Are you looking to spruce up your wardrobe but you’re terrified of what it will do to your bank account? Well, you’re in luck, because I’m about to show you three ways to streamline your closet for a fresh start to the new year and get some fabulous items without going into debt.
Do you have four black cardigans that all the look the same? Do you keep telling yourself you’ll wear that jacket “at some point”? Well, instead of letting the items in your wardrobe just take up much-needed space and collect dust, why not try making some extra cash by selling some of your unwanted items on eBay? That way, you won’t feel so guilty when you click “purchase” to have a pair of brand new boots delivered right to your door.
Smartphone apps like eBay’s are making it easier and easier to display your item, shoot a few photos, write out a quick description, and list it. This method may take a little legwork on your part, but you’ll get to reap all the rewards (minus eBay’s small commission) and have cash to find new things to swoon over.
Don’t have the time to take photos, write out those descriptions, and make that trip to the post office to mail your once-loved pieces to their new owner? Well, in exchange for 40 percent commission, places like eDrop-Off will do the legwork for you. It specializes in higher-end designer brands that are in excellent condition. And if you meet the 10-item limit, they will pick up your items for free via UPS. With this option, they do all the listing on eBay on your behalf, and all you have to do is wait for your check to arrive in the mail. I’ve done this numerous times, and this is by far the easiest way to clean out your drawers and closets and make a return on your investment. And with that ROI, you can get newer and better stuff.
Looking for a more personal touch? Why not invite a few of your most stylish friends and family members over and host your own swap? A swap is a get-together where people exchange clothes, shoes, and accessories with each other. This way you get a firsthand look at smiling faces when your formerly loved wares find a new home….and you hopefully score items like that skirt you’ve been hinting around for that your best friend hasn’t worn in ages. With this method, there’s no shipping and handling to worry about. And in the rare event everything doesn’t get snatched up, all you have to do is drop the remaining items off to charities, like Goodwill and the Salvation Army, where you’ll get a receipt that will allow you a tax write-off. A win-win.