The Best $34 I Ever Spent & a $250 Giveaway!

I recently learned about the website thredUP, which is the world’s largest online thrift store and fashion resale site where you can find your favorite brands for up to 90% off retail price.  You can sell your clothes, or like me, you can search for like-new, secondhand styles to shop. I downloaded the app (which is amazing and perfect for all my shopping via phone, middle of the night style adventures) and within minutes found so many great options. I was especially drawn to the “New with Tags” tab after finding so many of my favorite brands, completely unworn. I was skeptical at first, I won’t lie, but then I saw this Calypso St. Barth top for $60. That. is. insane. Now I was completely intrigued about what other secondhand pieces I could find.

Challenge accepted.

I ended up picking this entire outfit for under $120. The whole thing, you guys! At full retail price, this outfit would be close to $500 and all of the pieces I selected (except for the shoes) were new with tags and/or never worn pieces. So technically, they were new to whomever bought them and decided not to wear them (who are these people so can I be best friends with them and steal their unworn clothes?) and then, new to me. Double new. New times two.

 Who would give up such great pieces? I don’t know who they are but I’m pretty sure they regret their choices. If you are wondering, the top is Calypso St Barth, the leggings are from Hue, the scarf is C.Wonder and the shoes are Aldo.

Since I easily found this complete outfit, I decided to try my luck searching some of my most-worn brands. I used the filter on the app, clicked some of my favorites, and found this Eliza J dress (a favorite brand for floral dresses and skirts) miraculously in my size! I couldn’t pass it up. I never mind spending the money for a high quality dress, but this normally $158 dress was only $34! When it’s new and basically 78% off, um, that’s a no-brainer. When the dress arrived I was pleasantly surprised that it was stretchy, the floral print was basically camouflage, and it fit like a glove. Best $34 ever spent.

So I just thought I’d let you in on this nice little not-so-secret site. If you like thrift and consignment shopping, this is one of the easiest websites I’ve come across to find secondhand pieces (and sometimes firsthand like the ones I found!). I love any site that allows me filter my way through a shopping process and the thredUP site and app do so seamlessly. In fact, I think the filters are the best way to shop thredUP  since there are SO many pieces on hand; simply search your favorite brands and then filter by size, color, price, etc.  You can even fill out a profile with your size or brand preference and the site will pull these preferences each time. Genius, I tell you. We are living in the future.

As with all thrift shopping, the items I am wearing are one of a kind, but with thousands of new items added daily, you are sure to find your own secondhand treasures.

Plus, thredUP is offering Kendi Everyday readers a special discount:
The first 100 people to use my code KENDI40 will get an extra 40% off their first order!
AND they are giving one reader a $250 shopping spree on thredUP. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below with a link to any thredUP item you love. The winner will be picked on October 9th.

(Redeemable online only to new US customers. Discount up to $50)

*This post was sponsored by thredUP, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that support this blog.

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  1. Lauren says:

    omg I LOVE both of these looks! Definitely need to try it out!

    xx,
    Lauren
    Lauren Elyce

    09.27.17 · Reply
  2. Mireia says:

    Absolutely love it!

    Mireia from TGL
    https://thegoldlipstick.com/

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  3. Ashley H. says:

    https://www.thredup.com/product/women-polyester-cupio-long-sleeve-blouse/28765932

    I ran across this blouse the other day while browsing. It looks like a perfect shirt for work!

    09.27.17 · Reply
  4. AA says:

    I am actually on their site right now! Have loved thredUP for years.

    Currently eyeing this bag:
    https://www.thredup.com/product/rebecca-minkoff/29020509

    09.27.17 · Reply
  5. Anneka says:

    I would definitely pick up this pair of jeans: https://www.thredup.com/product/women-american-eagle-outfitters-jeans/28764668?sizing_id=813%2C812%2C795. I just bought an awesome pair of Loft jeans I love from ThredUp.

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  6. Michelle says:

    I love thredup! Been itching to get a new purse!
    https://www.thredup.com/product/handbags-coach-leather-satchel/24921434

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  7. Amazing dress 😉

    http://www.evdaily.blogspot.com

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  8. Arikka Hall says:

    Loving this casual dress that would be a great addition to my business casual work wardrobe: https://www.thredup.com/product/women-old-navy-casual-dress/23039228

    09.27.17 · Reply
  9. Lia Kampman says:

    I love thredup.com! I’ve been so pleased with my purchases. I’ve been eyeing this dress…https://www.thredup.com/product/women-j-crew-factory-store-casual-dress/27546248?sizing_id=755%2C750

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  10. Natali says:

    Both outfits are lovely but you look absolutely astonishing in that dress!

    https://lartoffashion.com/pull-geek-chic-glasses/

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  11. Anne says:

    I did not know about this “new with tags” search feature – this makes me much more interested in actually looking for items on ThredUp! And led me to this fun tote bag find: https://www.thredup.com/product/handbags-christian-lacroix-tote/28729732?sizing_id=551%2C110%2C768

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  12. Christine says:

    Um, hello?! A leather Calvin Klein jacket for $60?? PLleeeeeaaassse! : D

    https://www.thredup.com/product/women-calvin-klein-leather-jacket/29169756?sizing_id=778%2C559

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  13. Lisa says:

    oo the bags!!!
    This one in particular:
    https://www.thredup.com/product/rebecca-minkoff/29020509

    09.27.17 · Reply
  14. Ashley says:

    Tortoiseshell is so IN this year and I’ve had my eye on these shoes for awhile: https://www.thredup.com/product/women-shoes-manolo-blahnik-flats/26681555?sizing_id=847%2C844%2C576

    09.27.17 · Reply
  15. Anna Pry says:

    Looking for tops I can easily nurse in, this button up floral is cute and a great price! https://www.thredup.com/product/women-h-and-m-long-sleeve-blouse/28822324?sizing_id=90%2C65%2C832%2C825%2C579%2C584%2C822

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  16. Alexandra says:

    I love ThredUp! Right now I’m crushing on this silk top from Club Monaco: https://www.thredup.com/product/women-club-monaco-sleeveless-silk-top/28914502

    09.27.17 · Reply
  17. Christine S says:

    Would love this cute dress with a jean jacket!

    https://www.thredup.com/sl?u=6222580&i=26164405&p=204

    09.27.17 · Reply
  18. Liv says:

    Love those leather leggings!

    Liv

    livforstyle.net

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  19. Mary Ann says:

    Looking to update some of my fall basics and love this sweater from Boden:
    https://www.thredup.com/product/women-boden-wool-pullover-sweater/26719268

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  20. Wex says:
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  21. Love the dress

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  22. Rach says:

    Loving shopping at ThredUP! Probably the best online thrift store and the pieces you found are amazing!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

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  23. Ashley C says:

    I love this cardigan

    https://www.thredup.com/product/women-vfraas-poncho/29079545?sizing_id=765

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. Abby Allen says:
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  25. Wehaf says:

    That is indeed a fabulous dress! I also like this one: https://www.thredup.com/product/women-tommy-hilfiger-casual-dress/29167081?sizing_id=781%2C778%2C774%2C765%2C756 which has a great retro-looking print.

    09.27.17 · Reply
  26. Kimberly says:

    I really love this top! https://www.thredup.com/product/women-simply-vera-vera-wang-cardigan/25323050
    Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

    09.27.17 · Reply
  27. Bojana says:

    I just checked it out and they ship to Canada! So excited. Thanks for the tip and all your purchases look so good on you!

    bosbodaciousblog.blogspot.ca

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  28. Sharon says:
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  29. YL Chiao says:
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  30. Marisol E. says:

    Love the outfits you found! And this cute maternity dress!:

    https://www.thredup.com/product/maternity-asos-maternity-casual-dress/28625003

    09.27.17 · Reply
  31. Dang it, apparently I already have an account with them. I’ve literally never used it. =,=

    Side note, I know the feeling! I just spent the best $3.33 yesterday (at Goodwill) on a silk Diane von Furstenberg tank top. It’s simply the most luxurious garment(not counting accessories) I’ve EVER owned, and apparently her tops retail for just under $200. I’m still reeling from excitement and can’t wait to wear it.

    09.28.17 · Reply
  32. Kelsey Jessee says:

    Love this Rag & Bone dress! Especially for a great price!
    https://www.thredup.com/product/x-rag-and-bonejean-casual-dress/29035684?sizing_id=778

    09.28.17 · Reply
  33. EvaNadine says:

    i LOVE thrifting!
    i have a thredup account, but have yet to pull the trigger on actually buying anything – it’s scary buying something online that you can’t actually try on!

    im kind of in love with this pullover sweater:
    https://www.thredup.com/product/plus-lane-bryant-pullover-sweater/29194482?sizing_id=847%2C853

    and also this adorable dress:
    https://www.thredup.com/product/plus-eloquii-casual-dress/27795901?sizing_id=847%2C853

    maybe it’s time to take the leap!

    09.28.17 · Reply
  34. Meghan says:

    Love me some ThredUp!! Eyeballing this Muse dress right now…

    https://www.thredup.com/product/women-muse-casual-dress/28205218

    09.28.17 · Reply
  35. Sarah says:

    love this vintage inspired cardigan for fall! https://www.thredup.com/product/women-sparrow-cardigan/29218080

    09.28.17 · Reply
  36. Amanda says:

    Love the concept! Check out this cute vest: https://www.thredup.com/product/x-marissa-webb-vest/29099554

    09.28.17 · Reply
  37. Alyssa E. says:

    I love thrift shopping. The idea of saving money and getting AMAZING deals all without leaving my house makes it a dream come true. I love this Free People top ( https://www.thredup.com/product/x-free-people-long-sleeve-top/29149498?sizing_id=778%2C790 ). Thank you so much for this giveaway!

    09.28.17 · Reply
  38. Elizabeth says:

    I can’t wait to use the coupon code for fall clothes!

    https://www.thredup.com/product/women-leith-faux-leather-skirt/29246084?sizing_id=568%2C790%2C798%2C795
    I love this!

    09.28.17 · Reply
  39. Jenn says:

    Just placed an order, thanks for the code! I kept eyeing this stunning sweater but couldn’t pull the trigger on it just yet… it would definitely be item #1 on the list with a shopping spree!

    https://www.thredup.com/product/women-st-john-pullover-sweater/27319916

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  43. Jolene says:

    I’ve been eyeing this dress for awhile for a wedding. We shall see: https://www.thredup.com/product/women-signature-by-robbie-bee-casual-dress/27327430

    09.28.17 · Reply
  44. Jen says:
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  45. Jen says:

    I have had my eye on a new pair of nice jeans!

    https://www.thredup.com/product/women-rag-and-bonejean-jeans/28520272

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    09.28.17 · Reply
  46. Shawni says:

    I love shopping on thredUP! A large percentage of my wardrobe is from there. 🙂

    Love this coat. 😍

    Check it out — Zara Coat for $60.99 on thredUP!

    Love it? Use this link for $10 off. New customers only.

    https://www.thredup.com/sl?u=780989&i=24634997&p=204

    09.28.17 · Reply
  47. Elaine says:

    Kendi please pick meeeeee I’m going to Vegas and need some new otufits!

    https://www.thredup.com/product/women-zara-casual-skirt/29271604?sizing_id=554%2C559%2C778%2C774%2C781%2C775

    09.28.17 · Reply
  48. I love ThredUp! I have two orders currently en route to my house (both for Rooney…ThredUp is amazing for kids!) 🙂

    I’ve got my eyes on these flats: https://www.thredup.com/product/women-shoes-bamboo-flats/27969160?sizing_id=576%2C798%2C579%2C795%2C571%2C790

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  49. Sarah Hornby says:
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  52. Erin says:

    https://www.thredup.com/product/women-gap-jumpsuit/29253436?sizing_id=832%2C825%2C563%2C568
    (there are so many more things I love but there is SO much on the website and so few hours in the day)

    09.28.17 · Reply
  53. Christy Peeples DuBois says:

    I like these Patagonia shirts
    https://www.thredup.com/product/women-patagonia-denim-shorts/28247944?sizing_id=829%2C812%2C790

    They really do have great buys. Thanks.

    09.28.17 · Reply
  54. Bethanne says:

    I’ve been using thredUP for about 2 years and LOVE it. I’ve got my eye on this Diane Von Furstenburg cocktail dress! <3

    https://www.thredup.com/product/x-diane-von-furstenberg-cocktail-dress/29275959?sizing_id=568%2C781%2C790

    09.29.17 · Reply
  55. Courtney says:
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  56. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve been shopping Thred Up for a leather jacket lately, and this is my current favorite: https://www.thredup.com/product/women-laundry-leather-jacket/28819747?sizing_id=778%2C790%2C781

    09.29.17 · Reply
  57. Brittany says:

    Hey Kendi! Great giveaway 🙂 I’m loving this Rebecca Minkoff snakesking clutch — its a steal!
    https://www.thredup.com/product/handbags-rebecca-minkoff-leather-clutch/24878768

    09.29.17 · Reply
  58. Courtney says:

    Girl, you could make a trashbag look fashionable! 🙂 I’ve heard of ThreadUp, but never bothered to venture to their site, but you just convinced me. I’d love to get this dress for my new job! https://www.thredup.com/product/women-ann-taylor-casual-dress/29263112?sizing_id=832%2C597

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  59. Tambry says:
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  60. JL says:

    Thanks for the review on this site. I’ve read about it but not ordered….I’m motivated now😀 A floral skirt is what I’ll be looking for

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  64. Heather says:

    I love the Salvatore Ferragamo belt https://www.thredup.com/product/x-salvatore-ferragamo-leather-belt/28151188 Good Luck, everyone!! EEK!!

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  65. Meghan Malicoat says:
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  66. Lynn T. says:

    I don’t have a LBD so I would pick this hopefully it will work for any occasions
    https://www.thredup.com/product/x-black-halo-cocktail-dress/26891524?shortcut=4673&sizing_id=765%2C756%2C750%2C755%2C774

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  67. Carolsue says:
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  68. monique s says:

    I love Rebecca minkoff so my favorite item is this bag of hers https://www.thredup.com/product/rebecca-minkoff/29020509

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  69. Kimmy says:

    I lost 35 pounds this year and I desperately need new clothing that fits. I am head over heels in LOVE with this dress! https://www.thredup.com/product/x-anna-sui-for-anthropologie-casual-dress/29040225

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  73. Elyse K. says:

    I love threadup! I was just browsing around their site & this is already in my cart: https://www.thredup.com/product/women-j-crew-long-sleeve-button-down-shirt/28210831?sizing_id=774%2C778%2C756%2C765%2C750

    *fingers crossed*

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  74. Lynne says:

    I’m very much into leggings these days and like this pair: https://www.thredup.com/product/juniors-poof-leggings/24454427?sizing_id=795

    10.02.17 · Reply
  75. I had never heard of ThreadUp and this could not have come at a better time! I had a baby last year and am finding myself hating everything I used to wear pre-baby, but can’t afford to get a whole new wardrobe. But seeing the awesome clothes and prices gives me hope that I can give my wardrobe a refresh. And there are so many fabulous finds like this Vivienne Westwood dress!

    https://www.thredup.com/product/x-vivienne-westwood-anglomania-casual-dress/28032326?sizing_id=790%2C791%2C798

    10.02.17 · Reply
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  77. Teresa A Thompson says:

    /www.thredup.com/product/x-what-goes-around-comes-around-blazer/27991772

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  78. Lily says:
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  79. Chantelle Walker says:

    those black pants are HOTT!! I wish I could get those!!

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  80. Ashley Baxter says:

    I love ThredUp! I buy much of my work wear from the app.

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  83. Becky Puls says:

    I’ve always wanted to try this site!

    https://www.thredup.com/product/women-ann-taylor-loft-casual-dress/29552167?sizing_id=812%2C829

    Totally loving this dress. It’s perfect for fall and for my teaching wardrobe. I would love to win this giveaway to update my professional clothing!

    10.05.17 · Reply
  84. Courtney South says:

    https://www.thredup.com/product/women-jessica-simpson-flats/29504891

    These beautiful flats I’ll take a chance on a minor spot! I love me some Jessica Simpson!! An I love flats like these!! Thank you for the fabulous chance to win!!!

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