I have a little bit of a thredUP habit. Ever since I discovered the site last year, I’ve been just a wee bit obsessed. In fact, so many polka-dotted bags move back and forth across my doorstep that my neighbors probably think I’m working for the company. No, I just love the idea of saving 90% and recycling clothing! So when I heard about thredUP’s new Raise a Hand for Teachers program, I knew I had to get involved. Helping teachers with the click of a button? Sign me up!
70% of teachers buy clothes and school supplies for their students, using money from their own pockets. Here’s how preloved fashion can help! thredUP/Teachers started after the company partnered with AdoptAClassroom.org and learned that 70% of teachers buy apparel items like jackets, socks and shoes for their students—as well as school supplies—using money from their own pockets. On average, teachers spend $500 each year! Together, they created the #RaiseAHand initiative.
Today through August 23rd, head over to thredUP/teachers to nominate your favorite teacher. I nominated Gemma Brown, who was my daughter’s kindergarten teacher at Overland Elementary in Los Angeles, because she always goes above and beyond for her students!
Three winning teachers will receive $2,500 for classroom supplies plus a $500 thredUP credit to update their wardrobes with preloved clothes and accessories! 50 runner ups will each win a $100 credit–and let me tell you, you can do a lot with a Benjamin at thredUP.
As many of you who join me each year for the Shop Drop Challenge know, I’m pretty much exclusively shopping secondhand these days. And thredUP makes it so easy: You get free shipping to send those clothes that are sitting unworn at the back of your closet, and get credit to shop for other people’s preloved goodies; choose either a $12 fee to have your rejects sent back, or donate them to charity. Easy, right?
As a mom, I appreciate thredUP’s back-to-school offerings at as much as 90% off retail. Use the search sort function to choose gently preloved in your child’s size, color and style preference–you can even shop by favorite brand like GapKids or Zara Kids–or brand-new with tags still on.
Visit thredUP/teachers to nominate one who inspires you, then take a minute to peruse the amazing preloved clothes and accessories on offer.
You might never want to shop retail again!