When Autumn Reeser isn’t starring in a Hallmark Channel movie, she’s been undertaking a task that many of us put off: cleaning out her closet. The actress recently went through her wardrobe with some help from Threadflip, a new fashion resale website and app that enables you to sell your clothes and accessories online. We caught up with Autumn on Friday to ask her about this find, what she discovered while doing her spring cleaning, and a little bit more about her style.
How did she get started collecting clothes? It goes back to the beginning of her career. “I started performing in theater when I was six and fell in love with costumes and the way they help you create a character,” she explained. “Ever since I was about twelve, I would go to garage sales and find interesting pieces to start my collection. Then people started giving me great pieces as well – one of my parents’ friends gave me about twenty dresses she’d saved from the 60’s! I wore one to my senior prom.”
Of course, when you’ve spent years building the perfect collection, it can be a tough process parting with anything in it. You can usually find some excuse to hold on to almost anything. We asked Autumn how she got through it, and what advice she’d give for those of you who are still struggling.
“I help my friends with this process all the time!” she enthused. “First, we create a Pinterest board full of looks/styles that they love. Then we pull out everything that’s already in their closet that fits that style and then, piece by piece we go through everything that doesn’t. Most of these things can be donated to charity, but sometimes an item can be updated with a bit of tailoring.
“A lot of times people already know what doesn’t belong in their closet, because they don’t wear it – they’re just keeping it for sentimental reasons and it helps a lot to have a friend there to share the stories as they purge these items,” she continued. “Pro tip: Share a glass of wine during this process, because it’s often a little bit painful for people!”
This time, it was her turn to get some help from the folks at Threadflip. “I’ve tried a couple different online selling sites, but what I loved about Threadflip is how design-friendly and enjoyable the app is to use, and how easy the full-service selling process was!,” she told us. “I packed a box full of items, sent it in, and a week later my closet was live! It’s an incredibly simple solution for busy women and I’m going to continue to sell with them every year.”
As far as what she’d consider the highlights in her new “virtual closet” on the website, she told us, “There’s a long-sleeve peacock-print dress from Milly and a fuschia minidress from Rebecca Taylor that are both practically new – and I wore them on the red carpet, too!”
While she was going through her stuff, did she find anything she’d forgotten about?
“Yes!” she told us. “A vintage gold brooch of a beetle. I wore it in college when I was on the Mock Trial team and playing a witness who was an entymologist. When I play characters, no matter how small, I’m always subconsciously hunting for items/clothes/food/music that makes me think of them! I think I originally found this brooch at an estate sale and am happy that it’s since gone to live with a new owner.”
If you have the opposite problem and you’re looking for something new to add to your wardrobe, Autumn has you covered there, too. She spoke with us about her favorite places to shop. “I’m a huge fan of Madewell and Everlane right now, but I shop almost exclusively online from them,” she said. “As far as in-person purchases go, I’ve always been a thrift store fan and still count on my favorite spots in LA to find my more unique pieces.”
And if you love a piece but don’t know if you’ll wear it, don’t be afraid to buy it now and wait for the right occasion to come up later. “I just went to the Costume Designers’ Guild Awards in a vintage dress I bought from Shareen about eight years ago,” she added. “It’s been living in my closet waiting for the perfect occasion to make its debut, and I have a few more vintage gowns like that that I can’t wait to trot out one day.”
You can visit Autumn’s “virtual closet” on Threadflip, and if you happen to find anything you love, Autumn is encouraging you to send her an Instagram shot of your looks at @Autumn_Reeser.