I’m amazed at how much extra income people are making just from decluttering their homes. I’ve talked to some moms who declutter their children’s closets, sell the clothes that their children no longer fit, and earn extra money to cover the costs of new clothes. Children grow fast and back to school time is upon us, therefore now is a great time to declutter, make room for the new clothing, and earn some extra income to cover the costs of the new clothing.
If you are thinking about selling your old stuff, then:
- Clean out closets and other places where clothes, shoes, and accessories are stored in your home
- Separate the stuff that is in great condition that you want to sell from the stuff that will be given away
- Decide on which strategy you will use to sell your clothing (we will discuss 3 pathways next)
Where to sell your clothing
1. Declutter and sell items via thredUP
Check out thredUP which is an online second-hand store that allows for the sale of “used women’s and kids’ clothes, handbags, shoes, fashion jewelry, and accessories online and earn cash or credit for the items they accept.” thredUP is amazing, because if you are using thredUP then all you need to do is to fill up the bag they send and then mail the bag back to them. This will save a ton of time because you won’t have to sell the items yourself. Also, you won’t have to meet up with strangers or allow strangers to come to your home. Once you know what is accepted then you can use the cash or credit to buy new clothes for your children. Make sure the items are on their list of requested items and in great condition to increase the likelihood that your items will be accepted.
Here is how it works according to thredUP:
- Fill The Bag: Drop in high-quality women’s and kids’ clothing, handbags, shoes, fashion jewelry, and accessories
- Send It Off: Leave your bag for your mail carrier or drop it off at any FedEx Office or USPS location.
- Feel Instant Stress Relief: Once your bag is processed, you’ll earn cash or credit for the items accepted by thredUp.
2. Declutter and sell items in a Facebook Group
Seriously, I have found some amazing things on Facebook and it is a great way to earn extra income.
- Take good pictures of the items
- Upload them to Facebook
- Post your items for sale on Facebook Buy/Sell Groups in your area
In addition to using Facebook groups in your area, you can also create your own group, invite friends, and sell items from there. I have 2 friends who have successfully created a Facebook group where they sold items to their friends and the real-life friends of their friends. This helped to increase everyone’s comfort level with the people we were buying and selling from. Also, There are other sites like eBay or Amazon that you can use, but I’ve found Facebook to be really easy with highly engaged people. The biggest thing is that if you are going to meet up with someone, then be safe and use good judgment. If it doesn’t feel right then don’t do it.
3. Declutter and sell items in person at a resale store
You can also resell your children’s stuff at resale store stores like or other resale stores for children. If you have clothes within the last two years, then check out:
- Once Upon a Child (children’s clothing and baby/child equipment)
- Plato’s Closet (for your teen and young adult’s clothes)
- Clothes Mentor (for mom clothes and accessories)
- mom2momlist.com (a website that tracks the Mom-to-Mom sales in Michigan)
- Kid to Kid
- Rhea Lana
Don’t limit yourself. Research resale shops in your areas and you may find that you have even more options than what I have listed here.
I hope that these 3 ideas will help you to identify ways to declutter and earn extra income. Hit reply to let me know how you will use these tips! If you want more tips on decluttering your closet, then check out this post to read more.
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Aisha Taylor is a single mom of twins, personal financial coach, work from home entrepreneur, and #1 Amazon Best Selling Author of the book “5+5 FNPhenomenal Ways to Save $100 This Week Without Killing Your Lifestyle.” Aisha has been featured in ESSENCE, Jet Magazine, and Black Enterprise. She is also the Founder of FNPhenomenal (Frugal –n- Phenomenal), a movement designed to help single moms create a vision for their lives, craft a financial strategy to support that vision, and show them that phenomenal living is possible. It’s time for you to be Financially Phenomenal!
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