so it became the first of my keeper pile.

Item Price: $10.99

Zara Basic Long Sleeve Blouse

I took this shirt next. At first, I wasn’t sure about the color. Dull pinks are very on trend but they are also very hit and miss for me. I tried it on, and it fit mostly well, with some tightness in the shoulders. This shirt lived in limbo for a while, but eventually, I warmed up to the color and it became part of my keeper pile.

Item Price: $18.99

Unbranded Sweatshirt

I love sweatshirts so very much, and love 3/4 sleeves almost as much, so I knew that if the shirt fit, I was going to be keeping it. Well, it did! The material is almost similar to terrycloth, and though you can’t see it clearly in the picture, this is a nice shimmer of silver throughout the whole shirt.

Item Price: $18.99

Gap Sweatshirt

This sweater. I…almost liked it. It was almost a good piece. But something about it just rubs me the wrong way. The pattern, I think, just doesn’t seem right. I’m unsure why, but it looks wrong and imbalanced to me. This got put in the no pile without being tried on.

Item Price: $12.99

American Apparel 3/4 Sleeve Blouse

I really hate to say this, but I just straight up hated this shirt. I have no idea how I ended up with it, or how it ended up in a fall themed box with the color. The color is just not good, and the material was starched cotton. Maybe a different material could have saved the shirt, but as it stood it was an unworn no.

Item Price: $18.99

Forever 21 Long Sleeve Blouse

This shirt is a basic, silky, black blouse that fell great on my body with absolutely no button pull. It’s a very basic piece that fills a hole lacking in my wardrobe (blouses and blacks), so I was thrilled to put it in my keeper pile.

Item Price: $10.99

Cos Jeans

These poor jeans got the short end of my feelings by being the first thing that truly didn’t fit me. Sure, there was button pulling and uncomfortable spots previously, but these just did not button, and they made me mad. They were just another pair of black jeans so I wasn’t sad to see them go, but I was mad at them for being too small.

Item Price: $14.99

Flying Monkey Jeans

I felt the material of these jeans and instantly hoped against hope that they were going to fit me despite being the same size as the previous pair. After the first pair, I was thinking my sizing for pants in this box might be wrong (which likely, is my own fault for not knowing European sizing). I was right in my worries; they didn’t go up past my knees and were sadly a no.

Item Price: $12.99

Ivy Park Jacket

This jacket was the saddest decision I had to make. I love weird jackets, I love the see-through trend, especially with jackets and with shoes, and I thought the honeycomb pattern was awesome. However, it was slightly bulky on me, which might have been okay, and even looked on-trend, but then I saw the price, and I couldn’t justify buying something I wasn’t totally in love with secondhand for the price. Maybe I’m cheap, but it was a no for me.

Item Price: $26.99

Trafaluc by Zara Long Sleeve Blouse

I liked this shirt enough; didn’t love it at first glance, and the material is the kind that I could easily see myself failing to take care of and letting wrinkle into oblivion. Still, it was something that I would have kept except…the dreaded button-pulling. I put it on, and it immediately showed that boob hole, so into the no pile it went.

Item Price: $18.99

Madewell Short Sleeve T-Shirt

This shirt was so, so comfortable. I love the material of it; it’s the perfect soft tee. I was worried a bit that it might be too tight or clingy, but the material didn’t cling at all. Also, my least favorite thing with t-shirts is when the sleeves are too long. These were actually shorter than normal, and I totally loved the style. It was a quick keeper.

Item Price: $14.99

Forever 21 Blazer

I was so sad about this blazer. I love blazers, I don’t have a black blacer, and this one was cool as hell with a nice material and a good cut. Too bad it didn’t button on me. I had to let it go, but only after heavily considering keeping it and just not buttoning. Unfortunately, I was determined to only keep things that really, truly fit and I really loved on my body, and this just didn’t fulfil the requirements.

Item Price: $15.99

Joe’s Jean Jeggings

These pants were the great tragedy of this whole box. I took them out and they felt amazing and soft. And I always, always need more black pants. And they stretched, so I almost believed they might fit me. And they did….until I had to button them. Then it was a no go. I’m very sad that these had to enter the no pile as I really loved them.

Item Price: $22.99

J Brand Jeans

It was at this point that I truly gave up on the pants. The two pairs before this were 28s; these were 27s. I didn’t even try them on. They never stood a chance and went to my no pile almost immediately.

Item Price: $34.99

The Verdict

Of all the items, I liked 13/15 at first glance. When it came down to keeping and getting rid of, I kept 5/15, almost all of the losers being due to sizing issues that were my fault (the pants) or are generally unavoidable in some clothes (button-pulling). Given that ThredUp specifically does not advertise that they are a styling service meant to give you a full outfit but rather that they want to introduce you to pieces you like, I think my like/dislike ratio is amazing and my keep ratio is pretty good.

In total I spent on these clothing pieces was $68.95, including the $20 order cost that is applied to the final price of the clothing.

I am interested in trying the other boxes that ThredUp offers when they do a full launch.

Have you gotten into the beta? Let me know what you thought in the comments section!



  1. I enjoyed this because I have been curious about Three Up. They sent you a lot of pcs to try… the one pair of jeans for $12.99 would probably be one thing I would keep as long as they fit. Some of the tops seemed a bit pricey…



  2. Thank you for sharing your goody box. I just received my Fall Essentials box and thought it was fun to try different brands and styles that I normally would not have picked. In my box they sent me 3 dresses, 1 blue jean, 1 burgundy corduroy jeans, 2 vests, 1 flannel button down, 6 tops/sweaters and an oversize knit cardigan. Everything but 2 items fit, but I think I’m going to only end up keeping a couple items. The pricing seemed high on most of the items. Bottom line: I think it was really fun try, but I do a better job picking things out myself on ThredUp.



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