National Thrift Day is this Saturday, August 17. I’m excited to announce my partnership with my favorite online resale site thredUP just in time to celebrate the day (stay tuned for a special promo at the end of this post). This year I’ve been really trying to implement greener practices into my life. I’m not perfect, but I’m working on making small changes that I know add up to make bigger differences. In addition to using reusable bags (I have a collection in my car ready for grocery runs and errands) and eliminating disposable coffee cups (I’ve only used seven total throughout the entire year so far), I’m also trying to shop less and to try for secondhand when I can.
I’ve been using thredUP for years and it’s such a great way to shop secondhand. As the world’s largest online thrift store, there is something for everyone. And it’s so much easier and more convenient than shopping in an actual thrift store, which can overwhelm me.
Since textile waste is such a huge issue– the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or incinerated every second– shopping at thredUP is a win/win. Win for you because you get to shop your favorite brands with prices up to 90% off estimated retail and a win for the environment because you keep clothes out of the landfill by giving them a second chance!
Because there is such a large inventory of items being added every day, I think shopping thredUP frequently is the best way to catch the one of a kind deals. I always make sure my sizes are inputted into my account so as I search, only things that would actually fit populate. And I do a mixture of sorting by my favorite brands (for example, I searched “vineyard vines” to find this skirt) and my favorite styles (for example, I searched “flats” to find the shoes). I also like to save my searches and get notified when new items become available. There are lots of ways you can customize your shopping experience to make it fun and easy.
I recently purchased this head-to-outfit and you wouldn’t believe how much I saved:
Nine West Flats: Estimated retail is $15, purchased for $8.99
Pearl Bracelet: Estimated retail is $24.99, purchased for $9.99
Kate Spade Clutch: Estimated retail is $398, purchased for $129.99
J. Crew Factory Blouse: Estimated retail is $35, purchased for $12.99
Vineyard Vines Skirt (new with tags!): Estimated retail is $71, purchased for $17.99
I paid $179.95 on thredUP, but the estimated retail total would have been $543.99. So my savings was $364.04!!!
I love that I was able to put together a complete outfit that is so very “me,” while saving money and saving clothes from ending up in a landfill! Not only do I feel good while wearing the outfit out of cuteness– I also feel good knowing I made a sustainable choice by shopping second hand.
If everyone in the US bought just one item used instead of new in 2019, it would save nearly 6 billion lbs of carbon emissions! In celebration of National Thrift Shop Day, join me in shopping secondhand and helping our wallets and the planet. thredUP is offering you all up to 50% off your first purchase by using the code “CARLY” at checkout. That’s on top of their already discounted prices, so don’t miss out! (Expires 8/31/19. Applies to new US and Canadian customers and redeemable online only. Items under $150. See site for full terms.)
Thank you thredUP for sponsoring this post!