Shopping to Save


I can’t resist retail therapy. It’s practically programmed into my DNA.  My Mom taught me to bargain shop when I was a little girl. I’ve always had my eyes peeled for a good deal. You can find me poking around in shops like T.J. Maxx or Marshalls, as well as consignment shops — especially when I’m not looking for anything in particular. That’s when you find the best stuff!

thredUP is one of my favorite sites to shop online. It’s like a consignment store with a twist. We have some great consignment shops here in Newburyport, but when I shop thredUP I can click around from the comfort of my couch. I love quality brands like Lululemon, Free People, Paige Denim, J.Crew, and Ella Moss at 90% off retail and in great condition. I’ve never seen my favorite thredUP purchases at the mall because the clothes come from all over the country.

The selection of kids’ clothes on thredUP is awesome. It’s a perfect opportunity to teach kids about sustainability and re-using things (yes, there are teachable moments in shopping!). Bean and Sweet Pea scroll through their size in the thredUP iPad app and choose what catches their eye. One time Bean found a favorite sweatshirt that she had outgrown in the next size; total score! I love saving money on clothes because you know stains and tears happen easily, no matter how much you pay for them.

Here are some tips to help you be successful on your first thredUP shopping adventure:

  1. Download the app to receive pop up discount codes for 10-20% off.
  2. Select “exclude tiny flaw” in your searches. Since you can’t inspect items yourself, I only recommend buying items thredUP deems “practically new.”
  3. Know what styles fit you best and start there.
  4. Search the site multiple ways. I look under my size in women, X collection, new with tags, stylish mama, etc. You can also save personal shops with your preferences.
  5. Jeans are already broken in…and sometimes shortened, which is great for me but definitely not for everyone so check the length!
  6. Accessories always fit. I’ve found the best scarves on thredUP!
  7. Shop brands you love first; then start to seek out new brands. You can always return.
  8. When you select an item that you like, click to see other items from that family. If you like one thing they sent in, maybe you’ll like other items.
  9. Clothes stay in your cart for 24 hours. Fill up your cart; then go back later for a second look before deciding what to purchase. 
  10. I don’t have a #10. Just wanted to even it out here…

Be green and reduce your family’s carbon footprint by sending clothes you no longer need to thredUP. It’s a super easy way to clean out your closet and make some extra money. Fill their fun polka dot bag and ship it back for free. I’ve sent in a few bags of our stuff and got paid between $50-85. You can cash out via PayPal, use the money as credit for future shopping, or fundraise for a cause (think PTA or disaster relief – very cool). Actually, it’s about time for me to order a polka dot bag. Watch out closets!

Check back soon to see some of my recent thredUP purchases. In the meantime, use this link to receive $10 off your first purchase!

Note: This post was not sponsored by thredUP. I’ve been shopping with them for years with great style, success, and savings. I will receive a referral credit if you sign up through the links on this page.

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  1. Vanessa says

    Thanks so much for this post, I’ve heard about Thredup and it sounds right up my alley 🙂 Can’t wait to start shopping. My mother also thought me to be a bargain shopper. I love a great deal!