ThredUp: My New Shopping Addiction

ThredUp combines my two favorite things: eco (and wallet) friendly clothes plus online shopping! I have no idea how they keep up with demand and I don’t understand how they can afford to sell clothes for as cheap as $2… but I’ve just received my first order of 24 fabulous pieces of clothing that is my treasure after being discarded as someone’s trash.

Take a look at ThredUp before you read my ramblings, but if you get caught up shopping, don’t forget to use this link that will get both of us $10! Before you get overwhelmed with all the filters, links and options take a deep breath and review my ThredUp Guide below:

1. Make an account

I always groan when I’m asking to create a new account somewhere… I always forget the password and I get a spammed mailbox. The reason I am telling you to make an account with ThredUp is to save more than just your shopping cart:

2. Set up and save your filters

Once you have an account you can save your filters! Any time you search for something, you can save the search and access it easily if you didn’t find what you were looking for the first time.

You can chose between new items with labels, gently used, on sale, in someone else’s cart (we’ll get to that later), by style, by color, by brand and so many more options. When you fist create an account, it’ll ask about your size and that part will auto select each time you search, however you can always edit these. Now back to the cart thievery…

3. Browse the sales and other people’s shopping carts

When you add something to the cart, you don’t just save it for later, you reserve it for 24 hours! This means that no one else can buy the item that’s sitting in your cart. This is what makes ThredUp so genius and user friendly!

While the item is in your cart, it can still be found if another user selects the option of seeing what is in other people’s carts. If you like an item that’s already reserved, you get get in line and get notified if they end up changing their minds or letting the 24 hour period expire. Be careful though, because your cart (holding a max of 25 items) can expire too!

4. Click buy – but don’t forget about the bundle 

Let’s say you don’t want to miss out on something, but you hate paying shipping fees. ThredUp has a solution for this too! You can buy individual items and add them to your bundle. You will pay shipping, but you can keep adding to your bundle for up to a week!

Once you reach $80 on your bundle, the shipping deposit will be refunded to you. You can also change your mind and have the bundle shipped whenever you want. Spending $80 on second hand clothes can seem daunting but ThredUp offers some fancy designer clothes! Plus, think about how much you’d pay for Levis jeans?

5. Share with your friends and family in exchange for $$$

As.I mentioned before, if you refer a friend, you will both get a gift card! It’s just $10, but if you have a group of shopper friends, then you could get enough to buy yourself that cute coach bag. Oh yeah, ThredUp offers bags and shoes as well as clothes!

6. Donate the clothes you don’t like back to ThredUp

Many of the clothes you buy from ThredUp can be returned (although some are not-returnable, just read the fine print). But once your closet seems full of clothes that you are no longer wearing, you can always donate them to ThredUp to re-sell! They offer Clean Out Kit that comes with a polka dot bag and a shipping label to make it hassle free for you.

7. FINAL TIP – Get all the discounts!

I bet you’re already dying to shop, but bear with me for one more minute. I recommend making your first order before you get the app. Use your computer and order as much as you want because you get 50% off your first order!!!

Once you download the app, you will get a 20% discount that cannot be combined with the 50%, so make sure to use these separately for the greatest discount! Now what are your waiting for? Go shop until you drop! Oh yeah, and don’t forget about my link.

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Second Hand Shopping & Dumpster (Curb) Diving in NYC

Second hand shopping has been a passion of mine for a while now for two reasons. First, there’s the positive environmental impact of reusing an item that would have ended up in the landfill and negating the negative impact of production costs for a new item – especially if it’s clothing or furniture.

Secondly, there is the thrill of getting a great deal on an item that someone didn’t see the value in. If done right, there are no cons in thrifting, second hand shopping, dumpster diving, re-using and re-purposing, whatever you want to call it!

Before you get too excited and head off to a local vintage store in Manhattan, prepare yourself. Not all second-hand stores are made equal. The first time I decided to go shopping in the city, I was browsing racks of second hand jackets that ranged from $50 to $300… that is when I realized that second hand doesn’t mean cheap. This is not a bad thing.

Shopping for used items isn’t just for people on a budget. Entering a second-hand store is like gambling. You do not know what you will find, if you will get ripped off or if you will go home with a steal! That’s what’s so thrilling about it.

Although, as I’ve mentioned, thrifting isn’t jut for those on a budget, I happen to be on one. In about two months I will no longer be blogging about New York because Isaac and I are moving to our very own house in Rhode Island.

It’s funny to mention buying a house in an article about second hand shopping. Unless you are buying a brand new house or build one just for you, you are technically buying a used or second-hand home. Just like with any other gently-used item, you can outfit the home to suit your needs and match your style!

Anyway, going from a shoebox New York apartment to a four bedroom house (which will ironically save us money FYI) comes with its perks as well as challenges. We will need a ridiculous amount of furniture to turn the empty shell of a house into a home.

If we had the budget for it, we’d be visiting antique stores and buying beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces for hundreds of dollars. This is something we will work up to as we shop Savers, my favorite second hand store, and while we scavenge the streets for the biggest risk of all – free furniture.

My next article will be exclusively about Savers, the closest one to New York City is on Long Island near Hempstead. Let me end this post with the pros and cons of finding free furniture on the street.

Brooklyn, and specifically Bushwick, where we will live for two more months, is littered with free furniture all year round. As exciting as finding free furniture is, it happens to be a hit and miss as well as quite risky when it comes to your health.

Pros: it’s free! You can find perfectly clean, high quality and even antique furniture that someone was too lazy to sell or take to a second hand store. Some of these items are the very same you’d be spending hundreds of dollars on at a fancy vintage store. These items, however, are rare and you have to be incredibly lucky to find them.

Cons: bed bugs. There are other cons like, it may be dirty, bad quality, peed on by a passing dog (or human). But nothing is worse that the risk of bed bugs. There are articles on signs of bedbugs that you can study and examine. Bed bugs can live in wooden furniture as well as sofas/mattresses.

Pro tip: find out what day trash pick up is. Since leaving furniture out on the curb is technically illegal, people are more likely to sneak their furniture out on these days because they are less likely to get caught.

I have heard my fair share of horror stories related to bed bugs and some kind people who throw out furniture will stick on a note on if there is a potential bed bug risk. But not everyone is that nice and they may not know. Make sure to watch a YouTube video on what to look for. Make sure to check every crack, corner and crevice before you bring anything home.

If you want to avoid these dangers, stick to Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist and garage sales. Although it’s still possible that you will buy something with bed bugs in it, people are less likely to sell something that they know will get them bad feedback/angry reviews.

Garage sales are especially great for buyers because the sellers just want to get rid of stuff and will likely sell things at ridiculous prices – like our new incredibly comfy, barely used, leather computer chair for $20. Something that a second hand furniture store would re-sell at at least $60+.

Stay tuned for my article about Savers including info about the type of items they sell, prices and their twice a year 50% off all item sales. If you have any comments, complaints, tips about second hand shopping or dumpster (curb) diving, leave a comment bellow!

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PRAGUE’S LOST AND FOUND

According to Praha.eu, dozens of valuables are lost every day! Important documents, mobile phones, umbrellas, various pieces of clothing, keys and other items end up in the lost and found office. So if you’ve lost something important, don’t panic, it may have been found.

Read the full article on Prague.TV’s website. The best place to discover Prague, like a local!

http://prague.tv/en/s72/Directory/c212-Relocation/n7160-Prague-s-Lost-and-Found

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Second Hand Shopping in Prague

Many newcomers to Prague don’t know how long they’ll be staying. This makes shopping for furniture and clothes difficult. However Prague has a lot of second hand shopping options, and even places where you can easily sell everything once you move!

http://blog.foreigners.cz/second-hand-shopping-in-prague/

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