photos by Chelsea Laine Francis
If you read this blog back in the early days (hi Mom!), then you know that I had a bit of a thrifting habit. Until a couple of years ago, more than 75% of my closet was thrifted. While it’s true that many of my clothes came from thrift stores out of necessity (hi student loans!), I truly enjoy the thrill of thrift store shopping. Searching through racks of clothes and discovering a gem — a tweed Oscar de la Renta skirt, a Kate Spade blouse with tags, a pair of unworn Madewell flats — gives me an unreal high.
If you, too, have found that you’ve got less and less time to invest in going to thrift stores, thredUP is the answer you’ve been looking for. Here’s a review of my experience so far.
Pieces You Love for Prices You Can Afford: Raise your hand if you’ve stalked an item online, just waiting for it to hit clearance. thredUP is like the world’s largest clearance section! From pricey Boden and Madewell tops I’ve never pulled the trigger on to designer jeans I’ve been saving for forever, those name brands you say you love but have never owned are finally within your reach!
*P.S. use JCREW50 for 50% off first-time orders up to $50!
Popular Pieces in Multiple Sizes: Unlike a thrift store, you do actually have a chance of finding something in a few sizes. If there’s something that a brand carries all the time, it’s more likely that a lot of people have bought it and eventually sent it off to thredUP. For instance, I’ve seen J.Crew’s most-coveted blazers in a whole variety of sizes.
Selection: Given the process in which thredUP obtains their clothing, I would have expected a higher quality selection of pieces to choose from. I feel that what’s available is equal to most thrift stores, where you truly have to search for gems through a bunch of outdated, out-of-style and generally uninteresting pieces.
No Way to Save Your Favorites: I think if I could change one thing about thredUP, it would be the ability to save everything I’m interested in. With so many different kinds of items, a wishlist would have helped me shop way more easily than adding and removing things from my cart.
I’m already wishlisting items for my fall closet thanks to thredUP. What are you shopping for this season that you can score on thredUP?