For 3 years I had a pair of designer shoes in my closet that I loved. They were red and white checkers with 4” stiletto heels and were purchased for $75 (normally $400!). They were perfect, except that I never wore them out of the house because, by the time I walked from the bedroom to the front door, I would give up from the cramping and take them off. In hind sight, I never should have purchased a pair of shoes that was obviously 2 sizes too small, but I was being optimistic. Just like the skinny jeans I keep in case I lose 15 pounds, I kept these shoes because I really hoped one day my feet would go from a size 9.5 to a size 8.
After 3 agonizing years, I finally came to grips with reality. I grabbed those shoes, along with all those cute “I’m 21 and love to party!” tank tops, and made a trip to My Sister’s Closet, a local chain of consignment stores in Phoenix.
I held in the tears while the girl behind the counter quickly looked through my items and set up my consignment account. She explained that the items would be placed in the store at the price they know is appropriate. If the item doesn’t sell, it will be marked down. If it still doesn’t sell, it will get donated. When the items sell, about half of the profit will go into my account that I can use as store credit or redeem for cash.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I still love to get the warm fuzzy feeling from donating clothes and household goods to great non-profits, but consigning has become my motivation for getting rid of all the impulse buys I have in my closet. All those items they are still in new condition, were purchased on an amazing sale, or the salesperson talked me into can now actually do me some good.
So goodbye Banana Republic pants that went from a 6 to a 2 in the wash. Goodbye Ann Taylor v-neck I don’t have the assets to wear. No longer do I need to look at you and feel guilty for the money wasted. I can take you to find a new owner who you will make very happy, and I now start to fill the empty spaces in my closet!