Tax season is once again around the corner, and with a big chunk of change coming out of your bank account, your thoughts have likely turned to how to save some extra money in the weeks and months ahead. Considering that the cost of raising a child has gone up 40% in just the past decade, you’re definitely not alone. And while you deserve a pat on the back for buying and selling clothes with thredUP (money saved + money earned + environmentally friendly = score!), we’re not the only solution for the budget-conscious. Here are a few of our favorite tips for how to save some extra cash in this tight time of year, and stick with it all year long.
GASP! It’s true. We’re so excited to finally let you know that thredUP is now offering Free Returns across the board – from your computer to your tablet to your phone to whatever device you use, you can now qualify for Free Returns on any eligible item.
To get your free return, you have to just take your refund in store credit, and send the items you don’t want to keep in their original condition within the first 30 days after you received the order.
If you would prefer a cash refund, you can conveniently print your return label at home and easily return your items paying only a flat rate fee of $6.
If you choose to simply take the money as store credit, returns will always be free. We will continue to be making improvements to this service over time so stay tuned for more updates.
One last thing…we know we’ve been making a lot of changes lately. And we thank you for your patience. We’re trying to dial in the right experience to ensure that not only do you have a great time shopping on thredUP but that we’re building a viable business that can serve you for many years to come. We appreciate your patience as we continue to evolve to do what’s best as we seek to inspire a new generation of consumers to think secondhand first.
As always, we’re here to help! Check out our Order Returns FAQs, and if you have any other questions about our new return policy, please let us know in the comments or drop our support team an email at [email protected]
Living in our demanding digital world can become a bit of a drag when you’re a new parent, as precious bonding (and sleeping) time gets sapped in favor of answering work emails, setting up endless Skype sessions with Grandma and Grandpa, and trying to keep track of a spiraling pile of expenses and medical bills. The good news: you can also make the electronic age work for you. Here are seven of our favorite apps and services that have recently debuted on the parenting scene, all of them designed to help you and your baby thrive in that tough first year.
1. MealTrain: Everyone has good intentions about making and freezing a bunch of advance meals for themselves before the big birth, but sometimes the best-laid plans go awry. The good news: you’ll never have a larger group of eager-to-help people in your life than when you have a new baby, and this free site allows you to organize them into an ad-hoc food army, complete with customized delivery times, dietary preferences, and other important info. Let yourself be taken care of for the time being, and make it up to them once your baby is sleeping through the night.
2. Baby Connect: This app serves as a full-on baby command center, perfect for working parents who are entrusting their little one to daycare or a sitter. In the app, you can track feedings, diaper changes, sleep, mood, nursing sessions, and other key activities, not to mention send private messages between everyone in a baby’s circle of care. It works on nearly every platform, and the mobile version only runs $5.
3. Sit or Squat: You may be able to hold it, but you now come with a little person who needs a diaper change or a feeding, like, yesterday. Save yourself from stress when you leave the house with this free app that maps public bathrooms, with tens of thousands listed across the country (and rated on cleanliness, to boot).
4. Citrus Lane: Like a Birchbox for new parents, this service sends a monthly compilation of fun goods tailored to the age of your baby. The assortment might include soft books, tub toys, diaper creams, puzzles, infant toothpaste, and other items designed to make the baby’s life more fun, and yours easier. Subscriptions run $29/month, which gets knocked down to $24 when you buy six months’ worth in advance.
5. Lalaalu: If you’d rather not leave your box delivery to chance, Lalaalu allows you to purchase customized boxes ($50-60 each) where you know exactly what you’re getting. They’re curated by fellow parents, who have the intel on matters both practical (like this pack of parent-approved sippy cups, feeders, and bibs) and fun (like this combo of art supplies, complete with a smock and clean-up products).
6. Baby Sign and Learn: Ever admired those crazy parents who’ve taught their babies how to communicate their needs with sign language? You, too, can make a communication connection before your little one learns to speak, thanks to this animated app that will teach you all of the most important signs (like “eat,” “sleep,” “more,” and “milk”), and give you advice on how to teach them to your baby.
7. Diaper Dabbler: There’s nothing worse than stocking up on packs and packs of diapers in anticipation of a baby’s arrival, only to find out that they don’t fit, or worse, leak. This $75 service allows you to sample the full gamut of what’s out there, with 18 different brands in both newborn and size 1 sizes to help you make your decision. It even comes with a chart to help you track which diapers are working and which aren’t.
And don’t forget, thredUP now buys and sells infant clothing. Whether you need more onesies or a special occasion outfit, we’ve got you covered.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, your thoughts might be turning to romance—and then turning right back to school schedules, work deadlines, and that suspicious noise the car keeps making. Everyone has more going on in their lives than ever, and it can be hard to make time for our significant others, especially when they’re just as overextended as we are.
But even if you manage to sneak in a dinner out or a movie every once in a while, that may not be enough to keep your relationship vibrant. Studies have shown that doing new things together as a couple is what really makes a difference in promoting lasting love. So in honor of the holiday of amour, we came up with eight fun date-night ideas that will shake up your relationship without breaking the bank.
1. Go on a scavenger hunt: The thrill of solving a clue is addictive, and interactive app Stray Boots will do all the setting-up for you, allowing you both to be surprised. It’s available in 14 cities.
2. Mine the second tier: Your hometown may not have a pro team in your favorite sport, but they likely have some kind of amateur squad, whether it’s Double-A baseball, minor-league hockey, or even a really solid high-school basketball team. And since you’re not paying pro-league prices, tickets and a snack or two are usually fairly cheap. Not into sports? Consider checking out your local high school’s latest musical, or the latest community theater production. Even if it’s terrible, you’ll have something memorable to laugh about later.
3. Volunteer at the local animal shelter: Everyone loves a cute cat or dog, and your neighborhood ASPCA is likely always on the lookout for volunteers to help walk, play with, and feed the animals. Donate time together, and get some old-fashioned puppy love in return.
4. Tour a brewery or winery: Craft beer is on the rise, and nearly every town has a small brewery these days. Depending on where you live, you may have some upstart wineries as well. Find out when they offer tours and go together; you’ll learn a lot, and free samples are usually involved at the end of the line.
5. Make a complicated dish: Have you ever baked bread before? Made fondue? Cooked up a real-deal Thai curry? You can find recipes online to help you do it all. Then team up and bring your culinary fantasies to life.
6. Play an escape-the-room game: There are tons of versions of this fun, simple video game on the Web, most of which are free and all of which require you to use your smarts and solve puzzles to get out of a digital “room.” Hunker down in front of the computer with some wine and popcorn, and work together to find your way out. Or if you’d rather get away from the screen, try doing a jigsaw puzzle instead.
7. Hold a grown-up pinewood derby: There’s no rule that says adults can’t purchase the Boy Scouts pinewood derby kit (which runs a very affordable $4) and compete to see who can build the fastest model car. There’s also no rule that says you can’t invite all your friends over to participate, to really make things interesting.
8. Set up an at-home massage parlor: Can’t afford a trip to the spa? Bring the relaxation to each other. Spread towels out on the bed, order a nice scented massage oil online, and call up some soft spa music on YouTube, then take turns giving each other lengthy backrubs. (Bonus points if you study up on techniques first.)
At thredUP, we’re proponents of all types of resolutions, but since we spend a good amount of time thinking about personal style and shopping (not surprising, we know), our favorite resolutions are generally of the sartorial variety. This week, we decided to find out what some of our colleagues plans to do – and wear – differently in 2015.
Awards season is underway, and 2015 is off to a glamorous start with the Golden Globes! We spent last night glued to our TVs and laptops, because that red carpet was unbelievable.
It’s always hard to pick favorites, but here are the gowns that really wow-ed us.
First up: Shades of purple!
Lupita Nyong’o was sweet and stunning in her whimsical Giambattista Valli gown. Kerry Washington took a risk in a colorblocked Mary Katrantzou number, and we think she pulled it off beautifully. Amy Adams was a vision in her periwinkle gown by Versace.
Next: Pure Elegance
Helen Mirren was turning heads (as usual) in crimson Dolce & Gabbana. Maura Tierney pulled off 20’s glamour perfectly in Jenny Packham. Lastly, Felicity Jones was oh-so-prim and ladylike in Dior Haute Couture.
If we absolutely had to pick a favorite for the night, we think it would probably be Diane Kruger in this flawlessly-tailored silver Emilia Wickstead gown. To. Die. For. We also thought Julianne Moore was breathtaking in Givenchy, and Reese Witherspoon was gorgeous as always in Calvin Klein.
Jessica Chastain wow-ed us in Versace with her plunging neckline and smooth waves. Lorde and Emma Stone were the epitome of modern fashion in their pant suits by Narciso Rodriguez and Lanvin, respectively.
Ivory & Blush
There were so many stunning dresses in shades of ivory and pale blush, but we loved these the most! Tina Fey’s Antonio Berardi dress was charming and interesting. Anna Kendrick looked like a dream in Monique Lhuillier, and lastly, Salma Hayek was endlessly glamorous in her waist-defining Pinault gown.
Did you watch the Golden Globes (or at least the red carpet)? Share your top picks in the comments!
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!
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!
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
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
- Forever 21
Some of the brands that are likely to be on consignment include:
- Alexander Wang
- Alice + Olivia
- 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
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.