My second thredUP package came in the mail today! I just love happy mail days. Especially when they’re free. (Yeah, free. Keep reading to see how you can score some free swag, too!)
thredUP buys women’s, juniors, kids, and maternity pieces that are in like-new condition. (And really, they are in like-new condition. No mystery stains, no strange smells.) As you know, I’m all about thinking creatively about clothes. The more I read about the ethics of the textile industry, the more I’m trying to be more intentional with my purchases, especially when it comes to my closet. Buying gently used clothes (whether that’s through a local consignment shop or a swap with a friend) is a thoughtful way to refresh your closet.
thredUP offers clothes from pretty much every store or brand imaginable (My personal faves are J. crew, GAP, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, and H&M) at up to 90% off retail prices.
So, I thought I’d share about using the online boutique and reveal what came in my cute polkadot box today. (I’m not the only one who has a thing for the aesthetic of how things are wrapped, am I?)
I discovered thredUP when I saw another blogger post a $15 credit to try it. Free clothes? Um, okay, if you insist. I bought two casual dresses (one from American Eagle and one from Target) and paid a whopping $4 — and that was for shipping.
Online shopping can be kind of stressful (will it fit?!), which is why I love choosing dresses. They’re feminine, (In a house full of boys sometimes I just want something that isn’t emblazoned with Lightning McQueen!) versatile (Snowing in April? Throw on a cardigan and some leggings!) and flattering (Dresses don’t need as tailored of a fit as tops or pants). After placing my first order, I shared my referral link on Facebook and quickly earned $20. (When you sign up using someone’s thredUP referral link, you automatically get $10 in your account, and so do they. So, go sign up right now and we both win. Pretty please?)
With another $20 to spend, I decided to be nice and buy something for my boys — their kids selection is amazing. But, Joseph is pretty set for clothes right now, and Asher is now able to wear all of Joseph’s hand-me-downs. However, Joseph is pretty hard on his shoes, and Asher’s feet are growing like crazy, so I decided to see if there were any gently-used shoes in Asher’s size. I’m super picky about the condition of consigned clothes — especially when it comes to shoes. (Because who wants to buy gross used shoes? Ew.) I was pretty excited when I found some adorable See Kai Run leather sneakers (little shoes with straps are so much easier than laces). The thredUP inspection said they were like new and recently received from a family in Los Angeles. They were 65% off, so I went for it. I’m so glad I did! They are in perfect condition with no signs of wear. Awesome.
I had a little more to spend, so I decided to treat myself to some more dresses. I’ve learned that as a mom, I tend to feel guilty for buying things for myself. When it’s second hand and I’m using free money, I feel a lot less guilty. I scored a casual LBD from the GAP and a flowy frock from Old Navy. My total for the shoes and dresses with shipping was $6.98. I’m okay with that.
thredUP is a start-up in San Francisco, created by a Harvard Business School grad. Unlike scouring racks of clothes at a consignment store, you can easily search for brands and sizes on the site. Each item on the site is hand-selected and certified for quality — you can even search for items that are new with tags — my mom just ordered Asher some super cute brand-new Puma pants, and using her $10 first-time credit, only had to pay for shipping. When you’re done with clothing, thredUP will send you bag and pays you for every item they can sell to other families. I love that they help build awareness about sustainable clothing practices.
If you try thredUP, I’d love to hear how it worked for you!