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Growing up, I always looked forward to the week before school. My family would all pile in the car and make the four hour trip to the nearest "big" city, where we would get to pick out our school clothes for the year. It was during these trips that I first fell in love with thrifting. We had $200 to buy clothing for the whole year, so we always tried to make the most of our money. Thrift store shopping was the perfect solution.
Even now, I love thrifting. The thrill of finding that special, one-of-a-kind piece for a great price is a tremendous feeling. Of course, there are some pitfalls. I don't like hunting through rack after rack looking for my size or favorite brand. As a new mother, I don't really have time for that anymore.
I hadn't heard of ThredUp until recently, but it is a very cool site. Online thrifting offers all the benefits of bargain hunting without the hassle. All items are hand selected and in like-new condition with prices up to 90% off retail.
A few weeks ago, ThredUp issued the $100 challenge to see what awesome treasure I could discover for $100. After days of searching, I finally hit the checkout with three tops and a handbag. The bill was almost exactly $100 for an overall savings of 78%!
ThredUp's Summer Challenge: What I Found
I was so excited when I saw a Cynthia Rowley handbag for $60 (normally $300!). This gorgeous shoulder bag is 100% leather and completely gorgeous. I knew I had to have it as soon as it popped up on my screen.
With my remaining $40, I found three lovely tops: a button-down Cynthia Steffe Tunic, a Simply Vera Vera Wang sweater with watercolor flowers, and a Merona cardigan with abstract purple flowers. Can you believe the sweater and the cardigan were only $5 each?
The ThredUp website has a HUGE collection, and I spent several evenings taking it all in. I am so happy to have found this site. It truly allows those of us with smaller budgets to find the styles and brands we love but cannot afford to buy new. I am very pleased with my purchases and look forward to many more thrifting adventures.