I’ve written about my zeal for seasonal purging before, but I’m giving my autumn ritual a little technological upgrade this year!

Living in the New York City means minimal closet space, but it also means riding the subway with actual fashion models and designers everyday. Figuring out how to have a closet full of things that make you feel beautiful in the midst of all that glamour, and having enough room in your closet to store, say – the Christmas decorations, and your suitcases, and spare pillows for guests, and your scuba gear, and the last ten years’ tax records…you get it – can be a challenge. If I were (was? were? help me grammar police) a gajillionaire, I would a) get a bigger closet or b) buy nice new things everyday and then give them away when I was done. Alas, I am not.

Instead, I try to keep a closet of good staples that I love; regularly get rid of things I don’t love anymore; and find wonderful pieces at affordable prices to replace them. It’s not a perfect science, but it works. Thrift shopping is a fantastic way to find quality pieces for good prices (and it’s environmentally friendly!), but it takes so. much. time. You have to pour through options, visit different stores, really give yourself time to sort through all the stuff to find the goodies. It’s a fun activity with your girlfriends on a lazy Saturday, but not practical for most of us, most of the time. Enter thredUP!

thredUP is the creme de la creme of online thrift stores. They cover quality control, customer service, and cute packaging as well as any boutique retailer, but it’s thrifted! I’ve mentioned thredUP before, but this is the first time I’ve used their Clean Up kit. All you have to do is request a “clean up kit” and they’ll send you this cute bag where you stuff all your stuff. You can request a kit to consign your clothes (aka you make some money off of them) or you can opt to donate the proceeds of your items to charity. Right now, your kit can benefit Hurricane Harvey Relief through the Houston Food Bank. (I’ll keep an eye and alert y’all on social media if any other relief charities pop up. It’s been a brutal month for natural disasters and tragedies, and there are so many places that need help right now!)

Aubrie packs a bag for thredUP

I packed up the things that don’t belong in my closet anymore (but could look great in someone else’s), popped them in the bag thredUP sent me (complete with shipping label), and voila! My clothes are on their way to a better life (hopefully in a roomier closet), and I didn’t even have to schlep to Goodwill. I highly recommend trying it out next time you clean out your closet.


I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that I also did a little shopping when I ordered my clean up kit. If it ever gets cold this year, I’ve got two gorgeous wool skirts that I picked up secondhand for next to nothing!

Are you a thrifter? Want to start? Online shopping + thrift shopping = great, convenient deals!

About the Author Aubrie Fennecken

Aubrie Fennecken is the Chief Alchemist at Opportunity Kitchen | work + wellness strategist | nonprofit fundraising expert | providing productivity and self-care support for mission-driven humans


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