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It’s no secret that I love thrifting. More and more of my closet is starting to be taken up by pieces I thrifted, some of my most-loved clothes and shoes came from Goodwill, and I often catch myself putting together entire outfits composed of thrifted stuff. And while I will always love going to a good thrift store and hunt for great bargain pieces, I thought I’d also try a more high-tech approach to it. So I tried two websites – Twice and Copious – and I’m here to review them.
Twice is a site through which you can buy and sell gently worn clothes from higher-end and designer brands. They have a list of brand they accept, ranging from the Gap and J. Crew to Anthropologie and Theory. It’s definitely geared at a more grown-up, profesional audience. Right now they only buy and sell clothes (tops, dresses, jeans, pants, and skirts), no shoes or accessories.
I was most drawn to Twice for their buying procedure. I have tried selling to places like Buffalo Exchange, but never had much luck. Selling on eBay is a lot of work, with taking all the photos, posting a listing, shipping, etc. To sell on Twice, all you have to do it check a list of items you’re selling on the site, they give you an estimate for how much you’ll make, and then you get a shipping label. Then you just pack your clothes in a box, tape the label on it and drop it off at the post office. When they receive your clothes, they’ll send you an e-mail with which items they will buy and for how much, then you either accept or reject the offer. Anything they don’t take you can either have them shipped back to you for $5 or donated to Goodwill. So I picked out 5 things to sell last time and they accepted 4 of them. I sold a Banana Republic top, a Gap top, a the Limited top, a pair of Trina Turk pants, and I made $24. Would I have made more on eBay? Maybe. But it was SO EASY and it didn’t cost me a thing. I would definitely recommend Twice if you ever have nice, lightly-worn clothes you want to get rid of.
I have not yet tried buying yet, but I think I might soon. All the clothes are nicely photographed, with measurements clearly stated. It’s easily searchable by size, color, occasion, style, and brand. Prices are pretty reasonable too; a nice top from say Banana Republic or Ann Taylor goes for about $10-$20, lots of jeans for around $20, etc. If you’re just starting to build a professional wardrobe, this is a great place to start. If you are interested, follow this link and you will get a $10 gift certificate just for signing up: liketwice.com/CnJaD
I first signed up for Copious a while ago, I think back in the spring. I like to call it a fashion-centric eBay with a social media twist. I tried to sell a pair of shoes back when I first signed up but without success. So I kind of left for a few months, but then I saw the site featured in the November issue of InStyle magazine and I thought I’d come back for a look (there was also a promo code – I can’t ignore a good sale/discount!). Basically you sign up for an account, and you can buy and sell clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, beauty stuff, etc. You can also “follow” other users and “love” different items (you know, all the standard social media stuff).
The thing I like about Copious is that you can basically raid someone else’s closet. If you find someone who’s your size and has similar style as you, then you’re in luck! The range of brands is much wider, everything from Forever 21 and H&M to Dior and Fendi. Prices are set by the users so lots of good bargains to be found. The downside to that is that the photos mich not be great quality and the description could be lacking, but you can always contact the seller for more info. Their search function could also use some improvement. And I wish there are ratings and reviews for sellers so I know I can trust them; right now you can only see if they’ve sold items before.
Selling on Copious is no different from eBay (maybe you target a better audience though), so I haven’t really tried selling since that first time. But I did end up buying something because I had that promo code. My experience was very positive, but that really depends on the seller. Anyway, try it out, you might find some real bargains on the site. And watch out for coupons and credit codes, they seem to give them out quite often (I believe there’s a discount for signing up too).
Readers, have you tried selling and buying secondhand online? What are your tips? Are there any other sites I should check out? I’d love to hear from you!
I finally checked out the thrifting scene in SF last weekend. Since we live in Lower Haight, I decided to go down to Haight-Ashbury, where there are a ton of vintage and second-hand stores. I went to Buffalo Exchange first since I’ve been to a couple of their stores in New York, but this location was way too crowded and their stuff was a little overpriced in my opinion. A little disappointed, I headed a couple of stores up the street to Crossroads. The store had more higher-end stuff as well as lots of fast fashion brands. I found this Jason Wu for Target bag for $18.
It was in excellent condition, just a few tiny stains, which I was able to remove with an old toothbrush and laundry detergent. It’s nice and roomy, the perfect bag for work or school.
Next, I headed to Goodwill, which turned out to be full of treasures! I spent a good 3 hours there. The store is pretty organized, which made searching for the gems a lot easier. They also played really awesome music! Always a plus when it comes to a pleasant shopping experience. The only downside was that they only had 2 dressing rooms and a 5-minute time limit (I had to line up twice). Anyway, here’s all the stuff I got at Goodwill.
This gorgeous pair of Steve Madden leather wedges. At first I thought they were really high, but when I tried them on, they were actually not bad. And they were the perfect size for me. Pretty good condition, a few minor scuffs on the edges. But they are so fierce and only $10.49!
Here’s another pair of shoes I got. Brand new Merona pumps! They were size 6.5 and just a little big for me, but with some insoles they fit me just fine. The mid-heel makes them comfortable and easy to walk in.
I also got this mini crossbody bag and brown belt, just because they’re items missing from my closet.
Now onto the clothes. This gorgeous 100% silk maxi skirt was only $5.49!
This top was from Forever 21, but I loved the vibrant color and cute yet work-friendly style, and it was only $2.74.
Next I have 2 dresses. The first one is from Ann Taylor LOFT. I’m pretty sure this LBD is brand new (it still had the “please remove before wearing and washing” tag on). The style is perfect for both formal and casual occasions, and the little ruffles on the collar are so cute.
The second dress is this BCBG number. I love the print and the purple and yellow color combo, as well as the sleeves.
And here I am wearing 2 of my thrifting finds!
I was very happy with my haul this time, and due to the proximity of these stores I think I might make regular trips down there from now on. The great thing about thrift stores is that it’s never the same each time you go!
I don’t have a good full-body shot of my outfit but I really loved this look so I’m sharing this photo:
Top from H&M given to me by a friend, skinny jeans, red patent flats from JCPenny, white and gold woven belt thrifted from Goodwill, gold origami crane necklace from Forever21.
A thrifted winter business casual outfit.
Silk horse print blouse by Club Monaco from Buffalo Exchange, grey pleated skirt from Goodwill, black tights, black flats from Payless, Navy tiered coat by BB Dakota from Modcloth.
I hadn’t planned on doing any shopping in Nashville, but who knew this place had an amazing designer discount store and a lovely little consignment boutique right near Vanderbilt? I may have a shopping problem but I just can’t help it when the deals are so good! I bought 4 things already (spent under $100 total) but I think I need to stop now; it’ll be hard though!
The designer discount store, UAL, is a treasure trove of goods from various designers at steep discounts. The store is a little crammed and it takes some time to find things that you like and fit you, but I like the hunting process and the people who work there are great. I found it by chance when doing some grocery shopping earlier this week and found these Trina Turk capri pants, originally priced at $216, for $16.99!
Then I just had to go back because I didn’t have time to look through everything, and I just had to get more stuff because I can’t help it. So today I bought a pair of $19.99 Serfontaine jeans that were originally $220 (my search for black denim that fits finally ends here) and a t-bags top that was marked down from $175 to $29.99.
Then today on my way to the post office, I passed by Clothing Xchnage, a little consignment boutique. I decided to take a look, and of course I had to find the prettiest pink floral dress from Ann Taylor LOFT that looks almost new and fits me perfectly for only $13. And so I bought it.
I’m very happy now because of my new clothes, but the ever shrinking room in my suitcase size and my bank account sure aren’t. So this is it for shopping in Nashville! Deep breath… it’ll be okay.
Yesterday was quite a good day :) For lunch, my boyfriend and I went to one of my favourite restaurants in NYC, Aceluck, a tiny Thai restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen. So why do I like it so much? First off, I love the decor. The walls are painted in exactly my favourite shade of green, and everything is just so welcoming and fresh. The food is delicious with a generous portions that aren’t too much (I hate super sizing dishes), always fresh and tasty. Everything is also very reasonably priced, unlike a lot of other Thai restaurant. And the presentation of the food is nice too (sorry, I’m an aesthetic person). The service is really good as well, the servers are super nice and yesterday, since it was Halloween, our server brought over a trick or treat jar in which there were pieces of paper we drew from, and we got for free whatever was written on the paper. How cute is that? We got free Thai ice tea! And apparently they also have cheap happy hour drinks, but being under the US drinking age, we haven’t yet tried out that option.
Our yummy ice tea :)
Duck spring rolls. Hot and crispy.
Chicken pad kee mao. Fresh and delicious with just the right amount of spiciness for me.
Fried vanilla ice cream with raspberry sauce. The perfect way to finish off a meal!
If you’re ever in the area, this restaurant is highly recommended! One caveat though, I’ve only been there during the late lunch hours, so I have no idea how everything is during lunch or dinner rush, but I don’t expect it to be too different (perhaps a bit more crowded).
After lunch we went for a little walk in the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, which is right across from Aceluck. I really enjoy flea markets and second hand stores, they’re always like a treasure hunt for me. It’s fun to think about the homes and the people that once held these objects and imagine what they were like. When I was still living in Quebec, my family used to go to this flea market every weekend, and my parents would allow me to get like a dollar or two’s worth of stuff there every time :) It was quite a difficult time for us back then, and a lot of our things in our home was bought from the market. In fact, it’s where half of our dinnerware came from even now. Sigh… good memories.
Me trying on a hat!
Ok, on to more Halloween related things. I was really broke this year and had to cut back on my costume spendings, so I just wore a dress I already owned, bought a headband from Etsy, threw on some seashell jewelry, and tada! I’m an ocean princess :)
Oh and you probably can’t tell from the picture, but I also wore blue contact lenses to match my dress. (A note on the contacts. The color they give is amazing, even on my dark dark brown eyes. Perhaps a bit too much though, for every day wear. Maybe I’ll go with grey or honey next time. But I’m note sure if there will be a next time since they’re not the most comfortable lenses and they kind of affect my peripheral vision. What a shame. Maybe I just need to find a better brand).
As we left to go to the NYC Halloween Parade, it started to rain. I was quite miserable in the beginning, since being in a very crowded area in the rain with no umbrella is not very pleasant. But after a while we found a nice little spot under the awning of a Japanese restaurant from where we could see the parade (me with the help of standing on the ledge against their window… I’m surprised the restaurant people didn’t come out and yell at me for giving their customers a nice view of my behind), and things picked up from there.
Some photos from the parade:
By the way, I want that yellow umbrella in the last picture. (How I Met Your Mother? Anyone?)
P.S.: Best costume I saw last night: a guy dressed as Russell (the little boy) from UP :) He even had a bunch of helium balloons attached to him. It made me smile.