HOW TO TURN YOUR CLOTHES INTO CASH
Girls' Life magazine|August/September 2021
Because the trend you’re *so* over = someone else’s treasure.
CLAIRE HUTTO

If you’re anything like us, chances are your closet is crammed with pieces that, tbh, haven’t seen the light of day in ages. Whether you outgrew them physically or just style-wise (it’s OK if it turns out that tie-dye wasn’t your thing after all), now’s the time to try your hand at selling your gently used garments, shoes and accessories for some quick and easy cash.

Back in the day (aka three years ago), you had to take your treasures to a consignment store. But now online services like Poshmark, ThredUp and Depop have made selling used items wayyy easier—and likely more lucrative.

Plus, you’re saving your pre-loved pieces from the dumpster, which is equally as good for the environment as it is your wallet (textile waste occupies nearly 5% of all landfill space, ugh).

So basically, there’s zero excuse to not grant your threads new life. To get the most bang for your buck, follow these tips to make sure your pieces stand out in the sea of secondhand items.

1. DECIDE WHAT TO SELL

Sift through your clothes and determine what you should keep—and what you should purge. The key here is to be brutal. Doesn’t fit? Haven’t worn it in three months? List it! (Oh, and the bonus of this closet cleanout is you’ll have the funds—and the space—to stock up on items you’ll *actually* wear.)

PRO TIP: Sell clothes that are appropriate for the current season. If you have a drawer full of cute but never worn crop tops, you’ll profit most by selling them in summer. A fabulous fluffy sweater, however, would be most sought-after in September.

2. PREP YOUR ITEMS

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