A few weeks ago I met Megan (FrockBox founder) at the Junior League of Charlottesville’s annual Mistletoe Market. Upon hearing her consignment subscription concept, I immediately knew she would be a great fit for ALL AWEAR readers. Below is a Q&A to help you learn more about FrockBox.
Tell us about FrockBox. With the boom of pre-loved fashion on sites like TheRealReal, Poshmark, ThredUp, etc., FrockBox has developed as a subscription service for high-quality, high-value preowned pieces at an affordable price point. Based on size and style notes contributed by the subscriber, we curate a set of four items shipped monthly. FrockBox items are of consignment quality; our goal is to provide subscribers with quality pieces that will serve them well!
And subscribers get to keep everything that is sent in their monthly box? Yes! Subscribers OWN all the pieces sent to them.
What if an item doesn’t fit or isn’t in line with the subscriber’s taste? If items don’t work for a subscriber, they can send an email to let us know. From there, they’d generally mail it back to us (unless they’re local and would prefer to drop off) and they’d receive a fifth item in their next shipment.
What led you to start this subscription service? I served as chair for the Junior League’s annual rummage sale for two years. In receiving, sorting, and pricing the thousands of donations we received over those two years, I found amazing donated items that just weren’t my size. Finding new homes for quality pieces in others’ closets has been a thrill since!
What has been your best thrift store find to date? I’m consistently amazed by the things I find. A few weeks ago, I picked up a pair of Jimmy Choos in perfect condition!
Do you think consumers are more open to the idea of buying and/or shopping second-hand? I think the merge of online/app based shopping and second hand shopping has made second hand purchasing more accessible – particularly for younger buyers who aren’t what you’d assume to be your typical thrift shopper. Many consumers want to add specific brands and styles to their closets, but can’t afford to underwrite their expensive choices. Shopping second hand allows the discerning buyer to have exactly what they want at a more palatable price point, while helping to combat textile waste.
What is one way you strive to shop more sustainably or ethically? Just as I curate quality preowned pieces for subscribers, I also am adding to my wardrobe in the same way. I’ve found and purchased incredible staples for myself that will last much longer than fast fashion alternatives.
Megan was kind enough to send me a sample of things from her collection. I’m wearing a blouse by Equipment and lace pants by J.Crew. Both of which I would have picked out myself! I think this speaks to her ability to curate a collection you will want to wear. I added the blue fur and suede heels to give it more of a holiday feel.
As a bonus, Megan has agreed to give 10% off your first month of service using the code: ALLAWEAR! I personally think this would be a great to give a friend, loved one, or yourself. To sign up or learn more about FrockBox, click here.