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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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thredUP x Blitsy $500 DIY Giveaway

 

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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thredUP is based in San Francisco, where the temperature can shift 15 degrees from neighborhood to neighborhood, and layering is less a technique than a lifestyle. So you can trust us when we say that when it comes to transitioning to cooler weather, we know exactly what to do. We’ve chosen four pieces that are absolute essentials when it comes to dressing up (and down, and up, and down again), all of which will take you straight through the fall and become winter closet staples.
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A feminine blouse: When it comes to base layers, a silky blouse is hard to beat. It’s light enough that you can pile on the sweaters and jackets, but not so insubstantial that you’ll shiver– and it looks great regardless of whether it’s peeking over the top of a crewneck sweater or rolling solo on a warmer day. This pink Patterson J. Kincaid blouse and red Topshop blouse update a classic silhouette with warm, feminine colors, while this Calvin Klein blouse has a vibrant pattern but neutral colors, making it work with all kinds of top layers.
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A killer skirt: Skirts are having a moment right now, and the most popular shapes– pencils and A-lines– are the ones that flatter the widest range of bodies. When you’re seeking a fall skirt, avoid light and floaty and go for richly textured, like the brocade print in this Maeve pencil skirt or the funky homespun of this Ace & Jig A-line skirt. Even if you’re sticking with basic black, don’t be afraid to add a little embellishment, like the chain on this White House Black Market skirt.
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A cozy scarf: You will rarely see a San Francisco woman without a scarf, and for good reason. They’re the perfect transition accessory for when the wind gets chilly, but a coat seems a bit too heavy. The thicker and cozier the knit, the better. This J. Crew scarf will wrap tight and comes in a go-with-everything neutral, while a thick ASOS snood will transition nicely from topping a fall jacket to warming up a winter coat.
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A chic ankle bootie: Fall and boots are like peanut butter and jelly– made for each other. (A great new boot is pretty much the only thing that can snap us out of our sadness while we pack away our summer sandals.) This season, a classic ankle bootie is the hottest shape going, whether it’s a flat Chelsea-style boot like this pair from H&M, or a sexy wedge bootie from Dolce Vita. Don’t be afraid to splurge: this is a mainstay shape you’ll be wearing for years to come.
What piece are you most looking forward to putting on this fall? Let us know in the comments. 
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As the weather cools and the leaves start to turn, it’s clear that fall is on its way— complete with crunchy leaves, warm sweaters, stylish boots, and pumpkin-spice everything. So as you pack away your shorts and swimsuits, why not bring a touch of the season indoors as well? Here are some great DIY projects that will give your home an autumnal feel, without consuming too much time in a busy schedule of back-to-schooling, finding Halloween costumes, and apple picking.
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A gold leaf pine cone garland: For a rustic-chic touch on a budget, give The Sweetest Occasion’s adorable pine-cone garland a try. (Bonus: You can probably find all the materials you’ll need for it in your backyard!) Hang it on your mantel now with a bit of burnt orange or chocolate ribbon, then switch it out for red when the holidays roll around.

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It’s October! If you haven’t come up with the perfect Halloween costume yet, don’t worry. We have an easy solution to looking festive without running out to the costume shop. Halloween nails! We’ve scoured Pinterest to find the the cutest, spookiest, and most glam DIY nail looks of the season — most of which can be created with only a thin brush and a couple of shades that you probably already own.

Mild: Harvest French Tips

These are pretty, festive and fun! Not to mention, super easy to create. All you need is a nude base and a shimmery orange for the tips! Pro tip: Use a pointed Q-tip dipped in polish remover to correct any smudges or mistakes.

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Mild: Werewolf Claws

These are cute and clever, but subtle enough that they’d be acceptable at most workplaces. They’re also super easy to create. Use your favorite nude polish to paint a base on the whole nail. Once it’s dry, use a shiny black polish to paint the claws over it. Pro tip: to get the claws to come to perfect points, use sticky notes. Put the adhesive edge on your nail and paint over it to create the straight line. The adhesive is gentle, so it won’t mess us the base coat when you pull it off (just be sure the base is fully dried before you do it).

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Wild: Spooky Halloween Trees

We love this DIY because the finished product looks so complicated, but the steps are all pretty simple. You’ll need orange, a darker orange, red, and black polish, and a toothpick for drawing the tree and branches. Simply follow the steps pictured, and voila, spooky tree nails! Spooky Tree Nails  |  styleUP

Wilder: Jack Skellington Nails

We’re HUGE Nightmare Before Christmas fans over here, so naturally we couldn’t leave this tutorial out. Again, we love that the finished project looks complicated, but the steps are super easy.

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Wildest: Frankenstein Nails!

So, green nails aren’t for everyone, but this monstrous DIY is too perfect to pass up. Paint a green base, then use a small bristle brush to paint on the faces. Bonus points for Frankenstein a different facial expression on each nail! Monster Nails  |  styleUP

In February, the thredUP team studied the looks at New York Fashion Week to predict the trends you’d be seeing on store shelves this fall. We’re happy to report, we nailed the color trends, but while it’s easy to predict color patterns, it’s harder to know which pieces are going to make the grade for fall wear. Here are five that you’ll be seeing everywhere:

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1. The oversized sweater
What to look for: A thick, heavy knit that’s oversized through the body but fits in the shoulders, so you don’t look like you’re wearing a hand-me-down from your grandpa.
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2. The bucket bag
What to look for: The ’90s are back, but a little more luxe this time. A classic bucket bag, preferably in black leather or with some black-and-white patterning, holds everything without looking frumpy.
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3. Faux fur
What to look for: Don’t bother with faux fur that’s aiming for real-fur appeal– go straight for colors not found in nature, wacky layering pieces, and oversized coats that Margot Tenenbaum would dig. Like we said, the ’90s are back.
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4. The slouchy pant
What to look for: Try channeling Diane Keaton in Annie Hall for this one. You want a pant that’s high-waisted, slouchy through the thighs, then cuffed or cropped above the ankle.
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5. Marled knits
What to look for: Black-and-white knits are particularly hot this year, especially in pullover shapes. Look for speckled versions in cool shapes.
What trend are you looking forward to trying out as the weather cools? Let us know in the comments!
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