This post is sponsored by thredUP. Thanks, thredUP!

You may remember a few months ago I discovered the online shopping site thredUP and became OBSESSED with it. For those of you unfamiliar, thredUP has women’s and kids’ high-quality secondhand clothes (and sometimes they’re even brand-new with tags!), with really nice brands and designers like Gap and Madewell and Michael Stars —but everything is up to 90% off.

(I need to sidebar for a minute. You can also send clothing to thredUP and they’ll pay you for what they keep. I’ve been sending in lots of clothes that no longer fit, and I might almost be more obsessed with this service because it feels awesome to clean out closets and get a little cash for it. Plus it’s so easy, you just fill up a bag and send it in! I’ve sent in a few bags, and look how big they are:

James, for scale

I could literally ship him in that bag. Not that I’ve, you know, checked or anything…)

ANYWAY. Because the clothes on thredUP are so nice and so cheap, I’ve started looking there for clothing items we might need before I go to the mall. This has been a real lifesaver for us right now — it’s an expensive time of year, and since I’m between freelancing contracts I am trying to be very careful with my money. But the holidays also mean special events that need special outfits (that you only wear a few times), so I needed to do a little on-a-budget shopping, and thredUP was the perfect place for it.

First thing I needed to get: Christmas outfits for my kids. I always get them something new to wear to see Santa, and they usually wear the same outfits to at least a couple Christmas parties and on Christmas day. Fashionista Annabel insisted on helping me pick the outfits this year, and she chose very well:

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A grey-with-navy-accents cardigan for James (from Splendid for 60% off retail), and a navy-with-grey-accents dress for her (from Crewcuts at 72% off retail). I am about ready to let her dress me.

Look how cute they looked waiting to see Santa!

ready for Santa!

The second thing I needed was a versatile outfit I could wear to different holiday parties. Something I could dress up or down, depending on the situation. The Johnny Was tunic I picked normally retails for $286, and I got it for $48 —almost 83% savings!


I can wear it with a cami, leggings, and lots of necklaces and bracelets for more casual parties, or I can show off the plunging neckline if I am at a trendy party at a bar and LOL like I am ever at trendy parties? But at least now I have options!

The last thing I was shopping for was a nice dress that I can wear to a fancy March of Dimes lunch I’m speaking at on December 9. I wanted something classic that I’d feel confident in, and when I came across this Max & Cleo dress for 77% off retail, I was sold.


Look at the pretty flower detail at the neckline:


And obviously a pretty dress like this needs a pretty clutch to go with it, sooooo I got this Marc by Marc Jacobs clutch for 66% off (only $17.60):


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Annabel told me I’m going to look like a princess in the dress, and since she dresses better than I do I was very honored. I also think she’s going to take my clutch when I’m not looking.

If you want to something fabulous for the holidays, I HIGHLY recommend thredUP. You can get something fantastic for a fraction of the original retail price. You can even pick out a gift for someone and look like a big spender who loves her family and friends the most (it’s a contest, obviously). If you haven’t shopped with thredUP before, CLICK HERE and use my code SPOHRS40 to get 40% off your thredUP order. Offer valid through 2/28/17 for new customers only! Discount up to $50.

But don’t buy anything I want, or I’ll have to fight you.