7 Tips For Scoring All The Best Deals On ThredUP
If you follow me on Instagram (which you totally should - @delaneylaneliving) you probably saw my story last week showcasing all the amazing clothes I scored from my favorite online store in the entire world - ThredUP. If you’ve never heard of ThredUP, it’s a MASSIVE online consignment store where you can practically buy a whole new wardrobe for the cost of one hideously over-priced Hollister graphic tee.
For example: I got 6 tops, 3 dresses, 2 romper/jumpsuits, 2 pairs of shorts and a clutch for just $165.37.
Pretty freaking amazing, right?
Several of these items still had tags attached, and all were in like-new condition (ThredUP only sells top quality clothes and will tell you if there is any sort of defect - defected items are always on extra discount). My order had brands like Lulu’s, ASOS, Nastygal, Levi’s, Urban Outfitters and Tommy Bahama.
I know what you’re thinking, “Erin, there’s no way you got all those crazy cute clothes for just $165.37”. Let me explain how.
My cart was originally $287.86, but I had a 20% off coupon code - which they email out to their members allllll the time - that knocked off $57.57.
On top of that, I had a $78.74 credit I earned from consigning my unwanted clothing, shoes and purses with them. If you’re interested in learning more about selling your close with them, create an account (it’s free!) and click on the Cleanout tab on the top left. I’ll be putting up a blog post next week detailing my experience with selling my clothes back and all about how to do it, what they’ll pay more for, etc.
Wah-lah! Faster than Taylor Swift can switch celebrity boyfriends, I saved a whopping $136.31 on my already crazy cheap cart.
So you’ve created an account, you’re looking over the site and just one scroll in, you’re already feeling overwhelmed. I get it, it’s a lot. There is SO much to look through. (They get 30,000 new items up EVERY DAY!) So please, don’t click that X button and give up on shopping secondhand forever. Take my advice and you’ll be finding alllll the deals in no time.
1. Sign Up For (And Actually Open) Their Emails!
You’ll be prompted to sign up for their Newsletter when you create an account - DO IT. You will constantly get discount codes sent your way (I’m talking pretty much weekly). There is nothing better than heavily discounted clothes getting an extra 15-20% cheaper.
2. Save Your Sizes
Click on the “Clothing” tab. Scroll down until you see “Sizes (My Sizes)” on the left hand side. Select your sizes. If you tend to fluctuate, select multiple in each column - Maybe your a Small & Medium or a 4 & 6. You can select as many or as few as you want!
3. Search By Brand
If you have a particular brand you’re really partial to, give them a search and see what pops up in your sizes! Some of my favorite brands to search are Who What Wear, Steve Madden, Uniqlo, Zara, Madewell, Topshop, Lulus, River Island, ASOS, Blank NYC, Boohoo, NastyGal, Loft and Urban Outfitters.
Keep in mind - this is a consignment shop, so you might have to look through some older, not as “currently trendy” clothes. Honestly, it can make the hunt that much more fun when you look through some duds and find an item you love!
4. Search By Item
Maybe you’re searching for something specific that your closet has been missing or were inspired by an outfit you saw on the ‘gram. Try searching for something like “denim jacket”, then narrow down the results even more by choosing specific colors, prices, conditions, materials, etc in the left hand column.
Other examples would be “blazer” or “leather jacket”. If you’re okay with widening your search, use the drop down menu under Clothing.
5. The Left Hand Column Is Your Best Friend
It is the Nicole Richie to your 2005 Paris Hilton. Everything in the left column is there to help you narrow down your choices when you don’t feel like sifting through thousands of items (which honestly, sometimes I do). For example, when you click the Shoes tab, the column gives you the option to narrow down to just “Heels”, “Wedges”, “Sandals”, “Boots” etc.
PS: You can find some CUTE shoes on this site!
6. If You Like It, Add It To Your Cart!
Things can go fast on the site, so the only way to guarantee you have an item reserved is to add it to your cart - it’s saved for you for 24 hours! The catch is that if someone wants it bad enough, they can agree to let their account automatically purchase the item as soon as your 24 hours is up. Talk about buyer’s remorse (speaking from personal experience involving one beautiful tan wool coat.)
7. Remember How Important It Is
Shopping secondhand definitely takes a little more patience than just going on to any clothing stores website and clicking through their new arrivals. However, they can’t offer you (and the world) the benefits that ThredUP does.
Humans throw 26 BILLION pounds of clothing into landfills every. year. Remember the old saying Reduce, Reuse, Recycle? REUSE, DAMMIT.
“If everyone bought just one used item instead of new this year, we would save almost 6 billion pounds of carbon emissions. That’s the equivalent of taking half a million cars off the road for a year.” - ThredUP.com
You can get really great, really cute, really high quality clothes for a fraction of what you would pay full price. That’s pretty damn good for your bank account.
Need I say more?