We’ve already discussed how to save money going green, but what about saving or making money, period? If you’re already going green, or if you need to see an immediate effect, this is the blog you’ve been waiting for! Today we’re going to discuss easy ways to cut corners and make money off items in your home.
When my oldest was born, and the ex moved us to Michigan, I joined an online moms group. I was thankfully able to make some really good friends on there that I still talk to today. More than that though, I was able to sit back and learn some valuable information from these ladies. Being the youngest of a large family, I was very familiar with hand-me-downs, but I had no clue what to do if there was no one to hand those clothes or things down to, other than to donate them (we’ll discuss proper places to donate things at a later date, and I promise you, Goodwill is NOT the place to go!). I also didn’t know what to do if there was no one to get hand-me-downs from, other than go to the store and get new stuff. This is when I started learning the art of being thrifty…
Most of you have heard of consignment and thrift shops. Some of you probably turn your nose up at the idea. If you have turned your nose up, this may not be the blog for you, but keep reading and see if I can change your mind. One of my FAVORITES for kids is Once Upon A Child. You can bring their “gently used” clothes and toys there, and you have a choice between trading them for more clothes and toys (store credit) or just flat out selling them. Me, I sell them generally, but on occasion, I do find some things in there that I can just not pass up.
Another great thing to do if you want to trade is find a mommy group in the area, and see if they trade out hand-me-downs. This is a great “pay it forward” type thing to do, AND, although you wouldn’t want to give away something that should go in the trash, you don’t have to worry as much about the condition of the clothes.
Now, what about yourself? I don’t know about you, but I shop like nobody’s business. Almost any time I walk in a store, I spot a sale and I end up buying a shirt or five. Because of this, my closet and dresser are in constant overload (I admit, I am sometimes that adult who has clothes stacked on the floor because there just isn’t enough room for everything) and this means that when I take the time to go through them all, I can make a little money. My favorite place to sell my clothes has been Plato’s closet. Of course, I have no problem trading out clothes for store credit either because they make sure to have an amazing stock of stuff available at all times!
Last, but certainly not least, you can do what several of my friends (and myself, on occasion) have done and sell your clothes (and anything else you can imagine) on Facebook. My suggestion is to create a “For Sale” album, and set it to public and “Share” it to as many groups as possible. I have made SOME money this way, but I have also given myself more headache than it’s worth at times with it, which is why I have listed it as the last option to use.
Well, I’ll see you next time. I hope I was able to give you some ideas to line your pockets!