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Reycle your clothes and refill your wallet

December 28th, 2010 No Comments

Andrew Woj, The Straight Guy Stylist

‘Tis the season to get rid of what you don’t want to make room for all of the new clothes you received (or bought on sale!) during the holidays.  What a better way to empty your closet than in a way that fills your pocket?

I picked through my jammed closet and overflowing shoe bins, put my ready-to-part-with selections in an IKEA bag and made my way to Buffalo Exchange.  I’m really digging Buffalo Exchange this winter because I can sell what I don’t want and, in exchange, I can either receive 30% of the retail price in cash or 50% of the price in an exchange for merchandise in the store.  (I scored the trendy sport jacket you see me in above at BE with my credit)

Unfortunately you just can’t take in any old ratty sweatshirt and get cash.  Buffalo Exchange, like all thrift stores, are selective in their purchasing.

Here are a few things to remember while picking through your wardrobe:

  1. Look for clothes that are still in style or classics. Stores won’t take clothes from years and years ago, unless they now count as “vintage” or “funky.”
  2. Check over each piece. Clothes and especially shoes have to be in excellent condition: no rips, missing buttons, or stains.
  3. Make sure that the clothes are clean! Not only will they not accept dirty clothes, but nice, neat clothes look better on the hanger.  Don’t ball them up and stuff them in a bag.  Remember, you’re SELLING these items.
  4. Call ahead and see what the stores are looking for.  It seems that most are always in need of men’s clothes, but they  might be looking for something in particular.
  5. Do your research. Not only do you have to find the store that’s right for you and your taste of clothes, but you want to look into the business itself.  Some stores donate clothes that you can’t sell to a charity, others will simply throw them away.  It’s important to keep that in mind.

Not only is this kind of re-gifting easy on your wallet, but it’s a lot more socially acceptable.