About a year ago, I signed up on ThredUP, the largest online consignment store. I’ve learned a lot along the way, and I’d love to share some tips to help you find amazing deals on beautiful, like-new clothes. The savings are usually about 90% off retail! I began by using ThredUP as a way to earn money while simplifying my closet. They mail you an extra large postal bag to fill with your cast-offs and will give you money in exchange for the clothes you send in, either in the form of shopping credits or cash. I had a lot of maternity clothes and professional clothes that I wasn’t using anymore, and instead of dropping them off at Goodwill, I’ve been able to make over $275!
I’ve taken some of the earnings as cash, and some of it I’ve used to shop ThredUP’s huge site of secondhand clothes. (You can use my link to get a free $10 credit on your first order!) I’d love to share what has worked really well for me.
Use the Filters
ThredUP has a massive inventory. When you start searching, immediately enter in your sizes, favorite brands and even favorite colors. This is the perk of online shopping! Picture yourself in a cavernous warehouse filled with thrift clothes and the one item you would love to add to your wardrobe is hidden somewhere in the mix. Maybe for some of you this is exciting – the thrill of the hunt, but for me it is overwhelming! Instead of rifling through thousands of clothes to find it, you can just say out loud what you want: size 4, Madewell, dress, blue. And like magic, there it is.
Search for a Favorite Item
I love dresses from Madewell. They can be pretty pricy in the retail stores, but I’ve bought two from ThredUP that are like-new. In my experience, dresses don’t often get as worn and stretched out as other types of clothing, like t-shirts or jeans, so they are a great choice for secondhand purchases.
Also try these brands: Anthropologie, Leifsdottir, J.Crew, Joie, and BCBGMAXAZRIA.
Don’t Skip the Children’s Section
Every fall, I’m surprised by how expensive coats for tiny humans can be! Our kids wear coats every single day of the winter, so they need to be durable and ideally look good. If I bought brand new coats for each of my three kids, it would eat up almost the entire clothing budget I set aside for them…and they will only work for one winter! Instead, ThredUP has allowed me to find super sturdy, durable coats for a fraction of the cost, with money left over to buy jeans, sweaters and shoes.
I like to shop Crewcuts, Gap Kids, Hanna Anderson, Boden, Patagonia and Janie & Jack.
ThredUP’s inventory updates daily, and it’s worth searching your favorite brands or styles frequently. My favorite brand is Madewell, and checking it often means I’ve found classic pieces for my wardrobe, a like-new chambray shirt and a new-with-tags cotton t-shirt. Both were on my shopping list for my closet and I could have bought them brand new from a store, but waited until they popped up on ThredUP. Which leads right into my last tip…
Just because you are on the site often, doesn’t mean you should buy something. It pays to hold out for what you really want for your closet. Otherwise you are just adding another thing to your home that isn’t truly helpful. For example, last year I was shopping for a black down coat. I almost bought a brand new one from J.Crew for about $15o on sale. But then one popped up on ThredUP in my size, and it was almost what I wanted. The only difference was it had black buttons instead of gold. But I stayed a little picky and didn’t get it. One week later, the same coat but with gold buttons popped up! And I got it for $50 (paid for with credits I had earned from selling some clothes, so practically free!).
So, these are my favorite tips for ThredUP! I hope they help you, and I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite finds on ThredUP right now….(Don’t miss your free $10 with this link first!)