Financial Fridays: Online Consignment Shops for Clothes

So as I have challenged myself to organize my home at the level of my workplace, I had a sudden inspiration to move things out of my house by selling them.  So I started to think through all the items in my House that could potentially be sold and interesting enough for others to want to buy.

  1. Books – I hoard and don’t re-read most of my books!
  2. CDs – Who keeps actual CDs anymore?
  3. Shoes – I have a lot of heels that I know I will no longer wear.
  4. Purses – Too many to use and most are just collecting dust.
  5. Crafts – The primary source of my hoarding tendencies – beautiful stamps and papers!

But where do I even begin?  Well, I felt inspired to start with my shoes. I have two pairs that are gently worn but still pretty fabulous, so I took a peek on ebay to get an idea of appropriate starting prices and what makes an item bid worthy. I was absolutely shocked by the lack of bids on auction items, and honestly feel like ebay has turned in to a wholesale distributor source for individuals oversees.

I decided I was going to give it a go and see how it all panned out. I proceeded to deep clean my shoes – the inside, the soles, the stitching. I was able to clean the first pair the best I could, so I sat the individual shoes next to each other so I could grab my camera. I was beyond shocked to find out that this beloved pair of retro Enzo Angiolini shoes were two different shades of orange.  TWO DIFFERENT SHADES?!  I wore these shoes to a few big functions and never one noticed.  Oh the fashionista horror!

Trust me, in natural light you'd see the major difference in color between the shoes.

Trust me, in natural light you’d see the major difference in color between the shoes.

I was feeling a little deflated but found the situation funny enough to share on Facebook.  Lo and behold, a friend tipped me off to a fabulous on-line consignment shop for clothes, shoes and accessories called ThredUp.

From what I can tell, you order a “kit” to be sent to your house. You have to first tell them what sorts of items you’ll be sending because I assume they have different sized bags/boxes for a variety of items.

You then fill this package up with your goodies and send it back to them.  Once received, ThredUp’s team will evaluate your items. Those that they think will sell, will be staged by their talented team and photographed beautifully. It will then go up on your shop!  You can use the credit you build from items sold to make purchases on their site or have the funds sent directly to your PayPal.

You have the option to get back the items that they decide not to sell (for the cost of shipping) or you let them upcycle/recycle them in the best way possible. You can even use their platform to fundraise for causes you believe in!  What?! That’s amazing.

So I’m giving it a shot. I’ve ordered my first kit and plan to take a good look at my closet for items that I think are in great shape and still on trend. If you want to give it a shot, please use my referral code I get credit for every friend that gives it a shot.

I’ll keep you posted on my experience. I’m super excited!

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