The first time Mom brought home an armload of clothes from the Rescue Mission Thrift Shop for my two growing sisters and me to wear, I was skeptical.
Mom washed the garments up, hung them in the closet and stated matter-of-factly, “They’re clean and they’re paid for.”
My mother has always had a knack for finding diamonds in the rough, so many of the dresses, skirts, tops, and trousers rescued from the Mission were kinda cool. …And that’s how I warmed to the idea of second-hand clothes.
Last summer, when someone I follow on Twitter tweeted about thredUP, an online consignment shop where like-new designer clothes can be sold and bought at affordable prices, I was intrigued. Intrigued, but not entirely motivated to do anything about it until thredUP sent me an enticing “Get 40% OFF Your First Order” email two weeks ago. I perused their apparel, (the site is easy to navigate, has photos, and the filtering tool is useful), then I selected three unique skirts, a vintage-inspired top, and my signature accessory: fingerless gloves. (Actually, two pairs. It’s a sickness.) Three of the items were new with tags. The whole bundle put me out about $50.
My loot arrived in a green polka dot box. Inside, each item was neatly folded and wrapped in tissue paper. Amazingly, everything fit. (There is a 30-day return policy if needed.)