I love Fashion but I hate paying tons of money to look great. I believe you need two things the knowledge of what looks good on you and the skill to find it for less. I encourage you to get rid of all the items in your closet that you do not wear. They cloud up your options to make really great outfits because you can’t see your clothes! If they are in good condition sell the at a consignment store or a place like Plato’s closet, or host a clothing swap. Clothing swaps are a blast!
How do you make money by shopping? There are three ways. The first way is to sell items on Ebay. The second way is to sell your clothes to a consignment store. The third way is to sell your clothes to a place of business that pays you on the spot; like Plato’s closet or Kid to Kid.You can also break even if you find a friend who is willing to swap clothes. I share kids clothes with my sister. Her oldest daughter provides Margeaux with clothes and Margeaux provides her youngest daughter with clothes. If we have another girl then the clothes will come back to her. Yes, I still buy Margeaux clothes but this cuts down on what I need to buy.
Clothing is a necessary expense. The type of clothes you buy can be either an investment or an expense. You can make money selling clothes. However, it does take a lot of work. You have to research what will sell by watching items on ebay, in the consignment store, and by going to cash on the spot places. You also have to buy your clothes at a substantial discount.
I went to Plato’s Closet and sold a dress, boots, and jeans that I paid $10.50 for. I originally paid $4 for the jeans, $2.50 for the boots and the dress was $4.00. I was given $20.00 for the items. Not a huge profit however, I wore the items for awhile. When I got bored, I sold them. I, of course, bought some new clothes with my $20.00. My belly is getting bigger and new shirts are needed. I will turn around and sell them back when we have our baby. The cycle will start again as I will buy something new as I hopefully descend back to my before baby body.
Here are some rules for picking out items to sell:
- They must be clean, ironed (or look that way), and not smell like smoke
- They must be less than two years old
- They must be the right season
Here are some items I have made good money on:
Designer purses(you can often buy them at auctions, on Ebay, at Goodwill, and Estate Sales) Usually between $20-$50
Designer jeans- this is a bit tricky you have to get them at a very good price. I buy mine at Goodwill, Plato’s, and on Ebay. Then I resell them on Ebay or at consignment stores. $20-$40
Designer shirts and sweaters(stuff you find a Nordstrom not at your local department store) $10-$20
Designer Dresses(I buy them on Ebay or at the outlets and then wear them and sell them I usually get paid to wear my dresses) $25-$50
I started selling my clothes and creating this cycle when I went from a salary employee to a stay at home mom. I still like expensive clothes but with my salary gone it wasn’t within the budget. I think that having a budget is important. If you can figure out a way to stretch it by selling stuff you no longer wear or things that you bought to make money then that is always welcome.