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Time To Clean Your Closet

Hi and Happy Spring! The weather might not be screaming get outside, but the lingering cold temps make it a great time for you to clean out your closet!

Over my spring break I did a lot of shopping and found some awesome pieces. For me I justify spending a little more on clothes because I prefer having something that will last me a long time. I also was also working with different companies to get you guys awesome discounts on some cool products (check out my discounts page), so I spent some money on buying some of their super cool products too that I originally wasn’t planning on spending. After a week back at school and a Lollapalooza ticket later, I realized I needed to make some room in my closet and make up for the dent in my credit card bill.

Step 1. Cleaning out your closet

This honestly is the hardest step. I am emotionally attached to my clothes and I often find myself arguing with myself that I will wear something again. Well time for some tough love. If you haven’t worn something at all in that season it is time to go. Start by making 3 piles.

  1. Sell

  2. Donate

  3. Maybe

In your sell pile but clothes that have value. If its from places like Target or Old Navy that stuff can just be donated to goodwill. Also t-shirts you got for free or anything that you wear for pajamas - basically items that you rarely wear that didn’t cost you a lot of money. Clothes that you can sell include anything that is basically a brand name in good condition.

The maybe pile is where I put clothes I am still trying to decide on. Just like when you are in the fitting room, you make a pile of the clothes that you are still thinking about. I like to come back to this pile at the end of sorting and ask myself a few questions. 1. Have I worn this recently, and 2. what kind of outfits can I put together with this piece. If I can't come up with an answer to those two questions then that means its time to part with it.

Step 2: Figuring out where to sell

There are a few places that you can sell your clothes and this will vary depending on the area so if you don’t have these places, try looking up equivalents in your city.

Poshmark – Poshmark is an app where you can buy and sell new or gently worn clothes. I did not have the best experience trying to sell clothes on Poshmark. The people who were buying seemed to be very cheap and not willing to pay a high price for brand new item. I do have to say the shipping process is very easy so Poshmark is a good place to start if you don’t care for how much you make off something.

Clothes Mentor – This is a good place for anything that is a little nicer but not designer. They will take things you have from brands like Ralph Lauren, Jcrew, Nordstrom, etc. You will also make a little more money at these places. Whatever they don’t take you can take in to Plato’s closet and they will probably buy it from you.

Plato’s Closet – This is a great place to bring used clothes that are a little cheaper. They love brands like Hollister, Brandy Melville, American Eagle, Lululemon, etc. I will warn you that you won’t make a lot of money back. I brought in a few brandy Melville tops and shorts that id barely worn and a mens Lululemon shirt and only made $10.

Friends!- When in doubt, hit up your friends. In my sorority, we have a facebook page where we can post things we can post things we are trying to get rid of. Odds are someone will want it and you can make some easy money.

Goodwill – Whatever you aren’t able to sell, bring in to a good will or thrift store. Although you won’t be making money, you will be donating to a good cause and helping give clothes to those who are in need.

Once you clean out your closet you will have a little extra cash and space in your closet to purchase some awesome spring and summer pieces! I will be posting a video on my video page soon about what I bought over spring break and doing a try on – so stay tuned for that! In the mean time, go clean out your closet!!!



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