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Overflowing Wardrobes

Just like last year, I bought another pair of ‘lounge pants’ in the Asda sale. Marvel rather than Peppa Pig this time, really comfortable, I’m pleased.

However, this got me thinking. I put them in my set of drawers, which are overflowing.

A new survey has found that UK shoppers own £10bn worth of clothes they do not wear.

Why do I have so many clothes when most of the time I wear the same sort of things day in day out? I get annoyed by not being able to fit my clothes in my drawers, but space is taken up with stuff I don’t wear and haven’t worn all year. People say that if you haven’t worn it for a year, you won’t, so get rid. Now is the time to great rid of stuff. I don’t want you to just bin the clothes, instead, here are a few ideas of what you could do with clothing you no longer wear.

Charity shop

Probably the bred and butter of a good charity shop is the clothes it offers. My Mum volunteers in one and they see all sorts come in, but a lot of the time they get a decent amount of good quality clothing which they can sell on for a good price. Don’t forget, if applicable, you can gift aid your donations too! Obviously, you won’t make any money here but you’ll be making space at home and helping out a charity!

Facebook marketplace

Whenever I’ve put an item on Facebook marketplace it’s sold pretty quickly, within a few hours and been collected the same day. This is an easy way to get rid of things fast, for free, as there are no fees involved.

eBay

If you have clothing that people are likely to bid on – Little Bird at Mothercare springs to mind – try eBay. In-good-condition baby clothes sell well and branded things like the previously mentioned sell extremely well! Still got tags on? You’ll often get more than you bought it for, especially if you bought it in the sale!

Car boot

Back to basics with a car boot. Get up early and you’ll get the best of the trade. Just make sure you don’t look around too many of the other stalls as there’s that risk you might see something you like and you’ll come home with another boot full!

Recycle or Upcycle

Clothing that isn’t in great condition or perhaps you don’t think will sell can still have a use. Charity shops get paid for ‘rags’ and you can take a bag of clothes to those shops-that-aren’t-shops where they’ll pay you by the weight. There might be a second life in an item of clothing, what can it be made into? Try upcycling!

Let me know in the comments below, over on Facebook or on Twitter how much you have in your wardrobe that you don’t wear and what you sell it for. That could be added to your rainy day fund or go towards something you actually want.

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