Secondhand Shopping Made Simple

posted by Andrea | 05/26/2016
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Over the years, you have probably heard me mention how much I HATE shopping for clothes just a few times 🙂

Give me an antique store, a junk yard, flea market, or garden center any day… even a craft or home-goods store. However, you won’t find me inside a shopping mall unless I have a coupon for a free item, Nora dragged me there to ride the carousel, or Dave dragged me there to eat in the food court!

For as long as I can remember, I have always hated shopping for clothes (my mom used to bribe me to go shopping by promising food court goodies!)

All of that changed however, when I stumbled upon thredUP soon after Nora was born. I was INSTANTLY drawn to the concept of shopping for secondhand clothing online, from the comfort of my own home.

At the time, I primarily shopped for Nora… but 4 years later, thredUP has become my #1 resource for buying quality, like-new clothing for all 3 of my children AND for myself! 

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I would certainly never consider myself a “fashionista”, but more and more, I have been asked where I buy my clothing and what brands I buy — so I figured it was time to share another post about thredUP, since that’s where most of my clothing comes from these days!

In case you’ve never heard of thredUP before, it’s an online consignment store for women and children that allows you to quickly and easily search for whatever you want or need — and offers prices up to 90% off retail!

ThredUP carries all the best brands, a wide range of styles and sizes, a ginormous selection of children’s clothing, shoes, handbags, a maternity line, a plus-size line, and even a designer line.

In my experience, the clothing is in excellent condition, and it’s packaged up so nicely, I sometimes forget it’s not brand new!

Shopping online from the comfort of my home is fabulous… and the HUGE savings are pretty nice as well!

On average, I save between 60% and 75% off retail prices!

It’s always fun to get the email showing my savings after I place an order. Seriously, I saved almost $300 on my last order — that’s easily 3 full weeks of groceries!

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At this point, I would estimate that around 75% of my clothing is from thredUP — including everything I wore for our family pictures (except the scarf)!

Dekker Family Photo

Over the past few years, I have finally figured out my style, the colors I like wearing the best, the types of clothing that flatter me — and now that I have that information, it’s SOOOOOOO much easier to shop online and know what I buy will actually fit and look good on me.

Here’s one of my most recent thredUP purchases for summer (photo credit: Nora!)

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Also, thredUP has a fabulous line of maternity clothing which I utilized with both Simon and James. I think all of my non-borrowed maternity item were thredUP purchases!

In the photo above, my entire outfit is from thredUP (including the sandals) and both kids’ outfits were from thredUP (including the shoes).

Speaking of kids clothing, I bet 90% of all my children’s clothing comes from thredUP.

I usually place a big order of children’s clothing 4 times a year (with each season change), and we just got our “summer shipment” last week!!

Pretty cute if I do say so myself!

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ThredUP’s prices are typically a little higher than what you’d pay at a garage sale, but much less than what you’d pay at the store. And unlike garage sales, second hand sales, or consignment stores, the clothing from thredUP is truly “like new” quality and so nicely organized that you can find whatever you want within seconds.

You can search by size, by brand, by type, by style, by price, and even by color. In fact, when I was looking for clothing for our family picture, I found the cute little overalls for James and the shirt for Nora by searching for specific colors within their size.

And with my most recent order, I needed to find a few more long-sleeve t-shirts for Simon, so I simply searched for long sleeve t-shirts within his size and my price range, and could quickly browse through roughly 100 shirts — not too shabby!

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I know I’ve talked about thredUP so many times over the years, but that’s because it truly is one of my most favorite (if not THE FAVORITE) clothing resource for myself and my kids.

ThredUP is so quick, easy, and convenient…

It’s high quality clothing…

It’s great prices…

It’s free shipping AND free returns on orders of $79 or more…

It’s fabulous customer service…

and most importantly for me, it’s shopping from home when the kids are sleeping!

A Discount for YOU!

For those of you who hate shopping as much as I do but love finding a great deal, I have just the thing for you!

If you’ve never shopped thredUP before, you can get an additional 40% off your first order when you shop via thredUP.com and use the code Andrea40 at checkout! (Psst… 40% is the biggest discount I’ve ever seen from thredUp!)

Please note: this offer is for NEW thredUP customers only and is good for up to $50 off. Offer valid through June 2, 2016.

With a new season just around the corner, it’s a great time to invest in like-new clothing for a fraction of the price.

Who knows, thredUP might just become your most favorite shopping destination too! 

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A big thanks to thredUp for sponsoring this post and making it possible for me to provide all of the content on my blog free of charge! My opinions are 100% my own! Please see my full disclosure policy and contact me with any questions you have.

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26 comments

  1. Melanie G

    05/31/2016

    Thank you for this! I’ve heard of ThreadUp but had never checked it out. I just placed my order with your awesome discount code!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yeah! Hope you love your first shipment!

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  2. Rachel

    05/27/2016

    Thank you for the link! My new years resolution was to learn to dress better and I think that thredup should help me find some great pieces. I tried to go to the stores but I hated it! I just made my first purchase and I can’t wait for my 9 new pieces to arrive – if I keep 3 that’s a great success! Thanks for your great blog 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — I love that you want to “learn to dress better”! I kind of had a similar goal a few years ago! I’m not sure I necessarily “dress better” but I feel better about what I’m wearing and I like how I look — so that has to count for something, right!

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  3. Suzanne

    05/27/2016

    I like the idea of Thredup- there used to be another similar site that I believe is no longer up called LikedTwice. I ordered from both and had size issues. You never know how the original owner cared for the clothing, not that they weren’t nice but I’m afraid they may have shrunk. One item in particular was sized L and I’m usually a M/L. The L item was really small. At the time ThredUp didn’t provide measurements of the clothing. That would have been helpful in that case. The other item was shoes. I found really cute ones, hardly worn in my size but sadly they ended up being too small. That may have been the reason the owner consigned them. This makes me a little “gun-shy” when it comes to ordering from this type of site. I am more of a shopper and appreciate touching, feeling seeing, and trying on before buying. It looks like this definitely works for you and you may have inspired me to give it another try.

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  4. Kirsten

    05/26/2016

    I love ThredUp! I have a credit from my last clothes purge and just sent another bag away. I don’t shop there often because I typically wear the same clothes over and over, but I love shopping through their app rather than in a store. I haven’t had as much luck with sending clothes to them (not as much money as I had hoped), but those clothes were simply taking up space in my closet and would have been donated eventually, leaving me with no return. I like that they donate your clothes if they don’t accept them also. That saves me a step of donating them myself! Returns were super easy when needed as well. 40% off is a great deal for new users! I hope everyone takes advantage of that.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yay! Glad to hear you’ve had a good experience with thredUP

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  5. Maggie

    05/26/2016

    Thanks so much for this awesome post. I will be checking out ThredUp!!
    I am still figuring out my style (status post 2 kids!) but I am getting there I think. Simple, solid, neutral colors rock!! I’m also simple with accessories… The less the better!!!
    Thanks for your tips and ideas!!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    I honestly think my style changed a little bit after each baby — different body type, different season of life, etc. So cheers to you finding your “post baby #2 style”!

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  6. Susan M.

    05/26/2016

    I’m encouraged that so many have had a great experience, as I did not! Maybe they have improved. I followed all their instructions for sending clothes in to sell, and had an acknowledgement that they’d received my clothes and would get back to me. And that was the last I heard from them! I emailed, I called–even sent a snail mail. They are located about 15 miles from where I live, and yet never responded, and never returned my clothes. They got free stuff, and I got nothing. Maybe they’re better with buyers (sounds like they are).

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    Andrea Reply:

    that’s a bummer — sorry about taht Susan! I’ve only sent in clothes to sell one time and I did have a positive experience. Not sure what to tell you to do 🙁

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  7. Amanda

    05/26/2016

    I’ve only used thred up one time for things for my son, but I really liked my experience. Your outfits look so well put together, I may have to try looking for things for me!

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  8. Sarah

    05/26/2016

    Do you notice challenges finding boy clothes? I’ve tried to use ThredUp for my boys (ages 3 & 4) and have trouble finding things in their size that is a style I’d put them in. But your kids all seem to be wearing cute clothes that are great. What am I missing?!

    I even went on just now after reading this, as my 4 year old is in desperate need of pants. The couple things that might work are barely cheaper than finding a waiting for a good sale on new clothes (which I also shop online for!).

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    Andrea Reply:

    No not really. I usually find a decent amount of shirts — maybe a little more challenging with pants as many seem too “dressy” for my taste. I do check often though

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    Pixie508 Reply:

    Sarah – I agree – when my son was younger I had much better luck. But I just went to buy 5t shorts (about a month ago)… there was almost nothing, and most of it was sweat shorts I can get for $4 or less at target. I wanted some denim and nicer shorts for him, and there was literally nothing but one pair that fit my taste. The bigger he has gotten the more I’ve struggled on there. I finally gave up and found what I needed elsewhere, and paid a little more.

    We used to have a great local consignment sale that happened twice a year, but the person in charge quit, and the other ones in the area are not up to the same standards.

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  9. Amy

    05/26/2016

    I have come to realize that I don’t care very much for shopping for clothes either! I see things that look nice, but a few things always come to mind.
    1. Do I even need this? (I only buy things we need)
    2. It’s too expensive. (even $10.00 for a shirt id too much in my opinion!)
    3. When would I wear this?
    4. How many things would this/these go with?
    5. My old ones are comfortable! (a big one!)
    Just to name a few. I am very practical. I will be checking out thredup for back to school shopping for my daughter. We do like to shop at second hand stores, but since it is sometimes hot or miss, its nice to have this other option.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yup, I love your list and can definitely relate to asking myself all those same questions! Great list!

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  11. Lydia Senn

    05/26/2016

    Thanks for the coupon code!! I had a credit from ThredUp, but I’ve never actually shopped there. So I ended up getting anew with tags Ralph Lauren top for only $6.

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    Andrea Reply:

    yay for cheap “new” clothes!!

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  12. Chris

    05/26/2016

    Andrea,
    I first learned of thredUp from YOU and have used it not only to purchase but to sell! In fact, I have a bag full of things from my last purge to mail, at no cost to me!
    They are very detailed in the item descriptions with really good photos and as you said it’s very easy to search for a particular item.
    Love the new shirt and your new photographer!

    Sincerly,
    Chris

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    Andrea Reply:

    Awesome! so glad to have introduced you to them! Glad you had positive experiences!

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  13. Chris

    05/26/2016

    The photos of your kids are so cute! Good job, Nora, on the photograph!

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha, I’ll pass your compliments along to Nora!

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  14. Organize 365

    05/26/2016

    Andrea-

    I just placed my first ThreadUP order (through your affiliate link) last month and I am IN LOVE!!

    I do almost ALL my shopping online through Amazon and this summer am moving to placing our grocery order online.

    ThredUP was the last online piece I needed. -As I too love to shop consignment stores. I am SOOO happy to have found a great online option for our clothing needs!

    🙂
    Lisa

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    Andrea Reply:

    thanks Lisa! Glad you are enjoying it too! Also, you will LOVE grocery shopping online! It’s life changing!

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