I LOVE shopping, but with new clothes comes the need to clean out the closet a little to make room. Over the years, I’ve gotten into a bit of a routine when it comes to recycling my old clothes, accessories and shoes…and making a little money in the process. After all, more money means more new clothes ;) Luckily, I’ve gained a few tips along the way and am excited to share them!
Cleaning Out Your Closet
While it’s easy to tear through your closet and pull out all the items you want to get rid of, there is a bit of an art to getting the most out of your old items. To get the most for your pieces, be sure to pay attention to season. Typically, consignment and resell stores/websites only take items for the upcoming season.
For example, while you may naturally want to be pulling summer items now as we transition into fall, fall and winter items are really what people are looking for. It’s important to keep in mind what people are buying. It may be a better idea to hold onto your items from the current season and save them until that season is upon us next year.
Selling or Consigning Your Items
Once you have your items cleaned out of the closet, now you can take them to sell! I typically visit a couple stores to sell my items. Because my sizes tend to run small, I’ve found that stores catering to adults like Clothes Mentor won’t always take all my items, so I take the leftovers to Plato’s Closet to sell as much as I can.
Places you can sell your old clothes include:
- Buffalo Exchange (in person)
- Clothes Mentor (in person)
- Crossroads (in person)
- Plato’s Closet (in person)
- Poshmark (online)
- The RealReal (online)
- threadUP (online)
- Tradesy (online)
- Trend Trunk (online)
- …plus local resell and consignment stores, depending on your city
Highly recommend finding a couple that you regularly frequent to sell as much as possible.
Donating for Discounts
If resale and consignment stores don’t take all of your items, and you’re not planning to sell them through an online resale platform, it’s a great idea to donate the rest. And luckily, H&M will give you a 20% off coupon for donating your old clothes with them! While I’ve always donated lots of old clothing, I was excited to learn about this new program from H&M — it’s a great way to make a donation and get a little bonus to put toward some new fashion!
How do you make the most of your old clothes?
Photo by Emily May. Used and altered under a Creative Commons license.