In our post in early May titled “ Spring closets 101” we talked about going through your closet with the change of seasons and finally cleaning out those items you have just been pushing aside from season to season, with the intent of wearing them at some point. Well if you haven’t already done so, the time is NOW. You have had some time to start developing your “go-to” outfits for this season. Why not lighten the load with fewer items to worry about.
As you sort through things, make several piles. Ones that you consider past any hope of being worn again as they are torn or stained, ones that just aren’t right for you anymore; whether style or size, and those that are good, but just do not fit the style image you want to project.
Here is some insight into your options for what to do with those items you took out of the closet; don’t look back and don’t second guess yourself.
There are many options for donating usable clothing, some with pick-up service that are nationally known such as Vietnam Veterans of America and The Salvation Army. These are 2 of my favorite as the clothing is used for a good cause. I also came across a central site on the web where you can arrange donation pick-up service that stays local. Check out Donation Town.
For donations that have seen better days, don’t just throw them in the trash, recycle them and get a discount in the deal. H&M offers H&M Conscious in their stores. They will accept any clothing, not just an H&M brand, to be recycled. You can bring into the store up to 2 bags/day and in return get a 20% coupon toward a purchase. What a deal! And H&M is a great place to pick up a new trendy item at a great price.
Swap some clothing –
There are many sites on the web that offer this type of deal but what about throwing a swap party with your friends? This is a great for a girl’s night out. It would also be a great place to swap not just clothing but scarves, belts and jewelry. If you want a little education added to the mix, Your Style IQ would be happy to join the fun and give you a mini session on the accessories for each body type.
True you invested in every one of those garments you are about to send out the door, but there is no reason not to recoup some of that as spendable cash rather than a tax deduction. Every town has local consignment shops with varying percentages of what you will earn on clothing they sell for you.
There are also many options on-line with their own app like Threadflip. Be sure to check carefully as every store or sight has a list of “labels” they will accept.
If you are not into the on-line option, consignment shops are the way to go. The profit from the sale of an item is split either 50/50 or 60/40 between the seller and the store, with the higher percentage going to the consignment shop. Again, most shops have labels they prefer, so check directly with the store.
I have not visited most but have several clients and friends who know which one to go to for a particular type of item. Here is the run down in no particular order and by no means a comprehensive list.
Love Me Two Times – 6000 Wyndhurst Ave, Baltimore, MD; 410-323-1070
Designer and vintage clothing.
ReDeux – 5002 Lawndale Ave, Baltimore, MD; 410-323-2140
High end designer fashions.
Vogue Revisited – 4002 Roland Ave, Baltimore, MD; 410-235-4140
Name brand clothing and accessories.
Style Finds Consignment – 5455 Harpers Farm Rd, Columbia, MD; 410-715-4579
Premium designer clothing and accessories for women as well as household décor and furniture.
Boliwalou – 8141 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD; 410-203-1033
Quality retail store brands along with European designers and vintage.
Fancypants – 626 Admiral Drive, Annapolis, MD; 410-288-5501
A mix of designer labels, quality ready-to-wear, gowns and furs. This store pays you up-front!
Uptown Cheapskate – Locations in Timonium, Salisbury and Rockville, MD
Franchise Resale store – trendy clothing store for teens and young adults. This store pays you up-front!
Plato’s Closet Laurel – 13600 Baltimore Avenue, Laurel, MD; 301-497-9790
Gently used clothing, shoes and accessories for teens and twenty-somethings.
The Surprise Shop – 122 Allegheny Ave, Towson, MD; 410-828-9343
Men’s and Women’s clothing in addition to accessories, books and music. Proceeds benefit homeless and less fortunate of Baltimore County.
Wow! Look at all that room in your closet! Much easier to find new outfits right in your closet.
What outfits are hiding in your closet?