One of the things I am pretty passionate about is keeping a simplified home. Especially in this season of our early thirties – busy with work, family and raising our little ones – a streamlined space brings a little bit of calm to every day. Our house also has fairly small closets, so letting go of the things we aren’t wearing or using anymore makes sense.
I have written before about keeping our home organized. Cleaning things out and donating them is absolutely part of the process. That’s why I was really excited to hear about thredUP, which is the largest online consignment & thrift store. I was even more excited after I had signed up and gone through the process once. I found it much easier than hosting a garage sale or carting a box to our local Goodwill. Plus I got the cutest new shirt with the credit I’d earned. If you’re cleaning out closets, I highly recommend thredUP! Here’s a rundown of how it works:
- Sign up – you can use my special link and we both get $20 free dollars to spend!
- Order a free Clean Out Kit – This is a huge mail bag to fill with items you’d like to sell. Your mailman will pick it up from your doorstep for free!
- Earn cash – thredUP will give you cash based on your bag, which you can use as a shopping credit or transfer the cash to PayPal.
About a month ago, I ordered my first Clean Out Kit. thredUP mailed the bag, and I filled it up and mailed it back to them (at no cost to me). Once they had processed the clothes, I got an email with the cash amount I had been credited (about $30! + $20 as a sign up bonus). So I had $50 to go shopping with! Yay. At first, it took me awhile to see anything I really liked on the site, and I wasn’t sure if I would use their site again.
But, then I started looking at some of the designer brands, which you can buy for the same price as new Gap pieces. It took a little searching, but I ended up finding a silk Tucker shirt to use my credit on. It just came in the mail today, and I was waiting to see if it was as good as it looked online. Here it is….so, what do you think??
I love it! The print is so unique, it is in excellent condition, and the original price was $285!! I ordered my normal size, and since it is a flowy top, it still fit with my bump. It buttons, so it will be nursing-friendly too. But once I’ve lost the baby shape, it isn’t maternity specific, so it will just be a pretty, pretty shirt to wear for dates or dinner with girlfriends. As much as I love tomboy style, it is fun to add something girly to my closet. I love that it is a splurge item without the splurge price tag.
My advice is definitely try out the designer tab. Here are some brands worth searching:
- Kate Spade
- Free People
- J Crew + J Crew Collection
- Corey Lynn Calter
- Sam Edelman
- Mini Boden
- Janie + Jack
So, what do you think? Ready to try thredUP?