Published on February 24, 2017 — Leave a comment

How To Save Your Money AND Get New Clothes (A.K.A. Win At Life)

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While we believe here at thredUP that all items are better secondhand — pre-loved, if you will — we understand that you might not have fully switched over to the resale lifestyle yet. So with that in mind, we wanted to give you the low-down on which items you absolutely must be shopping secondhand. If you’re paying retail price for any of the five type of items below, you’ve gotta stop. There’s no need! Save those Benjamins, buy secondhand, and still win at life.

1. Designer: Do you have a thing for designer clothes but can’t typically afford it? Us, too. Luckily, with secondhand you can find almost-new designer clothes for less than half of what they cost on the original rack. A Theory top for $34? Now that is in our budget!


@_thefab3 rocking a Ralph Lauren cashmere sweater.


2. Trendy Pieces: Interested in trying out a new trend but afraid to spend major cash on an item you might not wear a ton? Solution: Find it secondhand. Secondhand shopping makes it easy to play with your clothes and experiment a little. That leaves you with a little wiggle room to splurge on classic pieces that you know will stand the test of time, too.


@catherineinthecity in a trendy faux fur Zara jacket, (obviously) bought secondhand.

3. Premium Denim: By “premium,” we mean designer jeans from brands like J Brand, 7 for All Mankind, Paige, Rag and Bone, and  Joe’s Jeans, just to name a few. Premium denim is made to last, so it’s pretty much begging to be bought secondhand. Don’t spend major $$ when you can get it a major discount in the same quality, and without the worry of shrinkage.


Premium denim at half the price would make us want to kick our feet up, too! Photo from @shelbygoodman.

4. Handbags: Handbags can be one of the most expensive items in your closet, as we are all well aware of. But get this: if you buy a bag secondhand, not only are you saving dinero but you can probably buy two bags now! We also all know that different occasions call for different bags, so build your bag wardrobe buy choosing resale over retail.


Can you believe @keizahh got this bag secondhand?!

5. Kid’s/ Teen Clothes: Kids grow out of their clothes at lightening speed. It’s mind-boggling, really. In fact, most parents end up with their kid’s clothes that were never even worn. Thankfully, you can find good-quality, hardly-worn used clothes for your kids/ teens for about a quarter of the cost of new ones. We can’t think of a single reason to buy your kiddo a brand-new jacket they’ll be too big for come next season. We repeat, no need!


@lindseybadenhop and her kiddos playing in secondhand clothes.


Leave a comment telling us about your favorite item(s) to buy secondhand.