One morning I was watching the news and they mentioned a service called thredUp where you can sell your old clothes and get credits to buy like-new clothes. I have a bunch of clothes that I’d love to get a little extra cash for so I decided to give it a shot and ordered a free clean out box. When I was ordering that I saw an ad for a fall goody box for $10 and decided to give that a try too.
What is a Goody Box?
ThredUp advertises the Goody Box as “a curated box of 10 like-new items handpicked to fit your size, style, and budget”. When you go to order a box you select a themed box – as of this writing the themes are:
- At-home Athleisure
- Comfy Chic
- Fall Essentials
- Trending Styles
After you select the theme of the box you fill out a quick survey on what brands you like, sizes, and you can enter in a personal note to the shopper for what you’re looking for. I was looking to refresh my fall wardrobe so selected the fall essentials, and let them know that I’m a mom looking for something stylish but functional. I also work from home so don’t need anything fancy, and wanted something that could be a staple in my wardrobe.
How much does it cost?
When you order a box you’re charged a $10 styling fee that you can use as a credit towards buying anything inside the box. This is similar to other subscription boxes, like Stitch Fix, so I was ok with paying this
How long does it take to get a box?
I ordered the box at the end of September and received it almost 2 ½ weeks later. I’m not sure if it’s because of higher demand right now but it seemed like a really long time to ship. I’m also still waiting to get my clean out box!
Inside the Goody Box I Received
I was so excited when my Goody Box finally arrived that I rushed to open it. The box arrived with everything wrapped up neatly in tissue paper. Inside the tissue paper the box had:
RBX Active Pants – 2 pairs!
The first thing I pulled out was these pink leggings by RBX Active. I had never heard of this brand before but when I looked them up online I realized how crazy priced ThredUp was selling these for. ThredUp had the retail estimated at $55 and they offered the leggings for me for $21, but when I look them up on their website they were listed $15-$25 – before promo codes (right now they’re running 30% off discounts). It seems just crazy to pay full price for used leggings!
American Eagle Jeans
Next up was American Eagle jeans that were a little too small. This was frustrating since in the survey I put in my sizes and they still sent jeans too small. The estimated retail on the jeans were $50 and thredUp’s price was $18.99.
RBX Track Jacket
More crazy priced stuff from RBX. ThredUp estimated this jacket at $98 and sold it for $21.99. It was cute but again, I’m not going to pay basically full price for a used item.
Hollister Pullover Hoodie
I’m not going to lie but I laughed when I saw this. I haven’t worn Hollister from my college days, and the pullover knit hoodie they sent me was like a lightweight crop top style – not exactly something I can wear in the the cold Minnesota fall weather while chasing my toddler. ThredUp said the hoodie was worth $48 and priced it at $37.99.
Proenza Schouler for Neiman Marcus + Target
This was cute but the fit just seemed off. It still had tags on it, but the pricing again seemed a little high for the sweatshirt – they claimed it retailed for $36 and were selling it for $29.
Heartloom Pullover Sweater
This sweater looked cute out of the box but when I tried it on it seemed stretched out and not to fit right. They said the retail value was $95 and were charging $25.99.
I was really excited to see these jeans in my box but then I realized they sent me a size that was just a little too small, again. They said the retail price was $143 and they were charging $23.99.
This looked cute until I realized it was another crop top. Pass! They said retail price on this was $55 and they were charging $17.99.
Last but not least, I was excited to see a brand I was familiar with and a style that I could wear. The retail price they said was $69 and they were charging $24.99. I decided to keep this one because I already had a $10 credit for the box and didn’t want to waste it. I was disappointed a few days later on though when I realized there was a small hole in the sleeve.
Is the Goody Box Worth it?
My box claimed to have sent me a box with savings of over $455 but I really didn’t think it was worth that much. When I looked up some of the brands I wasn’t familiar with like the RBX clothes the prices on their own site were way less than what thredUp said it was.
I also wasn’t impressed with the quality. Most of the clothes looked used and not the good quality like they advertised. I also didn’t like that while this box is advertised as a personalized box, the stylist didn’t seem to listen to anything I wrote and looked like they just sent me whatever they had on hand.
Would I Recommend the Goody Box?
At this time, I would not recommend the goody box. The boxes are clearly randomly sent without any consideration to what you’re looking for. I think there is definitely potential to this service in the future but right now it just seems like it’s a way for them to get rid of extra inventory they can’t sell, and charge you to try it out. I would recommend passing on the Goody Box for now.
If you do want to try thredUp, I recommend just buying what you want directly from the site and skipping the Goody Box. Use this link to get $20 off your first order!