After watching Confessions of a Shopaholic, I wondered how realistic the massive clothing sale she had was. She made a killing and was able to de-clutter her life from all the frivolous buys in her lifetime. I did three loads of laundry last week and when it was time to put things away or hang things up…I realized I was short about 30 hangers. It threw me into a world wind of shock and remorse. Is THIS why I can’t pay my loans as fast??? Are these things the reason why I’m not getting a new car this year??? After much dismay and internal agony, I came to the realization that I must take a stand and be proactive about my things. I thought a lot about which avenue would be the best way to purge my belongings to an appropriate owner while making some money back to repay my massive undergraduate and post-undergraduate loans. Yesterday, I calculated that with interest, I have about $40K of loans that will take me 50 years to repay. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? They were spread over so many companies that I didn’t think there was an issue. But once I had to face my fears and look through my loan documents… things started to add up quickly. *ugh *
So, my question is more to my readers… What is the best and most efficient way to sell my stuff WITHOUT getting $5 for a BCBG dress I paid $200 for and wore once OR $3 for a pair of shoes I paid $150 for? I thought about EBAY, CRAIGSLIST, BUFFALO EXCHANGE, CROSSROADS, and a good old GARAGE SALE. But…do these work? And if they do, which is the most beneficial after a cost/time/benefit analysis?
I probably own about 20 pairs of designer jeans, 50 pairs of designer shoes (mainly heels), 150 designer dresses, 150 designer tops, 100 designer handbags, and a BUTT LOAD of baubles, accessories and fine jewelry. Does one girl NEED so much? Before major events, vacations or even dates, my friends flock to my closet and ask to borrow things. It’s like the mecca of closets! Color coordinated, organized by event and season… My armoire, under-the-bed tubs, linen closet, two actual closets, and three dressers are packed with items carefully folded and tucked away safely by category. I feel like I need a dewey-decimal system to find a pair of socks sometimes… because are they dressy socks or exercise socks? are they for boots or heels? see my point?
I realized that I need to begin 2010 with a wardrobe cleansing and purge my life of such clutter. Yes I love all the things I own and will most likely fill the empty spaces back up some day~ but for now… I need to tackle my mountain of student loans!
So for those of you reading this…any suggestions on how? I”m not sure if in this tech savvy world, it’s better for me to photograph every item and post them on a website where people can purchase as they wish OR if it’s better to dump garbage bags at Buffalo Exchange and see what measly pennies they give me OR have a huge clothing sale at my apartment. My biggest hope is that each gorgeous piece finds a nice, new owner who will appreciate it’s value and construction. I want someone to buy my things and realize what treasures they are, rather than a store clerk carelessly throwing them into a “$5” pile.
Recessionistas and Fashionistas… HELP!