College Student’s Guide to Cheap Clothes


Edit: This is mostly women’s, mainly because I haven’t been able to find any decent online thrift stores for men, but please, please, please message me with any suggestions!

Let’s start with some great online thrift stores. Using the credits offered, you can even possibly snag some free clothes. When you’re shopping online, it’s probably best to figure out how much wear is on the item and also do a search for a sizing guide for the brand you’re buying.

Threadflip - This one has free shipping and one of the best search engines that you can choose size/style/price/etc. If you use my link, you’ll get a $5 credit just for signing up. If you have trouble getting the credit, just message the site and they should fix it.

ThredUp - Get 20% off order with code SAVE20 or 30% off if it’s your first order with FIRST30 - shipping starts at $2.99 and an additional $0.99 for every item. Using this link will get both of us a $10 credit. It doesn’t have too many shoes, but tons of shirts/skirts/dresses. The quality of clothing is usually very good. Nearly everything I’ve bought has been in like new condition.

Poshmark - probably has the best stuff, with the largest selection, 4.99 for shipping.

Storenvy - A little more expensive, shipping for each item is separate, not too much selection.

Vinted - this is probably where you’ll find the cheapest clothes(I just found Troopa boots like new for $35 shipped!) - just got $10 credit for signing up! It has tons of cheap clothes, especially cute shirts. I should warn you that not everyone gets a credit - it seems to be random and is time sensitive so just be watching your email/notifications. From what I’ve read it varies from $5-15. It’s at least worth a shot. Shipping is the biggest worry here - but it depends on the weight/location of the item.

Twice - get a $10 credit signing up with my link - doesn’t sell shoes, but has lots of cute skirts/shirts/dresses. You can also get another $10 credit for downloading the iPhone/iPad app and logging in. Shipping is $5 unless it’s over $49 - but your credit can be used towards that, so possibly free clothing. Use code TRENDSETTER and get 15% your order.


Aerie - Aerie is part of American Eagle, but they often have great sales on clearance - usually 50% + free shipping every couple of weeks, which makes for cheap and comfy bras and undies. I think they have free shipping and returns for bras everyday.

Target - If you get a RED debit card, you get 5% off and free shipping on a lot of the clothing. It may be better to just see what they have in store though.

Forever21 - Usually pretty cheap, but not always great quality. Shipping online probably isn’t worth it.

H&M - Has lots good clearance and has free shipping specials often.

In Store Thrift Shops - probably going to be your cheapest option

Plato’s Closet - usually has lots of cute clothes for cheap, along with really cheap accessories.

Do a search for nearby thrift stores and if there’s a wealthy/big city near you, check stores out there because they generally have better quality/bigger selections. One near me has brands like Free People and J. Crew for under $10.

Looking for specific items

Polyvore - Use the price rank to see the cheaper options

Shopstyle - Updated frequently with sale prices

Site that lists daily deals in a variety of stores

Hip2Save - a daily deal site, often updated with sales.

If you message me your size/what you’re looking for/max price and I have time I’ll see what I can find.

Updated 4/10/14

I previously has a site called Tradesy on this list - I would suggest not using that site as they have awful customer service and two out three orders I’ve placed have had issues that I haven’t been able to resolve.

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If you’re a little cautious about an item, feel free to message me and I’ll try and vet it for you.