Employee Spotlight: Email Developer Angel Tells Us What It’s like to Be Mickey Mouse
Welcome to Employee Spotlight, a thrEDIT original series featuring real-life thredUP employees. Say hi hello to Angel, an animal lover, pro DIY-er, *NSYNC’s #1 fan, former Mickey Mouse suit-wearer (!!), and newest member of the thredUP team. Learn all about her thrifty tips (SO many gems, people) and her time at the most magical place on earth.
What do you do at thredUP?
I’m an email developer. I code all the emails that end up in your inbox! I decided to apply for the position after a long and convincing discussion with my cat Gordon. I love thredUP’s mission, it feels great to be able to put my skill set towards a cause and company whose mission aligns with my own.
Why do you think secondhand first?
I’m a child of immigrants, so resources were limited when growing up. I learned at a young age not to waste anything and also not to pay full price! My parents instilled those values in me and I never want to forget them.
What percentage of your wardrobe is thrifted?
About 25%. I did the math when I looked at my shoe collection, 1 in 4 shoes are secondhand.
What’s your top secret tip to shopping on thredUP?
ALWAYS save your searches! I make saved searches for all my favorite brands, like Everlane, Madewell, and Vans. I am constantly going through Vans sneakers. I wear them almost every day so they wear out fast for me. That gets pretty expensive after a while! I’m always on the lookout for a pair of secondhand Vans, so I saved a search for Vans in my size. Any time a pair pops up in my size, I buy them instantly! It makes it so easy to get what I need fast, even when I’m on the go.
What’s your top secret tip to cleaning out your closet?
I’m not sure if I’m the best person to answer this question because I definitely keep things in my closet for way too long. But I try to only keep things that truly bring joy, thanks KonMari! It also helps that I keep track of every piece in my closet, so all my clothes get their day in the sun.
What was the best deal you scored on thredUP?
A Levi’s denim jacket that was practically brand new. It had all these floral embellishments on the back which was not my style. I covered them up with a back patch that I made out of an old shirt to make it more me. Another fun way to upcycle your old graphic tees!
Tell us about your time at Disney! What’s your #1 hack for any Disney goers?
For a brief time, I worked at Walt Disney World doing characters. As part of my training, I attended a week-long character boot camp where I learned all the mannerisms of my characters, like how to write their autographs, and how to move inside the costume (spoiler alert, it’s PRETTY hard!). Contrary to popular belief, there is no A/C or fans in those costumes and in the Florida heat it can be grueling. You can barely see anything from inside of them! It was definitely the hardest, most physically demanding job I’ve ever had. But it was a great experience!
As for my best tip for any Disney fans out there, september is the best time to go. School starts and most people are back from vacation, so the parks are less busy. My biggest tip though is to download the app! You can add fast passes to skip lines and also make restaurant reservations in the palm of your hand. It makes planning a day at the park (or a couple of days!) so much easier, and you’ll save so much more time.
We heard you love pop stars! What’s your fave pop star moment?
I’m 100% team *NSYNC. I got to see them receive their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last year.
What’s your best life hack?
Learn how to sew. I hem my own jeans and alter my own clothing (if I can). I try to alter clothes that I don’t love or that don’t fit. It’s incredible how much more you’ll love a piece when it fits you properly.
Share your best thrifty living tip.
I have so many! Hand wash your socks. Reuse your ziplock bags. Keep that packaging paper that came in your Amazon box and use it as wrapping paper. Go to the library, it’s free! They have new movies too.
How do you stay sustainable?
Aside from thrifting and making sure my clothes last, I eat a plant-based vegan diet. I went vegan 10 years ago after I heard that the amount of food fed to livestock could end world hunger. It doesn’t make sense to me that we are feeding animals only to consume them when there are actual starving people.