To prep for this wardrobe rebuild, I started with a closet purge. I’m not going to go into the purging process because there are a handful of really great methods that have been posted by other bloggers in the past. Kendi did a really great post in 2010 with lots of tips and tricks for determining whether or not to keep or purge an item from a closet. I highly recommend reading her list of “rules” if you’re stumped on where to start. So what happens after cleaning out the closet? What are the options for those unwanted items? is the big question I found myself asking a lot last year.
Above is a sample of the goods that I pulled from my closet in my final purge. Last year’s experiment in style made me realize how much I truly love and constantly gravitate towards neutral solids. While patterns and colours were fun to play around with, I rarely wore an item more than 3 times. As I grow older and want to be more conscious about spending habits, knowing what I like in the clothing department will help me stay focused when shopping. No more rationalizing impulse purchases of neon floral dresses! So what to do with those unwanted items?
Here are the options I always consider: sell, donate, or trash, in that order. There are pros and cons to each…
Sell: Online vs Offline
One big question is Why sell? Not everyone wants to sell their used clothes because it does take more time, patience, and work. I chose to sell so that I could start a piggy bank for the wardrobe rebuild. Purging almost 40% of my closet and then attempting to smartly rebuild it over the next few months is not exactly the most wallet-friendly task.
Online: There are a lot of options for reselling used clothing in today’s day and age. Poshmark and Twice are popular options today. Poshmark requires you to take your own photos and list the items yourself, but you also get to set your own prices. Twice takes care of all the photo taking, pricing, and shipping, but that also means you need to accept the offer pitched by the Twice team for the value of your items. To be fair, I’ve never used either of these services, but have seen other bloggers praise both!
Offline: This is my favourite route to go. I am personally a big fan of Crossroads Trading Co because of their aesthetic and selection of items in the shop matching well with mine (aka greater chances they’ll buy my pieces than pass on them). Other options are Buffalo Exchange, Beacon’s Closet, or locally owned consignment shops. A big pro of selling offline is getting rid of multiple items at once, but that also means only being able to bring seasonal items in to sell. I usually bring bags of goods once a season, even if I’m sorting the items in my “discard pile” constantly throughout the year. One con of going this route is that it highly depends on the buyer at the store to decide if there’s a style fit for your items in their shop, and the purchase price they will take your item for. I’ve been doing this for a year now and am starting to get the hang of what to look for when putting items into the “for Crossroads” pile each season so that 90% of my haul gets purchased by the shop girls.
When items get passed on from the selling route, I’ll donate them. If you decide to not sell and donate a large amount of items, one pro is getting a tax deduction. I usually pass on the tax deduction, but this is helpful to keep in mind for large donations!
Ok, I guess there aren’t many pros to this one. Honestly, I only ever consider this option for clothing items that are not in good condition. For a piece that’s extremely worn out or has holes that can’t be fixed, I’ll put this in the trash pile. It saves time for those at donation centers from having to sort through the unwearable pieces.
Is anyone else rebuilding their wardrobe this year? I would love to hear about your experiences with any of the above!