Going green with your closet

Did you know that shopping second hand helps reduce landfill waste? The United States sends 21 billion pounds of textile waste to landfills each year – imagine how you could drastically reduce that number if you primarily shopped second hand instead of always buying something new?

Over the years, my sense of style has evolved to a place where I finally feel like I know what I’m doing when I put an outfit together. I don’t write about fashion very often on my blog (but I do enjoy a good OOTD photo on Instagram), partly because I feel like I’d make a terrible fashion blogger! There are a few things in my closet that I’ve had for 10+ years, and in today’s fashion blogging world, it seems like to keep up with the ladies at the top, you need to be shopping at Nordstrom every five seconds.

I decided to end my month long green series with fashion though, because even though I like Nordstrom as much as the next person, I really can’t afford to drop hundreds of dollars on a pair of shoes, designer denim or a purse. And even if I could afford it, it’s wasteful with money and harmful to the planet to always buy new.

Shopping second-hand is really where it’s at. I’ve found SO MANY cool and quality pieces for my closet that way. Think designer names like Frye, Kate Spade, Zara, Coach, Sam Edelman, Hunter, Steve Madden, and Silver Jeans at much lower prices. Some items are new; others are gently used. And why shouldn’t we be responsible with our fashion choices too? In my opinion, it’s incredibly wasteful with your money to drop $500 on a purse, but that’s just me 🙂

I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite finds for you – most came from Poshmark where you can also sell unwanted items from your closet then use those credits to purchase things. Or transfer to your bank account for an extra boost. If I know I’m in need of something or on the hunt for an item I don’t want to pay full price for, Poshmark is my go-to these days. (I’ll link some similar styles so you can go on your own search if you’re feeling inspired)

My bag (Kate Spade) and booties (Frye) both came from Poshmark and were less than $100 combined. Chambray top is old, from American Eagle and dress is from Magnolia Boutique.

 


I searched for two years for this cat Kate Spade watch!! Someone finally listed it on Poshmark, and I scooped it up immediately. Here’s a similar watch or you can stalk the resale sites like I did and maybe get lucky.

Bracelets are Bourbon and Boweties. The antler bangle is sold out, but the beaded bracelet is still available!


Indy also has a Vintage Goodwill store where I was able to find a Fleetwood Mac band tee that I’d been searching for FOREVER. You never know what you might find when you shop second hand! Camo pants are from Express.

This Zara jacket came from Poshmark – I actually saw it on an actress on TV and just did a search for embroidered bomber and found it that way. I’m not sure if it’s real silk or not, but it’s great quality and was only $18. New, it would have cost me $150. There are still a few listed on there, but much more than what mine cost.

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When I was in need of a warm, water-proof parka for Iceland, I bought this North Face parka for about 1/3 of the retail price. It was everything and more for the trip, keeping me dry and warm. I also wore it all winter here in Indiana.

So next time you are looking for something specific, consider shopping second hand because you just never know what you might find. Not only is it economically beneficial, but it’s good for the earth too!

Pictured below: Kate Spade Cat Clutch, Hunter Rain Boots & Silver Floral Embroidered Jeans

 

 

 

I’m on Poshmark!

I recently cleaned out both my closets and as I was purging them and preparing to take them to the consignment shop like usual, I discovered Poshmark. If you aren’t familiar with it, Poshmark is an app that allows you to sell clothes from your closet at prices YOU set. Buyers can make you offers or trade you something if you like things in their closet and want to swap.

For listings over $15, Poshmark takes 20% of your earnings. Kind of steep but really no different than the consignment shop. Anything under $15 and it’s a flat fee of $2 and some change. Shipping is incredibly easy – the buyer pays a flat rate of $5.95, Poshmark e-mails you a shipping label and you just slap it on a box and drop it in the mail. Super easy!

If someone likes more than one item in your closet, they can bundle them into one transaction. Some sellers will offer a small discount as an incentive to bundle. Usually the shipping label will cover the cost but if not, it’s up to the seller to pay the difference.

So how is it working for me? I’ve been on there for about two weeks and have listed about 60 items. So far I’ve made around $100!! I’ve been selling multiple items daily. Once your buyer has received their package, they have to accept it and then your funds are released to you and you can use them toward clothing on Poshmark or transfer to your bank account. The only negative experience that I’ve had was when a buyer reported that her package wasn’t delivered. Poshmark opened a case for the item and then things got a little strange. The next day I was notified the buyer reported the item as “not as described and soiled” (which was false, by the way). Whatever photos she submitted must not have backed her claims up because Poshmark ruled in my favor and I got my money. I have no idea if she really received the package or not but it worked out in my favor.

When choosing items to list, I picked things that were almost new or in like new condition. So far anything PINK by Victoria’s Secret, Converse, and American Eagle are the most popular. All of the things in my Poshmark closet are items that don’t fit me right anymore, I never wear or after wearing a few times, I decided I didn’t like the material/fit after all. Pictures are important too – take your photos in good lighting and if your items are too small to model or you don’t have a good place to hang them, see if you can find an old photo of the item online from the store you purchased it at. You’d be surprised at how long images hang around on Pinterest and Google.

How does it compare to other online sites? I’d say I’ve been more successful with Poshmark than anything else I’ve tried. I sent a few things to Thread Up and they barely took anything I sent them. I didn’t get the items back that they didn’t take because I thought they’d take most of them and chose not to have them sent back. So I lost outon that one. Ebay is hit or miss with clothes – shoes do better for me there. Plato’s Closet has always hated my stuff for some reason and consignment shops tend to be extremely picky but what I do take there always sells.

Hopefully this has helped some of you thinking of using the app – it’s been a good experience so far! And if you’re already on there, I’d love to follow you and see your closet! Here are just a few pictures of some of my listings. and you can shop the rest at this link: https://poshmark.com/closet/kellys0384.

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