Learn how to turn shopping mistakes into money.
Professional organizer and Mission: Organization guest, Monica Ricci of Catalyst Organizing Solutions, offers web-exclusive tips.
Do you have hundreds of unclaimed dollars just hanging around in your closets taking up space? Last summer's polka-dot dress and that wool blazer you outgrew. The slacks you bought because they were on sale and the suit that never fit right to begin with. Sound familiar? We all make shopping mistakes, but why live with them the rest of your life? Turn past year's bargains into cold hard cash right now by taking them by putting them on consignment.
Consignment stores are popping up everywhere because people know that they can find great bargains on quality used clothing for themselves and their families. The flip side of buying consignment is selling on consignment, which is a great way to clear your closet clutter and make a little money in the process.
So how do you do it? Start by pulling each item from your closet one at a time, and separate into piles based on the following criteria:
Here are five easy steps to complete the job:
Warning: Do not get sucked in by the clothing trying to convince you of its value and reminding you how good you used to look wearing it. Clothing is sly and it will say anything to get you to keep it around. It will remind you of how expensive it was, or that it was a gift from your mother-in-law, but do not fall for these sneaky tricks! You must be strong and objective. Clothes that aren't serving you need to be culled to make room for those pieces that are valuable. The fact that you are undecided on this pile indicates that you don't love it, which means you should be able to get rid of more than half of it if you're ruthless in the decision-making process. Once you've culled the pile, you should have a whole bunch of clothes that didn't make the cut back into the closet. This is where your secret cash stash is hiding.