Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tracys Closet - Unique Consumer Shopping Experience to Buy & Sell Fashion


I received credit to Tracy's Closet for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. 

Just one reason I love being a woman blogger -- I get compensated to shop. In fact, for this post I received the opportunity to go on a shopping spree to try out a new online fashion marketplace concept called Tracy's Closet.

This isn't just another new Internet seller peddling independent brands and designers you'll recognize like Coach, Banana Republic, Tiffany & Co, Louis Vuitton, Juicy Couture and others. 

It's actually a community where you can not only buy women's and kids fashion, shoes and accessories from others. You can also earn credits for purchases you make by selling items from your own closet as well as from your son's and daughter's outgrown or unwanted wardrobes. Each product is categorized as New with Tag, Worn Once, Gently Used, Vintage or Handmade.
What makes this buy and sell exchange upstart so unique is that it operates on a points system, enabling you to shop without using money -- unless you use their option to purchase points with a credit card. Each item’s points "price" is calculated by Tracy's Closet taking into account the original retail cost and present condition. Then, along with a photo and short description provided by the seller, it's listed for sale in exchange for a certain number of points needed to buy it.

Shopping this site with its clean and crisp style is easy and the look and layout of the site reminds me of Pinterest. Once you've signed in to begin your shopping adventure, just click on either the Women or Kids tab on the home page. Then, you can search for new and previously loved clothes, shoes, handbags, jewelry and other accessories in a number of ways by type, brand, condition, color or points required to buy (for example all items priced at under 1000 points). 

Merchandise is sold and new stock added all the time, so you never know what you'll find-- it's like shopping in a vintage clothing shop or a trendy and eclectic boutique. 

Today while browsing I was enchanted by this beautiful piece of jewelry. Way outside my price range, but still fun to discover.

Screen Shot of Actual Item for Sale at Tracy's Closet
Once you click on an item you like, you'll get see some basic information about it and from there you can push the buy button to purchase it with your points. Free shipping is included on everything. Unfortunately you can't search by size right now, but hopefully as the community of sellers and buyers grows, they'll offer that option to streamline your shop experience in the future.

There's a wide range of styles for an array of tastes and occasions. Look at the casual cute red new Esprit flip flops I snagged yesterday! 
Screen Shot of Footware I Bought on Tracy's Closet
Marketing your own fashion pieces is also a breeze. First you use your smartphone to take a clear digital picture of each item you want to sell from your own closet. Then you'll upload image(s) to the site along with providing some basic information about it/them. Once Tracy's Closet has determined the point value of what you want to sell, they'll immediately provide you with a partial credit of the total points you'll earn once the item sells. The beauty is that you are able to shop and purchase items using those initial points earned, while you're waiting for someone to buy your stuff.

What a great way to multi-task to clean out and restock your closet simultaneously!
Join Tracy's Closet Now
I anticipate that this community for fashionistas will get better as it grows and more consumers jump in on the fun. As an incentive, right now Tracy's Closet will give you 500 points instantly to use on the site just for signing up -- membership is free. They also want you to tell your friends and for each referral that signs up, they will deposit 100 additional points into your store account for you to apply to purchases you make.

So let's go shopping! In additioning to becoming a member, you can keep up on all the latest Tracy's Closet news by following them on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest.

FTC Disclosure: I was compensated for this sponsored post made possible by Mom SparkMediaThoughts are my own. See complete FTC Disclosure information that appears at the bottom of MommyBlogExpert's main page and at the bottom of every individual post on this blog, including this one. 

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