How To Get A New Brand Name Wardrobe For Less Than $100

Saturday, April 04, 2015

If you haven't heard of ThredUp, it's like an online consignment shop that sells brand name clothes for much less than retail.  Some of the clothes are gently used/like new, while some of them are new clothes that still have the tags on them!  I've been using them for a while for clothes for myself and my son (they don't have men's clothes yet), and wanted to show you my recent goods from my shopping spree!

Also, right now they are giving you $10  (UPDATE: They are now giving you $20!) in free money to shop with them when you use my referral link here.

And I'm going to stop right there for a minute to pass along another cool site I found.  If you do a lot of online shopping- or any online shopping really- you need to be using Ebates.  Have you heard of this?  I think I found it last year and I make sure I use it every single time I buy something online.  It gives you cash back on whatever you are ordering.  They also give you $5 when you sign up. So if you're spending money anyways- why not get extra money back??  Tons of stores are on there-including ThredUp!.  So before you buy anything on ThredUp, sign up for Ebates here! (this is an affiliate link.  If you decide to use my link, I do make a small commission without costing you any money).  It includes most stores from higher ends like Nordstroms to regular stores like Amazon,Target and Walmart!  Priceline too....hello cash back on hotels and airfare!  I literally use this all the time.  Anyways, I just wanted to share that little bit of info because you will get 2.5% cash back from your order on ThredUp.  Now back to the clothes!

Some people have asked me how the quality of the clothes that I get from ThredUp are or what brands they can expect.  About a week ago, I was in search of some basic spring/summer pieces to update my wardrobe.  I thought it would be best to show you what I bought rather than just tell people.

I love getting my confirmation e-mail that tells me how much I saved:

73% savings or $173.59

You can see the brands that I bought here:

Most are Banana Republic, J. Crew, Ann Taylor, and Old Navy.  I bought 9 items and spent about $70 with shipping.  The most expensive item was $9.99.  (A company that gives away a free $10 that you can actually buy something with!).

First items up are the Banana Republic Tank Top ($8.49) and the Merona Khaki Skirt ($5.99)

detail on front of shirt

detail on back of shirt

The khaki skirt said there was a "tiny flaw" which was supposedly minimal fading (they tell you what is wrong with the item, if anything).  I never saw any fading on the skirt.  ThredUp does a great job of scouring over the clothes to find any tiny thing wrong with it and lets you know.  This skirt is the only item I bought that supposedly had a flaw, everything else I bought was in "like new" condition.  The tank top is perfect.  It is very soft and fits great- Fitted where it should be and looser around the  stomach.

Sorry for the bad lighting.  I couldn't get it right.

Here, I paired the skirt with a top that I just received in my latest Stitch Fix.  

I also bought this Banana Republic Short Sleeve Shirt ($8.99):

I love the color of the shirt.  It's another great basic fitted piece that gets me away from the normal neutral colors that I choose for myself.

I think my favorite is the Old Navy Casual Skirt ($6.49) in Royal Blue.  I paired it with the Ann Taylor Loft Outlet short sleeve tee ($5.99)

This is a better picture of the actual color of the skirt

The skirt is a comfortable "jersey" material.  I think this is my favorite piece.  It's comfortable, a great length, and I love the bright color for spring and summer.  I couldn't get the lighting right in the top photo, the bottom one shows the real color a little better.

Next I paired another Old Navy Skirt ($6.49 black) and an Ann Taylor Loft Tank Top ($5.99)

Close up of the arrow print on the tank top

Dressed up a bit

 I really like the Ann Taylor tank top.  I think it's very flattering and here I dressed it up with a Stitch Fix cardigan and Target necklace.  Can't go wrong with a basic black skirt and the tank top goes great with skirts or jeans.

Here is the J. Crew Short Sleeve T-Shirt ($9.99)

close up of the satin neckline

It's a great slate grey color and I love the simple added detail of the satin neckline.

The only piece that I purchased that is not pictured is the Splash Short Sleeve Tee ($6.99).  It is a black fitted t-shirt that has an interesting "cross back" neck on the back of the shirt.  

All of this came to about $70  including shipping!  Again, if you want to try out ThredUp, they are giving you $10  $20 to try them out using my referral link here.  (if you use my referral link, I also get a credit.  Win Win!  Many thanks if you do!)  I love them for an option to save money for myself, and it's also great for my 5 year old son who outgrows clothes like crazy!  Now, I don't have to feel bad buying new clothes.  You can get a whole new wardrobe for cheap!  They also sell shoes and handbags!  I haven't tried them yet, but they're next on the list.

*Always be sure to check out coupon sites too.  At the time of this writing, I also found a promo code online ( for an additional 20% off your entire order!  That's in addition to the $20 free money, plus the 2.5% cash back from Ebates! *

Have you used ThredUp to buy clothes before?  What's the best deal you've gotten?

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