Why I Love Shopping Secondhand

What’s a girl to do when she’s got expensive taste and a tight budget? Shop smart, duh! There are many reasons one might opt to shop secondhand: to save money, to snag designer clothes at a fraction of the original cost, to prevent textile waste (did you know Americans send 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills every year?) — the list goes on. One of my new year’s resolutions for 2018 was to significantly decrease the amount of money I spend on clothing each month. The primary reasoning behind this goal was pretty straightforward: I’ve realized that at the ripe age of 27, I need to work on being more fiscally responsible. I vow to no longer embark on wild shopping sprees at 1am, eat out 4X a week or justify frivolous purchases. Plus, I don’t wear the majority of my clothes nearly enough to justify the exorbitant price tags associated with them. Cue Swap.com — currently the largest online consignment store on the market and my preferred purveyor of secondhand goods.

 

Offering up everything from name brands to affordable staples, Swap.com has completely reinvented the word ‘thrifting’ by breathing new life into one-of-a-kind items that would have been discarded otherwise. I realize that some may associate thrifting with negative undertones, envisioning sordid garments that have been thrown away and deemed unwanted by the original owner. But Swap.com only accepts high-quality (in other words, like new) garments, ensuring that you’ll be pleased with your new selection of attire. They also offer hassle-free returns, which is a major perk in my book.

Equipped with a $50 gift card, I was able to score 3 gorgeous dresses on Swap.com — all in mint condition. One of the gems, a beautiful sleeveless dress in a soft, pastel pink color, still had the tags attached! Every garment I ordered was in excellent shape and looked exactly how it had been portrayed in the pictures online. Swap.com even goes as far as to sort all of its clothing into easy-to-browse collections, including winter apparel, formal wear, professional style, nineties, resort-wear, and many, many more. I threw together an outfit with what is now one of my favorite dresses adorning my closet (I just LOVE the polka dots), and snapped a few pictures to share with you guys.

For those who may be wondering, the suede knee-high boots I’m donning are on clearance at Payless right now for $25. The hot pink monogrammed clutch (my initials are MEE—how fun is that?!) was a gift bestowed upon me a few years ago from Marley Lilly. I wasn’t able to find the exact style on the website, but all of the options are relatively similar and range from $19 to $40.When you live in a bustling, metropolitan area with alluring shops and boutiques on every corner, the temptation is real. I know we’re only two weeks into the new year, but I’ve been killing it with my goals so far. If I’ve peaked your interest and now you feel compelled to buy a new wardrobe courtesy of Swap.com, you can use my promo code WWLOVE for 40% off your order (plus free shipping if the order is over $10!) from now until 1/31. Enjoy!

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5 Comments

  1. January 19, 2018 / 3:32 am

    I LOVE this! I am married to a med student, so I am on a tight budget. I try to make my wardrobe go as far as possible. I will have to try swap because I don’t want to compromise style.

  2. January 19, 2018 / 3:24 pm

    I haven’t heard about Swap, will have to check it out as I love thrifting! thanks!!

  3. January 19, 2018 / 9:08 pm

    Such an eco-friendly way to be, and you look gorgeous! I love your boots!

  4. January 19, 2018 / 11:48 pm

    I also love second hand shopping! So good for cutting down on enviromental impact and less expensive! Loving this outfit you styled too!

  5. January 20, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    I LOVE this! This is something we are working on being better about! That dress is darling so I definitely want to give it a try!

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