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I’m not a stylish person by any stretch of the imagination. I live in jeans and a t-shirt 80% of the time. I enjoy dressing up occasionally, but it just isn’t my time and season right now.
I’ve got a baby and I work part-time from home. I dress up for my office day, church and the occasional social function.
I could rationalize spending a bit of money on my work clothing when I was in the office frequently. Life is different now and my clothing budget reflects this change.
However, I am still a girl and I enjoy having a few nice items of clothing.
I’ve always shopped at second-hand clothing stores, discount stores, and sales racks. Even when I bought nicer office clothing I still scouted for a good deal.
I’m one of those rare girls who actually hates shopping. It takes so long and I hate sorting through racks of clothing. It just isn’t something I enjoy. I like it even less when I’m dragging my daughter along.
Shopping with a 1-year-old is pure torture.
Anyway, I found a solution.
Thredup is my new favorite clothing source.
Thredup is an online second-hand clothing store. It is seriously awesome and so easy to use.
The best part is that they accept used clothing. I’ve sent in 2 clean out bags and have a credit of $38.00. Normally I would have donated the clothing to Goodwill, so I consider this a win.
When you order a clean out bag, they send you a huge bag that you can stuff to the brim.
There are two downsides to the clean out feature.
- They charge you the cost of shipping which is $9.99.
- Also, you are stuck with the prices they offer you unless you are willing to pay to have your clothing returned.
I figure some money is better than no money, so I don’t stress too much about either of these details.
Keep in mind, you aren’t going to get a lot of money for your items. The payout for most items is anywhere from $.50 to $10.00. This isn’t going to make you rich.
However, it is a great way to purchase new (used) clothing on a budget.
I’ve got a nice little credit sitting around for next time I need a new outfit. Since it is used clothing the prices are very reasonable.
All of the items that I’ve ordered have been top quality and in great shape.
When they go through the cleanout bags, they are very meticulous about the quality of the items they accept. Don’t bother sending old out of date clothing or well-worn clothing. It won’t be accepted since they can’t turn around and sell it.
One of the other side benefits is that they accept and sell kids clothing as well.
It is crazy to me how much money people spend on kids clothing. Ella is a crazy destructive baby and is constantly staining her clothing. I’m not about to pay full price for anything that she wears. Talk about a waste of money.
Some of the best deals I’ve gotten are for used baby clothing.
If you are into fashion and like some of the fashionable brands then Thredup is an even better deal. They have some amazing prices on some of the higher end clothing. I saw some Lularoe leggings for $18 last week.
The other feature I like is their search functions. You can run searches based on virtually any parameter including: Size, Color, Style, Brand, Condition, and Price. I can even run a search in tops for different sleeve lengths and neck styles. I love this feature, Ella has a tendency to pull on my shirt tops, so I’m avoiding v-neck shirts right now.
I’m still too cheap to buy most of the nicer names, but I’ve been tempted a few times – the prices are that good.
I still think you can find better deals at local second-hand exchange stores, but Thredup is a great resource for people like me who hate shopping, don’t want to shop with a baby, and are frugal spenders. It is even better if you are a budget clothing shopper or a recovering shop-a-holic who needs the Maria Kondo method of tidying up.
If you want to give it a try use this link for ThredUp. If you do, you’ll get a $10 credit and more importantly, I’ll get a $10 credit too. Feel free to help me fund my clothing budget.
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