While at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, I spent some time with my friends lounging poolside, and I was approached by a few different people asking where my pare was from. If you know me, you know that Lilly Pulitzer is one of my favorite brands, which is who made my favorite swimsuit wrap (aka the one I’m wearing below). What I didn’t tell the ladies who asked me where they could find one, was that I bought this sarong on ThredUp, and it was only $8! Read on to see why I love shopping at ThredUp, and how you can get $10 in credit to shop my favorite online consignment store. And no, this post isn’t sponsored, although I wish it was (ThredUp, call me! lol), I just want to share my secret to scoring amazing secondhand clothing finds!
What Is ThredUp
ThredUp is my favorite online destination for secondhand clothing, and most everything I buy is still brand new with tags, at up to 90% off retail prices.
How It Works
People who want to clean out their closets but don’t have time to sell their clothes through resale pages like mine, eBay, yard sales, or local consignment shops can request a ThredUp cleanup bag, pack their clothing into the bag, and send it off, free of charge, to ThredUp (ThredUp pays for shipping). Their team then sorts the clothing and accessories and appraises them, offering a sum of money to the clothing’s owner. I’ve never done this, but from people who have, it’s an excellent way to make extra money, and clean out an overflowing closet. Once ThredUp buys the clothing, shoes, and accessories, their team cleans, authenticates designer items, and lists the items on the website for sale.
Then, avid shoppers like yours truly, can hunt through categories like outerwear, designer handbags, and vintage finds to purchase for a fraction of the price.
Why I Love ThredUp
I love ThredUp because I’ve found amazing styles from my favorite brands like Lilly Pulitzer, Theory, Tory Burch, Prada, Sperry, Vineyard Vines, Madewell, Anthropologie, Dolce & Gabbana, FRAME, Gucci, J. Crew, Ralph Lauren, Rachel Pally, Vince, and hundreds more.
Buying secondhand clothing is also amazing for the environment, because instead of this clothing ending up in landfills, and reduces the need for new clothing to be made. According to this article by the BBC, the fashion industry is responsible for 10% of greenhouse gas emissions globally, and for up to 20% of water contamination around the world. While we can never stop needing clothing, unless humanity collectively embraces nudity, we can reduce the amount of new clothing we purchase.
Whenever I need something specific, like a new coat, or a new pair of jeans, I look second hand first to see if I can find what I need, in order to minimize the environmental strain of my wardrobe. Sometimes I have no choice but to buy something new, and that can’t be helped. Oftentimes however, especially on ThredUp, I’m able to give like-new clothing a second chance at being super
It’s Easy to Use
ThredUp is so easy to use. I simply select the brand and style of clothing I’m looking for, select my sizes for that style, sort newest first, select “Like New” or “New with Tags”, and then narrow it down based on color, if I want. There are so many filter options, including price range, style specifics, sorting between what’s on sale, the condition of items, patterns, accents, and so much more. If I have something specific in mind, I can almost always find it on ThredUp!
How to Get $10 Towards Your First Purchase
To get $10 in shopping credit for ThredUp, simply click here, and create an account. This only works for first time ThredUp customers, but if you find the right deals, you can get a couple of free pieces of clothing like I did the first time I made a purchase back in 2016! I’ve placed more than a dozen orders through ThredUp since then, and I’ve been thrilled each time with the amazing pieces I’ve found for huge discounts.