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Closet Refresh: Buying & Selling Clothes Online

As we’ve stayed home during the Covid-19 crisis we started taking a critical look at our closets. (Where did all those shapeless Lands End turtlenecks come from?)

One idea for a closet refresh is to use consignment or resale companies that sell and buy clothes and accessories. Consignment/resale is good for our wallets and good for the environment, too. The New York Times reports fashion accounts for 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions – yikes! And it takes 2,000 gallons of water to make one pair of jeans.

When it’s safe to venture out again we’ll start posting information on local consignment and resale shops we can visit. Until then, here are a few online consignment/resale companies to explore:

https://shopthrilling.com – This online marketplace collects and sells vintage clothes and accessories from boutiques – 95% of which are owned by women – across the United States. They buy and sell at a range of price points.

www.therealreal.com – Think Chanel, Hermes, Prada, Gucci, etc. They send you a package so you can send them your clothes and accessories for consideration, and they pay the postage.

www.poshmark.com – They buy and sell clothes, shoes and accessories. Unlike with most online consignment companies, sellers have to post photos, descriptions and their asking price instead of having the company do it. But people who’ve used it say it’s not hard once you get the hang of it.

www.thredup.com – Offers clothes, shoes and accessories at various price points. They use a similar process to the RealReal where you can request what they call a postage paid clean-out kit to send them items you want to sell.

Do you have a favorite consignment and/or resale shop we can look forward to visiting? Let us know!

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