I wasn't expecting the box that arrived today and shone a little light in my must-survive-until-tomorrow-at-noon cloud of gloom.
As you guys know if you've been around here, I've become a fan of Thred Up. It offers a solution to the fact that my love of thrifting and deals doesn't match up with the fact that I can't really drag the kids around searching thrift shops these days. I first stumbled upon it when another blogger wrote about it and I tested it out by using the free $10 that they offer on each customer's first order. I found a dress for Sadie for less than $10 and just paid the $2.99 shipping and was surprised when a basically new Disney fairy dress arrived at our door.
I wrote up a post about that first dress and a few of you signed up. When you share Thred Up, if a person signs up, not only do they get a $10 credit, you (or in this case I) do too. So I've rolled over that credit several times. Each times I've received a box from Thred Up I've been pleasantly surprised by what I've gotten and I've shared my finds with you (in a "Mom! Look what I found! And it was practically free!" sort of way) and a few more people will give it a try and in this way I've pretty much clothed the whole family for winter (almost the whole family... there's no men's section... oh how I wish there were!).
I've actually gotten quite a few offers to blog for various companies over the years and about 80% of the time I turn down the company because it doesn't fit... so if you see a post here it's because I really do like what I'm writing about (and I have a backlog of posts about stuff I've been meaning to write!). So the fact that I've written this much about it means that I really, really like it.
This last order I put in were three dresses for myself. One was a silk dress that would have been over $200 from a company called Sundance and the others were from Banana Republic and Calvin Klein. Altogether it was right around $500 of dress. Without credit it would have come to right around $70 shipped.
Today the box arrived. And I'm pretty sure I want to wear the silk dress from Sundance every single day for the rest of my life (that desire will likely be tempered by the fact that it is 100% silk and dry clean only...):
The kids vote for favorite dress seemed to be this one (from Banana Republic). Maggie kept coming over and putting the crown on my head:
And here's the Calvin Klein dress, which pretty much feels like a mini skirt to me (hence the totally comfortable look on my face). I think I might add a few inches with a little fun black fabric and lace at the bottom (and this photo totally doesn't do the top justice!):
Sadie was hilarious when I asked her to take pictures for me. She insisted my hair be like this and wouldn't take the pictures until I took off the hat I wanted to wear. She's quite the little photographer.
My favorite part of the site has to be that there are actually dresses that I would wear without altering. That's not easy to find these days in a time when everything either seems to be low cut of too short!
So if you're in to thrift shopping I can't recommend this enough... especially with the first $10 free! And there is so much on the site for under $10.