Finding Value by Recycling Your Closet

How to recycle your old clothes.

Blonde woman dressed in white.

When it comes to a woman’s closet, I believe there are two types of “closet-ers.” There is the one who constantly purges so she can buy. She goes through her closet monthly or more to get rid of things that may or may not fit or work with her current style or be “on-trend.” She then moves the new items in, often with much excitement. Everything is organized by style, color, category – dressing in the morning is simple.

And, then there is the … well, the hoarder. She barely shops because she hates to spend money on clothes. She has had the same pair of jeans since her 20s – even though they might be a little snug – and has 23 pairs of black pumps, half of which are damaged. Her closet is a mess, disorganized, and just not her “happy place.” Getting dressed is a chore.

Woman putting on earring.

I am the first woman. I love my annoyingly organized closet, and I love to style my outfits each day. I replace items so that I can buy new ones. I love to shop and would do it daily if I could. But financially, that’s not realistic. About five years ago, I instilled a quarterly plan to carve out half a day and really go through my closet. I spend time on shoes – pumps, sandals, boots – and my bags and clothing. Recently, I have even gone through jewelry and sunglasses, deciding if round frames are for me or whether I need 6 of the same-looking Oscar de la Renta earrings. I ask myself hard questions: When was the last time I wore them? Were they comfortable? Do I see myself wearing them again? Some things I have had forever, and can’t part with – an eight-year-old black leather Rick Owens moto jacket that will never go out of style, a sequin Chanel crossbody that works in every season, and a sentimental pair of Louis Vuitton boots I purchased while on vacation in London with my hubby. But often, I come across pieces that are just taking up space. For me, these are typically bags or shoes, sometimes an event dress that has run its course, or a pair of leather pants. I have to admit defeat because I can’t seem to squeeze into them any longer. So, the pieces leave my closet and create space for something new.

Blonde woman standing in closet.

Recycle Your Clothes Through The Real Real

Sell your pre-owned designer pieces through The Real Real.

The bright side to getting rid of things these days is that there are numerous companies, websites, and local pre-owned stores that you can take your things to and make money or store credit. I have been selling my pieces to The Real Real for years. The process is easy – a representative comes to your home, takes your pre-owned pieces, and creates a packing list that is emailed to you. Your items get uploaded to the website within the month, and people shop away. The process is seamless, and I receive a check in the mail once a month. 

Blonde woman taking a photo of another blonde woman.

Sell your designer bags through Farfetch Second Life

Recently, I have been “trading” my bags in for site credit at FarFetch. I have found amazing success with this, as they are very on point with the value of your items. Once approved by the Second Life site, I send in my bags and, within a week, receive a site credit to shop at FarFetch (which also happens to be one of my favorite sites to shop on).

Close up of small leopard-print purse.

This is how I have found value in recycling my closet. It keeps my fashion “fresh” and my closet in order. For the woman that gets intimidated by removing things, or quite frankly doesn’t have the time, they even have services that will do it for you now. After all, similar to a clean kitchen at night, there is nothing better than getting up in the morning to a closet you don’t dread setting foot in! 🖤

Affiliate Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links to products and brands I love.

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