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thredUP {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

I always loved back-to-school shopping when I was younger, and I love it now because it signals the beginning of cooler temperatures and the fall season — my favorite!  The cost related to this back-to-school shopping, though, can be staggering, especially for large families with multiple kids to dress for the new year.

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thredUP is an online consignment shop that offers thousands of like-new clothing for boys, girls, juniors, and women.  Customers can save money by purchasing these clothes at a greatly discounted price, and they can save time by doing it all online without having to go to multiple stores in various locations.   I was especially excited about their new juniors and women sections (they were just introducing these new features when I featured them here in April) because I can take advantage of these same low prices without having to travel long distances!  I’ve always lived in small towns without malls or many popular clothing stores, and I love that I can buy clothes from some of my favorite stores at a fraction of the cost online in my pajamas while my boys sleep.  Score!

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thredUP is also very specific about the brands they’ll sell, ranging from Bargain Brands (Carter’s, Old Navy, The Children’s Place) to Basic Brands (Gymboree, miniBoden, GAP) and Premium Brands (Burberry, Ralph Lauren) for kids.  Juniors can enjoy looks from Forever 21, Aeropostale, American Eagle, Hollister, and Guess, while women have a range from Banana Republic, Ann Taylor LOFT, GAP to J. Crew and White House Black Market.  Amazing brands, and amazing prices!  I also loved that I could search by brand and size, which saved lots of time and effort on my part.  Rather than browsing through an entire store to find what I needed, I could sort quickly and easily and then shop from the items that were available and in my size.

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 I really don’t know that I’ve ever bought clothes for any of my boys at full price.  I’ve been able to find clearance deals and shop great sales, and we’re lucky enough to have an amazing thrift store on the base with volunteers who have high standards when sorting through donated clothes and will even wash them before they are put out for purchase.  This has worked just fine for us while the boys have been younger — I don’t stress about tossing out the occasional onesie at the mall after changing a blowout diaper since I only paid a quarter for it, and I’m not so concerned when my boys go outside and get dirty when I consider that the clothes they wear sometimes cost less than a kids meal!  But, I’m not exactly sure how many more years this will last.  I’m sure that it’s going to get harder and harder as they start to request specific looks or brands as they get older, and this is one reason I’m so excited for the new juniors section through thredUP for both young women and young men.

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People can also make money through thredUP by sending in their like-new or gently-used clothing (free of charge!) and receiving an amount that can either be used as credit or can be paid through PayPal.  I recently sent in a bag of clothes that I didn’t wear anymore, and the process was so easy!  I requested a bag through thredUP, it was sent right to my home, I filled it with as much as I could (both women’s and boys’ clothes, in my case), and then sent it right back.  The processing took about two weeks, and I had money in my PayPal account without any problems.  One thing to note, though, is that you DO NOT receive the clothes thredUP doesn’t purchase back in the mail unless you pay a set fee for Return Assurance.  Since my pile of clothes was a stack that I was planning to drop by the thrift store anyway, this didn’t concern me — I could imagine this being a shock, though, if you were hoping to make a certain amount on your clothes and didn’t end up with the price you were wanting.

You can also check out the Clothesline to see how much people have made on the bags they’ve sent in with specific brands and clothing items to get a good idea of what you might be able to make off the clothes you have.

Use the following referral link to save $10 off your first purchase!  http://www.thredup.com/r/K8KG07

One Dandy reader will receive a $20 thredUP Gift Certificate to find great back-to-school clothes (or fun new fall fashions)!

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries  only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn  no later than the evening of August 23rd and will be emailed within 24  hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will  be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored  by thredUP, but all opinions  are strictly my own. 

 

Hapari Swimwear {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I grew up on a tropical island and we now live about 30 minutes away from the beach, so finding a swimsuit has always been a must for me every year.  You can imagine how easy that has NOT been some years.  I like to have something that’s cute and colorful but also covers me up and keeps me modest while playing at the pool or at the beach.  I also have quite the list of requirements for my swimwear that can make swimsuit shopping even more unbearable than usual.

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I discovered Hapari Swimwear at the very end of last summer (of course…) when I asked a friend where she had gotten her swimsuit.  The best part is that Hapari Swimwear offers the cutest MODEST swimsuits, so almost anything from this site works for me!

After modesty, my number one requirement is that the swimsuit be tankini-style.  Ever since I discovered these in high school, I’ve only worn tankini styles and have never looked back.

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Gold Coast Classic Bandeau Tankini Top

On top of that, I’m not a huge fan of halter tops since I don’t think they’re incredibly flattering on me, so that usually cuts out about half of any store’s inventory — in the case of Hapari Swimwear, though, many of their straps can be worn in three different ways (halter, cross-back, or  straight), which means that my choices are increased!  I love the versatility.

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SOS Bora Bora Tankini Top

I’ve also discovered in the past few years that I prefer to wear some sort of board shorts or boy shorts with my tankini top, and these Hapari choices are perfect.  Since my baby-bearing years, I’ve also found that tummy tuk helps me enjoy my swimsuit time just a little more.  While these bottoms that I chose may not be overly appealing or showy to everyone, I’m pretty much looking for practicality at this mommy-chasing-young-boys stage — these bottoms are PERFECT for me!

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Tummy Tuk Short Brown Bottoms

Hapari Swimwear also offers swimwear for men, junior boys, junior girls, after mastectomy, and in plus sizes.  They also have cover-ups, wraps, and cap-sleeve shores that can be worn under other shirts for modesty. 

Hapari Swimwear is giving away a $95 Gift Certificate to one of our Dandy winners!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of May 3rd and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Hapari Swimwear, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

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