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I love a mystery box of clothes. I’ve posted before about various mystery boxes I’ve received and most recently one I haven’t. I’ve also been following Carly’s blog for years so when I saw her blog post about a Goody Box themed on her style, I thought it was worth checking out!
ThredUp is an online thrift store, and for a deposit of $10, they’ll send you a “Goody Box” of 10 items (in this case). They asked a few questions like size, colour preferences and style choices, and then a few days later, a box landed on my door step crammed with clothes.
So what did I receive?
J. Crew Grey jumper with sequins – rrp $98, ThredUp $14.99
This was the item that I thought I would love most when I pulled it out of the box and then I put it on. So itchy!
J. Crew Grey cardigan – rrp $85, ThredUp $16.99
This is merino wool so it’s nice and thin but it felt like it had been shrunk in the wash – I was standing very carefully when taking this photo to try to minimise the button gapes! The listing says “This item is in excellent condition. You might mistake it for brand new!” (actually, I think all of the items sent had this description except the skirt) but it still felt far too small to match the label size.
J. Crew Wool Pullover Sweater – rrp $98, ThredUp $16.99
For some reason, this item was listed as Boho style – I’d say it was more classic, but either way, I really liked this one.
J. Crew Purple cashmere sweater – rrp $198, ThredUp $32.99
When I pulled this one out of the box, I wasn’t sure about it because of the colours but when I tried it on, I liked it much more! It felt bigger than the size listed though which is just more evidence that none of us needed that sizing is ridiculous and arbitrary.
J. Crew Blue shell top – rrp $98, ThredUp $28.99
This really wasn’t my style, and a little more dressy than I requested. An easy one to return!
J. Crew Black and white polka dots top – rrp $42, ThredUp $24.99
Super thin material, especially for the cost (which I’ll talk about later)
J. Crew Black and white striped top with frill – rrp $98, ThredUp $23.99
I wasn’t sure about the frill on the sleeves before I put it on, but it was such a comfy top, especially with leggings!
J. Crew Grey stripe top – rrp $33, ThredUp $15.99
This gave some severe side boob views! Considering we’re about to go into winter, this was a strange choice to include.
J. Crew Casual (wtf) dress – rrp $158, ThredUp $31.99
This is not a casual dress. My selections in what sort of thing I was looking for specifically said that I wasn’t looking for anything formal, but I got this dress and a skirt which would have felt a bit too formal even for my old work! (tbh, I was starting to suspect that they popped these in so it wasn’t just a box full of tops)
J. Crew Wool Skirt – rrp $325 (lol WHAT), ThredUp $19.99
I mean, this skirt was specially listed as a work skirt. Weirdly, it’s a size bigger than the dress, but was much tighter on my hips. I have no idea where they got this RRP as well!
(items throughout: A New Day T-shirt • Zella leggings • Birdies Loafers )
Every item in my box was from J. Crew, which I guess was because the other brands they might have included didn’t have anything that matched my answers, but it was kinda disappointing. I like J. Crew, but it would have been nice to try some other brands out. There was a bit of a musty smell when I opened the box, like when you go to a charity shop which I guess makes sense but I wasn’t expecting that!
The total estimated RRP of all 10 items was $1233, but if I purchased all of these items from ThredUp, it would cost me $227.90 – a savings of over $1005. However, some of the prices of the items seemed a little odd to me. Why would the blue shell top cost almost as much as a cashmere jumper? A thin grey tank top cost more than the grey jumper with sequins?
For a $10 deposit (which gets taken off any item you purchase), I feel like this is a fairly good way to get some new clothing, especially with a themed box but I don’t feel like I got a good selection of items to choose from with this one. I’ll probably do a Goody Box again and hopefully I’ll get a better choice!
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