Published on July 14, 2017 — Leave a comment

Employee Spotlight: Product Wiz Kylie Johnson Spills Her Secondhand Secrets

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Welcome to Employee Spotlight, a thrEDIT original series featuring real-life thredUP employees. Tech product wiz Kylie Johnson has been with thredUP for over six years (in tech land that’s a loooong time). She first joined as an engineer and is now a key member of our product team. It’s her job to identify new product features that make our site easy and fun to shop. All those awesome new features you love: likely masterminded by Kylie and her team. Here, Kylie opens up about how much of her closet is actually secondhand and gives out her top secret thrifting tips. Prepare to be wowed.

P.S. We’ve hidden a chance to win $100 to shop somewhere in this post! Tag. You’re it!


What site feature are you most excited about right now?

Favoriting and My thredUP. My thredUP is basically a curated spot on our site just for you. It houses personal style recommendations based on your search and buying history, brands we think you’ll love, and all your favorited styles.

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What do you love most about working at thredUP?

I love the people and the energy.

How would describe thredUP in five words or less?

Addictive, honorable, the way of the future.

What’s your top secret tip to shopping on thredUP?

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Recent searches.

Recent searches. I use them constantly. It brings up all the things that I’m hunting for. Personally, I’m always looking for Cuyana items.

What’s the first you do when you wake up in the morning?

I wake up at 6:00am and the first thing I do is I grab my phone, open thredUP, and check my recent searches. When you find something you’ve been looking for, you feel like you’ve found a needle in a haystack, a treasure.

What’s your top secret tip to cleaning out your closet?


Clean Out Bags are the perfect closet-refresh hack! [Photo from @cctxthrift]

I used to be a little bit of a hoarder with my clothes and I like to have a lot of options, but I’ve gotten to the point where if I don’t feel excited about something, even if it was expensive, it immediately goes into a Clean Out Bag.

How would you describe your style?

Classic and comfortable and simple. My style is simpler than it used to be.

What percentage of your wardrobe is thrifted?

A high percentage! Most days, all of my clothing items have come from thredUP. So, it’s probably about 80-90%. It’s high!

Why do you think #secondhandfirst?


You just can’t beat the value. There are a lot of things in my closet that I would never have if I had to spend full retail price. But they’re things that I wear constantly. I think shopping secondhand has made my closet higher quality, and I just like what’s in there a lot more. And there’s zero guilt. Zero guilt over the money and zero guilt over buying new items. There’s perfectly good clothing out there that people just aren’t wearing.

On your wish list:

Since I live and work in San Francisco, I‘m pretty addicted to cashmere sweaters year-round. I have one by TSE and another by J.Crew and they’re both from the same seller on thredUP. I found one and loved it so much that I went back to all the items from that seller and bought more of her stuff. So basically, I’m stealing her entire closet.

What’s the one thing you keep buying over and over?

J Brand jeans.

What’s your best life hack?

Getting up early. It gives me time to prepare of the day and prioritize the important stuff.

Best thing you’ve bought on thredUP?


Source: Vanity Fair.

So, I managed to find the exact Issa London blue Kate Middleton engagement dress on thredUP, and I didn’t buy it at first, and it was purchased. And I was shopping one day and it had been returned, and I immediately snagged it. I did not make that mistake twice! I don’t know how it ended up on thredUP, but it was in my size, and it was perfect.

Leave a comment here and tell us about your favorite thredUP find of all time. On July 31. 2017, we’ll pick one commenter to win $100 to shop on thredUP.