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Save More Money, Save The Earth, & Look Cute Doing It Too (&&& A $250 Giveaway Too!)

Have you guys seen the newish documentary on Minimalism? Marlowe and I liked it so much we watched it twice. The second time we watched it? It was because she asked. Is that a mom brag? I don't care, I love that kid. Minimizing is hard in a buy buy buy world. I know I just talked about this-- but I want to find a way to move beyond the fast fashion, fast consumerism world.

I don't buy clothes often. Not by modern day standards anyway. But I do like clothes--- specifically comfortable clothes (bonus points if they're cute). I've been working hard on filling my closet with intentional purchases. Things that I will use often, without a second thought. And honestly, one of the only reasons I've had to buy clothes at all in the past two years was because of C. diff. The clothes I had before, especially the bottoms no longer fit me... and probably never will. And thats okay. I've been slowly letting go of the pieces that will never fit me again. And even more slowly, allowing new pieces to come into my space that will serve a functional purpose.

In the next few weeks, I'm hoping to narrow down my closet even more-- slowly letting go of items that are too big or just not loved and worn often.

Writing about one of my favorite sustainable companies in this post, thredUP-- already heard of them? Been wanting to try? Want to skip over my overly long post about clothes and just shop for second hand items you love? Click HERE and use code OHDEAR40 for 40%! off your order. Want a chance to win 250$ to thredUP? Just click the link, pick out something you love and leave a link in the comment section below to win! (Don't forget to leave your email address too!) 

Okay long winding thoughts and words, lets go:

It's a bit crazy to me, that even today, in 2017 we find such push-- actually a bigger push than ever before to keep up with the Jones'. The Jones' were so 70 years ago. We should know better now. We don't have to keep up with anything or anyone. We are not what we own. We are not what we wear. We are what drives us, what makes us happy, what keeps our heart beating everyday. What we wear is gravy, its complimentary. I want to be a hardworking, loving, and honest woman--- who happens to be incredibly comfortable and look put together while doing it. I want to know that what I'm wearing is putting as little ecological strain on the earth-- it's reusing what has already been made and creating less demand. And hey, if it happens to be a badass outfit in the process? Then thats awesome. The thing is that buying secondhand doesn't mean you're worth less or less than. Buying secondhand means you're putting thought into the purchases you make. thredUP proves that secondhand shopping can be thoughtful, economical, and fun.

This isn't my first time using thredUP. And it won't be my last. As seasons change and my body changes or items becoming worn and need replacing, I plan to look and shop first at secondhand. Call it a resolution if you'd like. It sort of is, but not just for this year, but every year. What I prefer about thredUP to your regular thrift store (besides the fact that I don't have to put on shoes and go to a store) is this:
-I can look for exactly what I want. Secondhand shopping with a search bar? I 'll take it!
-I'm more likely to find styles that I would wear everyday. A thirst store will be filled with clothing for a wide variety of age groups and decades. I can expect to find more clothing options that fit my generation (and likely yours too).
-I can return the clothes if they end up not working out! You def. can't do that at a thrift store.

This is not to say that thrift stores or bad or pointless--- thrift stores are wonderful for finding amazing things--- but if it's up to me (and it is, duh) then I'm going to choose to look online and type in exactly what I'm looking for, before spending hours shuffling through racks of items. Ya know?

So what is thredUP (if you haven't gotten the gist of it yet?) It's a huge online marketplace to find women's, kids, and mens clothing at up to 90% off the in store price. The shop is mainly filled with top name brands and high end designers too. They inspect all their clothes before selling them to make sure they're like new. A lot of the clothes are like new, having the tags still on! I've purchased a few items with tags on them still :)

You search the site, you can narrow by size, color, designer, whatever to find what you're looking for. For me, at 30+ years old, I'm finally learning what brands actually fit me and what don't-- so I very easily and happily type in those brands to shop first.

I'm excited about my recent purchases. Super excited. I purchased a black dress with the cutest back. Everyone needs one simple black dress, right? And two rompers. I can live in rompers, so this is perfect for me. And comfortable shorts, because you guys are probably tired of seeing me in my one pair of jean shorts all the time, right? haha. I'm super excited to be adding these items to my mix of clothes and removing the items I've been holding onto that are cute, but don't fit quite right anymore. It's weird, but I'm actually looking forward to going through my closet and counting every piece I own and minimizing to the max.

I like to put things out here to be held to it... but I'm really hoping this year to make a pledge of sorts. I had one friend once pledge to not buy ANY new pieces for an entire year. The only clothing items that would be brought in were to be secondhand. I'm hoping to do something of this sort. I'm hoping to have the only pieces I bring in be secondhand items OR new organic items. No new non-organic items. Better my closet and minimize my impact.

Did you know that if 1 out of 100 households shopped secondhand, they would collectively save 1.6 billion dollars every year? Thats crazy. Thats a lot of money to be saved! And that would make aHUGE impact on the waste going out in the world. So yeah, I pledge to buy only organic and/or sustainable clothing this year. Maybe you can too? Yeah?

Have you been needing a new party dress? Or maybe the perfect top to match a skirt? Let's make a shift to have our first step to new purchases be to buy secondhand. Secondhand first, ya? It makes sense to me---- and for our earth :)

And hey, you can look cute while doing it too. I mean, I might not wear this top with these shorts--- I purchased this top to go with my jeans and these shorts to go with my solid colored tops--- but this works too, right? Sure. I mean, if you haven't noticed I basically live in blue, black, grey, and white-- with the occasional plash of muted pink haha.... or some sort of striped version of that :) This way everything (almost) always goes together ;)

Want to know how much I saved with these thredUP purchases?
42$ on the blue striped Madewell shirt
50$ on the cute skimpy Gentle Fawn shorts (my new vacation shorts, haha)
83$ on the black Madewell jumper
33$ on black Billabong dress
86$ on blue Madewell romper
and 53$ on the black floppy Vince Camuto hat.

Thats 348$ saved. Thats more than the cost of two plane tickets for me to go to Mexico. Thats basically two plane tickets to Mexico + two nice bottles of tequila, haha. And then with the 40% off discount you get by using the code OHDEAR40? Well, thats 2 plane tickets to Mexico and a plane ticket to Puerto Rico too. Thats crazy.

And yes, I absolutely count all money I spend by comparing prices on plane tickets, haha.

So yeah, secondhand shopping makes sense. And if you're looking for specific clothes, cute clothes, newish trends, or looking to just never leave your house to shop, thredUP makes even more sense :)

Discount code!:
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*first 100 readers. new customers only. discount up to 50$

Want to win 250$ to spend at thredUP? (That gets you A LOT of clothes for your family) All you have to do is click THIS LINK and pick out something you love. Then be sure to come back here and leave a link to that item below (in the comment section) to win!
(Don't forget to leave your email address too!)

Alright friends, hope you guys have a great week! What do you think, want to pledge for secondhand first with me? Let's do ittttttt!


  1. https://www.thredup.com/product/women-rayon-ann-taylor-loft-navy-blue-34-sleeve-t-shirt/21455399?shortcut=4194

    Great concept and company!

    Shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

  2. Exactly! It's rather queer to think that most people shame secondhand clothing, just for the sake of prestige and class. Keep going Drea! The Earth needs you! It's definitely splendid to find a really high quality, sustainable brand which makes clothes usable for longer.. that means less industry, less transport and a happier Earth! :)
    Say hello to Marlowe from the fellow Earthkeepers! ;)

  3. ha! those two guys from that documentary bugged the shit out of me with their whole "i'm a hugger" thing. too much. too forced. i get the whole minimizing thing though.

  4. yes please! oh man love these for my baby https://www.thredup.com/product/boys-baby-gap-tan-booties/19420009

  5. Thanks for doing this!
    ezra.wolkenfeld @ gmail.com

  6. A lot of great choices.


  7. I love thredUP! Currently looking through Madewell items and loving this shirt: Check it out -- Madewell Long Sleeve T Shirt for $20.99 on thredUP!

    Love it? Use this link for $10 off. New customers only.


  8. https://www.thredup.com/product/women-rayon-max-edition-black-short-sleeve-top/21683148?sizing_id=778%2C782%2C554

    Going through the all the choices.

  9. There are about a million pairs of Madewell jeans I could use :-) And these shoes https://www.thredup.com/product/women-madewell-tan-sandals/21249425

    Btw I have that same bird print - Mexico?

  10. I love this dress! https://www.thredup.com/product/women-viscose-topshop-orange-casual-dress/20793627?sizing_id=813


  11. I love this shirt! https://www.thredup.com/product/women-madewell-coral-short-sleeve-t-shirt/17688078?shortcut=4194&sizing_id=755%2C765%2C756 I've been eyeing it for months. This shirt is great! https://www.thredup.com/product/women-polyester-madewell-navy-blue-34-sleeve-top/16462428?shortcut=4194&sizing_id=755%2C765%2C756

  12. Kellepp@gmail.com


    My husband and I have been wanting to watch that documentary- thanks for giving us the kick in the pants we need to do it! :)

  13. Would love to pick up a blazer from there, this is cute: https://www.thredup.com/product/women-cotton-talbots-navy-blue-blazer/20851184?sizing_id=778

  14. I pretty much exclusively shop at thredup...love it. This sweater dress looks cozy.https://www.thredup.com/product/women-viscose-madewell-gray-sweater-dress/21555710?sizing_id=778%2C781! Thanks

  15. https://www.thredup.com/product/women-cotton-gap-maternity-blue-jeans/18232255?sizing_id=765%2C774%2C551

  16. https://www.thredup.com/product/women-linen-old-navy-gray-casual-dress/21514500

  17. Hello from Los Angeles! Long time reader, first time commenter. Thred-Up is such a great company, and eco-fashion is definitely starting to trend (as well as the new name for 'thrift shopping'). I'm a photographer and currently working with a new eco-fashion designer - ELLERALI. She makes clothes out of old t-shirts, including really cute dresses, etc. Definitely your style and mission! Saving for those plane tickets! ;-) https://www.instagram.com/ellerali/

  18. So into this - I'm all about thrift shopping - and also having a minimal wardrobe. I just read "The Curated Closet" - and I'm inspired to really edit my clothes and make intentional choices about what goes on my body. Love these shoes: https://www.thredup.com/product/women-aj-valenci-beige-flats/19199993?sizing_id=765%2C756%2C559

  19. Love this Drea! I watched that documentary twice last week myself- we're on the same wavelength.

  20. Thred up is the greatest!
    Just cleaned out my closet and sent them so many clothes!

    This madewell dress is gorg!

  21. Thrifting in LA takes as long as a full time job and I can't take in another one of those...still dreaming of a Florida thrift trip!



  22. I'm halfway through my pregnancy and recently moved from Germany to Florida. None of my old
    Clothes are working for me, but I haven't wanted to shell out money for maternity clothes when I have so little time left. Love the idea of thread up! https://www.thredup.com/product/women-cotton-liz-lange-maternity-for-target-dark-blue-casual-dress/20768519?sizing_id=795%2C812%2C822


  23. Love the neck, the color, the length, and above all...it looks comfy!




  24. I'd love to win this fun tropical romper! https://www.thredup.com/product/21182747


  25. I grew up shopping exclusively second hand, entirely for financial reasons. But once I moved out and saw how frequently my roommates were buying brand new items, often to wear once, I was shocked and totally committed to second hand whenever possible. I love this dress, could dress up or down so easily! Ariellazirkind@gmail.com


  26. https://www.thredup.com/product/women-cotton-madewell-blue-jeans/20395404?sizing_id=775

  27. I love this top!



  28. Can't believe I bought these new at almost full price a year ago! Absolutely love them



  29. https://www.thredup.com/product/women-polyester-h-and-m-dark-blue-casual-dress/20325039?sizing_id=774%2C551

    This site is amazing! I may never go back to normal shopping!

    shorty_cant_surf @ yahoo.com

  30. https://www.thredup.com/product/women-rayon-everly-black-jumpsuit/20741021?sizing_id=778

    I love this jumpsuit! melanierose8@gmail.com

    Thank you so much for posting, I had no idea about this site!

  31. https://www.thredup.com/?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=influencer&utm_campaign=blogger_ohdeardrea&referral_code=blogger_ohdeardreajan17&new_user=true

    This dress is so cute!! I would LOVE to win this giveaway. Thredup is amazing!
    Brinapaige at gmail dot com

  32. THIS DRESS! https://www.thredup.com/product/women-silk-odille-beige-silk-dress/19089265?sizing_id=781%2C778%2C791


  33. https://www.thredup.com/product/21563411

    Awesome bag with beautiful color! Makes me smile just looking at it.

  34. hey! love this post, and the romper/dress!
    I just got my first order on thredup (will use your code next time!) and will continue shopping on their site because its so convenient. I also sent a bag of clothing to them last year for their Cleanout program and the process is so easy and it felt so good that the items got approved and are now on (re)sale on their site instead of going to a landfill. What doesnt get approved gets sent to a textile recycling center.
    Also watched the minimalism doc over the holidays and got pumped to continue the process of paring down and continue designing intentionally and for comfort.
    Hope to see you this weekend at the launch party!

  35. Just realized there's a giveaway!

    Need some comfy shoes for work ;)

  36. I have been meaning to try ThredUp. I love these jeans...not sure if I could pull them off!

  37. I have been wanting to try this!

    love this romper


  38. I would love to have this black Theory cashmere pullover sweater!

    prettyinhotpink6 at gmail dot com

  39. How cute is this blouse? It would go with so many looks!

    Also, love shopping used as a way to step back from fast fashion and saving money like you said!

  40. https://www.thredup.com/product/women-polyester-everly-dark-blue-casual-dress/21612605?sizing_id=812%2C795%2C798%2C813%2C822%2C576%2C825 Love this one! I like dresses I can wear for work or on weekends.

  41. https://www.thredup.com/?utm_source=blog&utm_medium=influencer&utm_campaign=blogger_ohdeardrea&referral_code=blogger_ohdeardreajan17&new_user=true
    I love this 8 want to wear it as a light sweater over my wedding dress when we elope in a few weeks!! My email is morghens81@gmail!

  42. https://www.thredup.com/product/women-viscose-31-phillip-lim-black-cocktail-dress/19418284 thanks for the giveaway. peterandgeorgia.gr at gmail dot com

  43. I couldn't pick just 1 favorite :)
    -Amanda amandee.hoff@gmail.com



  44. I forgot to leave my email address! This was my previous pick : https://www.thredup.com/product/women-cotton-madewell-purple-jeans/21484635


  45. https://www.thredup.com/product/women-polyester-under-armour-black-active-t-shirt/21512685

  46. https://www.thredup.com/product/women-merino-wool-rag-and-bone-gray-wool-dress/21715788

  47. I would absolutely love this American Vintage jacket: https://www.thredup.com/product/women-tencel-american-vintage-gray-jacket/21709313

    cbythesea5 (at) gmail (dot) com

  48. I would LOVE to use that giftcard towards this: https://www.thredup.com/product/women-cotton-free-people-beige-short-sleeve-top/21285267?shortcut=4183

    and my email is caitlinmarianne@gmail.com

  49. Obsessed with bell bottoms these days: https://www.thredup.com/product/madewell-jeans/21184481

    bonzaiaphrodite AT gmail DOT com