Published on june 18, 2020

10 thredUP Shopping Hacks: How to Choose Used Like a Thrift Pro and Score Every Deal

written by Team thredUP

When it comes to thrifting, we know there’s A LOT to look through. The best part about choosing used at thredUP instead of your neighborhood thrift store is that you can shop sustainably right from home. It doesn’t hurt that you have over 45,000 brands at your fingertips too! When you have millions of items to choose from, you might need a little help on where to start. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best of the best hacks for thrifting on thredUP. 



Want to be the first to score the newest deals? You need to start bidding and snap up your favorite items before anyone else! Here’s how bidding works: once an item gets put on the site, you’ll have the first 12 hours bid on it before anyone is allowed to put it in their cart.To find all items available for bidding, select the “Open for Bid” filter under “Ways to Shop.” We’ll keep you updated on the status of your item through email, and let you know if you’ve been outbid. But don’t worry, you can keep increasing your bid until the 12 hours is up! Don’t miss your chance to score the most popular items, start bidding now.

You can save a search for the freshest items to hit the bidding filter that match your favorite brands, size, and style! More on Saved Searches below…

P.S., you’ll need to have made your first purchase to unlock this feature! 


When it comes to sifting through the millions of items on our site, filtering is your best friend. You can filter by size, color, brand, style, and more to find exactly what you want. For example, if you’re looking for a floral midi dress for a casual event, we’ve got you covered! In the dress category, choose “Casual” under “Occasion,” “Midi” under “Style,” “Calf Length” under Length,” and “Floral” under “Pattern.” Through filtering you can narrow down your choices and find your ideal item faster than ever. 

Want Freshness? Filter by New Arrivals
If you visit thredUP a lot, we know you’re always looking for what’s new. You can choose “New Arrivals” under “Ways to Shop” to see everything that’s newly listed. If you’re looking for clothes from a particular brand, find the filter under “Brands.” Peep below for some of our favorite filters to use!


Want to shop brand new? Filter by “New with Tags”
In addition to our gently-used items, we have loads of clothes that are new with tags. Shopping new with tags means you get brand-new, unworn items, while still scoring sustainability (and wallet-saving) points. To filter, choose “New with Tags” under “Condition” to shop thousands of items that have never been worn!


Want to see what other people are loving? Filter by “In Someone’s Cart.”
Make sure you have this feature turned on so you can see everything on the site, even if it’s already in someone’s cart. Choose “In Someone’s Cart” under “Ways to Shop” to turn this feature on. If they don’t buy it and it times out of their cart, it’s totally up for grabs! Found a deal in someone’s cart that you absolutely MUST have? Check out hack #9 below to find out how to snap it up.





If you have a set of filters you love, you can save your searches. Do you want to find only like-new, teal J.Crew flats in size 6? You got it. And if we don’t have them in stock right now, we’ll send you an email the moment they hit our site. We’ll also let you know if items matching your search have been recently marked down too!

Here’s the full scoop:
⁠— Choose the filters you want to save or enter text in the search bar.
⁠— Click on SAVE THIS SEARCH at the top of the results page.
⁠— Do it as many times as you like.
⁠— Find all your saved searches under the bookmark icon.



This is one of those super simple tricks that people sometimes overlook. Since all our secondhand items are one-of-a-kind, it’s just a bummer to get excited about things that don’t fit. So, the first thing you should do when you start browsing is to select your sizes. And not just your standard dress size, but ALL your sizes. Waist size, shoe size, you get the picture. And don’t worry, you can easily turn your saved sizes off if you’re searching for an item for someone else.





This is our new favorite way to shop at thredUP. Style Icons are fellow thrifters who have opened up their closets for you to shop or have picked their favorite items to share with you. Shop and discover new brands and styles straight from the tastemakers themselves (aka people like you!). When you check out Shop her Picks, you can shop handpicked curations from thredUP stylists and the best thrifters out there. When you head to Shop Her Closet, you can shop items that she’s selling on thredUP. 




Our specially-curated Goody Boxes are perfect for when you hit a style rut and need some help. Take a 30-second quiz to tell our stylists your size, style, and budget and we’ll hand-pick 10 items we know you’ll love. Your $10 styling fee will be applied to only items you keep, and you can easily return unwanted items with a prepaid shipping label. You can even choose a box filled with your favorites, or do the picking yourself by customizing your own Goody Box. It’s a great way to try before you buy since returns are free! Whether you want athleisure or trending styles, our themed boxes will give you a whole new wardrobe. We promise, our stylists are so good that you will want us doing all your shopping. 

Order a Goody Box now!



When you turn on your notifications for email and app, we’ll keep you updated on everything you need to know! Make sure you subscribe to our mailing list so you’re the first to know about our new arrivals, sales, and promotions. We’ll also send you personalized emails of your favorite brands and styles, and some other brands you’ll want to try out. And if you haven’t downloaded the app, do that too for real-time updates.

Subscribe here so you don’t miss a thing! 




Want more time to get FREE shipping? You need to start bundling. Buy and Bundle allows you to bundle your orders over a 7-day period and ship them all together. It gives you a bit more time to hit that $79 free shipping threshold and it reduces your carbon footprint. Wins all around. You can choose to ship anytime if you change your mind and want your items ASAP.

Two caveats to know before you start bundling: You have to have already purchased from thredUP before and have your credit card information saved to unlock this awesome feature. What are you waiting for? Get shopping!

Did you know? One less package being released into the wild saves:
-1 lb of packing material
-9.6 lbs of CO2
-$5.99 shipping fee
-The back of your local FedEx driver




This is our FAVORITE feature! So, you know how it’s a super bummer when the item you’ve been eyeing gets snagged by someone else? Well, just because it’s in someone else’s cart, does not mean it’s lost to you forever. Now, when you view an item that’s in someone’s cart, you’ll see a button that says “Autobuy”. Click it and secure that item so as soon as it gets released, it’s yours. And if you just want to get notified when the item gets released, that’s cool too. Just click on “Get Notified” and we’ll send you an email or push notification (depending on your preference) the second it’s free.




Not ready to commit but want to view all the items you love together in one place? That’s favoriting! Just heart all the items you love and tap the heart icon on your navigation to see all your favorites in one place. It’s perfect for experimenting and creating outfits. It’s also just fun to let others know what you think is great. What items are the most popular on thredUP? Check out how many hearts they have. Then you’ll know how many others are eyeing your stuff. If something you favorited drops in price, we’ll send you an email right away to let you know so you can snag it ASAP.

Do you have any top-secret shopping tips? We want to hear them to add to our list. Tell us in the comments below!