As the leaves are falling, so are our summer wardrobes. It’s that time of the year where swimsuits get stuffed in the back of drawers, and legs go into hiding. This calls for a wardrobe purge. For some of us, there are clothes that haven’t been touched all summer season. Some of those clothes still carry the price tag, sitting in the back of the closet, ready to be worn. Now the problem is, we keep justifying that purchase by saying ‘I am going to wear that, just not today’ or ‘I know it’s too small now but give me four months and those will be mine’. We’re lying to ourselves. That piece of clothing is nothing more than a dust collector and money thief.
What if we could sell that dust collector and make some money or even better, find something we would wear? We can! And that is the beauty of consignment shopping. The minimalist wardrobe allows you to carry the pieces that you love without neglecting both your closet and your wallet. Falling for Fall is this month’s segment following the great pieces I found through consignment selling and shopping. Enjoy.
The first part of the revamp of the wardrobe always includes the purge. This allows you to see the things you need and the things you don’t need. As you can see, I have quite a few clothes acting as dust collectors. This picture doesn’t include the two garbage bags full of clothes that were donated to the goodwill. That brings me to the next step of the wardrobe purge… you must choose clothing carefully. When choosing clothes to sell at your local consignment shop, you must make sure that what you are selling is what they are accepting in terms of style and quality. The quality of your clothes needs to be up to par for them to consider them in the first place. I learned that no matter how stylish the piece is, they will only consider it if it’s in the condition to sell. In preparation for visiting a few of my favorite local consignment shops, I went online to see what they were taking for style… SWEATERS galore. So in the bulky purple bag I stuck a few summer pieces in to see if they would sell, but mainly those dusty sweaters that I had to depart from.
From selling, I earned $45 cash at a consignment store called Buffalo Exchange. Usually consignment will offer 80% in store or 50% cash when you sell. I took the money and ran… but I shopped at another consignment store down the road called Plato’s Closet and earned $22 from selling and turned it into three different outfits. This outfit is a great transitional outfit from summer to fall that only cost me a grand total of $25!
The break down…
Free People Bralette: $14
H.I.P Tropical Sweater: $4
Jessica Simpson Denim: $7
All three items retail at a much higher value given the style, brand and quality. That is what I love about consignment. It’s like stepping into your friend’s closet and trading clothes!
Yesterday I made a profit of 3 stylish new fall outfits (the rest are yet to come) and $28 cash. That is the best kind of shopping! So go explore your closet and see what treasures you can find at your local consignment shop. Below are a few of the local Portland shops that have wonderful selections and great buying methods… Have fun!
Buffalo Exchange: Designer brands and higher prices but great quality. http://www.buffaloexchange.com/
Crossroads: Mix of designer and mainstream with moderate prices and a little more picky when buying clothes. Also very seasonal. http://crossroadstrading.com/
Plato’s Closet: Mainstream clothing, lower prices, easier to sell to. http://www.platoscloset.com/
Red Light: Costume clothing/vintage, moderate prices, range of brands and tougher selling. http://redlightclothingexchange.com/
Silver Lining: Designer brands, higher prices, boutique style. Tougher to sell and seasonal. http://www.silverliningco.com/