Published on November 23, 2020—  Leave a comment

Employee Spotlight: You’ll Never Guess Product Manager Catherine’s Hacks for Secondhand Steals

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Welcome to Employee Spotlight, a thrEDIT original series featuring real-life thredUP employees. Meet Catherine, the brains behind Goody Boxes! Read on to learn more about her fave thredUP feature, sustainable living inspo, and best closet cleanout tips.

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Tell us what you do at thredUP.
I’m a product manager and I oversee our personal style service, Goody Boxes. I work closely with engineering, styling, marketing, data science, and other cross-functional teams to make sure we’re always evolving to better suit our customers’ needs when it comes to updating their closet.

What’s your favorite part about your job?
My favorite part about my job is learning about our customers and translating their feedback into product features they’ll love! Nothing is more motivating than speaking to our community and understanding what they love about Goody Boxes and Rescues.

What’s your fave thredUP feature?
Goody Boxes, of course! But really, as someone who actually preferred shopping in-store for a very long time, I love that all I have to do is fill out a quick quiz and our stylists will masterfully curate an assortment tailored to my preferences. Bringing the fitting room to my home is a huge plus!

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Name your top 3 favorite brands.
My top 3 favorite brands are AGOLDE, rag & bone, and Anine Bing. Every item I’ve bought from any of those three brands has become a serious wardrobe staple that I wear for years! Anything that has longevity and prevents me from having to replace it every season is a win.

Why do you think secondhand first?
Most importantly, for our planet. Women only wear 20% of their wardrobes, which means millions of items of clothing are sitting in closets basically unworn. If we all committed to thinking secondhand first, we could prevent these clothes from going into landfills, and cut down on the resource-draining production of new clothes. Additionally, I love the fact that secondhand allows me to always have that “new clothes feeling” without fueling overconsumption. I can rotate my wardrobe frequently guilt-free by selling and buying secondhand.

What percentage of your wardrobe is thrifted?
I would say 50% of my wardrobe is thrifted, 40% is rented, and 10% is bought new. Growing up I loved buying one-of-a-kind items at vintage stores, so once thrifting went online, it was a no-brainer. I also use Rent the Runway Unlimited to keep my wardrobe fresh without buying new clothes.

What was your most memorable thrifty find?
I LOVE overalls and jumpsuits, so scoring a pair of perfect Madewell denim overalls on thredUP was pretty unforgettable. Especially since I wear them at least once a week…

What’s your top secret tip for cleaning out your closet?
I build my “sell” pile one item at a time, rather than doing a deep clean all at once. I find going through my closet all at once to be pretty daunting, so instead I keep a basket at the back of my closet and add to it as I get dressed day-to-day and discover that something’s ready for a new home.

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Share your best life hack.
Overalls and jumpsuits…. and also time-batching. I live and die by my calendar, and scheduling chunks of time to work on certain tasks ensures that I don’t let distractions get in the way of my priorities for the day.

Share your best thrifty living tip.
Public libraries!

What are the ways that you stay sustainable?
Never leave home without a reusable water bottle and spare canvas tote bag, and buy local.

What are you looking forward to wearing most for fall/winter?
I love a cozy turtleneck sweater. I recently bought the softest R13 version on thredUP and am eager for temperatures that allow me to wear it!

Name the one thing you can’t live without.
Airpods. I haven’t even had them for that long and I’m entirely dependent.

What are you currently obsessed with?
The Sculpt Society app makes at-home workouts so fun.