One of my favorite things about new seasons is going through a MAJOR closet detox. I go through every piece of clothing I own, one by one, and decide if it’s worth it to keep for next year. Is it still going to stay in style? Is it still in good shape? Am I going to find something better to replace it with? Then I make a huge pile and decide what I’m going to do with the clothes next. Here are my options:
Poshmark // If ebay and Pinterest had a baby, it would be Poshmark. The simple capability to scroll through multiple postings of low and high-end designer clothing and accessories, while being able to easily make an offer, keeps this app at the top of my list. This app really couldn’t be easier to use. If you are trying to sell items, I wouldn’t bother with the lower-end pieces you’re trying to sell. I’ve put all types of items on the app and usually only get offers on the more expensive ones with higher-end labels. Watch out for the low ballers, too! People will try and make an offer that is way too low…don’t give in just to make a sale. You will most likely get an offer out of the blue one day with a reasonable offer. Overall, I love this app! Give it a try!
ThredUp // I haven’t personally tried thredUP but one of my friends have. Her experience was not the greatest. When she ordered the prepaid shipping bag that was sent to her from thredUP, she first had to decide if she was going to want the option to take her unwanted items back. The charge was $13 and if she didn’t pay it, she was voluntarily donating the rest of her items to charity. She sent a large bag of popular brands such as Banana Republic and J. Crew. The only item thredUP wanted to take were a pair of barely worn Chino shorts…the offer was $7. Since she didn’t choose the $13 charge to get the rest of her clothes sent back to her, she donated the rest of the pile she sent in and made $7. She won’t actually receive the $7 for another month or so which she also wasn’t a fan of. Bottom line, my friend gave a big “thredDOWN” to thredUP.
Second-hand shops/Consignment // Second-hand and consignment shops are great because they will take your lightly used clothing and accessories in exchange for some fast cash or store credit. The payout isn’t always the best but it is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make money off your old clothes. Some stores can be pretty picky on what they accept from you. For example, no signs of wear and tear, and the clothing must be in season (no selling tank tops right before winter). This can make cleaning out your summer wardrobe hard….especially at the end of summer.
Plato’s Closet is more for teens than Clothes Mentor. For brands that Plato’s accepts, think Forever21, Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch, Top Shop, etc. For brands Clothes Mentor accepts, think J. Crew, Banana Republic, Express, Free People, etc. Know what brands you’re taking where so you don’t have to waste any time on items they won’t accept!
These are some of the bigger chains for consigment shops, but there are still tons of smaller stores. One of my favorites in Denver is called Common Threads. They have 2 locations in Colorado but I usually go to the one on South Pearl Street in Denver. Everyone is so nice and they will also give you a decent amount on selling your clothing. If it doesn’t sell, you can choose to pick it up or donate the item. Be sure to book an appointment first before coming in with your large bag of clothes!
Donate // No consignment shops want your clothes? You don’t want them either? Use this opportunity to give back and donate them! It probably won’t be worth your time to go to these great lengths of selling the remainder of your clothing if none of the options worked above. There are multiple homeless shelters, womens specific shelters, and Goodwill drop-off locations around your community that are grateful for every donation they receive.
Have some ideas of your own? Email me and I’ll add them to the post!