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Selling clothes: Where, How and What

5 Apr

I often post about my thrifting finds and other shopping scores, but I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about how/where I get rid of my unwanted clothing items. So, I thought it would be fun to kind of do the opposite of a ‘Thrift Haul’ post… more like a ‘What Purged’ post instead.

I’ve been on a bit of a spring cleaning kick, so I’ve gotten rid of clothes in four different ways:

1. I listed a few items in my Poshmark closet.
You can read my post on Tips for Buying on Poshmark here and when I was doing my research I set up my own closet here: My Poshmark Closet. I haven’t had a lot of success using Poshmark to sell clothes, but did make one sale a month or so ago that went quite smoothly. I just listed a few more things, so if you feel inclined go ahead and check them out.

2. I listed an item on eBay.
I was on the fence about whether to keep or sell the Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress I thrifted last year (you can see the original post here) So, I decided to wear it once to work to see if it was a winner… and it was not. So, I listed it on eBay. I did some comparison shopping and initially listed my dress at a ‘buy it now’ price of $119, but it didn’t sell. So, when I went to relist I dropped it down to $89. It sold at that price, so I made a pretty nice profit on my $9.89 thrift score (even after eBay and PayPal fees).

3. I posted a couple ‘Closet Purge’ posts on some brand-specific Facebook Buy/Sell pages.
If you haven’t already read my post about selling on Facebook, you’ll want to check this one out: 5 Tips for Selling Your Clothes on Facebook. I currently belong to a few brand-specific Facebook groups for Anthropologie, Boden and a general ‘Non Crappy Clothes’ group (for higher-end brands). You can do a ‘purge’ on a group, where you list a bunch of your clothing items for sale and then if someone wants to buy one they will comment ‘sold’ with their PayPal address.

4. If something isn’t ‘nice enough’ to sell, but still kinda nice I send it to Thred Up using one of their Clean Out bags.
You can read my February post about my experience with the Thred Up Clean Out bag. I requested another bag, which is sitting on my sewing table. So far I have a bunch of Jack’s outgrown jeans and nicer tops. When the weather gets warm in a couple weeks and I switch my closet from cold-weather clothes, to hot-weather clothes, I’ll be adding some more items before sending it off to them.

So, what did I sell in March? Let’s check it out:

On EBay:
DVF dress – Bought thrifted for $9.20 and sold for $89

On Poshmark:
Nothing in March.

On Facebook groups:
Michael Stars top- Bought thrifted for $5 and sold for $20
J. Jill tunic- Bought thrifted for $3.50 and sold for $25
Boden Riviera dress – Bought at Boden outlet for $40, wore it once (was too lazy to tailor it) and sold it for $40
Boden jersey dress – Thrifted for $8.04 and sold within 7 hours for $40
Leota dress – Bought on Poshmark for $16, wore it once, decided it was too short on me and sold it for $35
Anthropologie Maeve cutout back dress – from my closet years ago (not thrifted) sold for $25
Anthropologie Corey Lynn Calter maxi skirt – from my closet years ago (not thrifted), sold for $40
Anthropologie One September tunic top – from my closet years ago (not thrifted) sold for $40

On Thred Up:
Nothing in March.

Did you find this post helpful? Would you be interested in a monthly or bi-monthly ‘what I sold’ post? Do you have any clothes selling tips?

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Loving Right Now: Armchair Expert

3 Apr

When it comes to celebrity crushes, I have a few. The Rock, obviously. Chris Pratt, when he’s being a superhero. And Dax Shepard. There are more, but they fluctuate according to what I’m watching.

I first started my Dax crush when I saw Without a Paddle.

That movie, by the way, is still one of my favorites and I literally cry with laughter every time I see it. He’s super cute, tall, hilarious, really earnest and smart, oh and he is married to Kristen Bell. They are basically everyone’s idea of #couplegoals, because of how funny and honest they are about their lives together and their relationship. At least, the part of it they share on social media.

So, when I saw that he started a podcast called Armchair Expert I was like, um hell no. I’m not a podcast person.

But then, he kept posting about the guests that would be joining him each week, and I still thought. Nope, that sounds cool… but still not a podcast person.

And then, one day on my 90 minute drive to work I couldn’t find any good music to listen to. All of the radio stations were disappointing me, I was bored of my Pandora offerings and I really need to update my iPhone music playlist. So, I decided to throw on the Armchair Expert podcast episode where Dax interviews Ellen DeGeneres.

And it was SOOOO GOOOD.

I turned it up and listened hard to every single moment of that show. Then, because the last 10 minutes stuck in my head for the next few days, I commented on his Instagram… and he liked my comment AND RESPONDED!

And then, it still stuck in my head so I made my husband listen to the last 10 minutes of the podcast and then we talked about it for 30+ more minutes.

I figured, if I liked that episode maybe, just maybe, I’d try another one. So, I listened to the Armchair Expert with Anna Faris (crush #2’s soon-to-be ex-wife, and superstar of her own right). And it was really good too.

There are 11 episodes so far, and I’ve only had the chance to listen to 2 of them… but now it’s totally on my ‘to do’ list for long workday car rides. Without Jack in the car, because there is some salty language.

While I still can’t say I’m a podcast person, I can say that I’m an Armchair Expert podcast person. And I *might* branch out and try Anna Faris’ podcast too when I run out of episodes. Maybe.

Do you listen to Armchair Expert? Are you a “podcast” person?

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Red Again

29 Mar

Hair update.

Before.

After.

Boom. Red again.

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A Better 2018: Make More Friend Plans

26 Mar

Instead of doing specific resolutions for 2018, I’m just trying to make each aspect of my life a little better.

Here’s what I’ve done so far:

A Better 2018: Stop Hoarding the Good Stuff

A Better 2018: Unfollow the Hate Reads

For this month, I’m going with: Make More Friend Plans

I’m busy. I work full time. I’m in a master’s program. I have a 6-year-old son. I have a husband. I’ve got a mentally unstable dog. There’s a fish in there somewhere. I have parents and siblings that I like to see on a regular basis. I’m busy. But here’s the thing… we are ALL busy.

It gets so easy to just bury myself in my daily and weekly tasks. Sometimes I feel like I’m just barely treading along to get everything done before the next day starts and I have to do it all over again. And again. And again.

So, it’s extra important for me to make sure I have some plans with friends on my calendar to look forward to. Sure, sometimes I have to plan the friend date weeks or months in advance… but I love having girlfriend time to look forward to. It’s like a little vacation from life to get out and have dinner with one of my girlfriends. To catch up. To eat yummy food and drink a fancy cocktail.

I NEED it to stay sane.

I NEED it so I don’t just stay buried in my little world and become even more of an introvert.

So for 2018 (and forever), my plan is to make more friend plans and I think you should do it too!

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