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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Smiley the Beach Dog: Rockaway Beach NYC (YouTube)

Rockaway Beach is a great place to take your family, including your fur babies! You can only bring dogs here during the off season but it’s so worth it! Check out this happy boy on the beach for the very first time.

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Reykjavik View from Hallgrímskirkja Church

Reykjavik is a quiet little city and the Hallgrímskirkja Church is the main landmark and a popular tourist attraction. Check out our video about the church and the view from the observatory.

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It’s Official: We’re Moving!

Sorry for the delay in blogging! I got carried away with our move. I will resume writing posts every other day! The content of The Travel Bug Bite will keep changing and evolving. Prepare for more DIY home projects, less New York and more Rhode Island – our new home starting end of May.

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The New York Mycological Society

There are strict rules about foraging anything in state parks and city parks. The laws aren’t clear at all, so it’s always best to ask someone more experienced. Whenever we go picking mushrooms, we bring a towel/picnic blanket to drape over the basket just in case.

We have finally gotten a taste of some good weather so I started researching one of my favorite topics: mushrooms! I grew up picking mushrooms in Europe which is completely different than doing it in New York. First of all, in Europe, Czech Republic in particular, mushroom picking is a popular sport! Second of all, the mushroom season is only 2-3 months long.

In New York it’s completely different! First of all, almost no one picks mushrooms. This is true for New York City as well as the state, most Americans in general seem too scared to pick mushrooms! Also, mushroom hunting season here is practically all year round. However, prime mushroom picking time is from April until October.

Coming from a country where you have to wake up at 5 AM after a rainy day to find a single mushroom that hasn’t already been picked by the hordes of hungry mushroom hunters. The first mushroom I ever found in New York was found in plain sight on a very busy path in a New York City park… that got me researching.

Even if you know something about picking mushrooms in Europe or Asia, you can’t just apply the same knowledge in a new place. There are lookalike mushrooms that can be edible in one country and poisonous in the other. That’s why it’s a good idea to join a mycological society. If you’re in New York, I recommend the New York Mycological Society!

They have a website and a Facebook Page where members (and non members) can learn about mushroom types and join on mushroom hunting expeditions for just $5, unless you become a member for $15 annually ($25 for a family). The group consists of experts, some experienced mushroom pickers and many newbies.

They also don’t focus on picking edible mushrooms, they like to explore and identify mushrooms of all sorts! I joined for a walk through a cemetery in the Bronx, where we split up, picked mushrooms and met at the end to examine all of our findings. It was a lot of fun and very educational!

A mycological society can also help explain the laws regarding mushroom picking in the area that you are in. I was surprised that there are so many rules in America about literally everything. Isaac got a fine once for being in a park when it has snowed, despite there being no signs about it.

There are strict rules about foraging anything in state parks and city parks. The laws aren’t clear at all, so it’s always best to ask someone more experienced. Whenever we go picking mushrooms, we bring a towel/picnic blanket to drape over the basket just in case.

Starting this weekend, I will start going on hikes hoping to find oyster mushrooms that grow all year round! But the moment it gets warm and rainy, everything else will sprout too. I just can’t wait!

Do you love mushroom picking? Share your favorite mushroom stories int he comments below!

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