Today I went on a little field trip.
I don’t know if many of you remember. About a month ago, I got my first speeding ticket. Son of a b-tch. Well, because of that, I found myself with a sudden need for $150.
Why is it important to purge your closet and sell your clothes?
a. Japanese street urchins don’t wear floral. Style changes, your taste changes, your body changes, yer mom changes… clothes. Get it? Sure, you could keep all of it for a rainy day, but aside from sweaters and things you only wear seasonally… why did you really buy that lame track jacket? Neon floral shirt? You probably thought it was cool at some point. Just think of it this way… that raver t that lasted you through high school in 2002 can now be used to create new trance/ dayglo/ Darude’s Sandstorm memories for the next kid going through that exact same phase. Maybe you could even be pen pals?
b. Closet space.
c. GET MONEY.
Now that that’s settled. I ventured to Buffalo Exchange in Berkeley with a trash bag full of clothes and shoes and a goal: take home at least $150 to pay for that damn speeding ticket.
Tips for those who want to sell your used clothes
- Leave your damaged/ stained/ “customized” goods at home
- Keep in mind the seasons: summer clothes will obviously buy/ sell better in the summer and vice versa.
- Remember how much you paid for every item: those who are buying from you want to gage how much to price your item. Help them out by remembering how much you paid. And of course, high-ball it to give yourself the best price.
- Be prepared for appraisal prices: they WILL be low. Much lower than what you paid. I assume if you really wanted the best price you would have set up some kind of Ebay store and plugged it on Chictopia by now. Am I right? Usually, they will appraise each item and give you 20%.
- Keep trying: finally, if one store doesn’t take it, take it to another and try your luck there. I had about 30 pieces, sold 20 to Buffalo Exchange, and then took the rest to Crossroads (also in Berkeley) and ended up selling about 5 more. You never know what each store is looking for.
And how did I make out? $215 from Buffalo Exchange, $25 from Crossroads. Total = $240 ay baybay!
Crossroads is kind of like the sad sister to Buffalo Exchange. Being there could only be described as… if hell had a dmv.
I met this older man with a super ridiculous spiked cuff. I asked him “do you ever just accidentally try and scratch your head with that wrist? What happens?” And he goes… “no, the only thing I hit with this is my wife.”
FOR THOSE IN THE BAY AREA: I just unloaded a bunch of Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Jovovich-Hawk, Matthew Williamson, and Topshop to the Buffalo Exchange on Telegraph. Get at it.