Fall Threads

Fall Threads - Under the Monkey Bars Blog

Fall Threads - Under the Monkey Bars Blog

Fall Threads - Under the Monkey Bars Blog

Plaid jacket :: Superdry from thredUP
Lace blouse :: Zara last season
Straight leg jeans :: AG {on sale!}
Black ankle boot :: Kork-Ease
Location :: Brown School Playground, Newburyport’s South End

I’m almost always wearing something second hand. It’s a great way to save money and be green. I spend way too much on food to pay full price for clothes — except shoes! If you missed my Shopping to Save post last Spring, head over for my top 10 tips for shopping thredUP, my favorite online consignment store. This plaid jacket was a total score for $20! Plaid plus fur? Yes, please! What Fall threads are your favorites?

thredUP Finds

If you missed my Shopping to Save post from last week, head over for my top 10 tips for shopping thredUP, an online consignment store with a twist. And now, for some of my thredUP finds. Full disclosure: I’m 5’3” and never dreamed of being a model so this is completely out of my comfort zone! It’s all in the name of fashion, people. So here goes…

Silk blouse :: Odille $10

Summer tops that cover my shoulders have been on my shopping list since last summer. I realized I have mostly tanks and worry about getting too much sun on my shoulders when I’m walking around Newburyport. This classic navy silk blouse fits the bill with a flutter cap sleeve. I love the print detail too. If you haven’t heard of Odille, it’s an Anthropologie brand. thredUP is one of my favorite places to shop Anthropologie, of course besides Anthropologie itself!

 HingeTankStriped tank :: Hinge $7
Relaxed jeans :: Citizens of Humanity $20

Navy and white stripes scream summer here in Newburyport. The best part about this tank is that the straps cover bra straps perfectly (one of my things…I can’t have straps hanging out!). Hinge is a Nordstrom brand that I love so I knew it would be good quality. These jeans are vintage Citizens based on the label, and they are now one of my favorite casual pairs. The jeans came hemmed to the perfect length for flip flops: score!

 FPblazerSeersucker blazer :: Free People $10

I pulled a few things from my closet and created a fresh look for ten bucks — seriously! This seersucker blazer is perfect for spring with a pair of white jeans (purchased at a consignment shop last summer), a green beaded necklace I picked up in Burlington, Vermont a few years ago, and my most favorite wedge sandals from Spain. Brunch anyone?

 BostonProperTLace ruffle tee :: Boston Proper $13
Straight leg jeans :: Citizens of Humanity $20

I have been living in these jeans since they arrived on my doorstep this winter. Soft, dark wash with some nice fading and great detail on the pockets. I haven’t worn the tee yet (since it’s been freezing until a few days ago). It’s a great neutral that can be dressy or casual for spring and summer. Add a pair of gold flats and some jewelry, and it’s a new outfit for $33!

 RobinTopWhite sleeveless top :: Robin $6

More stripes! More ruffles! I took a chance with this silver and black striped top because it was marked final sale, and it paid off big time. It’s a little dressier and perfect for any season if you add a cropped leather jacket or a blazer. I paired this top with black Paige pants from my closet and some Nine West flats. I picked up the earrings the other day at Beautique in Newburyport when I got my hair blown out (obviously hadn’t washed it yet when we took these pictures, but fear not…I’m clean now). When’s date night? I’ve got my outfit picked out already. 

 JeansDenim from left to right…
Paige Premium Denim capris :: $12
Citizens of Humanity relaxed every day jeans :: $20
Citizens of Humanity boot cut, new with tags :: $35

I always keep my eye out for jeans when I’m ordering on thredUP. Had to show you the pockets because I’m definitely not ready to model my back side! I can’t link to the items online as each item is unique, but use this link to receive $10 off your first purchase on thredUP!  Happy shopping friends, and thanks for monkeying around today.


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.

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.