Published on August 8, 2018 — Leave a comment

Employee Spotlight: Brand Interns Alex, Allie, & Naomi Share Their Top Thrift Hacks

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Welcome to Employee Spotlight, a thrEDIT original series featuring real-life thredUP employees. Allie, Alex, and Naomi are our amazing brand interns. When they’re not whipping up some funny social to share, they’re helping the Brand Creative team come up with exciting new ideas! Here, they share everything from their top shopping tips to the trends of the moment that they’re absolutely living for.

P.S. We’ve hidden a chance to win $100 to shop somewhere in this post! Tag. You’re it!

Meet Alex, Brand Marketing Intern

Describe thredUP in 5 words or less:
Best place I have worked.

Why do you think secondhand first?
Because when I ordered a pair of jeans the other day, the company sent them in a box that was twice the size of the pants. Plus, there was the plastic, a hanger, tissue paper, and a receipt – all of that packaging is so unnecessary and detrimental to the environment! Shopping secondhand is a great alternative to fast fashion.

What’s your top secret tip to shopping on thredUP?
I always make sure that I have my sizes saved and updated because seeing something that I love but won’t fit is the worst kind of heartbreak! I also love our auto-buy feature, which is something that I don’t think everyone knows about yet. It’s literally so easy – you don’t have to monitor anyone else’s cart to get that item that you love because the site will automatically snag it for you. Someone actually got a purse from my cart using auto-buy, but I couldn’t even be mad because I have done the same thing!

Tell us your best life hack:
I wear a lot of black, so I have found that you can easily remove deodorant stains if you rub them with a pair of jeans. Totally comes in handy!

What styles are you looking forward to wearing most for summer?
I have been really into sundresses lately! Plus, I love the wicker / basket bag trend.


Naomi, Design Intern

What do you love most about working at thredUP?
I love seeing the creativity that pours out of every individual I work with and the mission we’re all working towards.

How would you describe your style?
California beach meets French countryside is one way I’d put it. I love denim jeans paired with white tops, but I’m also drawn to floral prints and polka dots. Dresses and jeans are my jam and flowy tops are my fave. Also, comfort is key (in my opinion).

Why do you think secondhand first?
After taking a class on the fashion supply chain last year, I’ve been more weary of how I shop and understanding where my new clothes are actually made and who made them. While there’s definitely still an exploration into what that really means, I think secondhand first because I get to give perfectly good clothing a second (maybe third) home instead of it possibly going to a landfill. Plus, fashion is an accumulation of recycled trends, and what better way to find a variety of trends and styles than by looking at secondhand.

What percentage of your wardrobe is thrifted?
I’d say 20%. I still wear a pair of Steve Madden boots I thrifted 7 years ago!

Best thrifty living tip:
The best way I can put it is through this pyramid graphic I’ve saved on my phone to remind myself. It’s called “The Buyerarchy of Needs”: Use what you have, borrow, swap, thrift, make, and lastly buy. I generally just always ask myself if I really need it and if I’d rather spend the money on experiences spent with my family and friends.
(Oh and Ebates + the Honey app are your friend, if you’re really into online shopping)


Allie, Design Intern

What do you love most about working at thredUP?
I love environmental focus of this company, it gives me a bigger purpose and motivation, my designs are about more than selling clothes, they are also trying to encourage others to help save our world.

What’s your top secret tip to cleaning out your closet?
Honestly, just be realistic; for a while I would hoard thing because I saw potential in them, when in reality I never wore it and didn’t like it. If you don’t wear it get rid of it — its taking real estate away from things you really like and will wear much more often.

Why do you think secondhand first?
I’m cheap and get bored of my clothes quickly, so thrifting is the responsible option for me, both in the lifecycle of clothes and ensuring they live a long time. It’s also financially responsible, I don’t have money to throw out, so buying used clothes and selling my old ones is the best option for someone like myself who likes to keep things fresh and exciting.

What was the best deal you scored on thredUP?
I got a Madewell jean skirt that I had tried on in store but couldn’t justify spending 120$ on it, and I found it on thredUP, in my size, for 14$! The slacks and heeled booties I’m wearing today are also thredUP!

Best thrifty living tip:
Have a friend who is your size and borrow stuff and trade things, it’ll help you out of I-have-nothing-to-wear slumps and day-of panics, like first dates or new jobs when you want to wear something new and exciting but don’t want to go out and buy something new. Your friend’s closets can be your new favorite boutique, plus its free!

Leave a comment here and tell us about your favorite thredUP find of all time. On August 23rd, 2018, we’ll pick one commenter to win $100 to shop on thredUP.
NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE THE CHANCES OF WINNING. You must be 18 years or older to enter. The Sweepstakes Period will run between August 8th through August 22, 2018. On August 23rd, one (1) winner will be randomly selected to win $100.00 USD in noncashoutable shopping credit to use at for up to one year. To enter, comment below and tell us about your favorite #secondhandfirst find of all time. Winner will be contacted on August 23rd, 2018 via a thrEDIT public comment in response to your initial comment below and a direct message to the account you used to comment on thrEDIT. Once contacted, the winner will have seven (7) days to respond via direct message by providing the email address connected to their account. See our Official Sweepstakes Rules here.