A Great Way to Save on Clothes + A Giveaway

My obsession with thredUP has continued throughout the summer. I’d say it’s a borderline problem right now, but I don’t consider it a bad thing. thredUP is the largest online consignment store where you can find your favorite brands like J.Crew, Lilly Pulitzer, and Kate Spade for up to 90% off retail. Every week or so I pop on to search for my favorite brands to see if I spot something that I love. It’s so much fun because every week there are more items to look through– they add 15,000 new items a day!

I wish I had the patience to do more thrifting in stores, but it’s never been something that I was good at. I’m in awe of girls who can go into a massive store and walk out with something spectacular. (My sister is like that!) I, on the other hand, walk in and quickly walk out feeling overwhelmed. With thredUP, you can sort everything by size, brand, price, and color which makes thrifting exponentially easier.

Carly Heitlinger

My whole outfit, head to toe, was purchased from thredUP. And I have to say, I’m kind of obsessed with it.

ThredUp Review

Please note the size of that box; I may have gone a little overboard! I kept finding more things that I loved and couldn’t wittle it down more. All the items are triple-inspected so ensure the highest quality. Everything I purchased felt brand new, including the shoes!


Why I love ThredUp

The savings are unreal. I know I’ve talked about including more products that work for budgets and thredUP 100% falls under that category. Name brand shopping for a fraction of the original price. Here’s the breakdown of the savings on my outfit:

J. Crew Chambray Shirt | Retails for $88, purchased for $24.99

J. Crew Skirt | Retails for $98, purchased for $22.99

Anne Klein Crossbody | Retails for $59, purchased for $28.99

J. Crew Factory Flats | Retails for $69, purchased for $14.99

The total of my purchase was $91.96. The retail total would have been $314, so my total savings was $222.04!!!

Vintage J. Crew

Carly Prepster  Buy Vintage J. Crew Clothes thredUP is offering the first 100 readers an extra 40% off their first purchase (up to $50 savings) by using the code “CARLY40” at checkout. Can’t beat that, right? (Applies to new US customers and redeemable online only.)

GIVEAWAY! I’m excited to announce that we’re also teaming up to give one reader a $250 shopping spree on thredUP. That’s enough to get a serious head start on your fall wardrobe shopping! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post with a link to an item you’re eyeing on thredUP. The winner of the $250 shopping spree will be chosen one week from today! (Make sure you leave a comment with your correct email address because that’s how we will be contacting the winner.)

Thank you thredUP for sponsoring this post.

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What a cute outfit! I’ve always admired thriftiness too, but I’ve never been great at it. I’m a teacher, so I’m always looking for cute/comfortable clothes to wear, but I never want to spend too much. ThredUP sounds like a great idea.


Hi Carly–how do returns work, or what do you do if an item doesn’t fit? That’s my biggest concern!! Thanks!


Very happily surprised to see so many high-end brands on ThredUp. Definitely have my eye on a pair of Prada wedges among many other things.


Love ya, Carly, and I agree that online consignment stores are a godsend! (As an aside, I think you meant “whittle” and not “widdle”, which has very different connotations!)


I think ThredUp is a great way to find some amazing deals, and really change out your closet for a great price. I have never heard of it till now and couldn’t help but search and see some adorable sweaters and booties that I would love to style for fall. What I was most amazed with was this J. Crew Excursion vest that usually is over $100 is just $30!
Would love to add this to my closet!
megan //

Dancey Clark

I love ThredUp and have been shopping there for a little while now. I can always find something I like! Right now it is this skirt which would be perfect for the fall!

Evelyn Nance

Oh how I love thredUP! Such great quality for used items and the prices are just amazing! I’ve been eyeing this adorable J.Crew wool sweater.

Here’s the link:

I think it would be just perfect for fall and winter. It’s cheerful and colorful, but also will keep me warm at the same time. I was eyeing this sweater in stores a couple seasons ago but never bit the bullet. Now I’m quite tempted to grab it since it’s only $20.99! Can’t beat that price! Thanks Carly and thredUP!

Linda Dumas

I’d love to score these flats! I could totally see you wearing these too Carley! I love your thredUP outfit, I didn’t know about them until you shared this post. I will definitely start shopping there now, AMAZING DEALS! I just wish they had another skirt like the one your wearing in this post : )

Jacqueline Storey

ThredUp is my absolute favorite these days! I used to go thrifting with my mom growing up, and now that I’m an adult and we are both so busy with work it’s hard to carve out the time. My absolute favorite golden yellow peacoat I’ve ever owned came from ThredUp so I’m hooked 🙂

This light blue dress caught my eye instantly:

Hannah Fisher

I have just started my first semester of graduate school in Speech Language Pathology and have been looking EVERYWHERE for affordable, business casual clothes to wear while working with clients in our clinic. ThredUP has SO many amazing options (like this blouse I’ve been eyeing- that would allow me to dress comfortably for sessions but still look professional! Thanks for this post!

Mallory L

What an awesome site for us fashion obsessed people on a budget! Such beautiful things…so hard to pick just one! 👗👠👛💕


Great post and I love the skirt you are wearing!

On a side note, I would love another life update and life advice video as well as a post on how to manage anxiety and stay motivated and focused when you’re feeling really overwhelmed. 🙂


I love thred up! It’s my favorite place to buy clothes and they let you return items that may not fit!

Moira | M, Personally

I love Thread-Up! I try to have a low-key preppy/quality clothing, but on a college budget, so thrift shopping is my game. I went for a hardcore fav-ing binge today, and found the Chooka Rain Boots, which I love. Super functional, but not giant boots, so they’re perfect to wear to class. in rain or snow. A little used, but still, as long as it keeps my feet dry! Also, Blackwatch Plaid is always good!


Just purchased a strapless Lilly Pulitzer dress from ThreadUp – my first experience! I LOVE it – it looks brand new!

Stephanie Grace

omg, there’s so many comments! (250 comments for $250 giveaway, haha!) Anyways I absolutely love the skirt you’re wearing it’s such a fun summer piece! (the item that I’m eyeing on thredUp are these adorable white espadilla wedges from J Crew {} I mean they are just perfect for the summer, however there are size to large but a girl can dream😊)

Rebekah Meadows

Girl, I love thredUP! When I’m bored at night, I always open the app and browse 🙂

I’ve had my eyes on these suckers for a few days. All of the things I “heart” tend to sell out fast, so I’m watching close!

Wool cardigan:
Check it out — Cynthia Steffe Wool Cardigan for $75.99 on thredUP!

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

ALSO this top:
Check it out — Theory Sleeveless Top for $24.99 on thredUP!

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