Published on July 20, 2021—  Leave a comment

Employee Spotlight: Summer Interns Talk All Things Thrift

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Welcome to Employee Spotlight, a thrEDIT original series featuring real-life thredUP employees. We have a few of our summer interns here to talk about their work at thredUP and all things thrifting, fashion, and sustainability!

Katelyn, Operations Supervisor Intern

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Tell us where you go (or went) to school, what you do at thredUP, and what you’re most excited to learn about.

I graduated from Longwood University in May and will be starting my M.B.A. at the College of William & Mary this fall. I am an Operations Supervisor Intern at thredUP’s distribution center in Georgia this summer. I really want to learn how a company operates behind the scenes and see all of the processes that go into listing a product on our website.

Why do you think secondhand first?

Initially, I would buy secondhand clothes over brand new ones because of the price. It is easy to find used items that look brand new for a fraction of the retail price. After learning all of the environmental benefits of shopping secondhand, sustainability became another strong motivator for me. I try to buy almost all of my clothes secondhand now.

What are you currently obsessed with?

Fun-colored blazers! I love to dress professionally with a pop of color and just found a bubblegum pink blazer on the thredUP app that I can’t wait to wear.

Hannah, Marketing Communications Intern

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Tell us where you go (or went) to school, what you do at thredUP and what you’re most excited to learn about.

I’m a rising junior at Columbia University where I study sociology. At thredUP, I work on lots of buzzy campaigns that generate press! I want to learn about how a bigger company operates while also maintaining the energy of a startup. I also love learning about sustainability within the fashion industry and knowing everyone can make positive changes.

What was your most memorable thrifty find?

Three summers ago, I took fashion business classes in Paris and went all around the city looking for the best consignment stores. I found a little shop tucked away on a street – so narrow that cars couldn’t even drive on it. I found a silk blouse with a geometric pattern that was my first designer purchase (and for such a great price!).

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

I find it easier to take everything out and lay it on the floor and then sort through all the pieces. Then when you rearrange and reorganize everything in your closet, you can visually see how much less stuff you have. I also love having my friends over while I clean out so they can talk me out of keeping unnecessary pieces I never wear (they can get first dibs on the clothes I don’t want anymore).

Annie, Product Management Intern

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Tell us where you go (or went) to school, what you do at thredUP and what you’re most excited to learn about.

I am pursuing an M.S. in Environment & Sustainability and an M.B.A. at the Erb Institute at University of Michigan (Go Blue!). At thredUP, I am currently working on the Retention team as a Product Management Intern, focusing on thredUP’s Loyalty Program. I want to learn how to scale the resale economy among consumers and brands. I returned to school with the goal of learning how to facilitate a more circular economy within the fashion industry, so I feel very fortunate to be at a company that is actively doing just that.

What percentage of your wardrobe is thrifted?

Probably 90% (all but my socks, hosiery, and running shoes!). I was skeptical when I ordered my first secondhand pieces online years ago, as someone who does not like sifting through large piles or racks of clothes and feels risk averse when shopping peer-to-peer, and so I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to find pieces I love (and treasure) at such high quality and fair prices.

What are you currently obsessed with?

Midi dresses, high-waisted jeans, and the return of the 90s. (AND the Revive Collection – the Rent the Runway and thredUP collab!)

Chrissie, Copywriting Intern

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Tell us where you go (or went) to school, what you do at thredUP and what you’re most excited to learn about.

I’m a rising senior at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, majoring in journalism with two minors in marketing and business. This summer, I’m working with the marketing team on all things written – for instance, putting together this intern spotlight! I’m so excited to learn more about using a brand voice and shaping it to our customer base. Plus, I want to learn how to communicate thredUP’s message on fashion sustainability and inspire a new generation to thrift more for a better planet.

Share your best thrifty living tip.

Upcycle, upcycle, and (I cannot stress this enough) upcycle. If you’re getting bored of a piece in your closet, or you’re endlessly sifting through clothes while you thrift, spice it up and make it your own! There’s so many different DIY activities to choose from, even for totally un-crafty people like myself.

What are you looking forward to wearing most for summer?

Sunglasses! I’m definitely starting a collection of cool and quirky sunglasses. Whatever pair I pick for the day, it always pulls together my outfit and really helps my personality shine through.

Victoria, Product Management Intern

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Tell us where you go (or went) to school, what you do at thredUP and what you’re most excited to learn about.

I’m pursuing my M.B.A. at Columbia University. I am currently working on the Goody Box Team as a Product Management Intern. I am digging into the customer experience to understand what motivates customers to buy Goody Boxes and tailoring the experience to make it more fun, engaging, and efficient. I am excited to see what it is like to work at a rapidly growing e-commerce company with a sustainability focus!

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

I have a shopping addiction so I constantly have a Clean Out Kit while going through my closet. A rule I live by is if I haven’t worn it in the last year, it is time to let it go!

What are the ways that you stay sustainable?

I am trying to walk/bike more around the city so that I can reduce my carbon footprint – it is a great way to be outside while also being kind to the environment.

Evelyn, Brand Marketing Intern

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Tell us where you go (or went) to school, what you do at thredUP and what you’re most excited to learn about.

I recently graduated from UCLA with a major in cognitive science and minor in film! I’m working with the marketing team to spread brand awareness across different social channels and through influencer partnerships. I want to learn how to create and curate the most effective and engaging content. I fully believe in thredUP’s mission to keep clothes out of the landfill and want to help spread this mission to as many people as possible!

What percentage of your wardrobe is thrifted?

I’m so proud that about 80% of my wardrobe is thrifted! I started shopping solely secondhand about 3 years ago and have accumulated many fun thrifted goodies. My favorite thing is when people ask me where my clothes are from and I answer with “it’s thrifted!!!”

What are you looking forward to wearing most for summer?

Orange is the color of the summer (proclaimed by me) and I’m excited to wear orange, my trusty Birkenstocks, bright bikinis, and fun hats!

Catherine, Operations Manager Intern

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Tell us where you go (or went) to school, what you do at thredUP and what you’re most excited to learn about.

I’m a rising senior at Columbia University studying operations research. This summer I have been working as an Operations Manager Intern at the thredUP distribution center in Georgia. Learning the ins and outs of the DC’s outbound automation and work process has been incredibly valuable. During my internship, I am looking forward to enhancing sustainability practices across distribution center operations!

What was your most memorable thrifty find?

An unbranded spring black trench coat covered with ornate embroidered flowers!

Why do you think secondhand first?

I love knowing that my secondhand garments have a story and life of their own! Dressing in secondhand clothing allows me to essentially wear a collage, a fusion of past and present. My style is fluid, and secondhand garments allow me to further incorporate concepts of continuity and fluidity by wearing pieces that have an extended life.