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Make Extra Money - Sell Your Clothes & Shoes For Fast Cash

Updated on January 29, 2014

Sell Your Clothes & Shoes For Fast Cash And Make Money!

Hopefully, we all learn from our mistakes and if we have learned our lesson well, it is a cheap price to have paid to keep from repeating that same mistake in the future. For all of us there are areas in which we are the most vulnerable and for women that generally turns out to be clothing or make-up in our search or quest for looking good. If you have read my article "When A Bargain Isn't A Bargain" you will understand just what I mean.

Do you find yourself looking at your closet trying to figure out what you are going to wear the next day and seeing it jam packed with clothing yet feeling you haven't a thing to wear? That should be a great reminder that no matter how much a piece of clothing is discounted on a "sale" you are literally throwing your money away if you never wear the garment or wear it only a few times because it doesn't flatter you or make you feel good.

Note: this ability to have a full closet and yet nothing to wear is something that men find truly confusing about women..."all that stuff and you can't manage to find something to wear!"

Earn Cash From Your Fashion Mistakes

Now may be the time for you to turn over a new leaf and accomplish several things at the same time: pick up extra cash and end up with a clean and well organized closet stripped of those clothes you never wore anyway. Be ruthless - don't keep anything that doesn't flatter you!

Things To Consider

When going through your closet, pay attention to the number of slacks, skirts, dresses, blazers, coats, sweaters, evening wear, and scarves and experiment with how many ways you can mix and max to create other outfits. Make good notes so later on when you are on a shopping binge you won't be tempted to buy something else that doesn't work with these clothes plus you can be on the lookout for accessories that will work with clothes you already own to dress them up or down.

Your buying decision should be made on obtaining something that can be worn with more than one thing in your closet - mix and match gives the illusion of owning many different outfits. The important thing is that the colors you select work with other colors in your wardrobe and that those colors enhance your appearance. You never want to be one of those women who happen to overhear someone commenting on her new dress to someone else.. "lovely dress - too bad it makes her look so dumpy or makes her skin look sallow..."

That reminds me how important it is to be in touch with your own style. Do you look better in frills and such or are you more classic chic or a little more fashion forward? One isn't better than the other - the look has to fit the real you. Some of us can get away with a variety of looks but it is always planned without looking like it. The more the clothes reflect our personality and style, the easier it is to relax and enjoy feeling confident and secure.

Turn Clothes Into Cash

Turn those former bargains that have been cluttering up your closet for sometime into some fast extra cash. Isn't it time to be ruthless when examining your closet and finally get rid of those clothes still hanging there adorned with the sale price ticket that enticed you to buy something that didn't fit or look good on you when you finally squeezed into it.

Here are a few additional suggestions for turning your clothes into cash:

1. Take them to local consignment stores.

  • Research how many local consignment clothing stores there are in your area.
  • Find out what percentage you get from each sale and when you would get paid.
  • Determine if one or more of the stores is more upscale than the others.
  • Check out the pricing.

Maybe experiment with consigning a few things to a couple of different stores and keep track of which ones work best for you.

2. Have a garage sale or a joint clothing sale with friends. Turn it into a party.

3. Advertise for free on Craig's List. While I like this venue for getting rid of furniture and other miscellaneous items, this wouldn't be what I would select for reselling clothing but I know people who have sold or purchased used bridal gowns that way and were very happy.

Be sure you provide photos in your ad, manufacturer name and size (that is important because a size 8 from one manufacturer can differ greatly from another manufacturer's size 8. It is a known fact that generally, the pricier the item, the more generous the measurements. It helps encourage women to believe they are a size 8 when in other brands they would need a size 10. Vanity sizing, in other words!

Additional Resources

How It Works at Plato's Closet Bring in your gently used brand name clothing and accessories. ... Once you accept the offer, you'll be on your way with some extra cash or a hot new outfit ... Most of our stores buy and sell girls sizes 0/1 to 15/16 and guys size 28 to 40 waist. .

Buy-Sell-Trade. Women's & Men's Designer Clothing, Shoes &Bags day ago – buy sell trade how it works. Sell your gently-used clothes, shoes & accessories to us for cash or trade. tips for selling >> · what we look for >> ...

Cash in Your Closet How to Get Started Selling Your Own Clothes Lisa Thompson - What's that rule again? If you haven't worn it in six months, get rid of it? If we followed that rule, just about all of us would have a pretty decent ...


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    • GClark profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from United States

      @gmwilliams Thank you so much! Always great to hear from people who enjoyed the article.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 

      4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      This is a great article,going to bookmark this for future reference.

    • GClark profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United States

      @tipstoretireearly - Thanks for your comments and good advice - donations for charity is always a good option if one can afford it.

    • tipstoretireearly profile image


      6 years ago from New York

      Donating clothes in good condition is also an option. You'll help people, and can get a tax deduction for their fair market value (which can be estimated using online tools). Great hub! Selling unwanted clothes also frees up more closet space.

    • GClark profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United States

      supermom_in_ny - Thanks so much for your valuable feedback on this hub - I really appreciate your great comments and you taking the time to share your thoughts. GClark

    • supermom_in_ny profile image


      6 years ago from NY

      This is a great hub. Excellent list of resources at the end.

      I used to be a shopaholic, so I can relate to having a closet full of stuff..and nothing to wear. LOL!

      My life changed once I had children. I became more cautious about spending and learned to only buy what I needed. Imagine that?!

      Voted up!

    • GClark profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United States

      @oceansnsunsets - Thanks for the great comments; they are truly appreciated. Am glad you found the hub useful. My advice is to get rid of those items you are still trying to fit into - when you have pared your closet down so you can truly see what you have left to wear and those items are ones that also flatter you it will help motivate you and you will look good no matter what size you are. When you start losing weight then you can reward yourself with something else and at the same time get rid of the items that are now too big or else have them altered. You will never again have wasted closet space. GClark P.S. Suggest you read my article When A Bargain Isn't A Bargain

    • oceansnsunsets profile image


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Perfect timing for this hub, for me anyway! I am just like what you described...a closet that is more like bulging with clothes, but I wear a very select few that I think look nicest on me compared to others. Its time to scale back, and be ruthless. What would you say is your number one rule? I think you said if it doesn't flatter you, get rid of it...that is a great rule of thumb. I worry that I will regret losing something that I am very close to fitting back into. I think that is a point of struggle for some women. That if they could lose an extra 5 pounds, then a lot more would fit? I still ought to get rid of some of these, and then celebrate later perhaps when I do lose the pounds. It would make for a more tidy closet. Loved the hub, thanks for sharing.

    • GClark profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks for your comment and great feedback! GClark

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      7 years ago from India

      Extremely beautiful hub Gclark...rated up!

    • GClark profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United States

      @drbj - Loved your story; interestingly enough, on my last trip to Europe, as I was packing for my return home suddenly found that my clothing had somehow expanded due to new acquisitions and unable to close my suitcase I decided to leave some very nice clothing in my hotel room. GClark

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      I have a friend, GClark, who really needed help weeding out the never-worn clothing in her closet. But she has found a unique solution. Whenever she travels, she packs clothing she doesn't usually wear at home, and simply leaves it in the hotel or cruise ship when she leaves. The housekeeping staff love her!

      The bonus is she has more room in her suitcase to pack new acquisitions.

    • GClark profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from United States

      @nicregl - Appreciate your feedback. Thanks. GClark

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      Reginald Chan 

      7 years ago from Malaysia

      Hey! Good information and very interesting. Nice and keep it up!


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