Step Up Your THRIFTING Game

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” This is the crux of shopping secondhand for clothes. Treasures await only our ability to find them.  It seems like a small feat, finding these treasures, but each time I go out with my game face on to find them I appear out of time and empty-handed. Instead, I’m left with endless stocks of so-so items in not-so-me styles or unsuitable sizes. It requires some real digging, a lengthy time commitment, and a bit of luck to find “the goods”.

 

How incredibly frustrating for us conscientious millennial shoppers! We aim to preserve the environment and its natural resources through thrifting but the attempt at this ethical shopping option can turn into a burdensome, pressure-filled process when we look and look but can’t find what we’re looking for.

 

Today, we highlight thredUP that has upped the thrifting game, making their online thrift and consignment shop a mecca for convenient, ethical shopping. More options for thrifting at the end of the article! They’re actually one of the largest online marketplaces to buy and sell clothes for women and kids. So, why is thredUP worth your while?

 

  1.  saveUP

    You can have all of your sizes saved to your account so that you’re only shown what’s going to fit your body. You can search by your favorite brands and even by the condition of the product. Want only new items with tags? You got it. We’re saving time, gas, cash, and some headaches here! Not to mention, logging into thredUP.com gets me 10% off EVERY time. Beware, you may get overwhelmed if you don't have specifications for your search because thredUP gets thousands of new items each day.
     
  2. styleUP

    It’s a little disappointing that I can’t shop for my husband on thredUP.com, but there’s something special about thredUP catering to the modern woman. Their dedication to ladies gives room for them to focus on being truly fashion forward. It doesn’t feel like I’m compromising style to buy secondhand, which happens often when I go to traditional storefront thrifts. Below you can see a few of the gems that I wear on a weekly basis during this winter season. And, they’ve even styled up their packaging- making it an overall fun experience!
     
J Brand Legging Jeans - $262 new; bought for $18.99; 92% off; condition: gently used. J Brand is expensive. I was more than glad to snatch up this olive staple!

J Brand Legging Jeans - $262 new; bought for $18.99; 92% off; condition: gently used. J Brand is expensive. I was more than glad to snatch up this olive staple!

Gap Denim Jacket - $70 new, bought for $23.99; 65% off; condition: like new. Everyone needs a denim jacket. This dark wash layers well in the winter.

Gap Denim Jacket - $70 new, bought for $23.99; 65% off; condition: like new. Everyone needs a denim jacket. This dark wash layers well in the winter.

Sunny Girl Cardigan - $45 new; bought for $15.99; 64% off; condition: like new. A quality, chunky knit cardi is my survival piece for winter. I loved paying a fraction of the price for this!

Sunny Girl Cardigan - $45 new; bought for $15.99; 64% off; condition: like new. A quality, chunky knit cardi is my survival piece for winter. I loved paying a fraction of the price for this!

3. liveUP

Conscious shoppers can safely say that by thrifting, a lot of materials that refuse to biodegrade are being kept out of the landfill. It also reduces the demand for raw materials. For items that don’t successfully make it through the high thredUP standards t0 be sold, the company passes them onto textile recycling partners to repurpose into new products like carpets or pillows. They curate their items with a careful eye watching for: flaws due to wear and tear, functionality, and its status with regards to the current trend and season.

Success! Treasure-filled thrift store found.

 

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Written by Katie Lee Chow 

Editorsecondhand, reuse, fashion