This post is sponsored by thredUP.
I was folding Ike's laundry recently and came across some clothing that had...seen better days, to put it nicely. Shirts and pants with permanent stains, worn-out seams, holes started to emerge at the knees and elbows. All clothing that had been passed down to him; most of it previously worn by both of his older brothers. Hand-me-downs are a wonderful thing, but we're definitely stretching the limits of them at this point.
Ike so rarely gets new clothing that's just for HIM, he gets irrationally excited over new pajamas or a cheap souvenir t-shirt. One morning he came bursting into my room to thank me for the new bag of socks I'd emptied into his drawer. Socks! New ones! Look Ma, no holes!
Poor third child.
I shopped at thredUP a lot back in the day when it was a parent-to-parent kids' clothing swap service. It's since evolved to a really amazing online consignment store, packed with both kids' and women's clothing -- along with a pretty big selection of high-end and designer brands. (Which always makes my clicking finger start to itch.)
The kids’ section is GREAT because I can buy Ike clothing from brands that I typically deem a little too pricey (mostly because it won't get passed down through our family any further), but at prices that were well below the cheapest of the cheap brands. And the vast majority of stuff in his size was labeled barely worn/like new. Kids and their pesky growth spurts.
Ike got a pair of Gap skinny jeans, a Gymboree t-shirt, and a very handsome Tumbleweed sweater in his personal favorite style: Striped with a half-zipper. $101 worth of clothing for less than $40. And all of it waaaaaay nicer and newer than the typical Storch Family hand-me-downs.
Poor kid was so suspicious over being handed NEW CLOTHING WITH TAGS that he immediately double-checked all the sizes to confirm that it truly was for him.
(I went a size or two up on the sweater so he can wear it next winter as well. Even when it's a bargain Imma be hella practical about it.)
I've mentioned in the past that one of the (many) weird ways my anxiety manifests is a refusal to spend any money on myself. So I, too, have a closet full of very old clothing, and stuff I've held onto despite it not fitting properly anymore.
I did not have ANY problems overloading my shopping cart at thredUP, because HOLY CATS, EVERYTHING IS A BARGAIN. I was given a very generous $150 credit to shop with, and after choosing Ike's outfit and mine (which included a $250 pair of designer jeans for under 50 bucks), I still had enough money to spring for a cute handbag AND a pair of boots.
I got: a pair of Rag & Bone jeans (my current all-time favorite brand), a dressy Zara tank top, a slouchy cardigan from TopShop, a Simply Vera/Vera Wang bag and Crown Vintage booties. Full-price retail puts this outfit close to $500. thredUP prices = $123 total. And since it all matches other things I already own, I’m going to get a lot of wear out of each piece.
You’d never guess any of it is secondhand. The jeans and sweater look like they've maybe been worn once or twice. The bag is perfect. The booties were slashed to $9.99 and placed in thredUP’s "basement" section because of scuff marks. Which: If these shoes are considered scuffed up I am retroactively embarrassed by every pair of shoes I own.
The tank top still had its original tags.
NOT TODAY, RETAIL.
Me, sending a happyface selfie to Jason to show off my new outfit.
(Along with a subtle reminder to PUT THE DANG IRONING BOARD AWAY WHEN YOU'RE DONE WITH IT.)
I have never felt like such a shopping ninja in my life. I’m also ordering a consignment kit from them to clean out my closet…kind of embarrassing the amount of stuff I’m holding onto for no reason. Plus yay, more money to ninja shop with.
(I'm not sure why Finn is so bound and determined to be thredUP's official spokescat, but here he is again, hopefully approving of my cute new jeans and boots.
Thanks so much to thredUP for the clothes and for sponsoring this post. And huzzah! thredUP is offering Amalah readers a special discount! The first 100 people to use code AMALAH40 will get an extra 40% off their first order! (Applies to new customers only. Discount up to $50.)