Employee Spotlight: Here’s How Shopper Insights Manager Stefanie Thrifts Guilt-Free
Welcome to Employee Spotlight, a thrEDIT original series featuring real-life thredUP employees. Our Shopper Insights Manager, Stefanie, is a thrifting expert and loves helping her fellow treasure hunters find great deals at our retail stores. Read on to find out her top tip for guilt-free thrifting.
What do you do at thredUP?
I’m the Shopper Insights Manager for thredUP’s retail stores. Shopping is a different experience for everybody, the more we know about what shoppers need, the better experience we can offer! My job is to connect with and understand thrifters who shop in-stores through surveys, focus groups and research. It’s always exciting to meet people who love secondhand as much as we do!
What do you love most about working at thredUP?
I’m constantly inspired by the team-wide energy and passion to solve difficult problems. I also love that we are encouraged to test new things, be creative and fail.
Name your top 3 favorite brands.
I love the boho look! Free People is my #1 brand for trendy yet totally relaxed silhouettes. Their floral print dresses go with everything in my closet.
Between staying active, running errands, and just being a mom, life gets pretty busy. Lululemon is my one-and-done choice for days where I need to get up and go.
For all you prospective moms out there, I absolutely love and recommend maternity brands Ingrid & Isabel and Storq! Chic, simple, and extremely comfortable.
Why do you think secondhand first?
I love that shopping secondhand allows me to buy better quality brands and items at better prices. I have so much fun scoring treasures and thrifting makes me feel like I am doing good for the planet. Right now, about 60% of my wardrobe is thrifted, but I’m swapping out new with more secondhand items all the time.
What’s your top secret tip to shopping on thredUP?
Filters are your friend. thredUP has millions of items online at all times and thousands of arrivals daily. There’s not enough time in the day to sort through them all! You can filter by size, style, color, and more so you can get to the good stuff faster. It’s especially helpful when you’re looking for jeans.
What’s your most memorable thrifty find?
My nude-colored Stuart Weitzman heels that I got for $60 bucks on thredUP is hands-down my biggest thrift score! They were so fun and comfortable that I ended up wearing them at my wedding last August!
What’s your top secret tip to cleaning out your closet?
I love shopping, but I also like to stay mindful about my impact. To keep my sprees guilt-free, I always give something away every time I buy something. That’s my rule. That way I always stay accountable for my shopping and I know exactly what’s in my closet!
I always have a thredUP Clean out kit open in my closet so I can immediately swap out clothes that don’t bring joy with my new scores. Easy and guilt-free!
Share your best life hack.
Do something active every day. When you are in a slump or feeling low, get outside for a walk or put on some music and dance solo.
Share your best thrifty living tip.
We’re all guilty of buying clothes that we only wear once and forget. Invest in basics that you love and get creative with wearing the rest of your closet. Rediscovering a piece in your closet is the best feeling ever.
What are the ways that you stay sustainable?
Even the tiniest eco-friendly changes to your life can make a difference. I bring green to every facet of my life. I use a hydroflask water bottle versus plastic. I always buy secondhand first for clothing and furniture. I compost and try and eat a mostly plant-based diet.
What styles are you looking forward to wearing most for spring and summer?
Dresses and jumpsuits! I am so excited for the sun to come out so I can rock my favorite floral sundresses. Especially with wedding season around the corner.
What’s your secret for shopping guilt-free? Is it swapping out stuff in your closet like Stefanie, or is it shopping sustainable brands or secondhand to reduce your footprint? Tell us in the comments below!
Leave a comment here and tell us about your favorite secondhand find of all time. On April 30th, 2019, we’ll randomly select one (1) commenter on this blog post to win $100.00 to shop at thredUP.com.