photo via Elle Decor
I cleaned my entire closet when I participated in The January Cure. I took some items to Goodwill at that time, but I’ve since cleaned out my closet again while sorting through my summer items. I know it seems like a daunting task, especially if you’ve never cleaned out your closet. Starting with one small section of your closet or even getting started with one drawer will help empower you to get organized. The worst part about purging your closet is trying on all your clothes. Can you say time-consuming?
Now that you’ve finished sorting your items into your donate pile, here are a few way to get some money back into your pocket:
1. sell your clothes, shoes and accessories on eBay
Yes, this does work. I recently sold a pair of sandals, sunglasses and a purse. Have a brand new Victoria’s Secret bra that has never been worn? Sell it! You’ll be amazed at what people will buy. All you have to do is a little research regarding the brands of your items and see if other people are selling it. Then, figure out a price point to start your auction.
Don’t be disheartened if you item doesn’t sell. A lot of my items don’t. You can relist your auction or try a resale shop.
2. sell your clothes, shoes and accessories at a resale shop
In the Milwaukee area there are two resale shops that I frequent.
ReThreads Clothing will buy new, used and vintage items. They also have a great storefront. It usually takes about an hour to go through your items. Once they have given you a cash value for the items they want to buy, they will give you two options: store credit or cash. The store credit has considerably more value, but you are buying more items for your closet. The cash is cash. Take it or leave it.
2943 N. Humboldt Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53212
The other resale shop I visit is Plato’s Closet. They have the same appeal as rethreads, but definitely choose different items to buy. They accept brands from Target, Gap, Aldo. I would say they have a wider appeal to the brands at your local mall. The storefront is usually packed with items and time consuming to shop. According to the website, there is a downtown Milwaukee location coming soon! That means less driving.
Plato’s Closet Greenfield
7820 W. Layton Ave, Greenfield, WI 53220
3. take items to Goodwill
Once you’ve sold your items on eBay and to your local resale shop there might be a few items left over. This week I had five items that did not sell. Even if you made five dollars back on a shirt that doesn’t fit quite right, you’re still ahead. Put your leftovers bag in your trunk and take it to your local Goodwill. They will give you a donation receipt where you can log your items you’ve donated. This way you can get a credit on your taxes for next year.