Donate or Sell Your Clothes Before Christmas So You Can Start The New Year With A Fresh Wardrobe!
When cleaning out a clients wardrobe, one thing I hear a lot is a worried ‘How much money did I spend on clothes I’m not wearing?’ when they look to the pile of clothes we’re removing. With the new year fast approaching, many of us get the cleaning bug. We want to cull our wardrobes, our pantry’s, our garages, heck, even our makeup bags – but sometimes we don’t just want to throw the items away – we’d prefer to donate or sell them.
And because having more money and space for shoes is everyone’s dream – I’m making lists again and this one is a great go-to for those of you with things in good enough condition to pass on.
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Where To Donate Your Clothes:
Dressed For Success: Is a charity that passes on work-attire and work related clothing to women looking for jobs. They’re based in Australia and have bases in Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and Mornington Penisula. Passing on things like shirts, trousers and blazers – even handbags can help a woman make a first impression and land that dream job.
To make donating easier, you can post your items to them – rather than having to drop them off to one of their bases. Jump on their website to find your closest address to post to!
Salvation Army & The Smith Family: If you’ve got an old formal dress, jeans, and practically anything but swimwear and underwear, the Salvation and the Smith Family are a wonderful charity that are especially busy around christmas. This not only helps families in need but promotes recycling so our chic pre-loved clothing isn’t used in landfill.
Costume Houses: If you’ve got any items that you think aren’t quite an everyday wearable, there are costume houses based around city areas that accept donations. This contributes to Australia’s entertainment industry and again promotes recycling so these clothes are used before anything new is made.
Where To Sell Your Clothing:
Glebe Markets: For me, Glebe markets have the best selection of women’s pre-loved fashion on offer, these are held at the Glebe Public School and are on each Saturday.
Paddington Markets: So apart from holding a really yummy food market, Paddington markets are also home to some great pre-loved fashion finds. They’re on Oxford Street and are held each Saturday from 10am.
Rozelle Collectors Market: If you have some seriously fabulous items to pass on, Rozelle Collectors Market is a great place to sell them. You can team up with another store holder or get your own stall, their market is held every Saturday and Sunday at Rozelle Public School!
Depop: This is phone application that’s set out very similar to Instagram. It’s easy to use and you can set up your own mini store to sell not only clothing and jewellery, but decor and artwork too!
Ebay & Etsy: One of my favourite business women, Sophia Amoruso started selling vintage clothing on Ebay and eventually started Nasty Gal Clothing, she’s now a millionaire and it just goes to show what a powerful tool Etsy and Ebay are when selling your pre-loved goods.
Your Local Buy & Sell Facebook Group: You’ll find that your local city or suburb has a ‘Buy & Sell’ Group on Facebook. Where I grew up we’ve got ‘Budget Bitches’ and ‘Illawarra Buy & Sell’ and if you don’t mind a little haggling – these are great options!
Consignment Stores: Consignment stores are a rather American thing but there are plenty around city areas, particularly if you’re wanting to sell anything designer or relatively expensive.
If It’s Vintage: Before approaching one of Sydney’s vintage clothing stores with your threads, do your research. Not every vintage store will want to sell what you’re offering. Some sell chain store vintage at affordable prices, others sell designer vintage at designer prices. Some only take garments from certain eras and others may not buy from the public at all. Have a look at what’s close to you and try to find the best home for your vintage. I personally love, Zoo Emporium & The Frock Exchange.
Bitch Tip: When trying to sell your clothing online, the best way to have an effective outcome is to photograph the item in an appealing way. Style a flat lay, model the item with hair and makeup so your effortless bitchiness becomes contagious- and try to make it appeal to yourself. If you think it’s photographed in a stylish, enticing way – it’s more likely to sell in preference to hanging it on the back of a door and hoping for that magic sale to happen!