If you’re like me, your wardrobe’s probably stuffed to the rim with old clothes and accessories. It’s a complete time suck, but closet cleaning is an absolute must, unless you want to be featured on the next episode of Hoarders. It took me a good day or 2, but I finally finished organizing everything, and life’s never been more beautiful. If you’re unsure of what to do with your old clothes, you’re definitely going to want to keep on reading because I spill the beans on everything from selling to donating. So, without further ado, let’s get to the main topic of today’s post: 4 things you should do with old clothes you no longer want.
Goodwill and Salvation Army are obvious choices, but there are other programs out there that accept specific donations that you should know about. Project G.L.A.M. gives prom dresses to high schoolers in need, and Brides Across America provides beautiful wedding gowns to military brides who otherwise couldn’t afford them. Schoola takes pre-loved clothing, sells it and donates 40% to charities like Malala Fund, VH1 Save the Music Foundation and Girls on the Run – click to see if your clothing qualifies. If you’d prefer to drop your clothing off in a donation bin, make sure you read this article first because there are a lot of shady organizations out there looking to jack your goods for their own benefit. Case in point, Planet Aid. Run a Danish cult called, The Teachers Group, they make $42 million a year, and absolutely nothing is donated.
One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure. Schedule a girls’ night in with your closest friends and have them all bring goodies they no longer want. Then, enjoy wine and snacks while trading to your heart’s content. The result? A clean closet with new goodies you can’t wait to wear out.
Apps like poshmark make it so easy to sell clothing. Simply snap photos of whatever it is you want to sell, write up a description and share it. It’ll take you less than 5 minutes, and it’ll most likely be worth the payout – to learn more, check out my “How-to Work Poshmark Like a Pro” article.
If you have a ton of clothing and would prefer something a bit less time consuming, you can always mail your goods off to Thredup. I’m team posh all the way, but I have a ton of friends who swear by Thredup. Basically, you send them all your goodies in a pre-paid box (aka Clean Out Bag) and they list everything for you. The process is free of charge, but it takes 50+ days for them to process everything. You do, however, have the option of paying for an expedited bag ($9.99 for them to process everything within a week). You’ll earn anywhere from 5-80% of the anticipated selling price and you can cash out via PayPal after 2 weeks. If items are unaccepted, you have the option of donating them free of charge or getting them returned to you – just make sure you add return assurance to your clean out bag.
Local consignment stores are also an option (think Buffalo Exchange and Plato’s Closet). I actually used to sell my old clothes at Plato’s but stopped once I starting poshing. You’ll want to take trendy, seasonal clothing that’s either new or lightly worn. Employees will then sift through and offer you a flat fee, which you can take or leave. I’m going to be real with you guys, you won’t make THAT much, but it’s better than nothing, especially if you’re in dire need of pocket money. To sell pre-owned luxury goods, check out sites like The Real Real and Snobswap.
If you’re handy with a sewing machine (or even if you’re not), put your skills to use! Pinterest has thousands of different DIYs available online so reserve an evening, browse my bamf DIY board, and get your craft on. Here are some tutorials that are on my to-do DIY list: old tank = new bralette, t-shirt headbands, two-texture denim, and 18 things to make with old sweaters. Does anything stand out to you guys? Type “repurpose old clothes” in the search query and take a looksie.