Hey Guys: Happy Tuesday:
How was everyone’s Labor Day weekend?
Mine was good. I love Fall clothes shopping and there were a ton of sales this weekend at the outlet malls. We have one near us in Merrimack, NH so Dan and I headed up there Sunday night. Dan hates to shop but he loves getting a deal so we headed to Bass Outlet and we got 3 pairs of shoes for the price of one! He got 2 pair and I got one. Can’t beat that!
I also bought a sweater at Black & White. Normally $70.00 but I got it for $35.00. Right? Who knows how to get a good deal?
Steve kept telling me I need more supportive sneakers so I bought a pair for $35.00 normally $70.00 at Saucony. I did send him a picture and asked if they would be acceptable. He said yes, but I had already asked the store if I could return them if need be (Yup).
I also got a good deal on-line at www.venus.com. I was looking at a sweater for $42.00 (plus shipping) but I wanted to wait until after we hit the outlets in case I found something more interesting. I didn’t, so on Monday I was going to order it but I noticed they sent me a 15% discount via e-mail for Labor Day only! Score one for me. I ordered the sweater Monday and got it for $40.00 shipping and all.
But, I am a big believer in if you buy something you have to get rid of something. I LOVE cleaning out my closets. It feels so good to purge things I won’t wear again. I get bored very easily with stuff so after a few seasons I am done with an item.
Toss it! Well, not really, I put it in those big yellow bins you see everywhere. Someone will make use of it.
I also love to help other people clean out their closets. I offered on Face Book to help anyone who needs it and a few ladies took me up on it. I am happy to help. I know it isn’t easy for many people to part with things and that’s where I come in.
I did a fun game on face book Sunday night and posted some questionable items that I had and asked people to vote: keep or toss. I was disheartened that folks didn’t like my faux fur jacket. It’s adorable but everyone voted against it. They haven’t seen it in person so they really couldn’t get a good vision. I think I’ll hang on to it for now. Sorry ladies.
I did want to tell you about some on-line sites that will buy back your clothes. There are requirements as to what they will take but why not get money back if you can? I haven’t tried them but I think I am going to.
I found the below information on: http://mashable.com/2013/09/03/clothes-resale
Twice takes a hands-on approach. You send them your clothes (you can print out a shipping label from the site) and they measure and photograph everything to sell to other users. The site has a fun calculator that will tell you what to expect to earn from a type of item (such as jeans) from a certain brand (7 For All Mankind). You have less control over the process than you would with a site like Threadflip — but you are ensured to clean out your closet.
If you’re shopping for quality brands with nearly unused clothing, this is your site. Thredup does not allow users to sell directly to each other, but acts as a consignment store, and buys directly from users, then resells to the community. The site has guidelines on what brands it will accept, and what amount of wear. Notably, it has sections for kids, so if your children are growing fast it might be a good place to make a buck off that outfit they only got to wear one time.
Poshmark’s model is a bit more social in the sense that you can follow someone else’s closet. Is it creepy that, if you buy a dress from someone that fits great, you might continue to buy from them because apparently you have the same size and style? I’m not sure, but it could prove an efficient shopping method. On each Poshmark sale, you keep 80% of the sale price — but Poshmark sends you a shipping label, so you save money there.
By far the most known of fashion resale sites, Threadflip is scaling quickly. The search categories are detailed, which makes finding something specific, easy. For example, I know what size of Steve Madden shoes fit me like a glove, and I can quickly see all the Steve Madden in my size on Threadflip — which there are many — and even narrow it down by shoe type or color. If you’re looking for something specific you might just find it (which, in Goodwill and other used retail stores, is often unlikely). Threadflip lets you keep 80% of each sale.
With a fair amount of designer clothing, bags and wedding attire, Tradesy is a great place to shop. You can browse by brand and I was surprised to see how much lululemon products were on the site, since fitness clothing is definitely not the first thing I’d think to resell (but sometimes you realize you have the wrong size when it’s too late to return, I guess). Tradesy takes 9% of each sale — much less than other sites.
When it comes to social, mobile apps, Copious is the most targeted — you’ll upload a photo of the item you want to unload, add a bit of text and invite friends to check it out … via text message. Clearly, the play here is to get good, trusted friends sharing items. The flexibility comes in that you can use it for any type of item — shoes to lampshades to cars. If you’re cleaning out your closet it might be a quick way to ensure your items don’t go to waste when they’d be greatly enjoyed by someone you know.
- BONUS: Project Repat
There are most likely a few items in your closet that you don’t want to get rid of, yet you never wear them. Sometimes, they have sentimental value. If that’s the case, a site you should know about is Project Repat. The company will take your old T-shirts and transform them into a blanket, size of your choosing.