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Thinking about consignment …

The battle against STUFF continues in my household. Today, the war is being raged on my closet. And as I look through my clothes and relive the stories that are associated with most of the items, I am once again confronted by a truth: Damn, I have a lot of clothes. And I fall into that majority of the population who has a huge, overstuffed closet but wear only 10% of the items, 99% of the time.

Now don’t get me wrong … there are times where I rejoice in having ample selection in my closet. For instance, I went to Denver on a business trip this week and I found myself wondering if I would need to buy some clothing since I’ve lost weight recently. Yeah – given my “Hoarder”-esque nature, I found a pair of khakis that I hadn’t been able to wear last fall and some clothing that hadn’t fit great last year, but looks good on me this year. And since I live in neutral shades like black and gray … well. It doesn’t matter that I was wearing last year’s sweater or that my cardigan is the same cardigan I’ve been wearing since my senior year of college. (That thing is like a security blanket. And no – I have no intention of getting rid of it any time soon.)

But today, as I clear through the right side of my closet, the side of the closet that holds the 90% of my wardrobe that I never wear, I find myself flipping through some beautiful clothes that I’ve held onto for years. And to be honest – there are some things that I’m never going to wear again. The dress that I wore to a ball my sophomore year of college. The dress that I wore to a choir concert my freshman year of college. (Yeah – I graduated from college 11 years ago, which means I’ve been trucking that dress around for about 15 years.) A dress I remember wearing in high school.

Some stuff? It’s just going to Savers. Other things – I’ve spent a few minutes this morning looking at consignment shops in my living area. I’ve had some experience with consignment before and it’s the alternative that I’d rather utilize than selling my stuff on eBay or Craigslist.

Does anyone have any tips for me as my clothes go off to their next journey?

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3 thoughts on “Thinking about consignment …

  1. Contratulations on your culling journey. Most consignment shops want items that are two years old or newer. Unless it’s vintage consider splitting your piles into three. One for donation, one for consignment, and one for garbage. Good luck.

  2. I have been on a roll recently getting rid of stuff – my rule is if I haven’t worn it in a year, it gets tossed. and like above, when I buy something new, something old gets tossed. It’s so much nicer to look in a closet that has plenty of room to see what you have that you love to wear rather than a closet full of stuff you hardly ever wear.

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