How I halved my wardobe over the weekend and took a huge weight off of my shoulders.
As you will no doubt have seen me advertising on either my Instagram or Facebook page, over the weekend I took part in the nation-wide Garage Sale Trail. My friends and fellow fashion bloggers had been trying to organise a big clothing sale all year, with no success. The Garage Sale Trail ended up being the right thing at the right time. I have to say a huge thank you to Adelle, who organised the sale, she is amazing. As I write this, I am feeling a whole lot lighter having halved my wardrobe. My tiny apartment feels less cluttered too.
WHY HOST A GARAGE SALE?
Honestly, I had a lot of fun with our sale. It was exciting to see so many eager faces and meet so many people. It truly felt like being part of a community. This is something I can miss working from home for myself. Gumtree reported in its 2018 Secondhand Economy Report that 89% of Australians have unwanted goods in their homes (63% of those being clothes!) and sadly 50% admit to throwing them in the bin! Crazy, right? One person’s trash is another person’s treasure! I really learned firsthand that something I no longer used could mean the world to someone else.
Shopping this way reduces environmental impact, rather than pieces ending up in a landfill. As a seller, I managed to walk away almost $2000 the richer (which will help cover some bills!) and shed an incredible amount from my apartment.
HOW TO KNOW WHAT TO PART WITH
Earlier this year I’d done a huge clearout, donating a lot and listing items to sell on Carousell. I was slowly selling off my unwanted pieces bit by bit, keeping them in storage. When it came to holding the garage sale, I went back through my closet, collection of shoes and accessories ruthlessly culling anything I don’t wear. It helped that my friend Jess came over and looked at my shoe collection and literally pointed out all the pairs she had never seen me wear! That was a definite sign that I had too much and could let it go.
Don’t know where to start? Or how to part with your pieces? The following are some of my tips on how to know what to part with.
- Anything you don’t actually wear, or is the wrong size can go.
- Double-Ups can go. I had so many white cotton or silk shirts, but really only wore two of them.
- Any dated non-classic items can go. Don’t hoard hoping they will come back in style.
- Cheap quality fabrics can go.
- Gifts you didn’t like, can go! It’s a bit mean, but the thought was the thing that counted, so let it go.
- Pieces you have hanging around not being used could be used by someone else who loves them. For example, my friend Mon bought a vintage pair of Moschino pants from me that I love but hadn’t worn in years. I know I will see them on her more than I ever would have living in the back of my cupboard!
- Finally, part with something you still like (but don’t often wear). Then afterward, by comparison, I find myself thinking “If I can let that piece go, I can definitely let this item go! I like it a lot less!”
TIPS ON GETTING ORGANISED FOR A SALE
After compiling the 300+ items I was ready to sell, I went through prepping them for sale.
- Pre-price everything, using swing tags with your Instagram handle on it or using old business cards. Having all of the items priced meant I could spend time at the sale helping people with sizing or styling questions rather than making people wait while I thought up a price. It also meant I could get someone else to help me with putting through the sale transactions.
- Keep prices low but reasonable. Most items I sold were between $5 and $30. When it had gotten a bit slower, I went back over the things left and reduced prices.
- Hang up everything on hangers and sort the rest into tubs ready to be displayed. For example, I had a table of jeans to display, so I put them all into a tub together so they could quickly be arranged during set up.
- Ask for help! If you can, get someone to help you set up your stall, help process the sales or even just be there for a food and coffee run. My partner and his best friend both helped me out on the day, keeping each other company making it more fun. They were both so so helpful and I am so grateful!
- Borrow what you can- rather than go out and buy things like clothing racks, see if you can borrow them. Borrow a bigger car to transport everything if need be.
- Advertise! Jump on social media and get the word out! Ask people to share your sale info. We also did an interview with the newspaper which helped spread the word. It worked because we had a long line outside before we opened!
WOULD YOU HOST A SALE?
Anything that didn’t sell we sent to a women’s shelter and our local op shop. A couple of designer pieces I will list on my Carousell account or gift to friends. Either way, that was 300+ items I didn’t need and I am so happy to know they have gone to good homes.
I hope reading this inspires you to take a look at the things in your house and closet that you might be able to sell at a garage sale. It was such a good thing to do, I can not recommend it enough! I literally halved my wardrobe and it is so spacious and easy to find outfits now. Do you think you would host one?