ThredUP “Cold Weather Essentials” Goody Box Review – January 2018
ThredUP’s mission is to help people explore fashion… sustainably! By recycling unwanted clothes that are still in fantastic condition, ThredUP hopes to lessen the waste produced and resources spent on manufacturing new clothing. Oh, and to save their customers some money on the designer labels they love, too!
There are four styles of Goody Boxes to choose from—Cold Weather Essentials, Office Styles, Night Out, and Fancy Finds. Whenever you’d like to receive a box, choose your style, fill out the ThredUP profile, and you’ll receive a box of all sorts of items to try on in the comfort of your home. Keep what you like. Drop what you don’t want back in the box and pass it on to USPS within 7 days. (There’s a free return shipping label in your box.) You’ll only be charged for what you kept!
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
About the Cold Weather Essentials Goody Box by ThredUP
The Subscription Box: Cold Weather Essentials Goody Box by ThredUp
The Cost: $20.00 non-refundable deposit to get your box of clothes. From there, you only pay for what you keep. The $20.00 deposit will be applied towards any purchases you make! Free US shipping and returns.
The Products: 12-15 secondhand styles picked specifically for you by one of ThredUP’s “Treasure Hunters”. There are four styles of Goody Boxes, each of which delivers different types of items. The Fancy Finds Goody Box that we’ll focus on in this review advertises “Cool temps call for even cooler finds to transition you into winter. We’ll tailor your box to match your size, style, and budget.,” and includes items like jeans, long-sleeve tops, and sweaters.
Ships to: the US and internationally
Cold Weather Essentials Goody Box by ThredUP January 2018 Review
Goody Boxes are one-time boxes that you order on-demand. When you place your order, you’ll give ThredUP your size and preferences. There’s even an opportunity to riff about your style, link to your Pinterest board, and go deeper on your body type.
ThredUP provides a little bag of information cards. First, I opened up an accordion-folded set of promotional cards. On one side, there are inspiring sayings and on the other, there are tidbits of information about ThredUP. Super cute!
Here’s the invoice for the box itself. There’s a list of every product and its value, plus instructions for what to do with your goodies.
They include a return shipping label in the package. Make sure your mailman picks up your returns within 7 days of getting your box!
Now for the clothes!
Women’s Majestic Filatures 3/4 Sleeve, Size L – Cost to Keep $25.99
This is a great basic top that can be paired on its own or layered with sweaters or cardigans. The fabric was very clingy so I don’t know if I would want to wear it on its own. I do love the color and the overall comfort, but it really is more of an undershirt for me. You will notice me wearing it in other photos under a few sweaters! Nothing too fancy here, just a great layering piece.
Women’s Anthropologie Love Sleeve Henley, Size Large – Cost to Keep $26.99
I love the color of this henley, but I just can’t get over the fit. The tab sleeves are just not me at all, and the deep v henley cut was a bit too low for my liking. I do love the ruffles but mixed with how low cut it fell on me I thought was too much. The fabric is very soft and comfortable, a great evening or weekend shirt. I thought this was a cute top, just not a great fit for me.
Women’s Olivia M. Cardigan, Size Large – Cost to Keep $28.99
I love this cardigan, I have a few similar styles but nothing this long. I loved the way it fit, the fringe at the bottom, and the colors. It felt so warm and cozy, perfect for the cold winter months. I could see myself wearing this with a turtleneck and jeans or a tee and leggings. A great fit and exactly my style!
Women’s Lauren By Ralph Lauren Cardigan, Size Large – Cost to Keep $21.99
I was a bit confused by this piece because it felt more like a jacket to me but is listed as a cardigan. Maybe the zipper threw me off? I love Ralph Lauren, but this piece feels a bit outdated. I thought the fit was bulky on me, nothing to create any shape or hug my curves. The jacket is too thin to be a coat unless you pair it with a blanket scarf, yet it was a bit heavy for an everyday cardigan. This just wasn’t a great style for me and nothing that I could see myself working into my wardrobe.
Women’s Garnet Hill Pullover Sweater, Size Large – Cost to Keep $23.99
I really love this oatmeal color, it is great for the winter with my darker hair and skin tone. The sweater is light enough to layer a tank or long sleeve tee under yet it is still warm and cozy. The one thing I didn’t love about this is that the top felt a bit stretched out and worn, so I would probably use this as more of a casual weekend look.
Women’s Joie Wool Pullover Sweater, Size Large – Cost to Keep $60.99
This sweater was not for me. The fit was off that seemed slightly stretched and there was a small hole near the collar. The color is a bit drab and the fabric was soft but slightly itchy. I wear a lot of sweaters and am always looking to add more to my wardrobe but I didn’t fall in love with this style.
Women’s Josephine Chaus Cardigan, Size Large – Cost to Keep $17.99
This cardigan looked like something my Mom wore in the late 90s. Not a bad thing, I just felt as though I needed to pair this with a skort. The fabric is spandex so it is extra stretchy and extremely comfortable. I could see myself pairing this with a dress or a vintage tee and jeans. I do love more minimalistic pieces so this is a perfect style match for me!
Women’s Chaser Long Sleeve Top, Size Large – Cost to Keep $15.99
I really wanted to love this top, but I thought it was just too tight and unflattering on my frame. I love the color and the beautiful pattern that reminds me of lace. This is the type of top I would live in, but I felt very uncomfortable in the overall fit of this one. I might keep this though and share with a friend because I love it so much, I want someone to enjoy it!
Women’s C Abi Long Sleeve Top, Size Large – Cost to Keep $17.99
The tag lists this as a large, but the fit was so off I have a hard time understanding how it possibly can be the correct size. The sides were uneven as if the hem had been sewn differently and the sleeves cut me off at a weird spot. Is it a long sleeve or 3/4 length? The cutout back might be what made the sides lay differently. The fabric was itchy and felt like it was pulling from being dried too much. This is the one piece that I think is not worth the price.
Women’s New York & Company Long Sleeve Top, Size Large – Cost to Keep $16.99
I really love this top! I didn’t think I would, but I thought the cut was super flattering. I might be a bit basic, but I love a simple black top, I just can’t help it! The fabric is super silky and soft, it just moved with me. If I could change anything, I would let the waist out a bit instead of being so clingy. All in all, this is a great top that I know I will get a lot of wears out of, dressed up or casual!
Women’s Madewell Long Sleeve Blouse, Size Large – Cost to Keep $25.99
I really wanted to love this top, but I didn’t love the fit or color. The front was very short, if I lift my arms you see my entire stomach, yet the back was extra long. There wasn’t a ton of shape to it like most plaid shirts that are out now. I think I could have liked this if the fit was better, it would be a great casual top that I could easily toss on in a pinch and still look great!
Women’s Theory Long Sleeve Turtleneck, Size Large – Cost to Keep $53.99
I think I had this turtleneck back in the day in another color! I really love this top, it is simple, comfortable, and I love the color. Again, I might be basic, but work what you know works for you! The fabric is soft and looks great with a pair of jeans or with a high waisted skirt. An absolute keeper!
Women’s Adriano Goldschmied Jeans, Size 31 – Cost to Keep $25.99
Women’s J.Crew Jeans, Size 31 – Cost to Keep $19.99
Women’s J.Crew Jeans, Size 31 – Cost to Keep $19.99
I received three pairs of jeans in this box, sadly, none of them fit me. Ever since having my son, selecting the right size for pants can be tricky. It is never fun when something doesn’t fit though, so I was pretty bummed about these not working. The lighter J.Crew pants are exactly my style so I know I would have loved them! I do have to wonder if the sizing is a bit off on these though, they might be petite even because all three were extremely short that even if they fit over my hips they would have been way too short to pair even with an ankle boot. I will have to go update my pants sizing in my account to make sure my next order is sure to fit!
The Verdict: I love consignment shopping, imagining a past adventure for a piece of clothing makes it so much more than just a shirt or a jean to me. I really wanted to love Goody Box and to find a few pieces that spoke their story to me. Sadly, I didn’t love the majority of the styles that I received this month. I thought a lot of the pieces had a super high price point for the quality. A lot of the styles seemed to have fit issues, they seemed stretched and worn. I do think I could update my style profile a bit more to give more details, and I will be updating my sizing information for bottoms as well. The style profile could be built out a bit more to allow for more questions that would allow the boxes to be curated more specifically to your personal style. I think if this box had been a bit more to my taste, I could have looked past some of the fit issues, but I didn’t fall in love with anything to the point that I thought “I have to have this!” I am excited to see what comes next for Goody Box!
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Every box is different and packed based on the customer’s tastes and what’s available at the time.
Value Breakdown: The price to keep each item I received is listed above. Resale prices are at least slightly less than what the items would’ve been valued at when they were sold new. The average price across all 15 items I received was $26.92. I was surprised by the total and average values just based on the quality of each piece that I received.
Remember that the deposit on the box was $20.00, and that while it’s non-refundable, the deposit can be applied to whatever you keep. That means if I keep at least one $20.00-ish item from the box, I’ve made the box worth it.
One last important thing to note about value! When you request a box, you’ll be able to pick a price range you’d like to stick to for individual items. Mine was $50-$100, but if you wanted, you could also go lower (the lowest is $10-$25) or higher, depending on your preferences.
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