When I decided to try Stitch Fix in January, I knew I needed to do a little closet cleaning. In fact, it was while exploring different combinations of tops and skirts, that I decided to try on all the clothes in my closet that I was not wearing on a regular basis.
As I’m sure is the case with many of you, I grab the same tried and true pieces from my closet most days. But because of losing weight*, some of the items I was grabbing no longer fit. In the glow of fitting into smaller sizes, and the excitement of shopping in regular instead of plus size stores, I’d made a few purchases that ended up not really working out.
I tried each item on and looked at fit, comfort, fabric and what I could wear it with. I tried to be honest with myself and realistic about what I would wear. The big Try On session went so well, that I expanded it to include my dresser. As expected, I ended up a with a stack of clothes to sell or donate.
A friend told me about thredUP, an online consignment and thrift store and though I wasn’t sure how much of my stuff was resale quality, I decided to look into it. I could get a Clean Out Kit sent to me for free and if my items were rejected by them or didn’t sell, they would donate them. It seemed like it was worth a try. I would have been dropping them off at the Goodwill, but if I could get a little money (to turn around and spend on some of the cute, gently used stuff at thredUP), it seemed worth a try.
Their site says they usually accept only about 40% of the items submitted, but I didn’t have any expectations. I was happy to have gone through my closet and weeded out the items I wasn’t going to use, and if down the road I got a little something back; bonus!
I signed up and had to wait awhile for my Clean Out Kit to arrive. It included a large, plastic mailing bag, already addressed and ready to go. I just filled it with the items I felt had a chance of being accepted, and sent it off, at no cost to myself. Then more waiting. Lots of waiting in fact. It took quite a long time to receive an email saying my kit had been received and then even longer for it to be processed. But I decided to wait to post anything here until my items were processed. At long last I got the message that they had accepted 60% of my items!
And friends, I’m thrilled to say that one of the scarves I sent in has sold and I made (are you ready?) NINETEEN CENTS! If you have have higher quality items, trendier items, more in-demand items, you might make EVEN MORE! Think of the possibilities. If and when other items sell, I could make more moolah.
It was easy and it was fun. Could I have made more through another consignment or online seller – maybe. But I didn’t really have to do anything, and that was appealing.
Thank you for visiting.
* Since my gym is currently closed and I don’t have a scale at home, I don’t know how much weight I’ve gained during the Corona Virus Shelter At Home, but I do know I’m grateful not to have to wear anything but leggings and T-shirts these days. Don’t worry, I didn’t get rid of anything that would have made a difference.