Published on August 27, 2018 — Leave a comment

Mini Staffer Spotlight: Find Out What the Next Gen Really Thinks About Shopping Secondhand

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Welcome to Employee Spotlight, a thrEDIT original series featuring real-life thredUP staffers (and their kids!). In our first thredUP kid edition, we chatted with the off-spring of some of our most passionate in-house thrifters. These kids may not know exactly what job their parents do at thredUP, but they definitely know about our big collective job—to inspire a new generation of consumers to think secondhand first. And by the looks of it here, it’s a job being well done.

Cora, 10. Daughter of Erin Wallace, Brand Director

What does your mom do at thredUP?
Um, marketing? I don’t know, I think. Head of some team.
Why do you think it’s important to think secondhand first?
Because it’s good for the environment!
If you wanted to convince your friends to buy secondhand clothes what would you say to them?
Maybe you could convince them by saying it could save an animal. I think that’s really cute.
What’s your favorite item of clothing?
Loose shirts
How much of your wardrobe is secondhand?
10%?
Mom says: It’s WAY more than that!
What do you do with the clothes that no longer fit you?
Either donate or hand them down.
What’s the first thing you do when you get home from school?
Play with Raindrop, my bearded dragon.
What’s your favorite activity to do with your mom?
Get our nails done.
Daily uniform:
Jeans and a T-shirt, but make it STYLISH!
One thing in your wardrobe you can’t live without:
I once put my lizard in my wardrobe, so can I say Raindrop? Otherwise, maybe jeans.
Favorite song:
Glorious by Macklemore.
Describe your personal style:
I generally like blues or navy blues and keep it simple.
Book you’re currently reading:
The Black Stallion’s Sulky Colt.
Best thing about your neighborhood:
I can walk everywhere.
First thing you do every morning:
Turn on Raindrop’s light and hold him.
Overrated:
That Fortnite video game.

Karina, 4 1/2. Daughter of Karen Wei, Product Design Lead

What does your mom do at thredUP?
She works.
Why do you think it’s important to think secondhand first?
Because it’s good to share clothes with others.
How much of your wardrobe is secondhand?
10%.
Mom says: 95% of her wardrobe was handed down from my niece. (It’s amazing!)
What do you do with the clothes that no longer fit you?
I give them away to little kids.
What’s your favorite activity to do with your mom?
Play toys.
What’s your favorite thing to do after school?
Watch TV.
One thing in your wardrobe you can’t live without:
My Moana dress.
Favorite song:
Let It Go and Frozen Heart from the movie Frozen.
Describe your personal style:
I like to wear dresses.
On your fall wish list:
An Elsa doll with high heel shoes and all different clothes and different shoes.
Book you’re currently reading: 
Princess and the Pop Star.
Best thing about your neighborhood:
My neighbor Olivia. I like to play outside with her.

Lucas, 8. Son of Alon Rotem, General Counsel

What does your dad do at thredUP?
He helps sell clothing.
Why do you think it’s important to think secondhand first?
Because thredUP is a good company to buy clothing from.  If you didn’t have clothing, you’d be naked in the cold in front of everybody.
How much of your wardrobe is secondhand?
Almost half of it.
What do you do with the clothes that no longer fit you?
I either give them away to my buddies or to thredUP.
What’s your favorite activity to do with your dad?
Play basketball.
Favorite song:
Natural by Imagine Dragons.
Describe your personal style:
Matchy, matchy athletic.
On your fall wish list:
PS4.
Book you’re currently reading:
13 Story Treehouse
Best thing about your neighborhood:
My friends.

Izzy, 6. Daughter of Alon Rotem, General Counsel

What does your dad do at thredUP?
Sell clothing.
What do you do with the clothes that no longer fit you?
Give them to thredUP or to my friends.
What’s the first thing you do when you get home from school?
Eat a snack.
What’s your favorite thing to do after school?
See my doggies and play with them.
Daily uniform:
Skirts and shirts and shorts.
Favorite song:
Your Anything by Taylor Swift.
On your fall wish list:
A new backpack.
Book you’re currently reading:
Biscuit Finds a Friend.
Something no one knows about you:
That I like basketball.
Best thing about your neighborhood:
That I have friends and live on a cul-de-sac.
Overrated:
Oh I know! Sunscreen!

Dries, 8. Daughter of Allison Klein Backer, Brand Editor

What does your mom do at thredUP?
She’s a writer.
Why do you think it’s important to think secondhand first?
To not waste stuff. It’s good for the environment and it’s cheaper.
If you wanted to convince your friends to buy secondhand clothes what would you say to them?
It’s cheaper.
What’s your favorite item of clothing?
My Hanna Andersson purple star dress that I got at thredUP.
How much of your wardrobe is secondhand?
Half of it.
What do you do with the clothes that no longer fit you?
I give them to thredUP.
What’s the first thing you do when you get home from school?
Play Fortnite.
What’s your favorite activity to do with your mom?
Go roller skating.
Daily uniform:
Dress and Vans.
Favorite song:
Riders on the Storm by The Doors.
On your fall wish list:
A phone.
Book you’re currently reading:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Best thing about your neighborhood:
I can walk to Starbucks.
Overrated:
Fanny packs.

Are your kids thredUP’s biggest little fans? Tell us why your family shops secondhand first in the comments below!