Clean out your closet and earn some extra cash

  • Monday, November 9, 2009 3:09pm
  • Life

We all make shopping mistakes, but why live with them? Turn them into cold hard cash by putting your old stuff on consignment.

Consignment stores are popping up everywhere because people know they can find great bargains on quality used clothing and because selling on consignment is a great way to clear your closet and make a little money.

To start: Pull each item from your closet, one at a time, and categorize it in one of these groups:

  • You love it, you wear it faithfully and you like how it looks on you.

    You like it and wear it fairly often, or it’s a key player in a few outfits.

    You hate it and never wear it or it doesn’t fit.

    You can’t decide.

    Then complete the job:

  • Once the closet is empty, put everything in the “love it” and “like it” piles back into the closet.

    Go through the “undecided” pile piece by piece one more time.

    Neatly fold everything in the “hate it” pile; it’s going away.

    Call local consignment store sand ask what their guidelines are. Find out if you need an appointment or can just drop by.

    Ask how the proceeds are split between you and the store, and don’t take less than 50 percent.

    Most consignment stores will donate anything that doesn’t sell within a certain period of time to a shelter or another nonprofit organization.

    Courtesy Monica Ricci of Catalyst Organizing Solutions on

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