By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ
So you’ve read Marie Kondo’s book on cleaning out, you’ve made several trips to The Container Store and you’ve spent a whole lot of time visualizing a clean, organized closet. And yet…you’re still stuck with a pile of clothes on the floor. We get it. That’s why we’ve compiled our favorite tips for cleaning out your closet and earning cash for clothes you just don’t wear anymore. Read on to set yourself up for some major wardrobe wins!
Clean Out Seasonally
To prevent your cleanout from being overwhelming, go through your closet once per season (every 3-6 months, depending on what works for you). When you do, start by pulling out all of the out-of-season pieces. Store the ones you think you’ll wear next year and pack up the rest in a bag to sell. Resale stores like Buffalo Exchange always buy the best of all seasons, so even if the weather’s warming up, you may still be able to sell the fantastic down jacket that’s just not your color.
Create a Special Section in Your Closet
I don’t know about you, but I always have a hard time figuring out what to do with sentimental pieces, party dresses and one-of-a-kind vintage. I hardly wear these items and honestly get tired of looking at them, so I’m tempted to sell them every time I clean out. On the other hand, I can’t bear to part with unique pieces that I may never see again.
The solution? Give them their own special section in your closet! This’ll make it a whole lot easier to get dressed each morning. Plus, when you want to switch up your standard wardrobe, you’ll have a whole section of pieces that feel new and exciting to throw on. If you end up finding that you’re still not wearing these items, keep in mind that Buffalo Exchange loves to buy vintage and one-of-a-kind finds.
Before You Clean Out, Go Shopping!
Before you pack up your closet cleanout to sell, set aside all the pieces you absolutely love but just can’t figure out how to wear. Then, take a picture of all of them and go shopping! As you’re looking for fun new finds at your favorite shopping locale (ahem, Buffalo Exchange), keep these pieces in mind. When you get home, let the trying on begin! Make it a goal to create new looks by mixing your new fashion finds with your hard-to-style pieces. If you’re still not able to make them work, take them into Buffalo so you can earn cash for clothes you aren’t wearing and pick up some new go-tos!
Trust Your Gut
I can’t count the number of times I’ve decided to buy something because my friend told me it was cute. I’ve also held onto plenty of clothing items because I decided to wear them “one last time” and then received a bunch of compliments. At the end of the day, though, these items usually end up tucked in the back of my closet. Remember – what really matters is how an outfit makes YOU feel. While it can be helpful to get a second opinion, trust your own instincts! When in doubt, throw it out (or, you know, into a bag to sell at Buffalo Exchange)!
Cash for Clothes? It’s In the Bag!
On that note, make closet cleaning an everyday thing. You know those mornings you spend so long trying to style a piece that you end up late for work AND hating your outfit? Well, pack it straight into a bag to sell (after washing it, of course!). Next time you have a hankering to go shop at Buffalo Exchange, bring the bag along and see if you can’t earn some cash for clothes you’re no longer loving!
Try a Closet Challenge
If you’re struggling to get started on your cleanout, make it fun with a closet challenge. Try wearing a different pair of shoes every day for a month and documenting each new look on social media – you can even ask your followers to vote yay or nay on each pair in question. If you’re more of a clothing hoarder than a shoe fiend, try wearing a “maybe” every day for a week or a different top every day for a month. These types of challenges are guaranteed to inspire a variety of fun new outfit combinations and a whole bag full of items to sell!
Hang Out With Your Buyer
When you do bring in your items to sell, don’t be shy about hanging out with your Buyer as they look through your items – they’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about which pieces they’re taking and why. If it’s a style that’s not selling well in the store or has an unintentional hole, maybe it’s time to donate the item or give it away to a friend. But if it’s just a small spot that can be washed out, you can always clean it and bring it back next time you’re in.
Well there you have it – until someone invents a mind-reading robot that can clean out your closet for you, these tips should do the trick! What’s your favorite closet cleanout method? Let us know in the comments! In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you in one of our stores soon. We’d love to hook you up with cash for clothes that you’re no longer wearing or trade to put towards some new favorites.