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A Curated Thrift Subscription Box Review – Winter 2019

A Curated Thrift is a clothing subscription box that sends beautifully-selected secondhand fashion & vintage pieces straight to your door. Upon enrolling with A Curated Thrift, you will choose your box type and fill out an extensive survey to determine style influences, your personal style, preferences for fit, and your size as well. The first box ships in five business days; every box after that ships the first two weeks of the month.

FYI! This review covers my first two months of deliveries.

The items in my box are chosen personally for me dependent and reflective of my style and price preference, so the package you receive from A Curated Thrift will be unique and selected just for you as well!

This review is for the My Vintage Box, $34.95/month + shipping.

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

About A Curated Thrift

The Subscription Box: A Curated Thrift

The Cost: $34.95/month for the My Vintage Box (1 unique vintage piece). A Curated Thrift also offers the My Thrift Box (2 pieces) for $26.66 and the My Deluxe Box (4 pieces) for $37.49.

The Products: Unique vintage clothing based on your preferences indicated at sign-up

Ships to: The US for $5, worldwide for varying rates

A Curated Thrift Winter 2019 Review

As I mentioned before, this subscription is customized based on your size and preferences from a survey you fill out while signing up. It is incredibly detail-oriented and asks you everything from your fashion aesthetic, to style icons, to your measurements and size and fit preferences. This box is curated just for me, so everyone receives something different each month.

Box 1

This review encompasses the experience of my my first two boxes. Let’s see what I received for my first delivery:

 

My initial box from A Curated Thrift came with a darling, handwritten note welcoming me to their service.

 

Marigold Vintage Scooter Dress, size unavailable

I unboxed this dress and literally gasped– the orange and yellow florals against the navy and white geometric patterns had me at HELLO! Though, it was so devastating to discover this dress was ultimately a no-go due to the size not working for me. I feel as though this dress would fit at most a 14/16 (though I feel like this may be a modern size 12) and the fabric had limited stretch, so there was no even trying to make this piece work. I can envision this dress with black tights and white ankle booties. One could go full Mod though and pair it with orange or white tights and a pair of black, low, block-heeled, square-toed, Mary Jane style shoes. The team at A Curated Thrift was very apologetic regarding the size issue. They issued me a printable shipping label to send back the piece at no charge and also sent me the sweater in my next box in place of the dress, which you’ll see below.

 

Vintage Hair Clips

A Curated Thrift also included these adorable vintage hair clips. The nice thing about the alligator style clip is you could use it to style and adorn your hair, but also wear it on a blouse or even as a shoe clip. I am not much for the color tan, but I do like the frond/feather-like detail on the cabochon and the rhinestone details around it and on the hairpin itself. I don’t wear hair clips too much these days, but I was still touched by the thoughtfulness of including the items for me.

Box 2

 

For my box received one month later, I found another thoughtful handwritten note with details on their service. It also lists A Curated Thrift‘s Instagram info so I can check it out and get additional styling tips. Neat!

 

Helen Roper Caftan, one size fits all

Warm weather might feel like a lifetime away, but this lightweight caftan is making me think of days in the sun. The material is thin, but not see-through, with gold threading throughout. The design on this piece is rather detailed and intricate. The caftan is roomy and billowy– quite ideal for a swimsuit cover-up to relax in at the beach or poolside alike. I opted to style this number with the Braelyn Block Heel Booties from my most recent ShoeDazzle review. Pair this piece with a floppy Boho hat and oversized round sunglasses as the cherry on top of a relaxed, yet gorgeous ensemble!

 

Blue Sweater Vest, no size listed

Because I could not fit in the dress I received the previous month as much as I wish I could, A Curated Thrift was kind enough to include this lovely blue sweater vest to ease the blow and heartache. I layered the sweater vest on top of the caftan they sent me the following month to bring out the various shades of blue in the piece. However, I imagine this cropped sweater vest would look awesome with my leopard print button blouse, high-waisted skinny leg jeans, Oxford shoes, oversized glasses, and button earrings. I also can see it being worn open and layered on top of a mini-dress with knee-high socks and saddle shoes. So many options, right?

Verdict: Though there were a few obstacles in these two months of A Curated Thrift, I was truly impressed by their customer service. The staff was very understanding and accommodating. They are an independent business and are rather detail-oriented as well! I know that it can be difficult to find plus size pieces that are vintage, so I was excited to see what would be sent my way. That is why I am always on the endless hunt for the perfect vintage piece for my size 20/22 body! I have reviewed other plus size vintage boxes in the past and those seemed to have wider selections that fit my body as well as my tastes and style, though. The first dress was my dream dress– if only it fit me! I felt like it was made for me, style- and aesthetic-wise, at least. The size of that dress was drastically different than a modern day 2x/3x or 20/22. What a bummer! The second dress has a Boho vibe and I do like the print and gold threading. I wasn’t as pumped about it as the first piece, though.

As for the value of the box, I would say for the price, if you are a thrift fiend such as myself and enjoy scouring the bins… this one possibly not worth it for you. For someone that loves vintage pieces, but isn’t able to hit up estate sales, flea markets, and thrift stores, this may be a worthwhile alternative. Plus, the team at A Curated Thrift will work with you if you don’t find what they send appealing– they will send you a replacement piece. My fingers are crossed with hopes that my feedback on fit will help to knock future deliveries out of the park!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, A Curated Thrift sends customized and personalized boxes just for you. What you receive will be different than what I did since these pieces are all vintage and one of a kind items being sent.

Value Breakdown: My Vintage Box was $34.95 for one unique, vintage piece. The subscription auto renews each month.

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Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!

What do you think of the A Curated Thrift subscription?

Written by Nicole Rieder

Nicole Rieder

Nicole Rieder is a self-proclaimed clothing fiend and is new to the subscription box world. She loves boxes like Gwynnie Bee because she can play around with styles she may not have before!

Posted in A Curated Thrift Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| 13 comments

Comments (13)

  1. Those hair clips are so beautiful! I love them! I’m bummed about the first dress, you would have rocked that style!😘❤

    • Aww thanks, Nicole! They are super cute. That first dress was EVERYTHING for sure!

  2. I guess I’m confused about the pricing. It’s $34.95 for one piece but 2 pieces are $26.66 and 4 pieces are $37??
    Please help me understand.

    • I had the exact same reaction but after reading it through, I think the structure is that the single piece is vintage while the other two choices are “secondhand”.

    • Sorry, Liz. The one piece is for a vintage item and the two are for second hand items that aren’t authentic vintage.

  3. I love the caftan! But I’m afraid that the vest is a definite “No”.

    • Rose, I think the best definitely would work well with other outfits well. Like with a high waisted pencil skirt or jeans. I probably should have styled it with separate items to give a better visual.

  4. Super cute and what a great service!
    I’m the same size as you and love seeing your reviews!!

    Ultimately it’ll be a no-go for me, I’m not in need of anything and definitely prefer the thrill of the hunt when I get the chance, but it is great to see boxes that are size-inclusive and have great CS!

    • I agree Amy, seeing size inclusive boxes is rather refreshing for sure!

  5. I don’t do any vintage clothes shopping any more due to sizing issues (typically I’m an 18/2X). I’d be pretty crushed if I got an amazing piece like that dress and it was STILL too small.

    • Marion, I feel you on that. I have a few spots I know I can find vintage plus size items and when I go to them I go BUCKWILD! but yeah, it was a bummer that dress didn’t work because it is SO beautiful.

  6. Spooky-I was just thinking about this box today! I saw this listed somewhere awhile ago and didn’t sign up. I forgot all about it, including what it was called. It popped into my mind today, and I was thinking about how I’d go about finding it. Thanks, Nicole! Perfect timing.

    • Oh, wild! Well, I hope this review gave ya some inspiration for sure!

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