How to Thrift on ThredUp and Find Cute Clothes

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If you have not heard of ThredUp, it is essecialy an online thrift store. Actually, it’s the biggest online thrift store! They only accept high quality clothes and have clothes from everyday brands like J. Crew and Old Navy, to designer brands like Calvin Klein and Gucci. They have thousands of clothing pieces to choose from and to be honest, it’s almost overwheming how much they have! But if you know how to search their site, you cn find some really amazing clothes.

Before I continue with my tips on how to thrift at ThredUp, I just wanted to say that I am not being sponsored by ThredUp. All of my tips and opinions are coming from me, and I want to give you the best possible experience if you choose to try ThredUp.

A Bit About ThredUp

Firstly, I’d like to elaborate a bit more on ThredUp itself. It is an online thrift store so everything on the site is second hand and is sold below the retail price. However, they do have high quality clothes from high quality brands, so their prices are more towards affordable than cheap. What I mean is you might find a dress originally priced around $40 and pay about $25 for it. This is a bit more expensive than the $10 dress you may discover in a store front thrift store. But it is still significantly cheaper than purchasing these clothes at retail price.

I would also like to mention that they are online so it does cost to ship the clothes to you, and you must spend $79 to qualify for free shipping. I usually until I am ready to spend at least $80 on clothes before I make a purchase so I can get the free shipping.

I’d also like to add that you can only keep items in your cart for 4 hours so keep an eye on that! You are able to add it back into your cart so long as no one else has taken it yet.

Using Filters

Using the filters is probably the most important thing to do when thrifitng on ThredUp. Like I said, they have thousands of clothes listed on their site. The first filter you’ll want to use is the sizing. You can select all your sizes and even save them for later. This is super helpful so you aren’t sifting through clothes that aren’t even your size. Here are all the ways you can filter your search:

  • Category (dresses, pants, tops, etc)
  • Ways to shop (new arrivals, on sale, etc)
  • Brand
  • Size
  • Color
  • Price
  • Condition
  • Material
  • Pattern
  • Accents

If you are looking for somethig specific I recommend using as many filters as possible to help narrow it down. I personally always filter by condition (new and like new only), size, and price. Those are my go-to filters and I have had some great results!

Shopping by Brand

While I believe filtering is essensial for narrowing down your search to a reasonable number of clothes, sorting by brand is how you’ll find cute clothes. Let me break it down for you. When thrifting, there are essensially three categories of clothes you’ll find: vintage, early 2000’s, and contemporary. You are generally going to want to find clothes in the first and last category. Clothes from the early 2000’s are out of style and not what we are looking for. You want to shop by brands that are so old they are considered vintage, sell vintage styles, or are new enough that nothing is out of style yet. I personally have a thing for vintage so that’s what I go for, but they have clothes from new brands like Free people and Urban Outfitters. You’ll want to avoid brands like Abercrombie and Fitch or anything that was popular in the early 2000s and is out of style. Here are my favorite brands to shop aThredUp:

  • J Crew
  • Free People
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Liz Claiborne
  • Reformation
  • The Vintage Shop
  • Hell Bunny
  • Trixxi

The last for are more of my personal style (vintage/retro) but they all have very cute clothes. Some brands like Reformation and Free People are on the more expensive side but they are still cheaper than buying retail and they have amazing clothes!

These are my tips on how to thrift at ThredUp. I hope you will try them out, and if you do decide to give them a try you can use my like to get $10 off your first purchase!

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