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I don’t know if it’s the nesting urge kicking in early or all that Marie Kondo talk the past couple of months but whatever it is I’m in total clean out and organization mode. It’s also officially SPRING- Meaning it’s the perfect time to kick-start your SPRING CLEANING… whether its cleaning out your house/apartment or your families closets! I usually clean out my closet a few times a year. We live in a Manhattan apartment and there is pretty much zero storage space for unworn or unnecessary items. With the new baby on the way in June we are in need of even more space! So I’m getting Frank and Rosie to jump on the bandwagon as well! Below I’ve listed the my top sites to trade in your clothes for cash. SCORE! as well as some of my favorite places to donate as well.
THRED UP services are by far the EASIEST of the bunch. They will take care of everything for you (including pricing and organizing your items) and even send you a bag with a pre-paid label to package all of your stuff. This service is great for your everyday closet items including your children’s clothes as well. There are a few options to choose from including consigning or donating directly. What I like is that you can also choose to do both… if there are some items that they don’t accept you can have them either shipped back to you for a small fee or have them donate anything unaccepted directly to charity. THE CATCH: do note that you won’t get as much bang for your buck as you would with some of the other sites because Thred Up is pricing everything themselves and they are doing so in a manner that it will sell quickly which usually means at a lower price. I do like this option the best because it involves the least amount of effort on my end and you can both consign and donate in one quick step.
POSHMARK: is a site that I only started consigning on this year… You can check out my selling page: HERE and if you’re not a member yet use CODE: KKHURLEY05 to get a joining bonus! … (I’ll be adding newer spring cleaning items to it by the end of the week) When it comes to consigning I’ve actually found that I’ve earned the most from this site. You set your own prices and can host “a sale” and join “parties” to reach a bigger audience. It’s got more of a “social” feel then some of the others and you have the ability to interact directly with other users. THE CATCH: you have to do the dirty work yourself. You are responsible for photographing everything, listing out the item details and setting the price. From there if any of your items sell, poshmark will send you a pre-paid label to send out directly to the purchaser. If you have the time this is definitely the site I would choose for your “nicer” closet items. I’ve also used this site in the past to purchase Rosie “special occasion” outfits- aka that fourth of July bubble you know she’ll only wear once so you don’t want to pay full price. TIP: search for “like new” items.
SWAP.COM is a service that accepts your entire families used items… including your husbands clothes, kids clothes + toys, women clothes pretty much everything! The service is similar to THREDUP in that you don’t have to list out everything yourself. Swap.com will send you a bag to dump everything in and then they photograph and list out everything for you. Different in that you can set your own prices. They will offer a suggested price where its best to sell at and you can increase or decrease the final selling price from there. The Catch: they recently have been getting a ton of inventory so going forward you have to be approved by the team in order to send in your items. They want to keep it to people who will continually send in quality items multiple times a year.
THE REEL REAL
The REEL REAL : use this site to consign your gently used designer handbags. If you have an unused Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Celine, or any other designer bag collecting dust in your closet check out this site. The CATCH: in order for them to accept your bag it does have to be in pretty good shape. You simply take photographs of the bag to be consigned and then send those images to a specific email and if they accept the bag they will tell you to mail it in from there. I’ve had success with both an old Gucci & Louis Vuitton Bag which are in high demand.
MY PICKS FOR DONATING:
- For gently used kids/baby clothes: Bundles of Joy …read more about the amazing local charity & the BOSS MOM Mom who runs it: HERE)
- For the MEN: My husband’s company has a suit drive every year which is usually wear he donates his old suits and business casual attire. Men’s Warehouse also has a drop-off for gently used business attire for men in NYC.
- For the entire fam: your local church and/or Salvation Army
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