Are you headed to Grandma’s house with the kids next week? Somewhere else on a plane or hitting the road? We asked Shari Stamps, founder of the blog Savvy Everyday, to share some simple tips with us on holiday packing for more than one!

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1. Start as Early as Possible. Easier said then done, I know! I put most of what my daughter and I may need in the suitcase ahead of time, then add more as I get laundry done. I always do a final look through, so I can add missing items or take extras out.

2. Pack Some Extra Items. If we’ll be gone for 3-4 days, I pack enough for 5-6. I like to prepare us for potential rain drops or chillier temps, and both my daughter and I are prone to spilling food on ourselves! Fortunately, toddler clothes are pretty compact, and even though she’s going to bring her own assortment of hair accessories and shoes, traveling with her now is a lot easier than when she was still in diapers and needed her own suitcase.

3. I Get Half a Suitcase, She Gets Half a Suitcase. Then at the end of the trip, the two sides turn into the leftover clean clothes side and the dirty clothes side (I put these in a large washable bag inside the suitcase). I could give myself more room and pack her clothes in her own little suitcase, but getting it all in one piece of luggage makes things a lot easier when I’m bringing along a stroller, car seat, and carry on.

4. Packing a Stroller. Some people ditch the stroller, or opt for an umbroller on trips. Since my daughter is 3, I like to bring a regular stroller so I can throw the car seat on top, and my bags underneath while running through the airport (or put my daughter in it if she keeps running off). 

5. A Few Items Worth Including: Plastic bags for toiletries that may spill or leak during flight, backup medicine, extra clothes (socks, underwear, outfit), washable bag for dirty clothes, backup shoes, hand sanitizer/wipes.

Packing The Carry On For Two!

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I usually bring a super big bag filled with activities to entertain the little one. However, I’ve boarded before and realized I didn’t bring anything for myself! I like to bring my laptop, and limit the number of small toys to just a few (unless someone else is with us and I have another carry on for just her). Instead, I bring books, movies, 1-2 activities for her to do, and let her choose a doll or stuffed toy for the trip.

My Carry-On Check List:

  • Laptop and charger (for in-flight movies, and because I worry it would get smashed in my luggage)
  • Camera bag (fits inside oversized bag)
  • Paperback kiddo books (I bring lightweight, thin books that fit better in the bag with all my stuff and don’t break my back)
  • iPhone, charged and loaded with a few movies
  • iPhone charger (because I’ve had to ask a stranger for theirs before in order to coordinate a ride home)
  • An extra outfit for the kiddo
  • A toothbrush and mini toothpaste for me and the kiddo
  • Snacks galore! I bring a little lunch bag with sliced fruit and veggies, and some animal cookies.
  • Money, ID for me and the little, Target card (you just never know)
  • Small activity (counting cards, coloring books, wiki sticks)
  • Small toy or doll
  • Blanket, lightweight if you’re headed to a warm destination (she can use for her baby, or I can use for her)

What are some of your family packing tips? Let us know in the comments!

About Shari Stamps

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Shari Stamps is a writer, editor and photographer mom who founded the blog Savvy Every Day where she shares tips on pregnancy, being a parent, fantastic products and family destinations, as well as nonprofit organizations that all families should know about. Shari lives with her husband and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Beginning with bags received after December 31st, we are making some changes to how we pay users of our cleanout service. For most of you, the total effect on your earnings will be minimal but in aggregate this will allow us to continue to dramatically improve the speed, quality and selection on thredUP and to offer a best-in-class convenient service.

We appreciate your understanding as we learn and identify the best ways to build a thriving, healthy business that will employ thousands of people in the next couple years. We are more committed than ever to delivering a great buying and selling experience for many years to come.

Here are the highlights of the changes going into effect for bags received after December 31st, 2014:

  • Items listed under $60: These will now be paid upfront at up to 40%. No more waiting for your less expensive items to sell on consignment. When we process your bag, your payout is immediately available to spend on thredUP, or you can cash out with PayPal in 14 days.
  • Items resold under $10 will only be accepted on a case-by-case basis (a good rule of thumb is that these are items with a non-discounted retail price under $25) While we will try and resell as many of these items as possible (and we really would like to sell as many as possible!!!), we cannot guarantee the acceptance of any item priced under $10. This is especially true if the item is out of season (cotton tank tops in December or wool sweaters in August are obvious examples). Of course, for any item we do accept you will earn a 10% payout and any item we can’t accept we will ensure is recycled appropriately.
  • The updated payout schedule is as follows:
Our Initial Listing Price You Earn Method
<$9.99 10% Upfront when available, we cannot guarantee it
$10:00 – $14.99 15% Upfront
$15.00 – $19.99 25% Upfront
$20.00 – $59.99 40% Upfront
$60.00 – $89.99 50% Consignment
$90.00 – $149.99 60% Consignment
$150.00 – $299.99 70% Consignment
$300 and up 80% Consignment

For our most up-to-date pricing, please check our calculator here. Of course, you always have the option to choose Return Assurance to have your expensive, designer items returned to you if we cannot accept them for resale.

As a reminder, for consignment payouts we will list your item for 84 days on consignment. You may choose to modify the listing price if you’d like (in the first 7 days) and if you are not satisfied with our attempts to sell the item (after 7 days), you may “reclaim” the item from our shop and just pay shipping & handling to have the item returned. If your item has not sold on thredUP in an appropriate amount of time, we will do our best to try and sell it on other outlets (at no cost and no additional work to you) like ebay. When your item sells, the credit will become spendable and cashoutable after 14 days.  All of your earnings will be cashoutable via Paypal.

Some of the brands that are likely to subject to the $10 cutoff:

  • Old Navy
  • Gap
  • Gymboree
  • Mossimo
  • Merona
  • Forever 21
  • Express

Some of the brands that are likely to be on consignment include:

  • BCBGMAXAZRIA
  • Alexander Wang
  • Alice + Olivia
  • Acne
  • Clare Vivier
  • Elizabeth and James
  • Helmut Lang
  • Rag and Bone
  • See by Chloe
  • Tory Burch
  • 1 Phillip Lim
  • Foley + Corinna
  • Marc by Marc Jacobs
  • MICHAEL Michael Kors
  • Vince
  • Theory

If you have any questions about our consignment policies, check out our Clean Out FAQs here, or please let us know in the comments or drop our support team an email at [email protected].

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With the holiday season in full swing we wanted to spend a few minutes chatting with Sr. Director of Merchandising, Kristy Atkins-Kirshtner, to learn more about how the thredUP holiday campaign came to life.

Lauren Miller: As you started planning the holiday campaign — your first one at thredUP — what did you have in mind?

Kristy Atkins-Kirshtner: For me this time of year is all about being warm and cozy and I love the lights, energy and sparkle of the holidays. I wanted to incorporate these elements into the holiday merchandising campaigns and inspire people to buy gifts on thredUP. To give the campaign a color twist, I added a pretty peacock blue to the traditional holiday red, and threaded this color story throughout our holiday shop. LM: Are there specific emotions you want people to feel when they visit our holiday shop?

KAK: My hope is that the campaigns remind people of special holiday moments and that we’re conveying the excitement of the season. Some of my favorite holiday moments are watching the tree lighting at Jack London Square in Oakland, layering up and taking my son, Kade, ice skating, and catching up with friends at holiday parties. It’s all about these special moments.

LM: How are you celebrating the holidays this year?

KAK: We’re going to spend the holiday with my parents who live in Mariposa, a small town outside of Yosemite. I’m hoping we can go sledding with Kade and take a couple hikes together.  A few years ago we stopped buying gifts for each other and instead sponsor a family in the area. This tradition has become a big highlight for us.

LM: Okay, so Kade is now two and a half… Does he know about Santa Claus?

KAK: Yes! This is the first year we can start talking about Santa Claus and he’s all over the idea. And “Santa” is very excited about what’s going under the tree; a giant tepee that we can set up in his bedroom. We love to be adventurous outdoors and as a family we love camping.  This is bringing the camping trip, inside.  Adding twinkling star lights to the entrance of the tepee makes it feel like a magical adventure.

LM: I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask: what are you wearing this season?

KAK: I’m all about layering and incorporating texture so winter is one of my favorite seasons. I’ve been wearing a lot of faux fur – it’s on my jacket, scarf, gloves – and I like to pair it with lace. Now is the time to wear sparkles so I work in something shimmery when I can.

LM: Is there a thredUP item you’ve been eyeing?

KAK: I’m on the site constantly and have trouble resisting! I actually didn’t buy secondhand clothes before I started this job, and now I’m completely hooked. This dress is what I’m lusting after right now.

Want to get a peek behind the scenes? Here’s a look at how Kristy’s team produced this year’s holiday campaign.

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Holiday gathering ensembles are one of the biggest style conundrums going. You want to be stylish enough to look good among friends and family for a special meal, but not so hyper-fashionable that you can’t lounge around afterwards watching holiday movies (or indulge in that second slice of pie). To help, we’ve concocted three ensembles that will look good and feel great at any kind of festive gathering, from a casual get-together with friends to a more formal affair. Happy Holidays!

A casual party with friends: Whether you’re hanging out with a group of pals who don’t want to fly to see out-of-state family, or splitting cooking and eggnog-drinking duties with the neighbors, a relaxed holiday is best enjoyed without too many frills. A high-waisted, plaid wool pant like this Dagmar pair is more dressed-up than jeans, without sacrificing comfort. Pair it with a fitted black cardigan, like this one from J. Crew, and a pair of silver ShoeMint flats that add a little celebratory sparkle. You’ll look classy, but still be relaxed enough to cook and run around all day long.

Intimate family evening: If you’re keeping your party limited to your immediate family this year, it pays to go a little fancier– but not so fancy that you can’t indulge in the delicious meal you’ve all spent the day preparing. Embellished sweaters are very on-trend this year, in styles that are prettier and more subtle than the gaudy holiday cardigan of yore. Consider pairing a girly sweater with a delicate embellished pattern, like this cute cropped Ann Taylor number, with a sleek Wilsons leather pencil skirt to give it a bit of edge. On your feet, Stuart Weitzman ankle boots add a little flair, but are still comfortable.

Dressed-up holiday party: It’s the season to break out the nice wine glasses and heirloom tablecloth. Time to fancy it up. Our favorite dress style for a holiday party is fit-and-flare, which, in addition to looking great on a wide range of body types, conveniently drapes out right at the point where your tummy might show its stuff after a big meal. This silk number from Banana Republic combines elegant black with luxurious fabric, and would make a great backdrop for a big statement necklace. Or, for a burst of holiday color, try this red H&M dress, perfect with a pair of dangly earrings. On your feet, delicate gold J. Crew heels add another touch of cheer.

What kind of holiday plans do you have this year? Let us know in the comments.

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We’re happy to announce that this holiday season we’re making it possible for thredUP customers to donate their Clean Out earnings to Feeding America. The organization feeds more that 37 million people through local food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in communities across America and leads the nation in the fight against hunger. Learn more about how Feeding America is working to solve hunger in the U.S., and find your local food bank here.

Now through January 31st you can elect to donate your earnings to Feeding America by simply selecting the Donate to a Cause Partner tab when you go to cash out. Your donation is tax-deductible.

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Don’t have a Clean Out bag? Head over to thredUP and help us Clean Out for good this holiday season!

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We’re so excited to announce #bagUP, our holiday program for you to earn 100% of the amount your handbags sell for! We’ve got your wallets and wardrobes in mind. Offset holiday expenses by earning more this season — and start the New Year off with only the bags you love in your closet.

How It Works

Send in your handbags before the end of the year (postmarked by 12/31/14) and we’ll pay you 100% of the selling price. That’s right, we’ll take $0 commission! And if you have a bag listed on thredUP today, you’ll earn the entire amount it sells for.

Designer Bag Giveaway

We’re bag crazy this holiday and are giving away six of our very best designer handbags, once a week for the next six weeks. Enter to win at thredUP.com/bagUP by sharing the contest with your Facebook community. The winner will be chosen at random and you can enter daily to increase your odds of winning.

Spoiler alert: designers include Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Mulberry, Stella McCartney, ZAC Zac Posen and Chloé!

Cash In Your Closet

thredUP conducted a survey and learned the average American woman owns 11 handbags (1 in 10 own more than 20!), typically spends about $80 for one but is known to spend upward of $160. Are you using all of your handbags? Do you love them all? If not, order a Clean Out Bag and send ‘em on in to thredUP to earnUP this holiday!

xo,

The thredUP Team

P.S. We will accept handbags that are on-trend from name brands with an original retail price of at least $60 ($30 for wallets). And as always, thredUP has a a zero tolerance policy for counterfeit pieces. We have a team of trained authenticity and pricing specialists to examine each bag, and you should send purchase documentation and manufacturing information with your designer bags when possible.

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Spring cleaning is usually seen as the best time to organize, getting out the dirt and clutter after a long winter. But in our view, the best defense is a good offense. Before Halloween and the subsequent slew of holiday events take the wheel, it’s a great time to try out an organization trick that will make your life easier in the face of holiday guests, winter storms, and other forces of nature. Here are four places in your life where you can make a big impact with a little effort.

Spice it up in the kitchen: Most of us spend more time in the kitchen in the colder months, whether we’re whipping up Thanksgiving dinner or warming up a chilly weekend with a hearty meal. One area that commonly gets neglected: the spice rack. Though spices are designed to be preserved, their shelf life isn’t infinite; most start to lose their spark after two years or so. (We definitely have a few that have had five times that duration on our shelves.) Treat yourself to some quality spices from an online retailer like Penzeys, and a cool storage system like this magnetic spice rack, to save you from searching through jumbles of bottles for the right one. It’ll improve the taste of your food all season long, with little to no effort.

Stock up your car for winter emergencies: If you live in a chilly climate, an emergency car kit is a must– particularly if you’re driving long distances for the holidays. Fill a bin with a small bag of cat litter (for spreading on icy or slick roadways to give a stuck car traction), jumper cables, an emergency blanket, instant hand warmers, a first-aid kit, and a flashlight, and store it in your trunk. You may never need the contents, but it’s better to play it safe than try to wait out AAA in sub-zero temperatures.

Create a closet corral: Got a closet that has a tiny amount of dead space on the side? It may not be useful for much, but it is for storing the tubes of wrapping paper that inevitably accumulate in the holiday season. All you need is a wire shelf, and voila: stack ‘em up. Or if you don’t have wrapping paper by the bushel, the same dead wall space could be used to hang an IKEA tension rod, for clipping up and hanging winter scarves, hats, and gloves within easy reach.

Organize your toys: If you’ve got kids, you know what to expect from the holidays: an onslaught of new toys gifted by well-meaning relatives, and a bunch of old toys gathering dust in the corner (or, more likely, strewn all over the floor). Get a jump on the situation with a simple, inexpensive DIY project like this cool tub-side organizer for bath toys: all you need is a shower rod, some small plastic bins, and some shower curtain hooks. Repeatedly piling stuffed animals in a bin is much more annoying than hanging them from a closet door with a shoe organizer (bonus: no kids digging through and scattering them everywhere in search of the right one). And instead of trying to shove kids’ books of every size and shape into a bookshelf, considerdisplaying them on the wall using a rain gutter– you may even encourage an extra interest in storytime if favorite books are constantly visible.

What are your secrets for getting your house in order before the holidays hit? Let us know in the comments.

Big news, y’all! thredUP and Blitsy are teaming up for a Fall Fashion DIY giveaway! If you like fall fashion (duh, of course you do) and enjoy a little DIY action, then this one’s for you. We’re giving away $250 in thredUP shopping credit, and Blitsy is giving away $250 in DIY craft supplies! Click here to enter.

Now that you’re all signed up, check out these fabulous DIY projects the crafty folks over at Blitsy came up with for their newest thredUP finds!

(re-posted from Blitsy)

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We took a plain, everyday red sweater and added black yoyos and crystal buttons to the collar. The sparkle addition transformed the sweater into a holiday ready top! For the hat, we added a layered felt flower, because, why not?! To jazz up the scarf, we added some super fluffy pom-poms. Pom poms make everything better!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Sweater Makeover:

- Sweater from Thread-Up

- Black Cotton Fabric

- Needle

- Black Thread

- 19mm Crystal Buttons (6)

- Clover Yo-Yo Maker

- Scissors

Scarf Makeover:

- Scarf from Thread-Up

- Clover Pom-Pom Maker

- Red Heart Yarn

- Scissors

- Yarn Needle

- Yarn

Hat Makeover:

- Hat from Thread-Up

- Felt

- Hot Glue Gun and Glue

- Needle

- Thread

- Scissors

Let’s get crafty!

Sweater Makeover:

Step 1: Create 6 yo-yos.

Step 2: Sew your button to the center of your yo-yo. Repeat this step with all of your yo-yos

Step 3: Sew your yo-yo to the center of your sweater.

Step 4: Next, sew one of your yo-yos to the end of your collar. Center your other yo-yo between your two yo-yos.  Repeat this on the other side of your sweater with your three remaining yo-yos.

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Scarf Makeover:

Step 1: Make 6 pom-poms.

Step 2: Leave the two strands of yarn that you used to tie your pom-pom.  Trim any long pieces of yarn. Put one end of your yarn strand through your needle and sew to the center of one end of your scarf.

Step 3: Once through, tie a couple of knots in the back with your other piece of yarn.

Step 4: Sew a pom-pom on each side of your center pom. Repeat on the other side of your scarf with your 3 remaining poms.

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Hat Makeover:

Step 1: Grab your felt and cut 6 circles about 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Cut a felt circle that measures about 1 and 1/2 inches in diameter. Take one circle and fold it in half.
Step 2: Fold one side in toward the center.
Step 3: Flip your felt over and fold the other end of your felt in, forming a ‘S’ shape.
Step 4: Put a dab of hot glue on the inside of both sides of your felt petal. Repeat Steps 2-5 with your other felt circles. Put glue on the end of one petal and glue it to your smaller circle. Continue gluing petals around your smaller circle.
Step 5: Put glue on the bottom of your remaining petal and stick it in the center of your petals so it is upright. Use your hands to fluff up your other petals.
Step 6: Sew your felt flower to the side of your hat. Make sure you sew the ends down.
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Love these DIYs? Make sure you enter the giveaway so you can create your own fall fashion projects! 

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Named the best-dressed celebrity of 2014 by People, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift knows how to work a red carpet. But even when she’s strolling to lunch or a meeting, Taylor (who’s set to release a new album, 1989, next month) generally looks amazing, earning her monikers like “the queen of street style.” Here are three of our favorite casual looks from the lovely Ms. Swift, and how to score them without breaking the bank. To really go full Taylor, don’t forget to top these looks off with a swipe of her signature red lipstick– we like Neutrogena’s MoistureShine Lip Soother in Sheen or L’Oreal’s Infallible Le Rouge in Red Fatale, both of which are under $10.

Flannel and jeans: This outfit couldn’t be simpler, but Taylor gussies it up with cool shoes, a great bag, and of course, those famous red lips. Start with a colorful flannel like this one from American Eagle Outfitters (or even a more muted version like this one from Gap), then throw on some light-gray skinnies like this J Brand pair. High-heeled ShoeMint lace-up boots and a cheerful Forever 21 red satchel complete the look.

A ladylike skirt: This ensemble is both on-trend and office-appropriate, thanks to its ladylike vibe. This accordion-pleated pink Charlotte Russe skirt is a dead ringer for Taylor’s, and looks great with a form-fitting black Splendid tee. Add on a Salvatore Ferragamo satchel and some black Brooks Brothers loafers for the full Audrey Hepburn-esque effect.

Sweet and summery: This ensemble screams summer lightness, but a cardigan could easily take it into fall. Start with an easygoing fit-and-flare dress like this one from Marc by Marc Jacobs or this one by Sparkle and Fade, then accent it with a long gold initial necklace (Taylor is wearing an “S” for her best friend Selena Gomez, but using your own initial is perfectly OK.) A classic beige Ivanka Trump satchel is very ladies-who-lunch, so it’s OK to add a little intensity with a pair of bright-pink peep-toe heels from Vince Camuto.

Got a star style you’re itching to steal? Share a photo or link in the comments, and our fashion experts will work their magic to help find it for less.

Nick VerreosYou asked and Nick answered!

1. “Would love for him to give examples of great summer to fall transition pieces” – Joelle

Hi Joelle! Thanks for the great question! We are officially into fall, though it might not feel like it in some parts of the country – so this is a perfect topic to discuss. Here are my “Nick Tips” for you:

Add Tights to Your Summer Dresses

Dresses were big for Spring/Summer and I’m sure you have several light chiffon or cotton voile pieces in your closet. These were great for that summer weekend in 110 degree Palm Springs, but what do you do when it’s now 65 degrees? Just add tights or leggings! You’ll still have that casual summer chic feeling, but you won’t be chilly (or get glances from people on the street wondering why you are still dressed for summer). I’m guessing you already own several pairs of tights or leggings, so you can transition your closet from summer to fall overnight.

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Accessorize to Blend Summer and Fall Style

My second summer-fall transition suggestion involves accessories, in particular, shoes. You might want to keep wearing that lightweight summer frock or even your favorite denim shorty-shorts, and you can — just swap out your sandals for booties or riding boots. And if the temp gets cool enough, pull on a pair of knee-length boots to add a fall style twist to your basic t-shirt and skinny jeans look.

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Jacket Vests!

A third transition suggestion is to keep wearing those great jacket vests that were UBER popular this Spring/Summer. These are cut longer and looser than a traditional long-sleeve jacket with lapels. For summer, these were great with a tank top underneath, and in the fall, you can wear them with long sleeve blouses or t-shirts.

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The Easiest Way: Throw on a Scarf!

Not a silky Hermes wrap, but a knit or cotton/wool one that you can wrap around your neck for warmth and style. I love “infinity scarves,” the scarves that are already draped, so all you need to do is put it throw it around your neck like a necklace!

Nick Verreos 4photo credits: floral scarf on Nordstom, infinity scarf on Nordstrom, MaxMara scarf on thredUP

2. “I love prints but I’m stumped on how to effectively mix them w/o looking like an eyesore. Any tips on mixing prints?” — Shervon

I get asked this style question often, and I have the answer! When mixing prints, make sure to stay within the SAME COLOR FAMILY. In other words, if your top is a blue floral print, then your bottom (skirt or pants) should be in the same shade of blue or a complimentary one. If you have blue and white striped pants, you can pair them with a violet blue floral.

And just one more “Nick Tip” when it comes to mixing prints: alternate the sizes of your printed garments. What I mean by that is don’t wear pants with a large floral print paired with a large striped top. Instead pair the large floral print pants with a top that has thin stripes (or vice versa). And if your shape is more pear-like, keep the smaller print on the bottom and the bigger print up top for a most flattering look.

Nick Verreos 5 photo credits: Thisisloveforever.com, HomeBecomesHer.blogspot.com, ShopBop.com

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