Elysha's World

Elysha's World

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Exchanging Clothes For Cash

This blog post will teach you how to update your wardrobe, without really trying. However I must point out that if you wear mostly outdated styles, at first it might cost you a little more to update your wardrobe.Once you’ve updated your clothing style, It's a lot easier to cycle through your clothes and sell the ones you don't wear back for cash. 

 Are you slightly overwhelmed by your closet? Do you have too many clothes and don't know what to do with them? Do you have trouble rotating through your clothes? Do you find yourself wearing the same 5 outfits every week? Then I have a solution for you! 

Shopping: A word that brings music to my ears! (As a side note, I actually really enjoy the music that is played in the stores that I shop at.) For some people it’s an exciting enthralling endeavor, for others it’s miserable and done only out of necessity. However shopping doesn’t have to be a scary thing. I think a lot of people get over whelmed by all of the different stores and options. The key is to find your style, know where to go, and know how much you are willing to pay for it.
I love a bargain! I love deals, and sales, and bright big signs with lower prices. I like to shop in the off season, so that I can get the clothes I like at a cheaper price. Here is a blog post about that: Confessions of a Shopaholic. I find this works really well for me, because I’m still in style, but I’m wearing clothes that other people are no longer all wearing. It’s a VERY rare occasion for me to see someone wearing the same outfit as me. I can think of maybe 5 times ever that I’ve worn the same shoes, coat, or shirt as someone. I have a particular style and I like to stick to it. 

The most important thing about buying new clothes is that you’re cute, confident, and comfortable in what you are wearing. One of the best ways to update your wardrobe for a very small price or free, is to sell back your clothes to a clothing exchange store. Depending on where you live, will depend on where you can sell back your clothes, and what kind of stores are available. A popular store to do this at is Plato's Closet. This used to be my favorite store! However I’ve found that they’re prices have gone up, and they don’t pay as well as other stores for the clothes that they buy back from you. Of course this might be just because I don’t like to wear a lot of the brands that they buy back and sell. I’ve sold back to a few different stores, but I’ve found that my favorite store to sell back to is Trendy Exchange. (Before they closed down)They'd give you more money back for what you sell, and they'd give you an option of on the spot cash, or in store credit that is usually about $10-$15 more than the cash value they offer you. I’ve gone both ways. 

It’s important to not be upset if they don’t buy anything back. At times they already have too many items in stock and so they can’t take your clothes. You have a few options when this happens. 

1.      Usually I’ll take it to one store like Trendy first, and see how much money I can get back from them. Then I’ll take what’s left in the bag and take it to Plato's, and see if they will buy back anything.

2.       If they both don’t take very much, and I think that I have high quality clothing, I’ll save the nicer clothes and in a week or two go back to the stores. Sometimes you don’t have to wait that long, maybe just a few days and then go back to the stores, on a different day and at a different time than you originally did, and try selling back to different workers in the store. I’ve sold more items like that multiple times.   

3.      I’ll post some of the clothes on a 24/7 Yard Sale page on Facebook and sell some of my clothes like that. I can usually get close to what I paid for them on these websites. (Like I said, most of the clothes I sell back I’ve only worn a few times.) I find there is a lot more hassle doing it this way, because you have to meet up with the other person, and they might buy it, and then take it home and say it doesn’t fit and bring it back. However, I’ve had a pretty good experience with it.
4.      I’ll have a Clothing Exchange with girls from my church/neighborhood. Every girl brings items from her closet that she doesn’t want/need anymore. Everyone swaps clothes and anything that we have left at the end we take in a big bag to Deseret Industries or Good Will. 

5.      My sisters and I save up clothes that don’t fit us anymore/we never wear, and every time we all get together we go through the clothes and jewelry. Usually I’ll take the bundle of clothes that no one wants, and try to sell it back to the stores. If that doesn’t work that I’ll repeat steps 3 and 4.
I tend to go through my closet about once a month. When I go through my closet I pull out all of the clothes I haven’t worn in a while. I’ll stick them in a different closet, or in the front of my closet. If I can’t bring myself to wear those clothes, I stick them in the get rid of pile. At work we’ve started doing “challenges” as mentioned in this blog post: Disney Challenge

Shopping out of your closet challenge day 2! I've never worn any of these items before. Skirt $6, shirt $2, necklace $2. ‪#‎thrifty‬
These are all tags I cut off today! The $10 was actually only$2.
This week we’ve started another challenge. This challenge is called “Shopping in Your Closet!” For a few weeks we’ll mix and match our wardrobes and make ourselves put together new combinations of clothing that we’ve never done before. I have to wear a skirt to work, so this just livens up our day a little bit. If after a week or two I find a few of my skirts aren’t being worn, or I can’t bring myself to wear a certain shirt or pair of shoes, I throw them in the pile. Then, when I have a big enough bag, I take it to the store.  

9 items for $10!
One other thing I should mention is that these buy back stores often have sales. They often have too many clothes, because of the constant turn over, and so they always have new clothes for sale and need a quick way to get rid of their old clothes. 

When this happens they'll do a grab bag sale where they'll let you stuff as many clothes as you can into a bag for only $10. Also, they'll mark down their clothes so that you can get skirts for $3 each! 

$3 each
I find that these are some ways to update your wardrobe without spending a lot of money!Happy shopping! 

Here is some of this information in a short YouTube video:

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