Clean Out Your Closet For Cash!

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Consignment, Getting Organized, Kids Organization, Organizing Apps, Women

As an organizing expert, I’m always on the lookout for new products and resources to help make the organizing process easier.  Closets are consistently ranked as one of the most popular areas to fill with clutter.

“Bought a pair of shoes, wore them once, put them on a shelf never to be seen again…”

“Have 5 pairs of jeans that no longer fit, but holding onto them, just in case…”

“Kids are growing like a weed and have a bunch of clothes that still have tags on them!”

I could go on and on about how and why our closets get out of control. The reality is that we wear 20% of our clothes, 80% of the time. What does that say?  It’s a subtle message letting us know that we have more than we use, yet it’s not always easy to tackle purging what seems like a black hole of clothing.

I have recently partnered with a fabulous company based in California called ThredUp that helps you make money for de-cluttering your closet.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to ThredUp.com and create a profile
  2. Order a bag
  3. The bag arrives with a pre-paid return label
  4. Fill it with all gently used, like new, or new items (they give you a cheat sheet of what they accept)
  5. Once the bag is full, seal it up and take it to the post office (or your local FedEx) and drop it off
  6. Within a few days you’ll receive a confirmation email letting you know they received your bag
  7. After approximately 3 weeks you’ll get an email letting you know how much ThredUp will pay you for your clothes.

It’s that simple.

Unlike traditional consignment stores, they pay you first, before your items sell. ThredUp  accepts: women’s and kids clothes, shoes and accessories.

You also have the option of having them donate the items they cannot accept or they will send them back (I of course vote-DONATE, you’ve already decided you didn’t wear them anyway).

The first time I tried ThredUp I received $61.75 for items that were just taking up space-not to shabby.

thredUP Clean Out Banner

click on the button to order your first ThredUp bag!

I also gave a bag to my fashionista 10 year old and incentivized her to clean out her closet (which looked like it was vomiting with clothes that she rarely wore).

Logan at the start of her #30dayorganizingchallenge with the help of her @thredup bag

ThredUp also has an amazing online store, but before you have my permission to shop, you need to purge! 😉

Happy Organizing!

*All my opinions are based on my own experience, I  am not a paid consultant for ThredUp. 

Make Money by De-Cluttering

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Consignment

Imagine cleaning out your closet and making money? It’s easier than you think. More and more people are utilizing consignment stores to buy and sell household items, clothing and furniture.
What is a consignment store?  A consignment store agrees to sell new or gently used items at a discounted price.  No money is exchanged until the item is sold, at which point a portion of the sale price goes to seller. If the item (s) does not sell within a designated period of time, the item(s) are either donated or returned to the seller-depending on the original terms of the agreement.
Most consignment stores typically specialize in a specific area (i.e. children’s clothing, women’s clothing, furniture, household items, etc.)
They are also a phenomenal way to purchase designer items at a significantly discounted price…who doesn’t love a bargain?!
If you have clothes that your kids have outgrown, or that you know you’ll never wear consider consigning them. Here are a few tips to help get you started:
  • Call your local consignment store and schedule an appointment to bring in your unused items.
  • They’ll tell you which items they are willing to consign and which must be donated.
  • There’s usually a designated period of time in which your items will be available for sale.  If they are purchased within the time frame you receive a percentage of the profits.
  • Whatever items do not sell are either returned or donated to charity.
***each consignment store differs in what items they accept as well as their process, so be sure to inquire before you agree to their terms.
Below are a couple of recommended local consignment stores:
·         Stone House Treasures-Wrightstown, PA
Accepting women’s apparel, jewelry, housewares and furniture.
·         Milk Money Newtown -(multiple locations including Newtown, PA and Princeton, NJ)
Accepting children’s clothing, furniture, and select toys
The risk is low and the return could be great.  At the very least it forces you to get the unused items out of your closet where they no longer belong.