Clothing Purge Report: April & May

25 May

Back at the beginning of April, I shared my first Purging Report, with Selling Clothes: Where, How and What. In that post, I explained my five main ways of purging clothing: Poshmark, eBay, FB Sale Groups, ThredUp and donating. When the weather warmed up, I finally did my closet switch over from my winter clothes to my spring/summer clothes… which is a great time to take stock!

As I went through everything, I made four main piles:

  • Poshmark/eBay: items that are in perfect condition.
  • Facebook Sale Groups: items that are in perfect or near perfect condition in specific brands, such as Anthropologie, Boden, and Stitch Fix.
  • ThredUp Clean Out Bag: items in very good condition, but not perfect enough for me to sell on my own.
  • Donate to Thrift Stores: items in good condition or showing wear.

Poshmark/eBay Sales
I have a hard time selling on Poshmark, but I did make four sales in April/May.

Poshmark isn’t my favorite selling venue, because they take a cut out of every sale. So typically I will cross-list items on Poshmark and Facebook and see where it sells first. I do like that Poshmark is a much larger platform, so more people see your sale items. Also, they have the buyer pay for shipping so as a seller all you need to do is print off the postage and slap it on a box. My total Poshmark sales for April and May were $129 before fees (20%).

Facebook Sale Groups
I belong to some brand-specific Facebook groups: Boden Mamas B/S/T, Anthropologie BST, Non Crap Mama Clothes, Rothy’s BST, Stitch Fix b/s/t Large and Stitch Fix B/S/T. If you are interested in joining any of them, you need to submit to join and then the administrator will approve each person (I am not the administrator of any of these groups).

I have the most success in selling when I post on these boards. Typically, I would post a ‘clothing purge’ and then follow the rules of the page for how many items to post. Then, if someone wanted an item, they’d comment on it with their Paypal address. When you post the item, you need to be sure to include enough for shipping, since the buyer typically is expecting to only pay the listed price. However, there are no selling fees involved… so you keep more of your money. I run all payments through Paypal, which takes a small fee and protects the buyer from a sketchy seller.

Stitch Fix items sold:

  • Floral print shirt, $25
  • Black and white dress, $40
  • Blue print blouse, $25
  • Floral patterned dress, $50
  • Mixed print tank top, $25

Total: $165

Boden items sold:

  • Yellow jersey dress, $40
  • Maxi skirt, $17
  • Green dress, $45

Total: $102

Anthropologie items sold:

  • Maeve sparkle skirt, $17
  • Coffee tee shirt, $28
  • Tracey Reese maxi skirt, $50
  • Chiffon tee shirt, $28

Total: $123

Rothy’s items sold:

  • Hot pink round toe Rothy’s, $125

So, let’s talk about these Rothy’s. As you know, I am a new lover of Rothy’s shoes (Let’s Talk about Rothy’s: Are they Worth the Money?) I only had the points version and was curious on whether I’d like the round toe version. I saw a hot pink pair pop up on Poshmark and scooped them up for just $80… knowing that I could easily resell them on the Rothy’s BST page if I didn’t like them. I wore them once and liked them… but loved my pointy toes more. I had a few referral codes burning a hole in my pocket, so I decided to use them for a pointy toed pair in red. I really don’t need two bright colored pairs, so I decided to sell my pink pair. That same day, someone posted on the Rothy’s BST page that they were looking for my exact shoes in my exact side, so I sold them for $125.

ThredUp Clean Out Bag
I filled my ThredUp Clean Out bag up to the brim with a bunch of Jack’s nicer outgrown clothes and a bunch of my stuff too.

It was so full it was busting at the seams! The last ThreadUp Clean Out bag resulted in them taking 8 items and paying me $36, which average $4.50 per item. With this full of a bag, I was hoping for a payout around $80 – 100.

Instead, they accepted just 20 of my items for $50. They accepted 8 additional items as “consignment” items for a possible additional $7.30. I know for a fact that I sent them 4 pairs of identical Old Navy jeans that Jack grew out of… but they only accepted 1 pair on consignment. For this bag, their payout averaged $2.50 per item, which is absolutely ridiculous. Not to mention the dozens of other items that they for some reason decided not to accept. I don’t think I’ll be using them again.

Thrift Store Donation
After cleaning out my closet, Jack’s closet and Travis’ closet, here’s what I have to donate at the thrift store:

It’s like the CIRCLE OF LIFE… thrift style! I like that the clothes go back into the community and I can also write the donation off on my taxes.

How did you like my first bi-monthly ‘what I sold’ post? Did you find it helpful? Do you have any clothes selling tips?

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My Favorite Drugstore Mascara

22 May

When it comes to makeup, I’m not too fancy. On workdays I wear eyeliner, an eye shadow stick, mascara, eyebrow fill-in pencil and a bit of power to take away any shine from my lotion. On non-workdays, I’m usually bare-faced.

Since I only use a few products, I’m super picky about them. Especially my mascara. I want a lightweight mascara that won’t flake off throughout the day and it absolutely, positively must NOT clump. I want it to make my eyelashes look naturally black… not like scary spider legs stuck to my eyelids.

Is that too much to ask?

I’ve tried a bunch of different options over the years and my favorite for quite a while was Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara from Sephora. However, it costs $24 per tube, which is kind of crazy for a tiny tube of makeup.

I’ve been trying out a bunch of cheaper options and finally found my new favorite. It is perfectly black, goes on silky smooth, doesn’t budge, doesn’t clump… and it’s $6!

It’s Covergirl Clump Crusher and I picked mine up at Target, but they have it on Amazon.com for a little cheaper.

Source: Amazon.com

 

The bristles on the brush work great at separating my lashes and putting on the perfect amount of mascara. I’ve been using this for the last few months and every day, it goes on smooth as can be with no clumping or flaking. I’ve been telling everyone I know to go buy this mascara and now I’m telling you guys too.

Here it is on Amazon.com.
Here it is on Target.com.

It’s awesome! And $6! Which makes it even more awesome!

Do you have a drugstore makeup item that you swear by? Please share in the comments!

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Trunk Club Review: My ‘Bring on Spring’ Trunk

21 May

In true Maryland fashion, spring came late and now it’s basically a spring/summer hybrid! I’m happy with it though and totally celebrating the fact that I can finally pack away my fleece-lined tights. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten a Trunk Club trunk from my stylist, so I put in an order for a ‘Bring on Spring’ Trunk of warm weather goodies!

If you’ve been on the fence about trying Trunk Club, now would be a great time to ask for a springy trunk. Or, if you have lots of weddings on the horizon (like I do), you can ask a stylist to put together a super edited ‘wedding guest’ Trunk based on your likes!

If you’d like to work with my stylist and have Dana style a Trunk for you, I have her linked in my referral code here: https://www.trunkclub.com/invite/QZFJ33 (Please note: if you use my referral link it will cost you nothing extra and it earns me a small amount to go towards items in my next Trunk).

{You can also check out ALL of my Trunk Club reviews here}

Anyways, I have been purging and purging a lot of my clothes, so I was looking to add a few new pieces back into my wardrobe. I wanted to be really selective though… so these same pieces wouldn’t be purged in my next round of ‘GET IT OUT OF MY HOUSE’ purging.

I didn’t really give Dana much direction though, besides ‘I want spring stuff’ so I was curious to see what she’d send over for me to try!

(1) BP 53mm Square Sunglasses, $14. (2) Prive Revaux The Hepburn Cat Eye Sunglasses, $29.95, (3) Wit & Wisdom Ab-solution Cuffed Denim Shorts, $58, (4) Leith Side Knot Tee, $45, (5) Keds for Kate Spade New York Glitter Sneaker, $85, (6) June & Hudson Wrap Maxi Dress, $55, (7) Leith Ruffle Wrap Maxi Dress, $79, (8) DL1961 Renee Cuff Denim Shorts, $118, (9) Trouve Side Tie Top, $69, (10) Halogen Plaid Wrap Pencil Skirt, $79, (11) Madewell Tie Front Shirt, $75, (12) JCrew Easy Pocket Cotton Knit Stripe Dress, $69.50.

Such a nice mix of basics, interesting pieces and accessories! As always, I dug into the box and tried on every single thing in the box. Then, I narrow down my choices to a pile of my favorites and photograph them for you all to see!

Here are my favorites from this Trunk:

Outfit 1: 6

This pretty yellow dress is a true wrap dress that opens all the way in the front and then has a tie waist so you can adjust it to your body. The ruffles are a super pretty detail and I like how they follow the neckline. The top fits well for my more ‘robust’ sized chest, however I’d probably add a modesty snap to make sure my bra doesn’t suddenly make an appearance (after 4 years, this is still one of my most popular posts). I normally don’t like high/low hems, but it’s working on this look! I paired the dress with my Ugg wedges that Trunk Club sent me over 2 years ago. I’m 5’7″ and find the length really good for my height.

Outfit 2:  1 + 3 + 4 + 5

This look is a super cute look that is a bit nicer than my normal weekend attire. These sunglasses are more of a square shape… which I like. The shorts are a bit too fitted for me, but I really love the really cool cut of the top. I never would have picked this out for myself, but the pretty muted color, gathered waist and fluttery sleeves are just so pretty. Finishing up the look is these fantastic glitter Keds + Kate Spade sneakers. I could totally see me running errands, going out to lunch with my girlfriends or hitting up a winery for wine tasting in this look!

Outfit 3: 2 + 3 + 5 + 11

For this outfit, I switched in the white button up top and the Cat Eye sunglasses. I normally hate all button up tops, but this one is made out of a super soft cotton and actually has room for boobs. I feel very off-duty Hollywood actress in this look. Looking at the photos, I kind of love this outfit. But in real life, I know that if I bought this top it would just sit in my closet untouched.

Mini reviews of the other items in 8 words or less:

Item 7 – Not enough fabric to close over my boobs.
Item 8 – Way too short — denim diaper.
Item 9 – Weirdly dumpy.
Item 10 – Great fabric, but crooked front.
Item 12 – So awful. And hot.

Trunk Finalists

As much as I love the glittery sneakers, I do have a few pairs of ‘cute sneakers’ that meet that need in my closet (including a pair with hula girls). That leaves me with four favorites from this Trunk:

#1 BP 53mm Square Sunglasses, $14
#2 Prive Revaux The Hepburn Cat Eye Sunglasses, $29.95
#4 Leith Side Knot Tee, $45
#6 June & Hudson Wrap Maxi Dress, $55

I think both pairs of sunglasses are super adorable, but I’m not sure which one I should buy! Help me decide:

Remix from my Closet
When buying new items, I like to mix them in with stuff I already own to see if I’ll be able to get enough wear out of them to justify the purchase.

Outfit on the left: paired with my camo skinny pants from my April 2017 Trunk and Marigold Rothy’s.

Outfit on the right: paired with thrifted sandals and my favorite pair of jean shorts (found here for $27).

Now that I’m looking at the photos, I’m seeing the pulling around the chest area. Sigh. Maybe this one isn’t a keeper after all.

What do you think? Help me decide!

5/25/18: Thank you all for your feedback! I ended up purchasing the cat eye sunglasses and yellow wrap dress. I received my invoice today and the dress ended up going on sale, so I got it for $32.97!

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The Slow Death of Blogging

17 May

The internet has been proclaiming that blogging is dying for the last 5 years. Or maybe even more. With lots of other social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, etc, people have been moving towards the micro-blogging of their thoughts. Lots of those rockstar bloggers have closed shop. Lots of people have just gotten bored of reading blogs.

I started Pocketful of Joules over 7 years ago… and I get it.

Over the past 7 years, I grew a pretty big following and then it ebbed and flowed and has slowly been decreasing over the past few years. The way readers interact with blogs has changed too. It was typical to get lots of comments on a blog post… and now I have many posts that have lots of visitors, but they don’t get even one comment. I used to check my stats every single day to make sure everything was *okay* with my numbers. Now, I don’t really bother and may check Google Analytics a few times a month.

Over the past 7 years, I have published 1,007 posts.

And I still enjoy it.

However, I don’t really enjoy a lot of what blogging has become. There are SO MANY bloggers that are basically just trying to sell, sell, sell shit to you so that they can make money. There are lots of copy-cat bloggers out there who don’t bother to put in any of the work.  There are so many bloggers that are just boring (or unable to write a proper sentence). And don’t even get me started on those super curated fake-ass Instagram accounts.

A few years ago, I read probably 20 blogs regularly. Now, that number is down to just 6 blogs. I haven’t added a new blog to my list in probably a year.

I honestly don’t know how much longer I’ll be blogging. I guess as long as I still enjoy it.

So, here are my questions for you:

1. What are your thoughts on the death of blogging?
2. Do you still enjoy visiting Pocketful of Joules?
3. What other blogs do you read?

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