Save On Style With Secondhand

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EVa Amurri Martino prepares to open her cardboard box of secondhand clothes from ThredUP

I am now a Mother of two. And that means two of everything– two mouths to feed, two noses to wipe, two bedtimes, two baths, two little bodies to outfit, two sets of doctor bills, two college tuitions– the list goes on and on! And we only have two kids! My point is, kids are expensive and on top of that we want to be doing everything right for them. We want them to be happy, healthy, and of course cute beyond belief! (raise your hand if you’re like me and blow the majority of your paycheck on wine and children’s clothing. GUILTY. Whoops. ) I also may love to buy clothes online for myself. Whoops again. Since I am realizing I probably want to help my children get a college degree one day, I have started to find ways to cut down on spending without compromising on style. In short: I love thredUP!

A detail of the cute polka dot packaging of the thredUP delivery box

Eva Amurri Martino, of lifestyle and motherhood blog Happily Eva After, unpacks her thredUP delivery box

thredUP is the largest online store selling like-new secondhand clothing and accessories for women and children. They carry seasonal, on-trend pieces that have been inspected by hand for quality and then photographed and listed on a great site that makes shopping (and narrowing by brand, size, etc ) a total breeze. Top designers and name brands (my faves: J.Crew, Zara, Kate Spade, Ralph Lauren, Madewell ) are listed for up to 90% off! You can find insane savings and surprisingly excellent quality. As we all know, kids grow so fast they wear things like twice– I was especially impressed by how perfect the kids clothes’ condition was! Tons of pieces even have the tags intact. And speaking of wearing things twice, a big draw at thredUP is their clothes selling service. You can clean out your own closets with the thredUP Clean Out Kit, and sell things you aren’t loving anymore (or your kiddos have grown out of) to make some cold hard cash! That’s wine money in my house.

A detail shot of the secondhand clothing items beautifully packaged in the polka dot box

A detail shot of a secondhand navy blue Ralph Lauren Kids dress

A detail shot of the cute thredUP tags

Recently, I did a little shopping at thredUP for a family reunion we have coming up. My Mom’s side of the family is HUGE (she is the oldest of nine kids. Yes. Let that sink in) and I have about a zillion cousins. We are all getting together with all of our kids– second generation cousins!– since we are scattered all over the East Coast and a lot of our kids haven’t met each other yet. There are a ton of babies and toddlers around the same age. SO cute. We’re bringing my Grandma in for the event as well, which will be really special. She’s in her nineties and hardly ever travels anymore. I wanted to make sure that my kids and I are all set with nice outfits to see our loved ones and make lots of memories (aka take a million pictures). And get this: I found FULL outfits for Marlowe, Major, and myself for UNDER $200 total on thredUP!!! I actually couldn’t believe it. Designer duds!

Eva Amurri Martino unpacks a tiny pair of sneakers from her thredUP delivery box

Eva Amurri Martino unpacks a pair of hot pink strappy heels from her thredUP delivery box

For myself, I found a super chic pair of navy and white gingham checked J. Crew pants for only $30.99. They normally retail for $148! I paired them with a white peplum Banana Republic top for $16.41 (normally retails for $75), a Zara trench for $45.99 (retails for $129), and the most fab hot pink Ann Taylor heels for only $35.99 (retail for $138)! And that was just my outfit. I also got the kids the cutest navy and white looks to match me. I’m a fan of matching with my kids– sorry if that offends anyone…I know it’s intense. Ha! I ordered Marlowe the chicest little Ralph Lauren navy blue dress for only $21.99 (retails for $45), and it still had the tags on! I paired it with the most adorable Ralph Lauren peplum sweater for $12.99 (retails for $64). For Major, I chose the cutest Ralph Lauren checkered Jon Jon for $18.99 (retails for $35) and a precious mini Janie and Jack jacket for only $12.99 (retails for $59)! A matching pair of Gerber shoes topped off his look. I could NOT believe these savings. I hadn’t really considered secondhand shopping seriously before, if I’m being totally honest, and this experience really changed my mind. My kids will probably spill ketchup all over their new outfits at this reunion and I won’t even care because I bought their outfits for next to nothing! (Also I’m amazing at getting stains out…another tip for another time….lol) It really feels good to look great for less money.

Eva Amurri Martino wears navy and white gingham pants, a white top, and fastens her hot pink heels at the kitchen table

Eva Amurri Martino wears her outfit of secondhand clothes from thredUP

Blue and white gingham pants, hot pinks heels, and a navy trench are all part of a secondhand outfit of clothes put together by Eva Amurri Martino from thredUP

Eva Amurri Martino puts her daughter Marlowe's blonde hair in pigtails

Marlowe Martino twirls in her new secondhand Ralph Lauren dress and pigtails

The best part was that when the clothes arrived, they were so beautifully packaged and in such great shape that it felt as special as having a boutique shopping experience with brand new clothes. I feel so pulled together and chic in my new Spring outfit, and I could tell that Marlowe and Major loved theirs too! I can’t wait to introduce Major to my Grandmother for the first time, and for Marlowe to have another nice visit with her. It’s going to be really special!

Eva Amurri Martino and Marlowe Martino wear their navy blue and white secondhand outfits from thredUP in the kitchen of their connecticut home

Marlowe Martino points to the buttons on her Mom's navy blue trenchcoat

Eva Amurri Martino sits with her daughter Marlowe and son Major in the kitchen of their Connecticut home wearing coordinating navy and white outfits

Eva Amurri Martino holds five month old son Major on her lap in a pair of navy and white gingham pants

Eva Amurri Martino of lifestyle and motherhood blog Happily Eva After, sits in the kitchen of her Connecticut home with two year old daughter Marlowe and five month old son Major

Speaking of special, thredUP is offering Happily Eva After readers a special discount! The first 100 people to use my code “EVA40” will get an extra 40% off their first order! (Applies to new customers only. Discount up to $50) Click HERE to shop now! I can’t wait to hear what you find.

Marlowe Martino and Major Martino sit on their Mom's knee in coordinating navy blue and white secondhand outfits


*Many thanks to thredUP for sponsoring this post! As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed above are entirely my own.

**Photographs by Courtney Ann Photography


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  1. Claire says:

    Oh man, since I’m a poor law student I both REALLY need to check out this site but also do not need the temptation to buy anything!

    03.30.17 Reply
  2. Gemma says:

    What a fantastic idea! The perfect way to save a few pennies on some new outfit pieces, whilst giving new live to otherwise unwanted clothes. Buying secondhand, re-purposed or ex-catalogue saves on factory waste too… win win!

    Some really lovely items you chose : )


    03.30.17 Reply
    • Yes, the waste aspect is an excellent plus also!

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  3. Tina says:

    Who is NOT blowing paycheck in Wine and kids clothes…? ??
    I Would add home decor and food from the farmer’s market on the list… and i think you’ll be with me on this…;-)
    Love the post i’ll try to find a website like this in France

    03.30.17 Reply
    • Omg yes! Farmer’s market flowers are another money suck for me…soooo pretty!

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  4. Oooh, look at those cuties!! Absolutely adorable!

    03.30.17 Reply
  5. Nicky says:

    Gorgeous clothes! Random question – can I please ask what nail polish are you wearing?

    03.30.17 Reply
    • I actually have no idea, I’m sorry! It’s a gel color, I wanted opaque white and this is what they recommended…

      04.03.17 Reply
  6. Christy says:

    I love this post! I’ve sold some things to
    ThredUP and while I’m not going to make a fortune it’s kind of nice to know that my gently uses clothes are being used again and making less waste.

    You and your kiddos are adorable!

    03.30.17 Reply
    • Thanks! Yes, agreed. It totally adds up though if you clear out the closet a couple times a year! Especially w the kids’ stuff. Such a score!

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  7. Molly Faber says:

    Those outfits are darling! Love reading your blogs and watching your instastories. Can’t wait to do some shopping on ThredUp!

    03.30.17 Reply
  8. Meaghan O'Shea says:

    Oh I’d love to see a post on stain removal!

    03.30.17 Reply
  9. Heidi says:

    You look very put together and classy. Have fun at your reunion!!!

    03.31.17 Reply