Yesterday I outlined some steps you could take to do a lot of sorting and decision-making regarding controlling clutter in your clothes collection (now that’s some alliteration!). Hopefully you were able to be honest with yourself and let go of a few garments while also freeing up some closet space! Today I’m going to suggest some creative ways you can part with the clothes you decided to get rid of. No, they aren’t destined for the trash! On the other hand, they aren’t destined to get stored indefinitely in your garage or basement, either. But what can you do with them? Below is a list of creative options that range from various money-making solutions to interesting ways you can give your clothes away.
Make money selling your clothes
Why not try to make a few bucks so you can use that money to buy new clothes? Um, ya, I’m joking. But seriously though, you spent hard-earned money on the clothes that you’ve decided to part ways with, so it’s not such a bad idea to try to sell them to someone else if they are still in good condition. Here are four possible money-making solutions:
- Sell your clothes at a rummage sale. Hold your own rummage sale or ask a friend if you can join their sale. Rummage sales are not only good outlets for selling your clothing, they are also great ways to meet new people in your neighborhood. But be sure to recognize that rummage sales, while fun, can also be a lot of work.
- Sell your clothes on eBay. Do you have an expensive winter jacket you don’t wear anymore because you moved to a warmer climate? Do you have a bridesmaid dress that no longer fits you? Consider trying to sell it on eBay. While eBay might not immediately jump out at you as the ideal place to sell clothes, it definitely has potential. Selling on eBay comes with its downsides, like having to create auctions, paying small fees, and dealing with shipping. However, it also has its benefits. You will probably be able to get more money than you would at a rummage sale (where people expect real bargains) and you will have a much wider audience (the whole world!).
- Sell your clothes on Craigslist. With Craigslist you’ll reach a wider audience than your rummage sale, but perhaps not quite as wide as on eBay. However, Craigslist is quite popular, very easy to use, and totally free! People in your area who might not have come by your house to your rummage sale perhaps would find you instead on the internet.
- Sell your clothes at a consignment store. Consignment stores are second-hand stores that give you a cut of the money for the items you donate. Clothing consignment stores, as differentiated from basic thrift stores, usually only accept higher quality clothing (like new) and sometimes they might require that the clothes be modern (i.e. made within the last few years). But the beauty of this method is that you simply bring in your clothes and they do the rest of the work! You get paid when they sell your stuff.
Donate your clothes for a good cause
In addition to trying to find ways to make money getting rid of your clothes, you should also consider donation. Giving your clothes away to someone else who needs them will not only benefit the recipient, it will also benefit you! It feels good to do good, doesn’t it?! Here are five ways you can donate your clothing:
- Consider the hand-me-down potential of your clothes. Before you even get your clothes out the door, you should consider whether what you are getting rid of might be able to be worn by someone else in your household. This method works best for kids clothes. There’s no need to keep buying your children all new clothes over and over. Kids go through clothes so quickly that doing the hand-me-down thing is really the best solution. As far as adults go, I for one will be the first to say that when I was a teenager it was a fun day when my mom would clean out her closets: new clothes for me!
- Give your clothes away to extended family or friends. Does your brother have younger children that could wear your children’s old clothes? Do you have a best friend who would just love your jacket? Ask around. You never know who might be interested.
- Look for a freecycle program in your community. Freecycle is an internet organization fairly similar to Craigslist where people can list items online that they want to give away for free. Go to freecycle’s homepage to see if you have a program in your local community. If you have a bin full of winter garments or a box of baby clothes you are trying to get rid of for example, freecycle may be a great option.
- Donate your clothes to a thrift store. Different from a consignment store, plain thrift stores accept donated clothes but do not give you a cut of the sale. But in turn they are able to offer clothes at a very low price to people in the community who are looking for deals or who may not be able to afford new clothes at full retail price. Additionally, any clothes you donate can be written off your taxes!
- Donate your clothes to a charitable organization. Does your church accept clothes donations? How about local shelters? Also, certain charity organizations love to get donated clothes that they can then send on to disaster-stricken areas or poor third-world countries. Investigate local organizations or contact missionaries to find out how you can help.
These are only some of the ways you can creatively get rid of your clothes clutter. Have you found any interesting options you’d like to share here?
So far you’ve made decisions about clothes you don’t need anymore and now you are equipped with several ideas regarding how to get rid of them. Tomorrow we’ll return to your closet, see what’s left, and get it organized!