Thred Up

In the last few weeks I’ve stumbled across a website called ThredUp, which is basically online thrift. They send you a “clean-out bag” which you then fill with your unwanted, gently used clothes and send back to them, all for free. They then pay you for what they think they can sell. I sent in a bag half-full and got a $40 payout, which is pretty good considering none of my items were anywhere near designer.

On the shopping end, the prices are somewhere between true thrift (Goodwill) and your more specialty consignment shops. And you still get that thrifting thrill of sorting through loads of things you don’t like until you find something unexpectedly awesome. The only possible drawback is that shopping online makes me, at least, less likely to take risks in the same way I would for a $4 item at the Salvation Army, which means you don’t always go for that wonderfully unusual piece that you’re not sure about at first but ends up being a staple in your wardrobe. That being said, though, everything I’ve ordered so far from ThredUp has been perfectly lovely and I am very satisfied.

Some highlights:

This skirt was $10 on ThredUp, and originally from Topshop, so definitely a good deal. I paired it with some thrifted heels and a $6 shirt from eBay.

This skirt was $10 on ThredUp, and originally from Topshop, so definitely a good deal. I paired it with some thrifted heels and a $6 shirt from eBay.

This jacket was $15, and was heavier than it looked on the website. Still, it came just in time for some snow days so all turned out well in the end. And I get to try out the female equivalent of a Canadian tuxedo (denim on denim).

This jacket was $15, and was heavier than it looked on the website. Still, it came just in time for some snow days so all turned out well in the end. And I get to try out the female equivalent of a Canadian tuxedo (denim on denim).

This shirt was $5, and originally from Forever 21. Very springy and vaguely vintage, I paired it with an Urban Outfitters skirt ($10 on sale) and American Apparel shoes.

This shirt was $5, and originally from Forever 21. Very springy and vaguely vintage, I paired it with an Urban Outfitters skirt ($10 on sale) and American Apparel shoes.

I am totally in love with this dress! It's navy with a daisy pattern, though I initially thought the background was black on the website. Still, it fits really well.

I am totally in love with this dress! It’s navy with a daisy pattern, though I initially thought the background was black on the website. Still, it fits really well.

This coat was $22, and like the jean jacket was a little heavier than I expected. It's very cozy and soft though, and I like the fleece collar. I paired it with a $10 dress from ASOS.

This coat was $22, and like the jean jacket was a little heavier than I expected. It’s very cozy and soft though, and I like the fleece collar. I paired it with a $10 dress from ASOS.

Overall, I’m very happy with my purchases and highly recommend the website if you enjoy shopping in your pajamas at two in the morning.

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Thanksgiving

So, it’s rapidly approaching the time of year when people are meant to reflect on what is most important in their lives and what is worth being grateful for. Usually I say something along the lines of Daniel Craig’s thighs or Dan Auerbach’s beard. In all honesty, though, the real answer is clear: friends and family.

And since I am shamelessly (or so it would appear) self-absorbed teenager I will go on to say, specifically, the clothes of friends and family.

This is, of course, the season for giving, and the whole concept of thrift is based wholeheartedly around this: we give to thrift stores as much as we get in order to continue the cycle. It’s the circle of life. But there is another resource for those who are willing to accept it – and I assume anyone who has siblings will probably have a pretty good grasp of the idea of the direct hand-me-down.

Thrift, in essence, is really just getting hand-me-downs from strangers. But in the quest for looking fucking fabulous and not emptying your wallet at the same time it cannot be ignored that there are lovely people out there who want to get rid of stuff that they no longer fancy or that no longer fits and that you, as a friend or relative of these people, would be remiss to say no to if you get the offer.

This is the kind of generosity that someone as self-absorbed as myself could learn from. Not to mention I’ve gotten some great pieces from those looking to pare down their closet.

My point is happy almost-Thanksgiving and remember to thank your friends and family not only for being alive and well but also for giving you stuff. Because that’s what the holiday season’s all about. Or something.

Some of the greatest hand-me-downs there have ever been (comments welcome!):

This shirt is remarkable for a number of reasons. First is that it's fit me for six years now. Second, it was passed to me from the daughter of friends in Paris, as she had grown out of it some years before. So it had already been worn well when I got it, and yet it shows few signs of any wear and tear. It's been a key part of my wardrobe and I haven't the faintest idea what I'd do without it. Here I've got it with a skirt from the Urban Outfitters sale rack ($10).

This shirt is remarkable for a number of reasons. First is that it’s fit me for six years now. Second, it was passed to me from the daughter of friends in Paris, as she had grown out of it some years before. So it had already been worn well when I got it, and yet it shows few signs of any wear and tear. It’s been a key part of my wardrobe and I haven’t the faintest idea what I’d do without it. Here I’ve got it with a skirt from the Urban Outfitters sale rack ($10).

This sweater is a relatively new hand-me-down from my mom, who historically has been one of my great sources of clothes in general. My favorite part of this top, besides the boat neck, is how it lines up so well with this skirt, also $10 from Urban Outfitters.

This sweater is a relatively new hand-me-down from my mom, who historically has been one of my great sources of clothes in general. My favorite part of this top, besides the boat neck, is how it lines up so well with this skirt, also $10 from Urban Outfitters.

Another sweater from my mom, and I'm in love with the plum color. Goes moderately well with a maxi-skirt (Forever 21, $13 on sale).

Another sweater from my mom, and I’m in love with the plum color. Goes moderately well with a maxi-skirt (Forever 21, $13 on sale).

These tasteful earrings used to be my piano teacher's, who has been especially magnanimous in giving me excess food and make-up brushes as well. Not to mention teaching me piano.

These tasteful earrings used to be my piano teacher’s, who has been especially magnanimous in giving me excess food and make-up brushes as well. Not to mention teaching me piano.

These earrings were left at my uncle's house by some girl he used to date. He passed them to my mom, who eventually gave them to me. The earrings seem to go with every outfit I throw at them.

These earrings were left at my uncle’s house by some girl he used to date. He passed them to my mom, who eventually gave them to me. The earrings seem to go with every outfit I throw at them.

These earrings are from my late grandmother's collection - a woman who clearly had elegant taste.

These earrings are from my late grandmother’s collection – a woman who clearly had elegant taste.