Maybe it's just me, but I can't get this song out of my head. It's been out for a while now, so maybe I'm a little behind the times. At any rate, I was listening to it in my car this morning and was reminded that I have a story to share with you. It's actually the opposite of thrift shopping:
Yesterday when I got home from work I spent my entire evening sorting through my wardrobe. Brandon and I live in a very small apartment with a very small closet. I can't fit my winter wardrobe and my summer wardrobe in there at the same time, so I switch them out each season and store the clothes i'm not currently wearing at my parents' house. Even at that, I take up more than 90% of our closet space. Does anyone else have this problem? It's a good thing Brandon doesn't have a whole lot of clothes! On top of the closet space, we each have our own dressers. Let's just be honest here: I'm a bit of a shopaholic.
When I switch out my seasonal wardrobes I always decide carefully what to put away and what to get rid of. If I haven't worn it more than one or twice or if it doesn't fit, it's time to say goodbye. I went through my winter clothes and found a lot of things that I could part with. With a semi-clear closet, I moved on to unpacking my summer clothes.
As I sorted through skirts, dresses, shorts and blouses I found a lot of things that didn't need to stick around. I had 8 or so pairs of shorts that I literally hadn't worn in 2 summers. I found lots of dresses that are too short to wear to work and so on and so forth. I initially threw these in the 'Goodwill' pile but soon realized I was getting rid of some good stuff: J.Crew, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Gap, etc. Maybe I should take them to Plato's Closet? I gathered an entire tote-full of clothes and drove over to the store.
If you've been to Plato's Closet or a similar place where you can sell your clothes, you know that it's often hit or miss on whether or not they want your items. You also have to stay in the store while they go through your clothes, meaning that you're tempted to spend more money than you get back. If they're busy, sometimes you're stuck in the store for over an hour. I handed my tote over and browsed the racks. I tried on a few things, but put them back. If my goal is to clear out my closet, I certainly don't need to bring more clothes home.
When they wrote my name on the board (I only had to wait 20 minutes or so!) I went over to the register where they paid me $91 in cash for the items they were purchasing. BOOM. They handed back my tote of the items they didn't want and I left, happy to add some extra money to our cruise fund. All of the rest of my castaways are going to Goodwill today where someone else can find them while they're thrift shopping.
What do you do with unwanted clothes + accessories? Do you shop at Goodwill or Plato's Closet?