The future of Curtsy is buy/sell

To our incredible community —

Today we’re nervous and excited to announce our biggest change yet.

Curtsy started as a way for women to rent clothes from each other. Next week, we’re switching to buy/sell, and ending support for renting.

Curtsy works best for special occasions like formals, but most people only have a few of those per year. This made it really hard to build a sustainable business.

Even though we’ve helped our community make $1M renting out their closets, as a company we still spend more money than we make.

If you’re one of the thousands of women that use Curtsy to rent and make money, we feel you. Taking out renting is bittersweet for us.

At the same time, we’re excited for this new chapter. Buy/sell has been our most requested feature since we started Curtsy.

We’re taking your favorite things about Curtsy and bringing them to buy/sell: Our curated shopping experience, ease of posting, high quality photos, and incredible customer support.

You’ll soon be able to use Curtsy every week rather than twice a year.

The new app will launch on Monday, July 2 and we can’t wait for you to try it.

If you previously had items listed for rent, you’ll be able to list them for sale with one tap. All of your messages and past orders will still be in the app, as well as any earnings from past rentals.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

Thank you.

David


David Oates
CEO & Co-Founder
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Sigma Delta Tau at UGA Wins Curtsy For A Cause, $500 For Philanthropy

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Congrats to Sigma Delta Tau at UGA! We’re making a $500 donation to Prevent Child Abuse America on your behalf.

To everyone who participated: the work that you do for your philanthropy organizations is amazing, and we will definitely do something like this again. Stay tuned!

To say thanks to everyone who participated, here’s a code for 50% off your next rental that you can use all week: GIRLBOSS50.

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A New Look For Curtsy

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Quick announcement: We have a new look!

The “goddess,” as we like to call her, is back and better than ever. Her hand is on her hip as if to say “I’m a #Girlboss.” She’s got her hair up because she’s en route to a formal and she’s classy like that.

A company’s brand is a continual work in progress—this is our second draft.

Look out for the Curtsy Goddess coming soon to a school near you!

PS — want some swag with the new mark to give out to your friends? Drop us a line [email protected]

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What It Means To Be A #GirlBoss, And Other Lessons From Nasty Gal Founder Sophia Amoruso

This week only: 50% of all Curtsy orders will be donated to the #Girlboss Foundation.

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know we love the term Girlboss. But do you know where it came from? Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal, came up with it, and if you don’t know her, you should.

After dropping out of school and moving to San Francisco at 22, Sophia started selling vintage clothing on Ebay while bored at her job checking ID’s in the lobby of an art school. Today, the company does $250 million a year in sales and is growing fast.

What makes someone a Girlboss? According to Sophia, A Girlboss is…

Someone who is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it. As a #GIRLBOSS, you take control and accept responsibility. You’re a fighter—you know when to throw punches and when to roll with them…

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Best Things Come In Pairs: Meet The #GirlBoss Twins Taking Charleston By Storm

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These two fabulous twins Kenzie and Carol moved to Charleston two years ago with nothing. Here’s what happened next. 

PS. Their closet is open and yours to borrow on Curtsy! If you don’t have the app, get it here:

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Kenzie and Carol had just graduated from school and wanted to get out of Utah and try living in a different state. They lived for a year with their best friend, who was in her senior year at College of Charleston.

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They’ve always lived together, even after Kenzie got married. They plan on keeping it that way too, they’ve always been best friends.

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When they walked into Alley’s Sports Bar, a local favorite, to ask for a job, the owner was amused. They’d have to be hired as a package deal, they told him. They were hired.

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They share a car and try to work the same shifts. Customers are confused on the regular. You can see why.

IMG_2526Friends had always told them that they needed to blog about their lives. One year ago, they finally took the leap.

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They didn’t share it at all, though. They were afraid of what other people might think.

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It would still be private had they not sent a link to their mom, who shared it on Facebook. “Alright, I guess we have to put it out in public now.” Thanks Mom.

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After a few months, it started to take off. Their Instagram grew, more people read the blog, and people even started recognizing them on the street.

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They experimented with different styles, photography and writing. They started getting recognized around town and at work.

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This girl wanted to take a picture with us at work. That was very humbling because you don’t think people even look at it. It’s really cool to see that people read it and recognize us.

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The blog has opened many doors for the duo. Companies have been reaching out with promotions and sending free swag. They were even invited to Charleston Fashion Week.

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Their advice for people starting out? Just be yourself.

It’s always hard to figure out what you want to do with your life. We still don’t know but realized that we want to keep going in this direction, working with people and companies that mean something to us and do something for the world.

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You never know who you’re going to inspire.

Be sure to check out their blog and follow on Instagram @kcdoubletake

Photos by the amazing, Charleston-based photographer Daniel Dinwiddie. Check out his portfolio here.  

Huge thanks also to Anna Tehan and the Hotel Grand Bohemian in Charleston.


This week only: Get 25% all orders on Curtsy with code KCDOUBLETAKE.

Need some inspiration? Here are Carol and Kenzie’s Curtsy picks

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All That Sparkles: Meet The 17 Year Old That Created A Jewelry Empire

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17 Years Old And Running A Successful Jewelry Business? It’s About Time Y’all Met Sara Caroline.

Let’s start from the beginning. Last fall, Sara “Sar Car” Caroline, Junior at Oxford High School, needed a necklace to wear to picture day…

 

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She found one at a boutique in Downtown Oxford but was in huge trouble when it broke the next day, leaving her again without a piece to wear on picture day.

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That’s when she had the idea that would change the course of her life forever.

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She took a suede cord lying around the house and restrung the necklace the night before picture day.

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This was when the choker came back on the scene. She had the idea to combine the necklace with a choker, using a really long cord.

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The next day at school, her friends were OBSESSED.

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Her friends started bringing her their broken necklaces, and she’d string those up too.

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Everyone at school kept asking her about them, so she started making them as gifts.

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But it wasn’t long before her parents had enough. The operation was taking over, they said, she needed to start selling them.

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She made an Instagram, @jewelsbysarcar, and everyone started tagging their friends.

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She made a website where she’d release 15-20 pieces at a time, and they’d sell out in 10 minutes.

That was so exciting to watch them sell out so fast. I would put them up on Sunday afternoon and they’d be gone in 10 minutes. ‘People must like them!’ [Laughing]

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Then Archer + Arrow, a boutique in Corinth, MS, invited Sara Caroline to sell her line in her store. Her first batch sold out in a week.

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The same thing happened in Oxford when she started selling at Therapy, and at their location in Memphis.

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Every time I’m making something, I think about the person that will end up wearing it, and the memories they’re going to make while wearing it.

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The Instagram blew up and started to expand to different towns. People started tying them in different ways, like wearing the choker necklace as a bracelet.

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She put out a request for people to apply to be Ambassadors, and 370 people applied. It took her a week to sort through them, even with the help of close friends.

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Now Jewels by SarCar is sold all over the South, and her most sales come from Tulsa, Oklahoma, very far from Oxford, where it all started.

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This week only: Get 25% all orders on Nimble with code SARCAR25.

Need some inspiration? Here are Sara Caroline’s Nimble picks

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You can find Sara Caroline’s collection at her website and follow her on Instagram.

Nimble Is Expanding To Your School. Are You Our Next Campus Director?

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Ally Taylor and Wilder Heath lead the Nimble team @ UGA.

 

I love being able to connect with girls in the Athens community I didn’t know before. It’s so fun getting people excited about the app and having them grow UGA’s closet !!

Ally Taylor, UGA Campus Director

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What is Nimble?

Nimble is an app that lets you rent dresses from other women at your school. It’s a great way to find a dress for formals, game days, weddings and more.

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We’re a group of friends that launched the app at Ole Miss in January of this year. It’s done really well. Over 1,500 dresses have been posted to the app. Those dresses have been rented hundreds of times by women here on campus.

We’ve proven out the model at Ole Miss. Now, we’re hiring Campus Directors at every school across the south to help us expand.

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Don’t see your school? Let us know in your application why your school needs Nimble. 🙂

Who We’re Looking For

Are you passionate about marketing or fashion? Do you love meeting new people? Are you a natural leader? You could be our next Campus Director.

The Opportunity

  • Counts for 3-4 hours of class credit at most schools
  • Real-world marketing and entrepreneurship experience
  • Great for the resume, especially for marketing or fashion related jobs out of school
  • We write detailed recommendation letters to potential employers
  • Opportunity for full-time jobs at Nimble after undergrad
  • Paid internship based on performance
  • Be a part of the next big wave in fashion-related technology: peer-to-peer sharing.
The Nimble team at Ole Miss, where we launched in January.

What Campus Directors Do

  • Boots on the ground at your school
  • Serves as the go-to expert on all-things Nimble
  • Get people at your school to try Nimble through trunk shows and other initiatives
  • Recruit ambassadors for the Nimble CHANGEMAKER program
  • Plan and run trunk shows and other events

Sound good? Apply here and we’ll be in touch soon!

PS: Don’t see your school? Let us know in your application why your school needs Nimble 🙂 

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This Week Only: 50% of All Borrows Will Be Donated To St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Did you know that St. Jude Children’s hospital was founded by a comedian?

SJ-color-logoBy the time he founded the hospital in 1962, Danny Thomas was one of the most well-known and successful entertainers in the world. But that wasn’t always the case.

As a young man living in Detroit, Thomas struggled for years to support his family through his work as a performer. According to the hospital history, a breakthrough moment in his life happened in a church before the patron saint of hopeless causes, St. Jude.

“Show me my way in life,” he promised the Saint, “and I will build you a shrine.”

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