Dear Jessicashops: When is the best time to get rid of old clothing or shoes and where can I sell items I don’t want?
— Jenny R. Peachtree City, GA
It’s a good idea to do a wardrobe audit every one or two years. That doesn’t mean you have to change your wardrobe every time, but just really know what’s inside your closet—and finally throw out or donate that 10 year old jacket.
Of course, fashion trends always come back and you may run the risk of throwing out a piece of clothing that might come back next season. (Like who would have thought that acid-washed jeans would ever return?!)
Check for quality and fit. If it’s in good shape, fits you, and doesn’t totally look dated (like jeans with floral appliqués—let’s hope those don’t come back!), then keep it.
If it doesn’t fit or you just don’t love it, consider consignment or donation. I have listed 10 favorite consignment shops that would be happy to pay for once loved items that are in good shape and still fashionable.
Donation is a nice way to give back , but remember, people in need don’t want holes or stains on their shirts either. I save damaged items for use around the house. Obviously old jeans are not very absorbent, but old t’s are perfect for one time dusting’s or spills.
1. Alexis’ Suitcase – www.alexissuitcase.com Sandy Springs/ Duluth
2. Stylish Consignments www.stylishconsignments.com Lilburn
3. Psycho Sisters www.psychosistersshops.com - Metro locations
4. Platos Closet - www.platosclosetatl-itp.com – Metro locations
5. Finders Keepers – www.fkconsign.com Decatur
6. Resale Therapy – www.resaletherapyatl.com Sandy Springs
7. B Chic www.bchicatlanta.com Buckhead
8. Labels Resale – www.labelsresaleboutique.com Buckhead
9. Back by Popular Demand www.bbpdconsignment.com Lilburn
10. Working Girl Consignment www.workinggirlconsignment.com Suwanee