Closet Purge

I’ve been in a spring-cleaning mood, despite it not being Spring. (Though, honestly, I wouldn’t blame you if you mistook summer in San Francisco for early Spring 😛 It’s still kinda cold here even though it’s nearly August.) After moving into my own apartment back in September, I realized I have a rather large amount of clothing. And while that may be nice to, you know, not do laundry for a few months (yeah, okay, I know that’s kind of ridiculous), I can’t help but realize that I own a lot of pieces that I simply don’t wear anymore.

It’s not even that the items don’t fit—though, yes, some probably don’t—it’s moreso that my style has evolved over time. For example: I used to be a big wearer of geeky/nerdy t-shirts. While I still love a good t-shirt, I just realistically never gravitate towards wearing them. I have a whole drawer full of these t-shirts and, if I’m 100% honest, the drawer is actually overflowing. But it stays full/overflowing because I am hardly, if ever, wearing these t-shirts.

It’s about time I went through all my stuff and did a good purge, starting with the stuff that never sees the laundry pile. I think it’s a pretty good indicator of my use of a particular item if it never ends up in the wash and just hangs out, forever, in my closet or in a drawer (like those aforementioned t-shirts). I could use that space for stuff that I actually wear! And then buy more stuff I actually wear! Imagine that.

I don’t, however, just want to throw a pile of clothes in the trash or donate them to Goodwill. I’d like to, ideally, make some cash selling them. I’ve experimented selling some of the stuff I already have in get-rid-of piles on Poshmark but, frankly, I am too lazy to ship each piece individually. It involves making a trip to the Post Office, which is several blocks out of my way both two and from work and who wants to waste their lunch hour at USPS? Nope, not me. I’d rather eat a tasty sandwich. Yes, I realize Poshmark provides me with a shipping label. But do you think I have boxes ready to go in my apartment? I don’t. I also don’t have a printer. Or packing tape. And I don’t really want to have to worry about these things, either. (You are now starting to truly understand how stubborn my Lazy is.)

As an alternative, I’ve decided to check out these three online consignment stores: Twice, ThredUp, and Threadflip. (As an FYI, these are all referral links. ‘Cause who doesn’t like a little bit of incentive?) I intend to write a blog post on how my experience with these three services goes, but the basic gist of how they work is that they send you a shipping bag to mail them all the items you want to sell.

They go through your items, pick the ones they want to buy from you, and you agree to the offer. After that, they pay you and list the items on their websites. Threadflip seems to have an option to list an item individually, yourself, like how Poshmark works. Threadflip also doesn’t pay you until your item sells, and you get up-to-80% of the selling price. Twice & ThredUp pay you up front, like a consignment store would, for your items.

Twice seems to be the pickiest of the three, in terms of what brands they’ll accept. I intend to mail them my more high-end items, and send the rest to ThredUp which has a much broader list of items they will accept (like things from Forever 21, which Twice won’t take). One of the nice things about Twice is that if there is anything in your bag that they don’t take, they’ll donate it to Goodwill for you, so the item doesn’t go to complete waste. I’m not sure what ThredUp does with anything they don’t take, as it’s not specified on their website. As for Threadflip, I think I’ll try sending them a few items and see what happens. I’m not keen on the idea of waiting for an item to be purchased before I am compensated, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’m just impatient.

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  • Reply Carolynne August 1, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    What a great idea. I didn’t even know there were such things as online consignment stores. Crazy! I highly doubt we have something like that in Canada. However, it’s nice to hear that you might be able to make a little cash with things you don’t need anymore. Good luck with all 3 companies and I’d love to hear how it goes in the end.

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