Several weeks ago, I started hearing about a website called ThredUP that was essentially an online thrift store–it buys and sells very gently used clothing for a fraction of its original price. Considering how much I love thrifting these days, I was intrigued. It didn’t take me long to place my first order and become a big fan of the ThredUP concept.

I’ve mentioned ThredUP a couple times here on the blog, and I’ve received a couple requests to discuss my experiences with both buying from and selling to the website. I’m not affiliated with the company in any way, so the opinions expressed in this post are completely my own. However, if you do choose to buy from ThredUP using the links provided in this post, we’ll each get $10 off our purchases.

Buying from ThredUP has definitely been a positive experience all around. Their inventory is quite extensive, with brands ranging from Target’s Merona to Nanette Lepore–there’s something for all tastes and price ranges. Almost everything is under $20, with a few designer or brand new pieces having heftier price tags. While those prices are a bit higher than you’d find at your local Goodwill, the condition of clothing is far superior than what I’ve ever found in a thrift store.

Here’s a look at the items I’ve bought through ThredUP.

pink ruffle skirt

Alfani pink knife pleat skirt, $9.49. My wardrobe is a little lacking in the colorful skirt department, so I happily added this fun one to my collection. I haven’t worn it yet, however. How would you wear this skirt?

black ruffle front dress

Merona black ruffle-front dress, $11.99. I have been in search of the perfect little black dress for a while, so I thought I’d give this one a try. As it turns out, it fits like a glove, and it’s pretty! I wore it for our first anniversary dinner back on November 3rd with a sparkly bracelet and black bow pumps.

pink white skirt

Talbots pink + white printed skirt, $10.49. This skirt is an example of how buying from an online thrift store can bite you in the butt (so to speak!). It arrived all pretty and perfect…and didn’t fit. It fit more like a petites skirt, and at 5’5″, I’m not exactly tall, but I’m not really petite either. Rather than return it, I decided to just re-sell it in eBay. It just sold a few minutes ago, in fact!

plaid button up

American Eagle plaid button-up, $8.99. I’ve been loving all the plaid button-ups I’ve been seeing on blogs lately…but not the hefty price tags I’ve been seeing in stores. So I was really pleased to find this colorful version for under ten bucks. I’ve already worn it a couple times!

mustard dot skirt

Merona mustard dot skirt, $6.49. Mustard is a color I never would have considered wearing prior to reading fashion/style blogs, but you all have made me want to try wearing the color with maroon, cognac, or my beloved navy for fall.

leopard top

The Limited leopard top, $9.99. I am all about leopard these days, so I really wanted a leopard blouse for wearing on its own or layered underneath blazers. As you all saw yesterday, I’ve already worn this pieces as well!

So all in all, I’ve found some really great bargains on ThredUP. I’ve also sold clothing to the website, and unfortunately I was not totally satisfied with that aspect of my ThredUP experience. I submitted an order for a ThredUP bag (which was free!), and it arrived about a week afterward. I then filled it with items I wanted to sell and sent it back immediately. My bag was then processed, and I received a notice telling me how much they would pay me for my items. There were a couple parts of the process that were a little unexpected, so I thought I would share them with you if you’re thinking about selling items to ThredUP.

  • Get ready to wait. From the time that I sent back my bag of items to sell until the day that it was actually processed was over a month. Plus, after the bag was processed, I was not able to access the payout for another 14 days. So if you’re looking to make some quick cash, this is not the way to do it!
  • ThredUP is picky. This aspect is both a pro and a con–it’s great that they’re highly selective of the clothing they accept, as it ensures a certain level of quality when buying clothes from them. However, from the seller’s perspective, it means that you won’t make as much money. I submitted several like-new items that were not accepted, including a pair of never-worn wedges. Bummer.
  • You’ll have to pay for the leftovers. If you want to get back the items that were not accepted, you’ll have to pay a $10 fee. I thought ten bucks was a lot to spend to get my stuff back, so I did not choose to have my items sent back. ThredUP donates whatever items they don’t accept to a textile recycling program.

So basically, I LOVE buying clothes from ThredUP, but I don’t think I’ll be selling to them again. I think it’s a wonderful, sustatinably-minded concept to give gently used clothing a new life, and it’s a great alternative for people who don’t have time to dig through the racks at a thrift store.

Have you ever heard of ThredUP before?


recent thrift finds, part II

One of the very first posts I published on this blog a few months ago was about my recent thrift finds. Since then, I’ve had the chance to explore a couple different thrift stores here in my new neighborhood. I’ve had some great luck thus far in my pursuit of thrift store gems, and I thought I would share the latest ones with you!

black pencil skirt, $3.98 {banana republic}

black pencil skirt

Technically, I already have a black pencil skirt, but I think it’s one of those items that it’s acceptable to have multiples. Plus, I actually like the quality and fit of this one better than the one I already had.

black fit and flare skirt, $3.98 {LOFT}

black fit and flare skirt

I know, I’m so boring–another black skirt. What’s unique about this one though is the fit-and-flare cut. It fit me well, and it was just too fun and flirty to pass up.

blue and white gingham button-up, $2.48 {old navy}

blue gingham button up

I really love anything gingham, and I don’t own much in the way of pastels, so that’s how I justified this purchase. I happen to be wearing this top as I type this post 🙂

khaki jacket, $3.99 {route 66}

khaki jacket

This jacket isn’t normally something I would be drawn to on the rack, but its like new condition convinced me to try it on. As it turned out, it fits me perfectly, and I like that it has a military feel to it. I envision wearing this a lot this fall on the weekends!

black blazer, $3.99 {new york & company}

black blazer

This is the purchase I am most excited about, as I have been searching for a black blazer for a long time now. I’ve tried on a lot of black jackets over the past few months, but nothing really fit me the way I wanted it to. Then today I found this one at the Goodwill, with the tags still on (it was originally a $60 jacket, by the way). It fits me beautifully, and I am so excited to wear it!

Have you been thrifting lately? What are your favorite purchases?

recent thrift finds

Before I started reading personal style blogs, I had never shopped at a thrift store. But after perusing the archives of blogs like Heidi’s and Ginny’s, I soon realized that you can find high-quality clothing at thrift stores. These days, thrifting is one of my favorite pastimes! Although I have yet to check out the Goodwill in my new neighborhood, I certainly had some good luck at the one in North Carolina before we moved. I thought I’d share some items that I am pretty excited about, and maybe you all can give me some ideas on how to style them!

green blazer, $4.49 {j.crew}

green blazer

One of the holes in my closet that I am desperately trying to fill is blazers. So when I spotted this one in an appealing springy shade of green, I was intrigued. Much to my delight, it fit! I really love the leather buttons and the classic cut. I bet it would look cute with the sleeves rolled up too.

navy cardigan, $3.49 {j.crew}

navy cardigan

I have a “fashion wish list” board on Pinterest and had recently added J.Crew’s Jackie cardigan in navy. So when I saw the exact same cardigan at Goodwill (in my size, no less!), I knew I had to have it. I was pretty proud of myself for getting a $65 item for just $3.50.

black striped sweater, $3.49 {j.crew}

black striped sweater

To be honest, this sweater isn’t something I would normally go for–I mean, it’s totally neutral! But I decided it was worth buying because of the quality (100% wool, from J.Crew) and because it would make a good layering piece during the winter.

seersucker skirt, $3.49 {bill blass}

seersucker skirt

I’m a sucker for seersucker (ha! sorry.), but I recently gave away most of my items in the pattern.  I had been eyeing some seersucker items at J.Crew Factory Store, but I’m glad I held off and found a more affordable version at Goodwill.

brown skirt, $3.49 {gap}

brown skirt

Neutral, work-appropriate skirts are always necessary in my book. This one has an interesting shape–it’s kind of a slouchy pencil skirt, if that makes any sense. Maybe there’s a fashion term for it, but I don’t know what it is! Anyway, Gap bottoms tend to fit me quite well, so I was happy to discover this skirt. I’m sure it will be versatile.

polka dot button-up, $3.49 {gap}

polka dot button up

The picture of this item is a little hard to see, so in case you can’t tell, it’s an ivory button-up with little green and blue polka dots on it. This is definitely an older top, judging by the appearance of the Gap logo on the tag. Nonetheless, it’s flattering, and I just can’t say “no” to polka-dots!

All the pictures in this post are taken from my Go Chic or Go Home account. 

Do you ever shop at thrift stores? What have been your favorite finds?