As a stay-at-home mom, spending and saving money wisely is a top priority, that is, right after keeping the kids alive each day, of course. But what happens when the clothes that you’ve been limping along for a few years finally just can’t take it anymore? Going to the mall and spending $500 on what usually seems to get you only 2 tops and ½ a pair of jeans is pretty much not an option for most of us. Not to mention, I usually feel a little piece of my soul die every time I do buy something at retail price which usually cues that feeling of regret.
You’ll be happy to know that there is a fantastic alternative for those of us on a budget or those who are just inherently frugal-minded *like this girl!*. That magical place for all the deals is called Thredup. First of all, they’re not paying me to say this, I’ve actually placed several orders through them over the years and I must say that I have nearly (I’ll get to the “nearly” part in a sec) always been pleased. The purpose of this post is just to share the incredible possibilities for sweet deals for your next wardrobe and to hopefully help a sister out.
NOTE: This is NOT a sponsored post just my personal experience BUT if you use my referral link: http://www.thredup.com/r/VRX76M I will get $10 shopping credit to use on Thredup but here’s the best part, you will too! It’s a win for everybody all around!
So, let’s get to the reason you are reading this. How exactly did I get thousands of dollars worth of clothes for only $58 and how can you duplicate my successful hunt? First of all, Thredup usually has great deals as it is (especially if you have champagne taste on a beer budget) but if you stay in the know (i.e. get on the email list, download the app and check said app or site regularly), you can be notified about special coupon codes or free shipping. I have to say that if you take anything from this post, let it be that tip! I have personally been emailed coupons for up to 20% off which absolutely makes the difference between a good Thredup haul and an “amazing-want-to-tell-all-of-your-friends-and-even-strangers-about-it” haul.
In the case of the $58 wardrobe hunt in question, I was able to combine both coupon and free shipping because they had a deal for free shipping (and at last check, they still do!) on ALL orders AND I was emailed a 15% off coupon! Score! I do want to note that, your cart is limited to 25 items per order, my guess is for shipping purposes but in this case, since I had free shipping as it was, I just did 3 different orders since I landed up getting 52 items. Yes, you read that right, 52 items for $58!
Ok, I know what you’re thinking, “How is it possible that you got all of this at a little over $1 per item?” Well, as unbelievable as it is, most of it (42 items to be exact) WAS roughly a $1 or actually priced at 99¢ without coupon and 85¢ with coupon. You’re probably thinking, “Well there’s probably a good reason why they were marked down and are they really clothes that you would wear?” To give you an idea, these are name brand clothes that I got: J. Crew, Express, Olive and Oak, Loft, Rock & Republic, Columbia, Banana Republic and more in styles that are in style and ones that I will actually wear! It was all possible because Thredup regularly clears out items to make room for new things and hosts sales to do so, which makes some things priced at 99¢ and up. Do note, however, these are final sale items (usually, not always) which means they are not returnable. From my experience, however, I am usually happier with the 99¢ items rather than the items I paid more for.
I do want to add that there is not always a great selection of 99¢ items like, for example, I just looked and there was only one item but that’s where the checking regularly comes in because that could change from second to second! I don’t want you to think that you have to get clothes for $1 to find great deals. I once paid, $10 for a new with tags $350 Jovani Cocktail dress and $12 for a very unique Tory Burch top, just to name some examples.
This brings me to my next point. What happens if you’re not happy with an item? If the item in question is not a final sale item, returns are super easy. They do charge you $8.99 if you want a refund BUT if you plan to shop with them again, you can get all of you money in store credit with free return shipping. I will recommend trying your items on a few separate times to help you make your decision and checking your items over REAL good! There have been few times (not many), where they have missed some flaws and they weren’t annotated on the site. You can either contact customer service and politely tell them about the issue (sometimes they’ll just let you keep it) or just simply return it.
I know that I said I would get to the things that I personally don’t like about Thredup and you’ll be happy to know that there are very few things in that category. One of those things is that when you need customer service, they don’t have a phone number to talk to a human. You must email them for any issues but, in their defense, any time I’ve needed a question answered (maybe 2 times), they have been very quick, like within-an-hour quick. The other thing that you should know, selling to them isn’t necessarily going to yield a crazy good profit for you. This isn’t a personal gripe because I have no experience selling to them since I usually keep clothes until they die or sell them on Poshmark. One thing people do need to keep in mind, if they were paying a lot for clothes, we wouldn’t be getting the amazing deals that can be found on there. The only thing I’ll tell you is, do your own research to decide if it’s for you.
I know that I am forgetting some talking points but I can always add later! Overall, there are a few things in this order that are absolutely not going to work for me and actually, I even purposely ordered clothes that weren’t my size like some of the blazers and some dress pants. For those things, I will likely donate to the local women’s shelter or the “Dressed for Success” program. For the few other items, that won’t be a good fit for those programs, I will sell on Poshmark so, there’s really no loss! All-in-all, I am very pleased with my order and I hope that I have inspired you to achieve your own bragable Thredup Haul!
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