June 22, 2012

FBFF: One Person's Trash is Another's Treasure

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This week's FBFF topic is about what you do with unwanted clothes. I have become quite the swapping pro having hosted two swap events!



1. How often do you go through your closet to purge the things you no longer wear?
At least twice a year when I change my closet for the summer and winter seasons. I did "spring cleaning" a little early this year though (woops!). Then if I notice I haven't been wearing something in awhile, I'll look it over and decide if I need to keep it. I have a shoe box of a closet (thanks Manhattan!) so I have to be selective. 

2. What do you do with the things you are through with?
I either swap or donate. I really believe in what Goodwill does. They save as much as they can so I try to donate what I can to them. I also like to swap my clothes so that they find new loving homes.

Items I'm currently selling on ClosetRaid!
3. Have you ever sold on consignment or through online boutiques? What has your experience been like?
I recently signed up for ClosetRaid.co (and you should too!) because you can sell, swap or donate your items online. I tried eBay in the past and it just seems very sketchy and I don't trust the sellers. ClosetRaid is invite only so I feel safer about who I'm buying from. I love that you are able to swap with another seller as well. You don't have to shop. They also let you donate your items to the donation center of your choice so there's no excuse! 


4. More and more people are concerned about the fast rotation of fashion and how that is filling our landfills. What are you doing to decrease your clothing trash pile?
That's why I think the swapping community is so wonderful. We're not buying "new" clothes, it is more like an exchange. Just because I don't like an item anymore, doesn't mean someone else won't love it (hence the title). I really recommend hosting a swap party with your friends. You'll refresh your wardrobe with new items without having to go to a store and spend your money.

5. What's been your favorite/best score from a thrift store or consignment shop?
Hmm.. I like finding brooches and clip on earrings. I don't have pierced ears and for some reason there are more clip-ons at vintage, flea markets rather than at modern retail stores.

What steps are you taking to stop buying fast fashions?



Don't forget to stop by Modly Chic to read all the other FBFF answers this week! 

22 comments:

  1. I love the idea of a swap! I'm thinking about planning one with some friends now.

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  2. I would love to try swapping. ClosetRaid sounds neat!

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    1. Sign up! Great way to get rid of stuff in your closet :)

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  3. Swapping clothes is such a good idea. I went to a clothes swap once and I picked up some fab pieces.

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  4. I love the shoes you're selling on ClosetRaid.

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  5. I haven't done a clothing swap before - sounds like a great idea. I do donate and shop at thrift stores and I love selling at consignment stores - more shopping cash is always welcome! ;)

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    1. For sure! You should definitely try a swap. Great way to get rid of things while also getting great new pieces :)

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  6. I wish I had good thrift/consignment stores around here! Michael's on the UES can be pretty cool when I am back in town! Otherwise I'm finally selling off stuff I have never worn and it is liberating!
    Have a lovely weekend dear!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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    1. Isn't it?! I feel like I hold on to things too long and perhaps someone else will love it for me :)

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  7. Swapping community seems like a a brilliant idea. I definitely believe in donating... and shopping at charity shops. Great post!

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    1. Thanks! Donating is such a wonderful thing and ClosetRaid lets you donate as well :)

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  8. swapping is so fun but i also donate all my unwanted items!

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  9. Swappings a great way to resuse clothes, sadly most of my friends are shorter than me so trading never works out! eBay is hit and miss, I agree.

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    1. I hear ya in that department ;) Perhaps hold a short girls swap in the area? haha

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  10. I would love to attend/do a swap, but I live in a smaller town and none of my friends live near me. Boo. Agreed on eBay, it's gotten more shady over the years.

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    1. Aw damn. Check out Swap.com as they tell you about local swap events. You can also swap on ClosetRaid but you'll have to pay to ship the item.

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  11. love a good swapping event
    held one in Jan and am planning one for my neighborhood in the fall
    brett

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