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How We Save Mulah on Clothing

I have this theory… The less I can spend on groceries / cable / clothing / the bare necessities, the more I can spend on home decor and DIY projects. I’ve come to terms with my obsession. Coupon clipping = pretty, new throw pillows.

I’ve shared before how we save money on our everyday budget, and after mentioning that I used an online consignment site called thredUP to shop for clothes, I found out many of you had never heard of it. Gasp! 

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Y’all. Maybe I shouldn’t tell you about it because you will legitimately be hooked forever and just want to sit and shop online all the time. (But there’s a discount at the end of this post, so that makes it better, right?)

One of my favorite things to do on a random afternoon is visit my local thrift stores to find great furniture to refinish, but when it comes to the clothing racks, I walk right past them. Mostly because I don’t usually have the patience the dig through racks and bins of sometimes smelly, often ripped and dirty clothing that’s hardly worth the effort.

But since Olivia is usually tagging along when I’m shopping for clothes for myself and tries to crawl under dressing room stalls, I’m all “online shopping for the win” over here.

Whenever I feel like clothes shopping now, I pop over to the thredUP site, search my size, and pick secondhand designer clothes that are in excellent or like new condition. Their inventory changes every day, so I like checking out what they’ve added on the regular.

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A few days after checkout, the goodie box arrives. It comes wrapped so nicely with everything perfectly folded. (Lola didn’t get any puppy fashion in it though… sad face.)

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And the clothes are tagged, so even though they’re technically not new, they still feel new. Some of the items came with the store tags still on them too though.

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I got Olivia a few outfits to start her off for back-t0-school this year.

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These pink Baby Gap jeans were $35 retail and I got them on thredUP for $9. And her chambray Carter’s shirt was $26 retail and I got it for $7.

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This pink/red floral H&M shirt was $4 marked down from $10 and jeans were $5 marked down from $13.

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This outfit ended up being her favorite- a blush skirt for $5 marked down from $19 and an Olive Juice boutique brand sweater for $8 marked down from $43. She looks like a little Audrey Hepburn in this getup! I can’t stand the cuteness!

The good thing is if anything ends up not fitting well, I can send it right back and it’s completely free shipping.

I picked up a big haul of clothes too since my wardrobe mostly consists of paint splattered yoga pants. 😉 And the whole lot of them was full of brands I’m hardly ever able to afford otherwise.

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I’ve struggled a little bit with my weight ever since Olivia was born and have just recently gotten back on track, so most days I just throw on a T-shirt and jeans. It feels amazing to treat myself with new clothes on the rare occasion though. And if I can spend less on them, I don’t feel guilty.

I’m no fashion blogger or model AT. ALL. But my size 8, mom bod self had fun in front of the camera for a quick fashion show.

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Outfit 1:  I LOVE this outfit! It’s going to be perfect transitioning from summer into fall. I got the Aldo brand lace cardigan for $35 ($119 retail). The Old Navy skinny jeans were $10 ($35 retail).

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Outfit 2: I almost didn’t buy this funky top, but I’m so glad I did. It’s so different from what I’d normally choose from the rack and the fringe is a lot of fun. I paid $10 for it ($30 retail). And the pink cords from Ann Taylor Loft were $18 ($70 retail). The gray suede Diesel booties were $22 ($167 retail WOAH!)

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Outfit 3: I couldn’t resist this pretty dress for a fancy date night with Robert or a wedding that might pop up sometime in the near future. It’s from Ann Taylor Loft and cost me $17 ($80 retail).

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Outfit 4:  I fully plan on rockin’ this cardigan in the preschool pickup line that I got for $25 ($89 retail) and these Old Navy jeans I got for $8 ($35 retail).

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Outfit 5:  If we end up going to any football games this fall, this Neiman Marcus cardigan is definitely coming with me. I paid $40 and it was originally $240! WHAT?! Not in this lifetime.

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Outfit 6:  I picked up this lightweight Gap blouse for $14 ($45 retail) and Ann Taylor silk scarf for $26 ($89 retail) for those warm Southern fall days. Our weather gets really confusing this time of year, so it’s lightweight layers all the way around here.

If you’re in the mood to do a closet purge, you can sell your clothes on thredUP too. I haven’t tried it yet, but I have a big pile of office style clothing from my teaching days calling my name. To declutter and clean out your closet, you can order a Clean Out Bag, fill it with items you want to sell, place the bag outside of your front door for pick-up, and wait for your payout.

If the day ever comes that we decide to have another baby, I’ll definitely be getting all of my maternity clothes from this site. I wish it had been around when I was pregnant with Olivia.

So yay for ditching the stained gym clothes and pajamas in public! (Okay, I wasn’t quite as bad as pjs in public, but it was getting really close.)

If you want to try out shopping on thredUP for yourself, you can get 40% off your entire order of up to $50 using the code BLESS40 (for first time shoppers only).

You think they could make a home decor version of this site? With curtains and wall decor and home accents? That’d be pretty amazing too. Somebody make that happen.

Happy shopping, y’all!

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  1. I had never heard of thredUP until now. I know, I know. SHAME on me! LOL And I call myself a shopper! HA! I am soooo on it after I write this message! My teen will be when she gets home, I am SURE!

    I AM one to root thru racks at Goodwill, Salvation Army, and my local thrift stores….along with the clearance racks in stores. I have trained up this kid of mine and now she LOVES finding stuff from back in the day and re-styling it with her current wardrobe. She is a self made fashionista and her friends LOVE her style.

    Our local Goodwill stores have had Sunday specials…the 2 sale colors are a BUCK. WHATT?!!! You don’t have to tell me twice! LOL So after church we head right over. We got her a prom dress that sells for $350…for a BUCK! It has to be taken in, but I can do that in my sleep. Her prom isn’t til next year, but why wait? I told her we should start collecting BUCK gowns for her friends and then then can come over and choose something and I can alter it and make a few bucks. WE have not found one yet. Figures. Too many shoppers buying them up on Sunday mornings while we are praising the Lord. LOL

    WE got a black crochet overlay dress that sells at Macy’s for $180….for a buck.
    We find Jones New York stuff for her a lot at the one local thrift shop run by the hospital. Somebody who wears her size, who loves Jones, must donate there a lot. I run across designer sport coats for hubby as well.

    I have picked up things for other people. I found a sport coat for one of the reverends at our church. And a cute jacket for another lady. I see things and say “Oh I wish I knew sister so-and-so’s size…this would look great on her.” LOL My pastor had on a way cool suit the other day. He said he got it at Goodwill like 20 yrs ago. He has recently slimmed down so he is sporting it and it looks NEW.
    Go ‘head Pastor! hahaha

    Recently I have become a Craigslist junky. LOL I have gotten baby stuff at such good deals it makes my head spin. And nice people throw in extras when I tell them it’s for a young couple who are poor and have nothing. I got a red enameled cast iron 10 Qt dutch oven for $35. NEW. Those things run about $125! I see a lot of furniture I could redo…some for free, but the “boss” said NO, not til we organize what we have. OOOH the pain!!! LOL I also need a place to sell my redo’s…then I will be able to start dragging them home. LOL In time.

    1. Last night I wore a totally thrifted outfit to our anniversary dinner. A Chico’s jacket, a white sleeveless t-shirt, a silk Violet & Chelsea skirt, and Gianni Bini (94 cents!) shoes. I have to be in the mood to shope at thrift stores for clothes, but when I do, I almost always find something worthwhile.

      Sometimes I find name brand things that won’t fit me. I sell them on eBay or a local FB garage sale page. I found a $112 Chico’s jacket with tags for $12. I sold it on eBay for $75.

      I’ve given up on thredup. They pay too little.

    2. Oh my goodness, Robin. I chuckled the whole time reading you comment. You are too cute! Facebook buy/sell/trade groups are awesome too if you need a place to sell the great finds you flip / take in. 🙂

  2. Your posts are so cool, love em so much. Morning coffee & Lauren! This post on the thredUP is so great BUT do you know if they ship to Canada? Hoping!!!

    1. Aw thank you, Eve!! I just looked and unfortunately they don’t ship to Canada. :-/ But hopefully they’ll branch out to y’all soon! Fingers crossed.

  3. Just let me tell you: You look lovely and beautiful. And yes, those clothes do suit you well, but it’s not them you owe that to 🙂

    From a mom struggling to get herself in shape ever since her young adulthood 😉

    1. You are SO sweet, Marei! Thank you! I’m finally at the point in my life after having a baby where I’m feeling comfortable in my own skin. We’re our own worst critics I think.

  4. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post. First – for heaven’s sake – even your dog is beautiful! Secondly, I’d never heard of thredUP, so thank you SO MUCH for sharing. I’ll be getting online TO-DAY! And, an extra 40% off? I. Cannot. Wait. Lastly, your idea of a home décor version of thredUP is genius. That would be amazing. Fingers crossed that it happens. Thanks!

    1. Thank you, Linda! Lola flaunts her cuteness way too often to get her way. 😉 She runs this place. Yes! ThredUp is da bomb!!! It’s so not typical for me to share fashion related stuff here, but it’s too good not to share. Hope you find some great stuff!

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