how to save when they grow like weeds

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The girls are growing SO FAST. *They* say the days are long and the years are short, and it’s so true. I feel like time just breezes by when they’re no longer babies. It seems like Liv was just teething, and yesterday, she lost her first tooth. She was so ecstatic and I had to give myself the “don’t cry like a weirdo, be happy” pep talk. 

The girls

I love dressing the girls, and think it’s amazing that we can give so many of Liv’s hand-me-downs to P. We store bags of Liv’s old clothes, and mark them by size, so when P is ready for the next batch, all I have to do is find them and wash them. When we came to Tucson, I naively thought that we’d be good in the 18-24 month range for P’s clothes.

Fail. She’s now a 2T, and Liv’s 2-3T clothes are in Georgia waiting for us.

I also thought it would be cold here in Tucson, since you know, it’s supposed to be winter and everything.

Fail again. It’s been in the 70s and 80s.

Me in a romper from Thred Up

(Reef romper: $18.99, $71 retail)

thredUP to the rescue.

Thred up box

thredUP has become one of my favorite spots to pick up designer clothes for the girls and myself. It’s the largest online resale store, and they triple inspect everything by hand to ensure the items are in high-quality condition. Many of the items are like new, or new with tags, at up to 90% off retail price. 

They package everything beautifully, wrapped in tissue and with their own tags.

Thred up packaging

Here are some of the items I picked up recently:

Three Up Clothes

(Anthem of the Ants dress: $16.99 // Kate Spade dress: $81.99 // Gymboree dress: $10.99 // baby gap short-sleeve tees: $5.99 each // Reef romper: $18.99)

One of the things I love the most about thredUP is that they give you the ability to narrow down your search by brand. In the past, I’ve gotten overwhelmed browsing in secondhand stores because it’s tricky to find the brands you love in your size. I can’t imagine taking both girls to a consignment store and souring the racks. On thredUP, it takes a few clicks, and all of our favorite brands and available sizes are easy to browse and purchase. For the girls, I’ll search for Hanna Anderson, gap kids, Janie & Jack, and crewcuts, and for myself, I’ll browse Tory Burch, ASOS, Kate Spade, and Marc Jacobs.

Livi bear

(This dress was new with tags, and was $16.99. Retail price is $29)

If you have clothes that you’ve been wanting to sell, they make it extremely easy. You can order one of their Clean Out Kits, fill it with items you no longer want, and leave it on your doorstep for pickup. I’ve used this service a handful of times, and it’s so much more convenient than dragging everything to a consignment shop. (And then waiting for 18 years while someone sorts through my stuff and I mentally try to convince them to buy everything.)

I’ve found that it’s a huge cost savings (especially compared to retail!), and it’s also good for the planet. If 1 out of 100 american households shopped secondhand, they would collectively save 1.6 BILLION every year. That’s enough for each of those households to pay for 2 years of college. 

P rose

(Gymboree dress for $10.99, also new with tags. Retail price is $33)

I’ve found some treasures through thredUP, including this amazing Kate Spade dress for $81.99.

Me in Kate Spade

The retail price is $398!

My friends at thredUP offered this discount code if you’ve been wanting to try it! The first 100 reader friends to use the code FITNESS40 will get 40% off your first purchase. (New customers only and max discount is $50)

Hope you have a wonderful day and I’ll see you soon.



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  1. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on February 16, 2017 at 7:27 am

    I’ve been using thredUP for years and can honestly say it’s amazing!

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2017 at 10:53 am

      so happy you love it, too!

  2. Christina @ on February 16, 2017 at 7:27 am

    I love thredup, and love that romper! I’m going to have to shop for some – I missed wearing them last summer when I was super pregnant!

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2017 at 10:53 am

      haha i tried wearing them while pregnant and it didn’t work out well 😉

  3. Nathaly @NathyCure on February 16, 2017 at 7:33 am

    I’ve been looking up at thredUp for a long time now!

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2017 at 10:53 am

      it’s amazing! especially with that 40% off code, you can find some treasures 🙂

  4. Reenie on February 16, 2017 at 8:35 am

    All so cute ~ great finds. I really love Ms. P’s Kitty dress. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2017 at 10:52 am

      thank you! i love it too <3

  5. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on February 16, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Hi Gina! I’ve sent a bunch of stuff to ThredUp to sell, but never purchased from there. Seems like a great way to get cost-effective seasonal wear. LOVING your romper. Cute post! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2017 at 10:52 am

      thank you, friend!

  6. Jennifer on February 16, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Was the romper meant for Liv?

    • Sara on February 16, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Was there a point to this question?

    • Kim on February 16, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      Out of all bloggers, Gina is the most authentic, hard working , and personal to her readers. What a dumb disrespectful comment

      • Fitnessista on February 17, 2017 at 10:51 am


  7. Cassie on February 16, 2017 at 10:38 am

    I love thred up as well. Shop by size is a must but often underutilized at secondhand shops that just lump it as infant/toddler sizes. Um, no thank you.

  8. Sarah on February 16, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    I’ve got mixed feelings on thredup. I had a good experience with sending them my first bag, but then the payout took over six weeks. When I ordered my second bag it took three months for the bag to even get to me. By then I’d already taken the stuff to a consignment store and then the leftovers to Goodwill. I appreciate the good payout so perhaps in the future I’ll just have to keep a bag on hand to fill slowly.

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2017 at 10:52 am

      sometimes it does take a while. i think it’s because the demand is so high! the payout is great though, and i love that it’s more convenient than doing it myself

  9. Julia on February 17, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Hi Gina, good idea on the brand search. Do you like Mini Boden for the girls? I think you would. Their clothes are adorable. And that Gymboree Dress should last forever. I think Gymboree makes my favorite clothes. My goodness my boys go through pants and shirts and those are the only ones that last and stay looking nice.

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2017 at 10:50 am

      i do like mini bode and always forget about searching for it!!
      gymboree does have adorable clothes. it makes me sad because liv is outgrowing gymboree, but luckily p still has a little while

  10. Beth on February 17, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    This happened to a friend of mine—made me never want to try ThredUp even though it looks like they changed their policy…so shady!

  11. Annie on February 21, 2017 at 2:50 am

    I love thredUP! I’ve used it a few times to send my old clothes in and have found great items for myself and my 15 month old son! Also, your girls are just so cute!

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