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This year for my birthday I asked for some money to pick out clothes. I had a particular brand in mind, as I’ve been interested in narrowing down my closet to only clothes I love to wear. I looked into buying directly from the brand’s website, but they were a little pricey. Well, not really pricey, but when I’m used to buying things for $.50 at garage sales or a few dollars at thrift stores, it was way more than I wanted to spend.
I enjoy finding good deals at thrift stores. But as much as I enjoy shopping there, it’s difficult when when you have to bring three little boys along. And while sometimes I enjoy just browsing and looking for deals, when I have the kids with me, I like to get in and out with exactly what I’m looking for.
That’s when I remembered Thred Up. I heard about a while back. At the time, I took a look at their kid clothes then, but I had most of what I needed for my boys.
I went to Thred Up and I did a search for the brand, saw a bunch of pieces come up right away, and at great prices! It’s still more than I would find at a garage sale or thrift store, but this way I could shop from the comfort of home (have you tried dragging three little boys along to go shopping at a thrift store?) and I could pick out exactly what I wanted without having to dig through racks of clothes that I didn’t want. They even have sorting by size. They sell women’s clothes, maternity, junior clothes, kid’s clothing, plus shoes and handbags.
I quickly picked out what I wanted and ordered it.
The box didn’t take long to arrive. It was very cute…though a bit unwieldy when I foolishly decided to pick it up from the post office with three kids in tow. I think I looked rather comical making my way to our car with a baby in the moby wrap, trying to hold onto this box, all while holding my 2 year old’s hand and keeping an eye on the four year old. Oh and Sean’s dragon almost got eaten by a vacuum in the process (but that’s a story for another post).
I was excited to open the box when I got home.
I was really impressed at the quality of the clothes. Some of them were clearly brand new. Even the ones that weren’t were in great condition.
My favorite find was definitely the jeans. I found out about this brand when a friend of mine gave me some of her maternity clothes. I fell in love with this one pair. They just fit so well and held up through many pregnancies (hers and mine). When I was pregnant with my last little one, I fell and tore the knee in them. I actually went crying to my husband (let’s just blame the pregnancy hormones, okay?). I went to look up the brand and I discovered that they no longer make maternity jeans, but they do sell regular jeans. They were around $100, which was way more than I’d ever spent on jeans before.
These Buffalo jeans were one of the first things I looked up on Thred Up. I was so excited to find them for $15 – $20 each (I got these for $18). They are so comfortable, which I think is because they actually fit by waist measurement. It’s very easy to find what will fit you exactly. I’ll be keeping an eye out to pick up more pairs from Thred Up.
One of the other awesome things about Thred Up is that you can sell your stuff through them.
They are pretty selective about what they will sell (they said they only approve about 50% of the items they receive) but they have the option of donating the clothes you send in that they won’t sell, which was perfect for me. Send in clothes I don’t want and get some money to buy clothes I do? Yes please!
I requested a bag from them, which they sent to me for free. The awesome thing is you don’t have to pay for them to ship the bag to you or to ship it back to them full of clothes. This large, beautiful bag showed up in my mailbox:
I picked out the clothes I wanted to send in. I looked up the different brands I had and found out which they accepted and which they didn’t. The one’s they didn’t accept went into our garage sale pile. In the end, I had a pretty good pile of various maternity, kids’ clothes, and some regular clothing.
I bagged up the whole pile.
And then dropped it off at the post office.
Now comes the hard part…waiting! I’ll post an update once I see how much of what I send in gets accepted and how much some of my things sell for.
Want to try out Thred Up? If you sign up through my link, we’ll both get $10 to spend! Whether you’re looking for clothes for yourself or for your kids, it’s a great place to shop. I’ll be doing most of my clothes shopping here from now on.