It’s bimonthly Clothing Purge Report time! Rather than just showing you what I purchase, I also like to show you what items leave my house and how I sell or donate them. I started my Clothing Purge Reports in April 2018 and when I put together my 2018 totals, I realized that my sales of purged clothing equaled $2,152! I’m hoping to do even better in 2019, so let’s take a look at my first two months.
First a quick reminder… here’s my criteria for where I sell:
- Poshmark/eBay: items that are in perfect condition.
- My Instagram page: items that are in perfect or near perfect condition. I’ll typically post a collage of what I’ve listed elsewhere.
- Facebook Sale Groups: items that are in perfect or near perfect condition in specific brands, such as Anthropologie, Boden, and Stitch Fix.
- Donate to Thrift Stores: items in good condition or showing wear.
I sold my second bridesmaid dress on Poshmark within a couple months, so it was nice to make back a little bit of the money I spent. As I’ve said before, it’s tempting to stick a bridesmaid dress in the back of your closet even though you know you’re never going to wear it again. However, since the color is still being sold on the David’s Bridal website, there may be another thrifty bridesmaid that would like it… which is so much better than just letting it sit in your closet and take up space.
I bought the Boden beaded dress for about $40 on clearance a few years ago and wore it probably 3 – 4 times over the years. It was no longer a favorite, so I decided to sell it. As for the other items, all four were actually secondhand scores. I wore them a bunch, enjoyed them, and let them back out into the world!
I ended up making 6 sales and my total earnings were $219 before Poshmark 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 ended up selling two Anthropologie dresses and one blouse on the Anthropologie BST page. Considering that I bought each of the items on sale (and one off Poshmark), I actually ended up basically breaking even on these. Of course, I wore them over the years… so it basically was like renting the clothes for free.
My Anthropologie sales totaled $158. There are no sales fees, but I do have a small PayPal fee (usually a couple bucks) and postage costs to pay.
I have been very lucky to have earned Rothy’s referral codes that allow me to treat myself with purchases. I accumulated a bit more pairs than I felt I needed, so I did an audit to determine which colors I rarely reached for. I ended up selling three pairs: Emerald Points (a retired pair, $130), Grey Piped Points (a retired pair, $170), and Mink Points (still available to buy from Rothy’s, $110). Price for reselling used Rothy’s greatly depends on the condition of the shoe, as well as whether that style is retired and/or hard to find.
My Rothy’s sales totaled $410. There are no sales fees, but I do have a small PayPal fee (usually a couple bucks) and postage costs to pay.
My Totals for my January/February Purging (before fees): $787
I also purged quite a bit of stuff in a Kondo-induced cleaning frenzy. At this point, it was mostly books and old home decor stuff. However, I do have some clothing items that I have put into the ‘I may donate this later’ basket. Typically I’ll leave the items in there until my next donation run and if I didn’t miss them they get donated.
Did you find my bi-monthly purge posts helpful? Do you have any clothes selling tips?