Last week I began talking closet organization and how hard it can be to tackle the seemingly endless depths of a stuffed wardrobe. Selling your clothes online can be a great way to make some quick cash and also feel great about a clean closet. If you missed last week’s post you can check it out here. This week I’m going to talk about best practices of actually getting rid of the clothes you’ve managed to removed from your closet. It does no good to do a purge only to cheat and put them all back in your closet a week later. So here is what to do with your old clothes once you’ve successfully completed part one of closet organization. Now if you’re like me, I hate seeing good quality clothes go to waste. Lucky for us, we now have plenty of fabulous online resources for not only ridding ourselves of excessive clothes but also making a pretty penny or two in the process.
-So the first step after you’ve inventoried your closet is to separate your potentially re-sellable clothes from donation-worthy goods. I’m embarrassed to admit I had clothes still rocking their tags and these are perfect for re-sale. Anything showing wear, tear or that you wouldn’t consider buying probably won’t sell and should be committed to the donate pile.
-Go donate that ‘donate’ pile! Goodwill has always been my go-to. But Salvation Army, Red Cross and other local charitable organizations are always a good idea as well.Another bonus of donating is it always gives you that ‘feel good’ rush. (And remember to grab that receipt if you’re donating lots of high-ticket items for a nice tax deduction)
– Now you’re left with just your re-sell pile of clothes and accessories. Do NOT put them anywhere near your closet. They will grow legs in the middle of the night and find their way back in. It’s freaky scary. I made an ‘inventory box’ and put everything I’m selling out in the garage. Out of sight, out of mind.
-Before you do this though, take a few clear, high-quality photos of the items your thinking of listing online and write descriptions of them noting the condition of each. This will make it easy when you go to list all your items.
-Now for the fun part! Let’s make some of that hard-earned money back that you threw away on clothes you obviously never wear. There are now tons of great and reliable resources for selling your clothes online:
Shop-Hers (Designer only)
-I’ve personally found success using Poshmark the last few months and have been happy with the transactions so far. If you’re one for more instant gratification though, there are still many physical store fronts to sell your unwanted clothes. For example:
I’d recommend Googling ‘clothing resale’ or ‘clothing consignment’ to find local options in your area. One thing to keep in mind though is your profit will most likely be much less than if you were to sell and list yourself on any of the online sites above. Especially if you have luxury or designer pieces. That middleman is greedy.
So there you have it! Part two of my closet organization series! Next week I’ll be talking about what to do with those clothes that actually made the cut and got to stay. Selling your clothes online can ease the pain of getting rid of so many clothes at once. So good luck. If you have any other site or selling suggestions please be sure to comment!