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My fave way to get great brands for less

This post is sponsored by thredUP. Use the code FIT40 to get 40% off your first order! 

I’ve always been a fan of recycling clothes. It started off when I was in high school. I tried to be smart about how and where I spent the money I earned teaching at the dance studio, but also was really into trends/fashion. My friends and I started sharing clothes with each other, and would also sell our older pieces to use the money for new clothes. It worked well, and is something that I’ve continued to recycle clothes over the years, especially now with two little ones.

While I enjoy browsing consignment clothing stores for those hidden treasures, it’s no longer logical with my lifestyle. I usually go to a store on a mission or a list when I have both girls with me, and as far as standing there while a clerk sorts through my clothing to see if it’s worth buying (and I try to mentally convince her to keep allthethings), it’s just not happening. That’s why I was beyond excited to learn about thredUP.

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I started using thredUP when we first moved to San Diego and I was sorting through our clothes to donate/sell. Since then, I’ve used it multiple times to sell clothing and buy like-new designer pieces at a much lower price.

Here’s how it works if you’re new to the company:

-You can browse new and gently-used items on their website and purchase items for a fraction of retail price. Many of the pieces I’ve bought for myself and for the girls still had the tags on, and all have arrived in great condition. It also makes it more feasible to buy designer and expensive brands since the prices are much lower. The girls run around in super cute Hanna Anderson, Juice Couture, and Janie and Jack pieces that I wouldn’t usually buy at retail price.

– While they have a LOT of items, they make it extremely easy to browse the site and find what you’re looking for. I love that I can input sizes, the designers I like, and it filters everything down for me.

-It’s convenient! Instead of standing in front of a counter for 18 years while someone sorts through your clothes, you can simply order a thredUP Clean Out bag. The bag arrives at your doorstep with its own shipping label, you fill it up with the items you’d like to sell, and send it off! You can pay a small fee to have items shipped back to you that they decide not to use, or thredUP can recycle what they do not accept. It makes cleaning out your closet so much easier.

-It’s good for the planet. As of the end of 2015, Thred Up has upcycled over 14 million units of clothing, shoes and accessories. By purchasing a new shirt, Every Clean Out Bag sent to thredUP keeps 206lbs of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, saves 17,916 gallons of water, and keeps 24 items out of landfills. Pretty amazing, right??

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Here are some of the items I picked out recently from thredUP:

Baby gap and Ralph Lauren tops for the girls + Superga sneakers for Liv (Retail is $48 and they were $18.70!)

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(The retail price of the J. Crew dress on the right was $250, and I got it for $39!)

And a Hanna Anderon top for Liv, a floral button-up + a dress and baby gap jacket for P

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Everything was in excellent condition, and we were able to pick up 16 pieces for $227. (As part of this post, I received a $150 credit to the site and I found a random 15% off coupon while I was browsing around.) Total savings: $588. Whaaaaaat.

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So tell me friends: how often do you clean out your closet? Have you used Thred Up before?

Here is an awesome discount code for first-time shoppers: use FIT40 to get 40% off your entire order here!

Offer expires 11/31 and the max discount is $50.

Happy shopping!!

Have a wonderful day and I’ll see you soon. 

xoxo

Gina

This post is sponsored by thredUP. Thank you so much for supporting this blog and the companies that help to support our family.

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25 Comments

  1. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on August 31, 2016 at 8:17 am

    I’ve never actually bought anything on Thred Up but I have sold many things to them and always got a nice chunk of change in return. As a matter of fact, I have one sitting in my bedroom now that I need to get to FedEx.

  2. SarahF on August 31, 2016 at 8:34 am

    I’ve never heard of Thred Up before, but I love the idea! Do you know if they ship to Canada?

    I recently went through my closet and donated over 6 bags of clothes (downsizing as part of moving), but I never even considered I could get some money for all those clothes.

  3. Jessica @ Semi-Sweet Tooth on August 31, 2016 at 9:12 am

    I actually just got my first bag sent to me! Although they make me nervous on the site about what’s going to be accepted, eek!

    So excited that you had a great experience! I’ll definitely be using your code, too. 😉

    XO, Jessica
    http://www.semisweettooth.com

  4. Taylor on August 31, 2016 at 9:41 am

    🙁 Gina, the “previous post” button never brings me to the actual previous post but one usually a couple weeks old. I come to the blog a few times a week and kind of binge read posts in reverse but haven’t been able to lately. I noticed the button used to state the next/previous post’s specific title and it seemed to start happening then.

    Just FYI because I don’t want to miss anything!

    • queenoffitness on August 31, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      I am noticing the same, Taylor and Gina. I have been binge reading a few posts as I have been busier lately and am experiencing the same thing.

      • JML on August 31, 2016 at 6:03 pm

        I think it’s bringing you to the previous post in whatever category this post was in, not the overall previous post – does that make sense?

        • Fitnessista on September 1, 2016 at 9:18 am

          my web guy just fixed this! thank you so much for letting me know <3

  5. Vanessa | The Real Life on August 31, 2016 at 9:49 am

    I’ve not used Thred Up (yet), but congrats on the massive savings! Way to be smart!

  6. Bethany @ Dose of Discovery on August 31, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Do they have a return policy? I’m always nervous about getting items that don’t fit…

  7. Cassie on August 31, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Love thred up!

  8. Amy S on August 31, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Oh no, this is bad. My shopping has been under control as of late…but there’s a LOT of awesome stuff on this site! I may or may not have been browsing on there for the last hour 😉

  9. Lisa F on August 31, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    I’ve been thinking about sending for a bag, as I have a pile of clothes I’d like to sell before I move. I think I’ll give it a try!

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2016 at 9:41 am

      hope you love it, too!

  10. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby on August 31, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    I’ve got a bag full of clothes that were going to good will maybe I can try this first!

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2016 at 9:41 am

      yes, it’s awesome to be able to make some money back

  11. Giana on August 31, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Yes! I have sold quite a few full bags on Thred Up so far! I have not purchased anything, but it is the easiest and most convenient way to clean out your closet. I highly recommend for staying organized and making room for new purchases 😉

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2016 at 9:41 am

      exactly! 🙂

  12. Krista on August 31, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    So I’m not going to lie I’m pretty bummed about thred up. I used it a few months ago and sent in some clothes and received a decent credit back. Well the last two bags I sent in with a lot of designer jeans and clothes barely worn I got $4 in the one and $2 in the other. Makes me not want to use them again. I did purchase a few baby clothes from my son and was happy with that, but will never send in clothes again. I think they are getting so popular that they can’t except much anymore.

  13. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on August 31, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    I have not used ThredUp before! But I really want to!

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2016 at 9:20 am

      you would love it! they have so many great designer pieces

  14. grace @ the smokin' chemist on August 31, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    i have not used thredup before, either, but it sounds like a great concept- same positives that come with thrifting, only eliminates the need to wander for hours & go to shop after shop. like you said, not practical for most of us.

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2016 at 9:17 am

      exactly! i used to really enjoy it but don’t have time anymore. this is so much more convenient!

  15. Ellen on September 1, 2016 at 6:54 am

    What brand are those black flats you’re wearing in that picture with the ankle straps?

    • Fitnessista on September 1, 2016 at 9:16 am

      jessica simpson 🙂

  16. Jennifer on September 5, 2016 at 10:56 am

    I found ThredUp for their maternity clothing! I found so many nice pieces, and I like how they have some of the fancier brands. I like the idea of buying second hand clothes, especially if it is something I am only going to wear for a few months. Love how you can browse by size because finding things I like in my size is why I hate consignment/thrift stores!

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