Published on August 17, 2020—  Leave a comment

Happy National Thrift Shop Day! Staffers Share Their First Secondhand Score

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It’s National Thrift Shop Day and we’re in the mood to celebrate all things thrift! Whether it was decades ago, or a more recent find, you always remember your first thrifted treasure. Today, our stylish staffers are sharing their very first thrift discovery that got them totally hooked on shopping secondhand. Plus, check out their best shopping hacks for thrifting on thredUP!

Kesha, Merchandiser

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Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do at thredUP.

I was born and raised in Georgia but I’ve lived in all sectors of the US (East, West, Midwest, Down South) as well as overseas. In terms of style, I’m a Georgia peach with the style of a New Yorker!! I have a master’s degree in Fashion Merchandising from The Academy of Art San Francisco. My secondhand career started from creating an online vintage boutique/brand called Karomel Sundae Vintage Clothing which I later transitioned into wardrobe styling (my side hustle).

I’m the merchandiser at our Pennsylvania warehouse, where I supervise a team of assistant merchandisers. We ensure accurate pricing for premium brands as well as authenticate designer brands such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Chanel, Hermes! I’m also responsible for conducting brand training, correcting pricing, and engaging with customers.

What was your most memorable thrifty find?

I bought a men’s 1940’s three-piece suit from one of my favorite vintage/secondhand shops in Brooklyn, NY a couple of years ago. I used this suit to style a photoshoot that was later featured in a magazine!

What’s your best thredUP shopping hack?

Because I am an avid thrifter, I know what kind of brands I gravitate towards for different occasions. I usually search for items by brand name as well as keywords (for example, I will search wide leg jeans or silk top) on thredUP.

If I’m not totally sure about an item, I add it to my favorites so I can easily come back to it!

Why do you think secondhand first?

There are three main reasons why I think secondhand first. One, I don’t want to spend my hard-earned money on companies that do not value their workers. Two, buying secondhand reduces my carbon footprint and contributes to less landfill waste. Three, I love expressing my creativity in the way that I dress! The best way to rock totally unique looks is to buy secondhand clothing.

What percentage of your wardrobe is thrifted?

Before Covid-19, my closet was at least 99% thrifted, but I’ve been watching too many fashion hauls on YouTube. My closet is around 97% thrifted now. I regret most of my Covid-related non-secondhand purchases, haha!

Sophia Liu, Product Designer

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Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do at thredUP.

I’m a product designer, and I work with my team to improve the shopping experience on the thredUP website and app. Lucky for me, my job requires tons of research, browsing, and testing out new features on the app, so I get lots of opportunities to keep my eyes peeled for cute items.

What is your most memorable thrift find?

I snatched a Mara Hoffman silk skirt for $40, which retails for $334. This gorgeous skirt has traveled with me around the world and is a closet go-to especially for the summertime. I love getting to try high quality designer brands at a fraction of the price.

What’s your best thredUP shopping hack?

Use filters and save your searches! I have a saved search filtered by all of my favorite brands, and another filtered by natural fabrics like cotton, silk, and cashmere. Sometimes browsing all of the items on the site can be overwhelming, and my saved searches are a great starting place.

Why do you think secondhand first?

I started thrifting as a teenager to experiment with fashion. My sister and I would shamelessly browse racks of used clothing at Goodwill and treasure hunt for vintage or trendy items I’d never buy at full price. I knew my money went towards providing jobs to people in need, but little did I know how much I was also helping the environment in this world of fast fashion, carbon emissions, water pollution, and textile waste. Now, with thredUP, I no longer have to rely on physical thrift stores. I can search for just about every brand I love, and get my shopping done  on a crowded subway car on my way to work (pre-covid times, of course). I love fashion and choosing used allows me to extend the life of pre-owned garments and feel great about my impact on the planet.

What percent of your wardrobe is thrifted?

75% and growing. Last year I made a resolution to only shop secondhand, and it has transformed my closet for the better. I’ve learned to embrace the idea of slow fashion and really think about the longevity of garments I buy. I choose fabrics that wash and age well, and find colors that work well in my wardrobe. Because it’s also affordable, I’ve been able to invest in long-lasting pieces like cashmere sweaters and upgrade basics like denim jackets and over-the-knee boots. I’m so much happier with the state of my closet now, and being able to pour my love for fashion into building a sustainable wardrobe is extremely fun and rewarding.

Tyler Mueller, Merchandiser

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Tell us a little about yourself and what you do at thredUP.

I am the merchandiser for our Illinois warehouse. I oversee a team of assistant merchandisers that do pricing and authentication for luxury/premium brands including Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Gucci, and Alexander McQueen.

What is your most memorable thrift find?

My vintage 90’s Versace silk button down! Versace is my favorite brand by far for its creative take on daily fashion. I love how the aesthetic is simplistic, yet fierce. 

What’s your best thredUP shopping hack?

My best shopping hack for thredUP is to follow a seller’s closet. Scroll to the bottom of an item’s page and click “More From This Seller” to see everything they list. I love this because I can find people who have the same style and love the same brands that I do.

Why do you think secondhand first?

It’s something we can control to better our planet! Until I got my degree in Fashion Merchandising, I was mostly familiar with fast fashion. It was so eye opening to see how wasteful we can be as consumers. That’s why I am so ecstatic to be working for thredUP and making a difference in how the world thinks about fashion and shopping.

What percent of your wardrobe is thrifted?

I would say about 30% of my wardrobe is thrifted. Definitely not enough, but I wear a lot of my clothing ‘til it can’t be worn anymore.

Now it’s your turn. Tell us about your first thrift discovery in the comments below.