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I Shop Online Because Putting on Pants Is Overrated

by Meghann on September 16, 2016

This post is sponsored by thredUP

I was scrolling through Facebook recently and paused on a question someone had asked in one of the new-mom groups I belong to. She asked how other moms were able to try on clothes while shopping for themselves, with a baby in tow. My response was simple: “I shop online.”

Seriously. I’d say 90% of the shopping I do for myself is online. It’s just too easy to casually scroll through my phone on a break and check-out with the touch of a button. Most days I’m able to score a better deal online than in a store and I generally make sure there’s a decent return policy before checking out just in case something isn’t quite the right fit or doesn’t exactly live up to the online reviews in person.

One site I’m loving lately is thredUP.

thredUP is a great site for anyone who loves a deal. Think of it as a well curated online consignment shop. It’s the best resource for women’s and kids’ high-quality secondhand fashion, with a range of brands from Madewell to Zara to Joie, always up to 90% off the original retail price.

The site has a crazy stock of merchandise, and is easy to navigate thanks to searching by brand and toggling between colors and sizes. My size preferences are auto-saved in the system, so they automatically pop up every time I search.

They also offer an array of clothing styles that range from formalwear to work clothes to activewear. I found some really cute Lululemon pieces for 40% off retail.

In really enjoy that the stock in thredUP is constantly rotating so it’s a different experience every time you shop. Aren’t able to find something you like today? Check back tomorrow – you never know what will be added.

One of my favorite parts of online shopping is opening the box of goodies when it arrives. It feels like Christmas every time.


This was a particularly good haul.

I found a brand new J. Crew swimsuit (with tags!) for $19.99 (originally $58). I’ve been wearing the same boring swimsuit to Annalynn’s swim classes for ages and am excited to throw a new one in the mix.

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I also scored a gorgeous Bebe dress for $38.99 (originally $169!). The dress still has the tags on it and is flawless.  It’s perfect for an upcoming event I have.

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And, as every mom knows, it’s really hard to shop for yourself without throwing something (or LOTS of somethings) in the cart for your little one. Annalynn is on the verge of moving up to 12-18 month clothes and thredUP is my new go-to place to restock her wardrobe.


Unfortunately not everything in this box was the perfect fit. I had ordered some really cute Lululemon pieces that didn’t quite work. Thankfully thredUP fits my #2 requirement when shopping online – a decent return policy. The process to return the items was pretty seamless. All I had to do was print the return label and drop it off at the post office. My account will be credited accordingly.


Have clothes you don’t wear anymore? It’s just as easy to sell you clothes to thredUP. Just consult their policy of what they do and don’t take, then order your thredUP Clean Out Bag. Fill it with that you don’t want and hang it on your door for pick-up.

Now it’s your turn to save.  

Click HERE and use code MEAL40 to get 40% off your entire order! Valid through 12/14/16.

    • Valid only for first time shoppers

    • Discount up to $50

1 Carrie L September 16, 2016 at 4:30 pm

I’m really glad you had a positive experience purchasing from the website. I’d assume that would be the case since the selling side is so poor. In July I sent an entire bag of clothes to them after reading a couple of positive blog posts. The bag included no less than 40 pieces of clothing (probably 40% still with tags) and 5 pairs of brand new shoes. 5 pieces in total were accepted for a purchase price from ThredUp of $14.40.

While I was surprised that so little was accepted, the time frame for the entire process is what really shocked me. It took 7 weeks for the bag to be processed. The website would update weekly and push back the date of when I could expect to hear about my bag. When they initially received my bag I received an email stating they were backed up and the process would likely take 2-3 weeks. I thought that was a little surprising but still manageable. After 7 weeks of waiting and learning about the dollar amount offered I have two options. The first is to use the money in their online store. No thanks. The second is to wait another two weeks to have the money released as cash into my PayPal account.

I honestly would have donated the entire bag locally had I know how silly this experience would be. Next time I’ll know better.

2 Ashley September 16, 2016 at 8:51 pm

You have to remember that Meghann had a positive experience because they paid her to write about them. I also had a horrible experience with Thredup, similar to yours. In addition, I thought it was gross and unnecessary to include photos of size tags on your post. Just tacky.

3 Katie September 18, 2016 at 5:37 pm

Wow, Ashley…rude much? Pretty sure she showed the tags to illustrate that they were new items with tags still on. Wouldn’t it have been stranger to blur out the size, as though it’s some secret? I didn’t even look at the number until you mentioned it. If you find their inclusion gross, I think you need to get out more.

4 Michele September 19, 2016 at 4:46 pm

I actually didn’t notice the size on the tags and am not going to go back and look. I assumed she included them because she mentioned getting items with tags. I also know I’m bigger than her, as I’ve read the blog for a while. It seems like we should give her the benefit of the doubt instead of assuming she wants everyone who wears a different size than her to feel shame.

5 Kate September 17, 2016 at 9:06 am

I ordered a bag to attempt to sell some things. The bag was supposed to arrive last week and I never received it. Seeing all the other terrible experiences people have had with this company I will not sell any clothes to them. I’d rather donate my clothes to a local charity. If I ever receive the bag in the mail, I’ll just toss it in the trash, doesn’t seem worth the hassle and the ripoff.

6 Jennifer September 17, 2016 at 9:15 pm

I’ve never tried to send my stuff to them, but I did make my first purchase last week using Kath’s 40% off code. I was able to get my son 2 pieces for his Halloween costume (he’s being Marty McFly from Back to the Future). I got the denim jacket (Gap!) and the red outerwear vest, along with 2 other random t-shirts he wanted for under $25. And that included shipping! Arrived in less than a week and all items are in great condition. I will definitely be shopping on their site again.

7 elle September 19, 2016 at 2:17 pm

I usually donate clothes I no longer want, so even getting a small amount of money for them would be an improvement. But mostly I’m psyched to be able to buy brands that I love, at a super discount, without having to leave my house!
It’s like a thrift store – I give them my clothes and they give me nothing in return but then sell them. I like that because it means other people are doing the same thing and I can buy their clothes!

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