Looking Good, Feeling Great - Tried to sell my HIP and TRENDY gently used clothes....

02-14-2012, 05:24 PM
There's a local store here that will "buy" gently used trendy/brand name clothes and resell them. I went through my closet this weekend and pulled out a huge portion of my jeans (I have kind of a jean fetish :dizzy:) and shirts. I did this because I am too old, er I mean mature (questionable LOL), to wear jeans with apples and cats on the buttocks.

Anyway, a lot of the stuff is about 3 years old. I was certain I was gonna get about 75 dollars - about 4 dollars per piece of clothing, should they decide to take it.....

Well, they offered me a WHOPPING $16.10. I was disappointed but mostly insulted that my clothes weren't trendy enough for a high school/college student to wear. I have good taste, I think :D :halffull:

All in all, I had to laugh at myself lol.....styles evolve. I think its better this way anyway. I will happily donate what that store didn't want along with some other stuff and feel fulfilled that I've helped in some way.

02-14-2012, 06:18 PM
Have you thought about ebay?

02-14-2012, 06:32 PM
Bummer your fashion trend is worth diddly to them! :( I gotta say, your post struck me as funny- Ok I know the cat on jeans is baby phat, but apples I don't recall that fashion trend? ... please enlighten me, would ya? All I know is I wouldn't ever buy or wear jeans that had the words baby phat across my rear! ;)
... just sayin :o

02-14-2012, 07:30 PM
jeans with an apple design on the back pocket are from Apple Bottoms a brand started by Nelly

02-14-2012, 07:40 PM
I really like your sense of humor. :D

02-14-2012, 11:56 PM
They are usually inundated with offerings and are super picky. I tired to consign a few times when my kids were little. My kids clothes were very, very high quality (all second hand) and they wore them for a second as they were huge and fast growing babies (wearing 2ts by 9 months) and they didn't take any of it. I don't even think they sorted through it. However, when I sold stuff through a coop sale where I priced things myself and got them all ready, I got overe $150 net and then donated the still gobs of clothes that still didn't get sold.

The reality is, we arer swimming in garments. Worldwide.

02-15-2012, 12:32 AM
@samantha, yes I considered eBay...I used to sell my sons clothes there. I'm just so overwhelmed by the thought of taking pics, listing, shipping....ugh. I'm exhausted thinking about it.

@evil....I thought it was funny too lol. And yes, the apples on the butt are none other than applebottoms. Trust me, I've learned that it just isn't right for a woman in her thirties (in my humble opinion) to wear teeny bopper clothes. There are some exceptions, but I'm with you in that apples, cats, or generally any picture or writing on the derrière is mostly wrong for a grown woman. I was going through a phase at the time (that's my story and I'm sticking to it ;) )

02-15-2012, 08:34 AM
After my first big weight loss, I sold a lot of stuff on ebay. I even got more than I paid for some of the items as I'm a sales shopper. I made $400-$500 and donated what I didn't think would make me much money.

02-15-2012, 09:02 AM
Thanks for the 101 Applebottom. OMG out of curiosity I googled it, ummmm NO fruit inspired jeans for moi either, that is down right well fruity! ;) ha ha ha ha FYI mamasita, Iza 45, nope I won't be sportin cat or apple hiney anytime soon! ;) I am sure your happy the phase doesn't phase you no more! :)
Thanks for the laugh... . NO more here kitty kitty or MEOW for you! ;) You gotta love that! Your doing great, over 1/2 way there chicky, your rockin it! :) ~Wendalyn

02-15-2012, 11:10 AM
The one good thing about apple bottom jeans is that they were made for women with small waists and big behinds. I finally feel too old for them too ;)

02-16-2012, 11:36 AM
I had a similar experience at Plato's Closet... I had many items in excellent condition and was expecting ~$3 for each piece, and I got a similar figure for my lot ($14 for over 30 items!). I was also slightly insulted, haha. I ended up taking all of the items to my local Goodwill and donating them instead... I figured I would rather have people be able to purchase some nicer items there (Express, Gap, American Eagle, etc etc) that they otherwise might not get. Definitely made my day to see the happy person at Goodwill take my donations :)

02-16-2012, 04:12 PM
Plato's Closet will NEVER give you any money for your clothing. They're cheap with their spending.

02-16-2012, 04:18 PM
Yep, it was Plato's closet that I went too.....Didn't realize they were a "chain"

02-16-2012, 05:18 PM
Oh I've made the mistake of Plato's as well. I took in some season old Dior shows and they told me the best they did on shoes were like $15 or something. The chick at the counter even told me to try ebay.

They said they are only allowed to offer so much for items. It made me think of how you buy pricey school books and then get pennies on the sale back.

Micki k
02-16-2012, 08:38 PM
Im lucky enough to have a plus size consignment store in my area. The lady that runs it is great...she takes ANYTHING! I worked for 7 years in a plus size store, so I have more clothes than one person should be allowed to own. I'll wear them for a season, then take them to her, and she has never turned down a single item I've brought in. I've made at least $800 selling my clothes in her store. Not bad considering the original staff discount I got.
Hopefully I'm going to have a whole lot more to bring her soon!

02-17-2012, 12:07 AM
I've bought and sold my clothes in consignment and resale shops for years, and I've learned any of the stores that will give you cash up front, pay almost nothing (their rationale is that they have no guarantee the stuff will sell). I actually sold in one store that gave you a choice. You could get paid per item (and it was usually less than $1 per item) or you could get 60% of what they sold it for (but you had to wait until they sold it to get the money, and they only paid out during one week every month so you had to show up during that week or you wouldn't get paid).

I chose consignment and waiting. On most items I made at least $5. So I could get $.50 to $1.00 per item if I wanted the money immediately or I could get $5 - $10 per item if I was willing to wait until it sold. I got to know the lady who ran the place, and she said that most people wanted the cash and didn't want to wait the 30 to 60 days it usually took items to sell. I found that surprising, but then again pawn shops work the same way. If you want cash up front, you have to have something really valuable to sell, and you're going to be offered next to nothing for it.

I've only sold for immediate cash a couple times, and it was during college at the end of the year, when coming back to get my checks during the summer was going to be impractical. Whatever the shop didn't want, I donated to a charity shop.

Oh, and NEVER donate pieces to a for-profit shop (unless you don't care if you get paid). Some will accept "donations" where they'll tell you they can't offer you any money for it, but they will take it if you don't want it. Some will even say or imply that donated items will go to a charity. The shop then may either sells the items (and you get nothing) or they will turn down more of your pieces because they know you will give them whatever they don't accept.

Now, I only will sell on consignment, because while you have to hope it sells and wait until it does, you usually get 40% to 60% of the selling price.

When I sell clothes on consigment, I take it to the store that sells the clothes at the highest prices in town (they don't always take what I have, but if they do, I'll usually get a good price for it, but I'll have to wait a little longer to get it). If they refuse my items, I take them to the second highest priced shop in town.... (I have three consigment stores I will deal with, and if none of the shops take my items, I donate them to the shops where I buy my clothes).

And while I sell at the highest priced consignment shops in town, I shop at the lowest priced resale shops (usually non-profit groups like Salvation Army, Goodwill and church or school run shops).

I often even make a profit. I found some very expensive brand sweaters at a church run shop for $2 to $4 per sweater, and wore them for one winter. The next summer (when the shops first started accepting winter wear) I took them to the upscale shop, and they sold for $16 (so I received $8 per sweater for $ to $6 profit per sweater).

So "buy low, sell high" isn't just for the stockmarket.