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A few years ago, you were jammin' out to Macklemore's "Thrift Shop," hit and while that song was pretty catchy, I don't think he really sold you guys on the idea of being thrifty. Today, I am going to break down why you should consider purchasing secondhand clothing and I'm not talking about those weird turtleneck sweaters at Goodwill.  

First, let me tell you why you should shop secondhand. You know those outfits that are in your closet that you refuse to wear because there is a picture of you in it on instagram? That's reason number one. Buying secondhand allows you to save money while wearing new outfits more frequently. Secondly, not only is thrift shopping good for your wallet but also for the environment! Sadly, many people throw away clothes they no longer want and these clothes end up in landfills. Buying secondhand is the most fashionable way to recycle. Please also remember, there are people who do not have the luxury of choosing which outfit to wear each day. If you are thinking about throwing away clothing items, donate to your local thrift shop or homeless shelter instead. 

If you aren't someone who wants to go out and sort through the clothes at Goodwill, Salvation Army, or your local consignment store, this post is for you! As I mentioned in THIS post, you should check out Twice and ThredUp. On these sites, you can sell clothing by sending in a bag of your items using a prepaid shipping label. You can also purchase secondhand clothing items and have them shipped to you. I have sold to Twice but not purchased and purchased from ThredUp but not sold! When you use my links for these sites, you will get rewarded with free credits so DO NOT sign up on your own and miss out on this opportunity! Here is what I have learned through my experiences with these websites so far... 

My selling experience on Twice: In order to keep costs low for buyers, Twice has a low payout for what you send in. When I sold to them, I sent in eleven items and only made $6. The selling bag they send you is big so you can fit 20-30 items if you have a lot to sell! You will receive a higher payout (25% more) if you opt for Twice credit instead of Paypal. I wanted my money as soon as possible so I chose the Paypal option. Don't sell to Twice if you are trying to make a lot of money right away. It takes time for the company to receive your items, go through them, and make you an offer. Many of my items were rejected due to signs of wear. So, if you have items that still have tags on them or have barely been worn, those would be the best to send in. While I have only sold to this site, they have a wide variety of brand name clothing for purchase! Sign up through my link and receive $10 toward your first order! 

My buying experience on ThredUp: I purchased four skirts during their 99 cents sale. It was awesome! Whether you are are a brand snob or just looking for great deals, this site is for you! 

What I absolutely love about this site is how honest they are with you. If an item has a tiny flaw on it, they let you know up front what it is. When browsing items, you have the option to exclude items with tiny flaws or only view items that are new with tags! I also LOVE the packaging they use when shipping your order. It's a basic brown box with blue polka-dots and your clothing items come wrapped in tissue paper as if they are brand new! 

I have a hard time finding clothes that fit me so I was concerned the items would not fit and I would be stuck with them since clearance items are non-returnable. For 99 cents though, I didn't have much to lose! I ordered two black business-type skirts and two fun casual skirts. The Banana Republic skirt and The Webster skirt were too big on me but the other two fit. You win some and lose some. Each item was 99 cents and shipping was $5.96 so my total was $9.92 for the entire order! For this order, I saved 106% or $183.06 off the retail price, what a steal! Get $10 off your first order when you sign up with my link!

Recently, I discovered Poshmark, an app you can download then use to buy and sell clothes. Poshmark does take a percentage of what you sell but the app is so easy to use, it's worth it. I haven't purchased anything yet but have already sold items and made over thirty dollars in the short amount of time I have been using the app! 

When someone purchases an item from your closet, Poshmark emails you a prepaid shipping label. You then package up the item and take to the post office or schedule a pickup through USPS. Once your item is received and approved by the purchaser, you will get paid! 

When you begin to make money through this app, you can use the credit to make purchases, send the money to your bank account, or request a check. If you use the invitation code, BXEYP, when you sign up, you will receive a $5 credit to use toward your first purchase. I only have 10 invites to share, so hurry and sign up. Click the image or link to check out my closet and start "Poshing." 

The great thing about each of these sites is that you can shop and make money without leaving the house! Do you know of any other sites like this? Comment on this post and share them with me. 




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