Secondhand Shopping Tips + Spring Outfit Ideas | Ingrid Nilsen

Hey everyone! If you’ve been watching my videos for a while, then you may have noticed that my shopping habits have really changed. From doing more restyling videos, to secondhand hauls, to shopping less in general I have been trying to shop more secondhand when when I do decide to shop. I love secondhand shopping because I can find so many unique and interesting pieces that are new to me. This really stimulates my creativity and the fun center in my brain and I feel like that’s what I want getting dressed to feel like. That is why I’m really really excited that thredUP is sponsoring this video. They are the largest online thrift store and you can find so many brands that you are familiar with so many brands that you love for up to 90% off. Yes. You heard me correctly. 90% What’s especially awesome is that thredUP is providing all of you with a discount. If you would like 30% off your first purchase from thredUP all you have to do is use the link down below in the description box and the code INGRID30 at checkout I’m gonna share some of my tips when it comes to shopping secondhand. And then I’m gonna show you some of the things that I got from thredUP recently which by the way I have to say this is one of my most successful hauls ever because every thing that I picked out worked. I’m really excited to show you everything but first, the tips. I know before I got into secondhand shopping I felt a little bit overwhelmed by it all I would occasionally secondhand shop and I always really enjoyed the experience but I also felt like, do I know what I’m doing? Am I doing this correctly? But lemme just tell you there’s no right or wrong way to be secondhand shopping. And you kind of just have to open yourself up to the unexpected. Next thing I like to think about is do I have any gaps in my wardrobe. And normally this is something that I’m keeping track of mentally. I also like to keep a written list of things that I know that I want and I need and I’m thinking about over the course of months. So I’ll consult that list. And then what I like to do is go onto thredUP and I love using their filter system because there are so many of them so you can tailor them to whatever your needs are. And it also makes the searching process really efficient and easy. What I do is I either start with a specific brand that I’m looking for, or a specific item. I use one of those two starting points and then I will filter things according to the size that I’m looking for maybe I’m also looking for a specific color that’s actually how I shopped for everything that I’m gonna show you today. I did this entire process with every single piece. And this process makes it much easier to shop online compared to shopping in person because you’re also getting really great quality photos on thredUP as opposed to being in person and having to climb through the racks and look through every single piece that can be a fun experience within itself but especially if you are looking to get into secondhand shopping for the first time this is a really great way to dip your toes in or if you don’t have any secondhand stores nearby this is just a fantastic option. If something doesn’t fit and if it doesn’t work out, you can always return it within 14 days. And that is typically something you can’t do with secondhand shopping in person. You usually have to keep the items and they are final sale no matter what. Now I’m going to show you the 7 pieces that I recently got from thredUP and I’m also going to show you how I’m incorporating those pieces with things that I already have in my wardrobe to create new outfits for spring. The first item is this Ann Taylor Loft romper. I love this because it’s loose and flowy and when I have it on it almost looks like a little dress it’s perfect for spring and summer because it’s not gonna be super clingy. I can sweat as much as I want and I’m not gonna feel like oh my God I’m dying. The outfit that I put together for this romper includes a red jacket that I’ve had for a couple years that I love. it has really cool detailing on it but it’s a lighter material, it’s like a light felt and because this is such a neutral piece I really wanted to pair it with something bright and colorful. And then to tie in the red I have on my red flats. These are one of my favorite pairs of shoes that I’ve also had for a couple years and I cannot wait to wear them more because in the winter I get really sad because I can’t wear them cause they are just not warm at all. Something that you’ll probably notice as you browse thredUP is that some items are new with tags so this was one of those items. I said that I wanted more color for spring and summer and let me tell ya I got some color. This is another romper, but it’s obviously completely different from the last one it still has a nice loose flowy fit to I love the print on it, it’s just really bold and I feel like as I get older I’m just not afraid to be more bold with what I’m wearing. Like yes, I want to wear a hot pink romper and just feel good about it. I really don’t need to add much to this because it’s already such a statement within itself so I just paired this with one of my favorite pairs of shoes. I love these white pointy flats that I have they’re really comfortable but they’re also a little bit more dressy too. The next thing I got from thredUP is this really amazing dress. This is from the WhoWhatWear brand. What I love about this dress that really stood out to me. Aside from the color because it is yellow and I wanted more color in my life. I love the sleeves on this dress because it has this ruching detail on both of the sleeves, but because of the print and also because of the cut of the dress it’s not like I’m an 80s prom queen And I’ve also been enjoying dress that are longer in length that hit below the knee I just feel like a lady who’s going to tea and it just makes me really happy inside so because of that vibe I decided to pair this dress with one of my favorite pairs of heels that I actually got from thredUP a couple years ago. I love these so much. They have a 2.5 inch heel on them so they’re super comfortable to wear cause they’re not super high I love the strap detailing because it just adds something a little different to the look and I’m all about this I don’t know if you can tell but another priority for me going into spring and summer is to be able to basically put on my entire outfit in one go so that’s why I have like two rompers and a dress and then I have another jumpsuit coming up I realized it was so much easier to be getting dressed when I have one thing to be putting on my body. Here is the jumpsuit that I got this is from Old Navy. This is another new with tag situation. And I was looking for a really loose and flowy jumpsuit and I love this because the print is obviously perfect for spring and for the outfit I decided to go with a layered look. So I could definitely wear this without anything underneath but I paired it with a short sleeve sweater top and then I also put on one of my favorite necklaces and on my feet one of my favorite pairs of sandals. I love these sandals because they’re really simpl I’ve been able to dress them up and wear them casually if I could this would be one of those outfits that I just wear every day because I feel so comfortable and good in it. Something new that I’ve been trying out while secondhand shopping is looking for workout clothing and loungewear. Those 2 categories can be SO expensive and let me tell you, I found some awesome pieces. I’m so, so happy about these 2 finds. First thing I have is a pair of leggings from Koral. The estimated original price is of these leggings is $161 and on thredUP I got them for $38.99. Yes everyone, you heard that correctly. Koral is one of my all-time favorite activewear brands. I have multiple pairs of leggings from them that I’ve had for years and I love them all. And I also love that they’re not super tight in the waist. I don’t like it when leggings are super tight in the stomach area because it just hurts me and I don’t like that. Next piece that I got is another thing that I was specifically looking for that I cannot believe I found but OMG it’s in my hands and it’s real. This is an embroidered star sweatshirt from the brand nPhilanthropy. The estimated original price is $190. I got it on thredUP for $44.99. I have been eyeing people wearing these sweatshirts but I couldn’t get myself to pay the full price for them so I checked for this on thredUP and they had it and I was over the moon excited so my outfit for these 2 pieces is: these 2 pieces worn together. Because this is basically my ideal loungewear outfit. This is also just a really comfortable weekend outfit for me when I don’t really wanna wear anything that’s gonna be too I also have on one of my favorite pairs of sneakers I wear these all the time they’re great for walking around in the city in, doing errands in. If you can’t tell, I’m pretty proud of myself for finding these. And then the last piece, I’m actually wearing right now. I was specifically looking for a green utility jacket with silver or white embroidered stars on it. And that is exactly what I found and it was in my size. This jacket is from a brand called Dear John. The estimated original price is of this jacket is $89 and I got it on thredUP for $14.99. I am just so pumped about this find. For this outfit I decided to pair it with one of my favorite white t-shirts and then I’m also wearing one of my favorite pairs of jeans I love these because the denim feels really good, it has a nice stretch to it and I also love the cropped length, so it hits me right at my ankles, which is my favorite length. I have on the same necklace that you saw in the jumpsuit outfit and then I have on some of my favorite mule slides. I’ve taken so many pictures in these I feel like you’ve probably seen them a ton on my Instagram. The last part of this spring cleaning video is the actual cleaning out of my closet I don’t have a ton of stuff that I am pulling out from my closet, but I do have several items that I’m setting aside for a clothing swap that I’m going to and I’m also going to be donating some via thredUP. They give you the option to request a bag that you can send your clothing that you don’t want in, to thredUP. And you can either choose to donate the clothing or you can sell the clothing but this way you can send it all to thredUP and they will do all of the work for you, and if you decide to donate like I’m going to do you can choose from their list of organizations that they work with to send donations to. if you are interested in shopping on thredUP don’t forget that you can get a 30% discount all you have to do is click the link down below in the description box, and use the code INGRID30 when you check out. That is gonna be it for my video today. If you enjoyed it please give it a thumbs up and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel because I have some more videos coming your way very soon. I will see you guys next week. Bye!

Yvette Parker


  1. Here's something special just for you! If you're looking to find some really cool secondhand pieces, you can get 30% off your first order from thredUP. Just use the code INGRID30 at checkout: http://bit.ly/INGRID_thredUPMarch2019

  2. Yes!!!!!! Love this!!!! Please do more videos like the shop your closet vids from a couple years ago!!

  3. Thanks Ingrid! Your voice is so relaxing and love your positive vibes 🙂

  4. I love that second hand shopping is becoming more popular! Yay for the environment✨💓

  5. I thought it was so refreshing that she wasn’t flashing all the high end brands that she was pairing with the thrifted finds. I could tell it was an intentional choice and I totally love how un-materialistic she has become esp. in this society.

  6. Thank you for this! I’ve recently been learning about ethical and sustainable clothing buying options, so this video came at the perfect time for me. 💕 Also, I just love that for all the years I’ve watched you, you’ve embraced your adorable, quirky self.

  7. Aww! The star sweater reminds me of baby ingrid during the early days of vlogmas! 😊

  8. Thanks for this opportunity to try ThreadUp at a discount Ingrid. Unfortunately, when I filled my cart and tried to check out, it would not accept my order because they didn't accept my Canadian postal code. Help! 🙂

  9. Hey Ingrid! I love this video! You are so cute! I would LOOOVE if you could include the makeup you used! It looks so great! THANKS!!😘

  10. No konečně něco jiného než ta neustálá kosmetika. Chci trendy 2019 styl. Díky

  11. Amazing video! Your recent content about style and clothing has been so inspiring and I'm so glad to see you talking about the environmental side too! And also your happiness just shines through and that makes the videos so nice to watch!

  12. Love Thred Up. I’m lucky to be just a couple of miles from their PA warehouse, so they have a small retail store there!

  13. Love that one of the non-profits they work with is Girls Inc! I teach a domestic violence prevention program (among other similar outreach programs) for them and it makes such a huge difference to the girls. We also collect business clothing for the high school girls and gift them interview outfits when they start looking for internships and for college admission interviews.

  14. This video was so well done! I love the mix of thriving tips with the styling ideas ❤️. I will have to try Thred Up because I want to get into thrifting. I just hate digging through all the clothes in person.

  15. Love you Ingrid! PS . IDK why during the 2nd outfit I just got the random idea that your walking out of frame look a like a lot to the wey The Grinch walks lol

  16. thank you for showing a wider range of price points in your thrifting this time!! i always enjoyed your previous ones, but it's just nice to see you wearing old navy haha.

  17. I LOVE thredUP! It's like all the fun of thrift shopping but I'm on my couch drinking wine instead of spending a day going to a bunch of different shops.

  18. I really enjoyed this video, great looks for affordable prices!!! Can you please take 2 minutes and share the lip colors that you wear here!! You are so well put together!

  19. I so feel you on being more fearless with clothes as you get older. I've always loved fashion, but now I pretty much only care about how what I'm wearing makes me feel and not about what other people might think of it. Awesome feeling.

  20. I have frye boots in very good condition size 7 that I’m going to list in Poshmark shop @aneema under $90, Madewell and other nice brands like Madewell, free people, Topshop check it out.

  21. Hey Ingrid can you do an update video and how its been since you came out lesbian on youtube and how things have been with your faith too etc. Also how can straight people like myself help in this process:) thanks!:)

  22. Can I just say, I find so much joy in watching your style! The idea that less frivolous spending actually taps you into a more "personally styled" wardrobe is so key, and you do it so well! I would love to hear how you think your style has evolved since you moved to New York!

  23. Every Pieces of you choosed that so perfect on you, i love it all.

  24. Honestly, I’ve never had success on Thread Up. I use Vinted regularly and find way better items on there. I’m willing to dig to find the gold on Vinted, which is why I think I like it the best. It’s also the most affordable. Poshmark is good too to find specific items you’re looking for like items from a specific brand and style, but I don’t use it as regularly.

    Thought I’d share in case anyone was interested.

  25. So good to see you looking more glam and spruced up. LOVE how you've styled these (especially the first two 😍)

  26. I thought you said on your Instagram stories that you weren’t buying more clothes.

  27. More clothes/fashion videos. You have great style. This video was fun! 🧡💛💚

  28. I’ve been interested in looking at thredUP!! I’ve really been trying to buy less fast fashion this year, and buy less in general, and it has felt so good! But when I do need to buy, I’m trying to be very selective

  29. I’m so glad you are taking a conscious stance in shopping in general. So many of the long-time Youtubers did not evolve with their audiences and I just grew out of their rut.

  30. Great video, but here’s the thing with thread up…That Old Navy jumpsuit was 25$ second hand. I could buy it new in store on the clearance rack for 8$.

  31. I buy nearly all my clothing (and many other things) thrifted and half of the reason beside reusing, uniqueness and quality is because it’s economical. So though I love the reusing nature of this, man, a great deal is still paying $45 ?? 😧😧

  32. Loving the frequent uploads lately, Ingrid! Keep up the wonderful work as always!😊💕

  33. Very cute clothes. I do hope you shave your legs though. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  34. Love this idea for a video. The clothes seem quite expensive for second hand though!

  35. Great pieces! I especially love the dress with the puffy touching sleeves!

  36. That was so much fun to watch! Colors really do look good on you, Ingrid! / I really enjoyed the whole concept of this video. If you are wondering if you should make more videos like this one, I am sure many of us would be happy to see them ! xx

  37. I literally need to up the speed on all her videos cause she talks so DAMN SLOW LMAO

  38. I honestly never liked second hand shopping because I found the stores disorganized and stuff everywhere opposed to a retail store where they have all the same shirts on the same hooks, etc. I am trying to be more sustainable and have started going back into secondhand shops and I just had to learn patience to be in there!

  39. I love the Koral leggings and outfit 5!! So cute, casual and comfy!! 3 of my favorite style hits!

  40. i particualry was so excited by your shoes, and especially your white pointy flats… those could be very harmful if you kick somebody…
    even though some guys would love to try it…hehehe

  41. OMG!!!! your 6:57 pointy flats, showing your toe cleavage , and pointy at same time !!! OMG.,.. theyre damn hot… just staring at your cleavage make weak guys like me would dream to go down and kiss your cleavage ending up with the pointy tip….. im serious..sorry no offence .. its my real feeling

  42. these conscious shopping videos are my favourite videos you make! i purchased some skirts on thredup following this video – thanks for the inspo 🙂

  43. I LOVE that Old Navy jumpsuit! The way you styled it actually reminds me of an outfit I wore obsessively as an early teen so I'm now filled with so much nostalgia! 🙂 You've inspired me to find that jumpsuit (or a similar one) so I can recreate that outfit, with my current, more "grown-up" style.

  44. Your intro was way to long, we get it you second hand shopped on thread up, a 4 minute intro is redundant!

  45. I’ve been binging your “Ingrid Dishes” segments on Pop Sugar, and I wish you would do more cooking videos! I love watching them and want to try all of them! You have a knack for cooking, and I’m always looking for new recipes that my husband will enjoy.

  46. I never find such cute things on there! This gives me hope lol. You look amazing in those outfits. I died over the first three 😍

  47. I'm so in love with that first outfit! And insanely jealous of your beautiful apartment. I live in NY and girl I know the apartment hunting struggle. Hope you're doing great, keep up the great videos!

  48. One thing that I worry about when secondhand shopping is if I wear my new thrifted clothing, will I bump into the previous owners? 😂😂 maybe it’s just my social anxiety

  49. The word favourite is so disturbing, you said it like zillion times..

  50. I CANNOT GET OVER how much I love that you are a YouTuber that switched from hauls of new clothes to second hand shopping. I know there are youtubers that started their channels second hand, and the youtubers that bought new clothes and still do it.. but you've exposed way more people by going from one to the other!! Props to you.

  51. I’ve heard about this brand so much but they don’t deliver to England! Devastated haha

  52. I feel like she’s becoming irrelevant, videos are so pointless and not interesting at all

  53. the quality of this video is amazing wow you look so close, you have a great camera!

  54. i really appreciate how descriptive your "show more" section is
    the red outfit gives me cruella de vil vibes!
    the way you really styled each outfit, down to the lipstick color, shows how dedicated you are with your videos and your attention to detail
    i like how excited you are to talk about the pieces you found, it makes me more excited too
    i love your style Ingrid! you look amazing in the pieces you chose

  55. One thing that always stymies me (when shopping online) is determining the weight or gauge of a garment. Is it your experience that most vendors provide that info? So many times, I've purchased a shirt/blouse, only to find, it's wayyy too thin. Thoughts? Any tips?

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