Tuesday, August 11, 2015

My Closet Downsize-Part 2

If you read part one of this series, then you know I've been downsizing our wardrobes.  I started with my closet, and hope you are enjoying the purging of your closet as much as I've enjoyed it with mine. So, you may have these piles kicking around, and wondered what happens next.  Here's some things I do with pieces I'm parting with:

1. One of the easiest things you can do is to consign them.  Look online for local consignment shops in your area and set up an appointment.   I have one I use for kids and baby items and another for my pieces.  Keep in mind, shops can be very particular about what they take, so freshly washed, ironed and on hangers helps when you go to your appointment.  Bring in season, or if the season is about to change over, ask them if they'll take the next season as well. 

2. Start an Instagram shop.  I did this last year and it was very very VERY slow to start, but then, as I grew my customer base, it got much better.   I have so much fun in my Insta shop, because I not only get to make some money off clothing we are no longer using, but I can shop other stores too.  I love knowing that when I purchase from other Insta stores, it's going straight to the owner.  My shop is called @ShopThroughTheHeart and I mostly sell from my own personal closet, but also post some baby and kids.  Occasionally, if I find some really great thrifted treasures, I also grab those to post.
Since I started my shop, I've sold almost 300 items, which is great when creating my kid's next size wardrobe. 
 I scored this amazing tee for my girl on an Instagram store for $7!

3. ThredUp. You may have seen other posts about ThredUp here on my little blog, because I am a little obsessed.  I sell to ThredUp as a last chance before donating, since you don't get much return on items.  You can never really tell what they will or will not take, so if I'm going to donate anyway, I send it in to them so they take what they want to sell and donate the rest.  I send in a bag, and only get an average of $20, but hey! that's $20 in my Pay Pal or to spend on their site.

I got this amazing silk Odille dress from ThredUp for an unbeatable price ($30!):


If you've never ordered a clean out bag from them, you can do so here (it's free!).

If you've never shopped with them before, you can get a free $20 to shop with this link. When I first signed up and shopped, it was only $10, so you're getting a killer deal!  Here's an item I sent in, that could be yours for FREE with your credit (picture is from ThredUp):

4. Donate. This is the quickest and easiest thing to do with your unwanted items.  Drop them in a donation bin, at a church, or to Goodwill.  Many places will give you a receipt so you can deduct your donation from you taxes, all you have to do is ask.


Stay tuned for part 3 of this series, which is where the fun begins: shopping for and building your dream wardrobe on a budget!

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