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At the end of June, Ty and I packed up our entire Chicago apartment and set off on a whirlwind adventure. With just a carry on each of clothes, we boarded the plane to Africa. We strategically packed, making sure that everything we brought was absolutely necessary.
After ten weeks volunteering in Malawi, we spent two weeks traveling around Europe before landing in New York City. Over the next couple of weeks, we slept on a friend’s air mattress as we searched for our perfect apartment and dream jobs… All in the same clothes we’d packed for Africa 3 months earlier. Needless to say, we were quite tired of wearing the same things. Plus, they were pretty worn out and dirty after all that! But with little money left to our name, we didn’t have much of a shopping budget. The solution? thredUP to the rescue!
I’ve written about thredUP before (read it here). They’re an online secondhand store, selling gently used clothes and accessories for women and kids. I’m all about getting a killer deal and I love that I can get high quality clothes for a low price tag through them. Everything I’ve received from them seriously looks like it’s new (and some pieces even are!).
After landing a new job (yay!), I knew my Africa clothes weren’t going to cut it anymore, so I got to shopping. Through thredUP, I found a modern blazer from Gap for $15 and a fun striped blouse by Lumiere for $12 to mix and match for a business casual look. I was able to pair these two tops with my favorite pair of black pants (that I couldn’t part with even after 3 months of wearing them nearly every day) and my new favorite leather ankle leather boots I bought while in Italy.
Tips for Buying Secondhand Online
Some people find it difficult to shop online and adding in secondhand can be even more worrisome. Rest assured, it doesn’t have to be hard!
- Search for brands you’re familiar with. For me, I love Gap and know that I typically need to size down when buying from them. Same rules apply when buying from them used online!
- Buy pieces that don’t have to fit perfectly. I’ve bought jeans from thredUP in the past and have loved them; it was a risk that paid off! If you’re new to shopping secondhand online, try going for items like flowy blouse and kimonos – those items that don’t have to fit you like a glove to be great.
- Browse multiple sizes. Have you ever found that from one store you may wear a large and from another you may be a small? This can be even more true when buying secondhand items! Luckily, thredUP makes it easy to select what sizes you want to browse.
Know the return policy. You know those jeans I bought online? I actually had bought two pairs. The first fit great, the second was way too small. But thankfully, thredUP has a great return policy (return within two weeks and get credit back to your account). I always research this for any company before purchasing something from online!
I’m so thankful for my new job… and to have new-to-me clothes to wear to it. I’m excited to restock my closet even more (just waiting for that first paycheck!).
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