- Sign up for a thredUP account, Join our group here, and request a FREE Clean Out Bag.
- When your bag arrives, fill it up with your very best gently used clothing that's still in great condition, and return it to thredUP for free with the pre-paid postage via USPS or FedEx (you can even leave it right outside your door for your postman to pick up!).
thredUP processes your high quality items and sends you another email once they've had a chance to inspect and price all of your items. This email will provide you with a link to your Bag Detail page, which lists all accepted items and tells you how much you've earned.
After 14 days, you can contribute your credit to a thredUP Group. From thredup.com, go to My Groups under the My Account tab in the upper right of your screen. Then, click on "Contribute Today."
- All accepted items are resold in the thredUP marketplace. thredUP gives your clothes a second chance and you earn money to contribute to your Group account!
Have you heard of thredUP? I only recently learned about this online consignment site through another adoption blog. What a great way for friends to help contribute to our adoption just by donating their high-quality used clothing.
Here's how it works from their FAQ section:
And the best part? (other than you will feel sooo good to clear through the clutter in your closets) thredUP will match donations through our group up to $1000. So, if we earn $300 through this by the end of 2013, thredUP will donate another $300 toward our adoption. If we earn $1000, they will donate an additional $1000!
Yay! Anyone feel like doing some closet purging this weekend for a good cause? Thanks a bunch if you can help in this way. Oh, and pass the word along. Our group link is: http://thred.me/19J73hS
It's that time of year again. Most of us are making our lists and checking them twice. You know you're going to be spending money buying Christmas gifts anyway, so why not buy gifts that give… twice!
What do I mean? You can spend your hard-earned money in a way that gives a beautiful gift to your loved one, while at the same time making a difference in the life of the artisan. How cool is that? I collect ideas all year on my pinterest board. This post will highlight just a few of them.
Looking for beautiful scarves or leather products? Shop fashionABLE this season. The mission of fashionABLE in their own words:
The fashionABLE mission is to create sustainable business for Africans so they aren't dependent upon charity, but instead earn the dignity of a job. We offer opportunity to everyone, with a primary focus on empowering women. When we invest in a woman, statistics demonstrate that she will have a life-changing impact on her family and community... and herself.
Through your purchase, you are ABLE to provide opportunity, and a woman is ABLE to have a new choice.
Amazima Ministries in Uganda sells magazine bead jewelry made by the women there. When you buy from Amazima, you employ a Ugandan woman, feed a hungry child, and know that the women in the vocational training are receiving spiritual discipleship as well.
Trades of Hope is another organization that "empowers women to create sustainable businesses worldwide." I have bought beautiful jewelry & scarves from this site before and have not been disappointed. Lovely craftsmanship. "Shop our products to help a woman feed her children. Inspire hope. Create change." All while getting your Christmas shopping done. Win-win!
With a motto of "changing the world for one," what's not to love about No. 41? This organization employs 21 young women from an orphanage in Rwanda and 11 from the surrounding village. These women also give back to their community through a feeding program in local schools. Unique gifts, decor, and accessories that will give the artisan a job she can be proud of. What a great way to spend your money this holiday season!
This is just a small sampling of how you can shop with a purpose this Christmas. I'm making it my fun challenge this year to see how much I can buy this way. Who's with me?