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Let’s jump to it, shall we? I saved $659 in a haul! In the process, I secured a couple of designer pieces.

I wish you could hear the squealing and see the happy dance. Then again, maybe it’s best you don’t. I have no sense of rhythm. It’s a shame really.

My Facebook news feed is cluttered with discount clothing retailers. Imagine that. One in particular caught my eye. It’s an online consignment shop called ThredUP.

I love consignment. It’s a great way to find high quality clothing items for a steal.

I admit that I’m harboring some guilt lately. I’m reading Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline. I’m a strong advocate against fast fashion. Trust me, shopping fast fashion retailers would make my job way easier. Nothing like finding out that most of your clothes are made of non-biogradable plastics in addition to being poorly made. Buying cheap fabrics that will tear after a few washes is not very frugal.

Why is this relevant, you ask? I decided to research my clothes and find a way to buy higher quality clothes with better seaming. My city doesn’t care for high fashion much. Access to designer goods is very bleak. Enter online consignment.

I’m sure some of the items I purchased were made in Bangladesh.

Baby steps.

I wanted clothes made from real cloth. It appeases some of the guilt for now.

I was hesitant to try an online consignment store. Online shopping is a crap shoot. I really should write a blog about navigating online stores. There’s always a chance the color isn’t exact, not to mention the fit or the cut.

Then I met BreAnna. Well, met is a strong word. She started following my Instagram account. BreAnna is a fellow frugal blogger from Chicago. She wrote a ThredUp review for her blog, Crafty Coin. I commented on her photo that I was excited for her review and expressed my apprehension over the service. In return, she replied with a 40% discount code, which I gladly used. She alone is responsible for my awesome haul. I can’t resist a good promo code.

***Plug: Seriously, check her blog. I only cover fashion. She can help you save money on everything. End of plug. ***

I used the code and placed an order. In fact, I placed two orders in the course of a week. A few days later, my polka dot box arrived.

The cat arrived at our doorstep too. She's a rescue we're nursing back to health to re-home. Her name is Sweet Pea. She loves cuddles and photobombing.

The cat arrived at our doorstep too. She’s a rescue we’re nursing back to health to re-home. Her name is Sweet Pea. She loves cuddles and photobombing.

Order number 1:

  • Elizabeth and James blazer
  • Madison Marcus romper
  • Ann Taylor Loft tank
  • Naturalizer flats

I have never been so excited  to open a box in my life. Elizabeth and James, y’all!!!! This is the Olsen Twins’ ready-to-wear line. I bought it for practically pennies. I love the undone lining jutting out.

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Seriously, H&M doesn’t offer that type of detailing. The coat is wool. I’ve admired the twins’ lines for so long. The blazer fits perfectly too.

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The Madison Marcus romper fits almost perfectly. I should mention it was new with tags.

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It’s not impossible to find never-worn items. This is a $200+ romper. I’m not sure why someone would return it. Their loss is my gain.

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I’m a fan of Ann Taylor Loft. This tank has lovely lattice lace detailing (say that three times fast).

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IMG_2216I mentioned the romper had a fit issue. The straps are too long. This is an easy fix. I can find a friend or a seamstress who can take up the straps for a few dollars. I still save lots of money.

Photo credit: Stan’s Art Studio. ©2016 Stanley. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Stan’s Art Studio. ©2016 Stanley. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

I’m a hippy girl. My bottom is larger than my top. It’s very difficult to find a one-piece that fits both. I would be insane to send back a designer romper that fits my top and my bottom over a simple fix. That, my friends, is the essence of frugality.

IMG_2221Then there’s the shoes. Aren’t they cute? One problem though. The website listed the shoes as 6M. I tried them on and noticed they were entirely too big. I checked the size — 8M.

ThredUp has a free return system. You log into your account. You can opt for a  refund minus $8.99 for processing and handling or a full credit with no fee. I opted for the credit and printed the shipping label. You have 14 days to make a return. Once you print the label, you have 7 days to postmark the package.

I forgot to send the package. This is why I hate returns no matter the policy. It will be a lovely gift for one of my size 8 friends. Happy birthday, lucky-woman-whoever-you-will-be!!!

Haul price breakdown:

  • Elizabeth and James blazer  Price: $465; Paid (with discount): $60.42
  • Madison Marcus romper (new with tags)  Price: $205; Paid (with discount): $36.39
  • Ann Taylor Loft tank  Price: $20; Paid (with discount): $4.24
  • Naturalizer flats  Price: $95; Paid (with discount): $19.41

Total price: $785

Total paid: $120.46

Savings: $664.54 or 85%

While I was printing the return label, I found a few more items and placed a second order.

Order 2:

  • Express top
  • Charlotte Russe crop top
  • Free People pant

The Express top is very nice. It has a metallic sheen. I thought “what a nice top for work.”

Um, no. It’s not work appropriate. It’s cropped.

When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. When ThredUp delivers a crop top, you make an awesome Empire-Records-inspired outfit for an upcoming 90s fashion post.

It fits so well.

Photo credit: Stan’s Art Studio. ©2016 Stanley. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Stan’s Art Studio. ©2016 Stanley. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

I know Charlotte Russe is fast fashion, although their clothes are better than most. I really loved this lace crop top.

Photo credit: Stan’s Art Studio. ©2016 Stanley. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Stan’s Art Studio. ©2016 Stanley. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

I’ve never bought or worn Free People clothes. It’s strange considering they follow my personal style to a T. I found a pair of khaki capris.

Photo credit: Stan’s Art Studio. ©2016 Stanley. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Stan’s Art Studio. ©2016 Stanley. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Haul price breakdown:

  • Express top  Price: $50; Paid: $13
  • Charlotte Russe top  Price: $17; Paid: $5
  • Free People capris   Price: $88; Paid: $22

Total price: $155

Total Paid: $46

Savings: $110 or 71%

Total price for both orders: $825

Total price paid: $166

Total savings: $659 or 80%

Final thoughts:

I really love ThredUp. Everything, save the shoes, fits perfectly. The wear was minimal to non-existent. The package arrived within a few days. The return policy is fair and easy. It’s not their fault I forgot to send back the shoes. I imagine they would have remedied the situation had they known that the shoes were mislabeled on the website. I will definitely use their services again.

That jacket, though!

Happy shopping!