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Homeschooled to 16,000 Followers: How Brittany Merrill Schooled The Haters And Turned Her Passion Into A Career

Brittany sold more of her clothes in her first week on Curtsy than most people sell in their first year.  A small-town girl with a big-time Instagram following, you’ll never see her carrying Louis Vuitton. Her style is just-ran-out-of-the-house chic: an oversized men’s utility button-down French-tucked into a leather mini skirt.

@britmerl on Instagram

After Brittany sold 30 items on Curtsy in one day, I wanted to know how she did it. What was the secret to her success on Curtsy? Where did her fab yet unpretentious style come from? What’s behind her charm? With these questions in mind, I gave her a call. 

Brittany grew up as a self-described ‘loner’ in a small town outside of Athens, GA.  Just a few years ago, only a handful of people knew who she was. She was homeschooled until high school, when she started at a small Christian academy with 35 students per grade.  She struggled to fit in at first, finding it hard to relate to things like sports.

She soon found her niche as editor of her school’s yearbook.  She dove headfirst into the role, spending countless hours taking photos, telling stories, and organizing those into a final product she’d share with her classmates every spring — a process she loved.

On weekends, she’d explore nearby towns with friends, taking photos and gradually becoming more comfortable in front of the camera as well.  

Driving with a friend one day, they spotted a huge American flag on the side of a building.  Her friend snapped a photo, and Brittany did what anyone her age would do: posted it to Instagram. Overnight, she got her first taste of what it meant to ‘go viral.’

The pic that started it all.

That photo, and a few tweets on Twitter, helped her go from 900 to 6,000 followers in a few weeks.  At school she was dragged by fellow classmates, who called Brittany’s new hobby ‘the biggest joke.’ She didn’t care; she thought it was fun.  She loved talking to her followers, who she interacted with as if they were lifelong friends. 

Her “ballin’ on a budget” style came from necessity, she told me.  Her family didn’t have a lot of money growing up. She learned to hunt for treasures on regular outings to her local thrift store. Most days, she throws together disparate pieces that somehow end up looking cute. Her fave look for fall is a simple turtleneck under a bulky sweater and, of course, a mini skirt. 

Brittany had never sold her clothes before Curtsy, and she initially hesitated because she can’t stand shipping stuff.  After learning about our Shipping Kit program — where we send you everything you need to ship so you don’t have to go to the post office — she was sold. 

The key to her Curtsy success? Good photos. She uses a full-length mirror in her room to show what the clothes actually look like, rather than just throwing them on a hanger (or worse, the floor). She recommends taking mirror selfies with good natural light.

The mystery of how her clothes sold so quickly?  When she shared her Curtsy closet on Instagram, she included her promo code for $10 off. This gave her followers an extra reason to check out the app (and when her friends used the code, she’d earn a $10 credit as well). 

One can’t help but be captivated by Brittany.  She carries herself like someone who’s doing what they were put on this earth to do — not in the sense that she knows all the answers, or that she’s reached perfection — but that she’s confident in her own power to grow, and figure it out as she goes along. I wanted to know where this confidence came from. 

As Brittany’s senior year in high school rolled around, her peers were applying and getting accepted into UGA and Ivy League schools like Yale.  When they’d ask Brittany about her plans, she’d shut down. Despite having good test scores, hobbies outside of class, and teachers who’d write beaming recs, something about college just didn’t feel right.  

In the spring of her senior year, Brittany’s then-boyfriend invited her on a drive to visit his family in rural Georgia. Thirty minutes in, instead of pulling into a suburb they were pulling into a college campus. She was furious. “How dare you force me to come here!” She yelled, feeling betrayed.

“I’m not asking you to apply,” he shot back, “I’m asking you to tour.”

That day she fell in love with the campus of Georgia Southern. She applied, but likely due to the late timing was rejected. She took a gap year and reapplied the following year, improving her scores and getting those beaming recs in the meantime. But she was rejected again. The next semester, she was rejected for a third time. 

The period that followed was filled with depression and anxiety. She’d compare herself to friends who all seemed happy at college. She started seeing a therapist, who helped her accept that maybe college wasn’t for her; maybe her hesitation to go in the first place was a sign; maybe God would show her another path forward. 

It was around that time that Brittany’s success on Instagram started paying off. She started charging for collabs and selling her popular Lightroom presets. Now she also sells her clothes on Curtsy. This money allowed her to move to Savannah, GA, into a dope apartment with her friend. Not one to sit still, she wakes up daily at 8 am and does what she loves: takes photos, tells stories, and shares them with the hope that they’ll inspire others. 

Brittany’s Curtsy packages ready to go out

Brittany recalls a turning point for her in high school. She and her friends were in the bathroom doing something they did a lot: complaining about the things they wished they could change about their bodies.

Out of nowhere, Brittany blurts out: “My favorite thing about my body is my belly button.”  After a few seconds of silent shock, everyone started laughing. Then they all went around and said their own favorite things. 

“Instead of saying ‘I have acne,’ I’d say, ‘I’m an awesome person.’” She gradually made the switch in her head from obsessing over what she didn’t have, to becoming obsessed with what she did have. “I started thinking about myself about as this engine of power.” She’d introduce herself like her name carried weight: “I am Brittany Merrill.” 

Her favorite quote is from Steve Jobs: “…the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” If you have dreams, she told me, nothing can stop you.  

And when she said it — and probably because of the forceful, Brittany Merrill-like way she said it — I believed her. 

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Here Are The Top 5 Myths That Keep You From Selling Your Clothes

“I don’t have time”

Time is money, honey! Selling on Curtsy will make you money, and it’s easy as pie. Or cake.

Seriously, we’re the only app that sends you shipping supplies so you can skip the post office, and tells you exactly how to price your stuff. Posting takes 30 seconds.

“People aren’t going to buy my clothes.”

Not with that attitude! Our best-selling brands are those you’d find at the mall, or your fave online stores: Free People, Lululemon, Revolve, Nordstrom, etc.

If you bought it in the last few years from a recognizable brand, someone will buy it on Curtsy!

“I’m going to wear those clothes again.”

Girl you’re not fooling anyone! You know that dress you bought for freshman year HOCO or that random bach party isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

You might as well make some money and give those items a second life.

“I don’t have enough followers.”

Phew! We’re like the only app where you don’t have to be an influencer these days. We use machine-learning and AI to show relevant clothes to shoppers.

All you do is post, and then your items sell. Like magic.

“I’ll sell when I … (move, graduate, etc.)”

Ahem, Marie Kondo does NOT approve. There’s a new way of living and it’s called: one in, one out!  Every time you buy a new outfit, post an old one on Curtsy.

You’ll have less stress, more space, and more money to spend on things that make you happy. 
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Introducing the Curtsy Website

Since we launched in Spring 2016 the only way to use Curtsy was on your phone. Today we’re announcing our new website that will let you shop on your computer at curtsyapp.com

To celebrate, we’re giving everyone 20% off their first purchase on the website this week! Promo: WEBSITE


Using Curtsy is now easier than it’s ever been. Without being confined to a 3″ screen, you can browse, shop, and explore with more visibility and ease.  You can also use Curtsy in those places you shouldn’t have your phone out… wherever that may be. And now, non iPhone/iOS users now have access use Curtsy for the first time ever.

We’d love to hear what you think about the new website, so shoot any questions/comments our way 🙂 – [email protected]

We’re excited for this next adventure,

XO

Team Curtsy

David, William, Eli & Clara Agnes

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#GirlBoss Guide

Tips to to sell your items faster

Improve the photos

Make sure you include a photo of someone wearing the item and a picture of the actual item you’re selling.

Make sure your photos are high quality, have good lighting, and clearly show the color, fabric or material, and detail of the item.

Lower your price

For items that are ‘trendy’ and purchased in the last few years, we recommend about 30%-40% of the retail cost and less if the items are older or have signs of wear.

Offer free shipping

Offering buyers free shipping will increase your chances of a sale by 30%.

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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
Curtsy

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Rent Your NBD Formal Dress For $30

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How it works

1. Download Curtsy on the app store

2. Browse the app

3. Rent locally or via 2-day free shipping

4. Post your closet to make money

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Top 10 Unforgettable Singing Auditions

American Idol is back for their 16th season, so naturally we went scouring Youtube to compile the most memorable singing auditions we could find from our favorite singing competitions– American Idol, X-Factor, & America’s Got Talent. If you ever need to be reminded of why you should jump on the bandwagon of a show like American Idol, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few auditions that rocked our world:

Carrie Underwood (American Idol)

Did you know Carrie had a ‘third’ nipple and clucked her way into being American Idol’s most successful winner ever? We didn’t, but we let Jesus take the wheel and he drove us straight to Carrie Underwood’s iconic audition.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Khsc-vH2wbs&t=317s

Josh Daniel (X-Factor)

One Word. Legendary. Josh brought Simon-Freaking-Cowell to tears with this emotional performance. Translation: He’s already won in our eyes.

Kelly Clarkson (American Idol)

Part time fashion designer, part time American Idol contestant, part time Grey’s Anatomy intern. She’s what we at Curtsy call a legit #GIRLBOSS. No seriously, Kelly, if we win American Idol do we get to be on Grey’s too? We’re just saying that’s something we can definitely get behind.

Paul Thomas Mitchell (Britain’s Got Talent)

When Tommy walked out the last thing we were expecting was for our jaws to drop, but hey, he sure showed us. Mitchell sang an original song for his Dad named ‘My Life’ and we’re positive the grass is greener after watching his performance.

Calum Scott (Britain’s Got Talent)

Did we mention we’re moving across the pond? Holy cow, the talented Calum Scott shook us to our core and had us screaming please for the love of God, let us dance with you.

Kimberley Locke (American Idol)

Somewhere over the rainbow you’ll find Kimberley singing her heart out to an in-awe judges panel. While season two of American Idol feels a lifetime ago, Locke still rocked our world and deserves hype for nailing this audition. Seriously, we’ve got a #girlcrush.

Grace Vanderwaal (America’s Got Talent)

If you don’t prime a ukulele after watching Grace’s performance how can you ever be sure you really know your name? This 12-year-old performing her original tune,  “I don’t know my name” is all the proof we need to believe in miracles.

Noah ‘WIG’ Davis (American Idol)

You can take a boy out of the farm, but you can’t take a boy’s dream of owning an alpaca from him. This Arkansas farm boy kicked off American Idol’s 16th season with a cover of ‘Stay’ by Rihanna and we’ve got one word for him: WIG.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bhck-t4adLU

David Francisco (American Idol)

Three weeks after moving to Nashville to chase his music dreams, David was hit by a distracted driver and paralyzed from the waist down. One day, he saw his foot wiggle while he was in bed, and since then he’s been in recovery and re-learning how to walk!  Try not to cry hearing him sing “Isn’t She Lovely?” to his fiance. Katy cried.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZgEOGLMgaI

Garrett Jacobs (American Idol)

Louisiana-native and his sweet grandma “Honey” are the cutest duo, and not to mention the voice of this 17-YEAR-OLD is one of the sweetest things we’ve ever heard. Lucky Garrett gets to Facetime his grandma with the American Idol crew to announce his trip to Hollywood.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw5vhlPi23Y

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#MyCurtsyStyle #OnFleek Of The Week

Oscar for #BestCloset at UF goes to…

 

Ally Fiore. This girl is a Curtsy Ambassador with one bomb closet and we can’t wait to rent from it.

From formal dresses to jumpers for the Spring, you’re not gonna want to miss this closet, we promise.

This golden gown is perfect for your next formal. Sure to bring sunshine to any party, this color and this perfect silhouette are bound to wow the crowd.

 

 

Blush is the new black and this romper is the perfect transition in that sweet Spring time weather. We are loving this outfit.

Speaking of Spring, I’m a firm believer that white should be worn as soon and warm weather comes around and this romper definitely has something to do with that.

Abercrombie and Fitch is back and we are so here for it’s SoCal vibes.

 

Need the perfect date party outfit? This Tobi romper is it.

Ally’s style is timeless and this jumper is no exception. Paired with an off the shoulder top or a cute tank underneath, this jumper is the perfect transition piece into summer.

Follow Elizabeth on Instagram, and rent her closet here.

XOXO

Curtsy

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Oscar for #BestCloset at UT Austin goes to…

 

Kylie Mason! We love this #GirlBoss and her entire closet. You are bound to find something to wear in her closet of over 60 (yes, 60) items.

Kylie has made over $450 on Curtsy and has had almost 30 rentals. Talk about a #CurtsyQueen

 

This Zara jumper should be a staple in anyone’s closet.

We love how flowwy it is and how perfect it is for darties and summertime fun.

 

 

 

Is this red lace romper from Stylestalker perfect?

Yes.

 

 

 

Linen jumpsuits are our passion and this one is perfect to take from Canada^ to the beach.

 

 

 

We’re pretty sure Kylie won best dressed at the tailgate for this adorable Planet Blue dress.

 

 

If you ever need something from Show Me Your Mumu, Kylie’s closet is the place to go. From rompers to dresses, she has all of our favorite SMYMM pieces including this one.

Follow Kylie on Instagram, and rent her closet here.

XOXO

Curtsy

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The Oscar for #BestCloset at Texas A&M goes to…

Elizabeth Meyer. This sweet soul has almost 20 items you can rent off Curtsy, and trust us you’re gonna want to.

As a member of Curtsy Elite, this #BossBabe knows what it takes to make money and look adorable while doing it! Just check out her amazing closet below:

This blue and navy romper has us so ready for warm weather and all the dinner parties.

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taking on victory dinner szn with my girlssss #fay

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What’s better than your best friend and a killer dress? Pretty much nothing.

We’re loving how this white and gold Show Me Your Mumu dress sparkles on the dance floor and lights up any room.

 

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congrats to this grad🌷

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Are you ready for Summer and warm weather? We certainly are. This flowwy, fun off the should dress has us ready to pack our bags and head down to College Station to rent.

 

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when she's an ENFJ>>>

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Did someone say football season? How many days are left until kickoff? This white off the shoulder dress is perfect to take from tailgate to date party and we plan on renting it for just that.

 

We found it! The perfect dress to rent for Easter, brunch or just some amazing Spring feels.

Follow Elizabeth on Instagram, and rent her closet here.

XOXO

Curtsy

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