Clothing Purge Report: 2018 Totals

10 Jan

I put together my very first Clothing Purge Report at the beginning of April as part of a Selling Clothes: Where, How and What post. I thought it would be interesting to do the opposite of a ‘haul’ post and show you all how items leave my house. I liked it so much that I decided to do a bimonthly Clothing Purge Report and kept that up for the rest of the year.

In case you want to revisit any of the posts, you can find each of them here with a breakdown of what I sold and for how much:

Since I didn’t do a specific December sales post, here is that information:

Sold on Poshmark in December:

  • FitBit Alta and Wristbands: $65
  • Tribe Alive Clutch: $17
  • Dr Martin Floral Boots: $60
  • Lucky Brand Booties: $40

I decided to switch to an Apple iWatch in September, so my FitBit Alta was just sitting there waiting for some love. I ended up selling it on Poshmark to a woman who bought it for her daughter’s Christmas gift. The Tribe Alive clutch was in a FabFitFun box and after months I hadn’t used it, so I listed it and sold it. I thrifted the Dr Martin boots for $20 in the spring and never reached for them, so they got listed and sold too. Same goes for the Lucky booties… liked them, but didn’t love them. I do love getting $40 for them though!

Total Poshmark sales for December: $182 before Poshmark fees (20%)

Sold on Facebook Sale Groups in December:

  • Anthropologie Hemant & Nandita Dress: $45
  • Anthropologie Meadow Rue Polka Dot Blouse: $28

I’ve had both of these items for a few years and wore them a few times. I no longer considered them favorites, so I listed them and sold them in an Anthropologie purge.

Total Facebook sales for December: $73

Now that 2018 has passed, I wanted to make a cumulative Purge Report that includes all my purging activities from April – December.

Poshmark Sales Totals:

  • April and May: $129
  • June and July: $207
  • August and September: $174
  • October and November: $250
  • December: $182

Total sales: $942 (- $189 for 20% Poshmark fees) = $753.

FB Sales Group/Instagram Totals

  • April and May: $515
  • June and July: $413
  • August and September: $331
  • October and November: $67
  • December: $73

Total Sales: #1,399

{Items to subtract out of this total are: postage costs, mailing envelope costs, and PayPal fees.}

Final Total of Sales for April – December 2018: $2,152!

Now, keep in mind… I’m not a reseller. These are items that I have accumulated over the years, wore a bit and then decided to resell. The majority of the time when I am thrifting, it is for me and my own personal use… not to flip for a profit. However, very occasionally I will purchase an item specifically to resell. Usually, it’s not worth it to me to do so because it takes a lot of time and effort for what is typically a pretty small profit. (Also, in addition to my sales, I donated a bunch of stuff to various thrift stores).

So, why do I share my sales with you? Because it’s a great way to hold myself accountable. Also, I’m sure that many of you have items in your closet that you no longer like, or don’t fit, or don’t fit your current lifestyle. I want to show you that there are ways to pass them along to people who would enjoy them while also giving you some spending money.

As you can see, most of the items I sell are not super pricy. Typically each item goes for between $15 – $45 with some going for as low as $10!

By continuously going through my closet and listing items I no longer love, I accumulated over $2,000. That is a pretty nice chunk of change right there! My 2019 numbers will probably not be that high, but knowing that I can easily sell unwanted items makes it easier for me to take some styling chances. If I end up not loving something, it hits the chopping block and goes to someone else who will hopefully love it more.

If you have been wanting to try Poshmark for your own closet purging needs, I just realized that they gave me a special referral code to share. If you sign up and use “PocketfulofJoul” as your invite code, you will get $5 to spend and I will also get $5 in my account. Enjoy!

Have you enjoyed my Clothing Purge Reports? Are you surprised that my 2018 total ended up so high?   

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