I love clothes. Always have. I remember one of my first solo shopping trips with my mom when I was 9 years old; I insisted that I pick out all my outfits. I instinctively matched pants and sweaters, skirts and tops and we left the store with a handful of personally-styled outfits that could have fooled anyone into thinking a professional had been involved. A clothes horse was born.
My love of clothes and shopping grew as I did until, by my mid-late twenties, it was a full-fledged addiction – a means of escaping a bad day, a messy break-up, a job I didn’t love. I would wait for hours in line at sample sales, time my calendar to get first dibs at online sales each time emerging with more and more to add to my collection. I spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on clothes, shoes and accessories until a life unfulfilled became a closet so full it was bursting at the seams (yet I still always felt as if I had nothing to wear).
This isn’t a post about how I overcame my shopping addiction, but as I made changes in my life, a desire to have less, not more, took over. I still love clothes, but I have fewer of them. No, I haven’t quite mastered the capsule wardrobe yet nor am I an expert minimalist, but I’m working on it.
Once a season, I take inventory of my closet and determine what goes and what stays. This post isn’t sponsored (my links in this post will get us both $10 applied to our thredUp accounts), but I’ve been so thrilled with how thredUP has helped me with this process that I had to share. At first, I donated everything, but it pained me to be giving away so many of my brand name clothes in good shape that I knew someone else could still enjoy. I still donate some items to those in need, (I’ll get to that), just not everything.
Then, I started walking my clothes to a nearby consignment store which would sort through my clothes, take what they wanted to sell, hand me cash and donate what they didn’t want. This was a great option, but there was always a line when I went, not to mention the time it took to sort through my clothes while I was there. On top of that, until I could carve out the time in my schedule, the bag of clothes would sit in my apartment like clutter.
When I discovered thredUP I was elated that I had found a convenient way to mail in my clothes. I created an account and ordered a free clean out kit which promptly arrived in my mailbox. The clean out kit is a giant bag folded up into the size of an envelope with a mailing label affixed. I started filling it immediately. Once I had added all the clothes, shoes and accessories I wanted to give away, I sealed the bag, brought it downstairs to my doorman and UPS came to pick it up.
A few days later, thredUP was in touch to let me know they received my bag and a couple weeks after that, they were in touch again to let me know my bag had been processed. I logged into my account to see what they accepted and how much I received for each item (less the $9.99 shipping fee). thredUP will upcycle what they don’t take or you can choose to reclaim it for a fee. You can then cash out or use the money to purchase items from the site. I always cash out because, personally, I’m working toward less, not more.
That’s all. It’s so easy it’s addictive. The lightness I feel from letting go of so much excess plus the extra cash in my pocket is rewarding.
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