Published on january 25, 2021

Employee Spotlight: Find Out Where VP of Finance Cora Wore Her $20 Thrifted Cowboy Boots

written by Team thredUP

Welcome to Employee Spotlight, a thrEDIT original series featuring real-life thredUP employees that give us a peek into their job and so much more! Meet Cora, our wonderful and super cool VP of Finance who has some really useful life hacks! Read on to find out how Cora makes a difference in her community AND what brilliant hack she uses while shopping. 

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Tell us what you do at thredUP.

Vice President of Finance. My team coordinates with all areas of the company to establish annual budgets and then forecast performance versus the budget throughout the year. We provide insight and analysis which helps the company stay on track to meet short-term and long-term financial goals.

What’s your favorite part about your job?

Having visibility to the total company picture, helping to drive strategies, and feeling directly connected to the performance of the business.

What’s your fave thredUP feature?

Favoriting! This feature allows me to browse often (admittedly, I do it a lot) and favorite items that I can come back to. There are so many great items on our site and it allows me to keep track of them. It also allows my 16-year-old daughter to favorite items that I can then select from and sometimes surprise her with.

Cora & Haley Park Winters Chicken Coop

Name your top 3 favorite brands.

Gucci for Handbags, Vince Camuto for Shoes, and Athleta for workout gear. 

Why do you think secondhand first?

I can’t stand the idea of any kind of waste and also tend to find more unique treasures when shopping secondhand.

What percentage of your wardrobe is thrifted?

90% – I made the decision starting in 2019 not to buy new for an entire year which extended through 2020. I have found that I can find most of my needs shopping secondhand. Also my daughter is only allowed to buy clothes from thredUP!

What was your most memorable thrifty find?

I needed cowboy boots for a western-themed wedding and found some brand new boots in my size for $20 in the back of a secondhand shop in Brooklyn, NY!! I love them.


What’s your top secret tip for cleaning out your closet?

If you put it on three times and each time choose not to wear it, get rid of it! 

Share your best life hack.

When wearing heels, always have a pair of back up flats close by. I like the kind that folds up tight and fits in your handbag.

Share your best thrifty living tip.

Don’t hold back from browsing new items in retail stores for inspiration, but always have your thredUP app ready to search for similar items in real time. I usually find something equivalent for a fraction of the price.

Cora Cape Cod 2020

What are the ways that you stay sustainable?

  1. Shop Secondhand
  2. Limit one-time use items, avoid disposable items, and bring your own collapsible containers to take home left-overs.
  3. Participate in a Buy Nothing Project Group whose mission is to give, receive, lend, share, and show gratitude in hyper-local gift economies where the true wealth is the connections between real neighbors. As a member of the group for the last couple years it has proven that you can find things you need within your community without having to buy it.

What are you looking forward to wearing most for winter?

I love a warm wrap! It can change the look of an outfit while providing blanket-like comfort.

Name the one thing you can’t live without.

Slippers! The fuzzier the better. I have them scattered throughout the house to easily slip on wherever I am.

Got any thrifty living tips of your own? Comment below!