Creative Ways to Find $$$$ In Your Closet

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This is what an ad said that I saw years ago in a small-town paper said, and I have never forgotten it. How could I?

It is such an excellent example of a creative way to get rid of an unwanted item while making some money at the same time.

Everyone is talking about finding ways to make extra money and avoid over spending. But did you know that there is money hiding in your closet and drawers?

Allow me the opportunity to provide you with some ideas as to how you, too, can discover the extra cash hidden in your wardrobe, drawers, and even in your shoeboxes.

First, and for my clients this suggestion comes as no surprise, go through your closets and drawers and pull out what you never wear, what doesn’t fit, or in the case of shoes, the ones that hurt your feet.

The items that are new or barely worn can be brought to a consignment shop. Clothes that are in good condition and not outdated are always excellent candidates for re-sale.

These days, consignments stores are star performers. Their sales are up and their inventory is usually quite diverse and full.

The better the consignment store does, the more likely your items will sell quickly and for a higher price. Consignment stores take your clothes in for a specific amount of time, and give you 40% to 50% of how much they are sold for.

Be sure to pick up whatever does not sell, and along with the clothes that are not sales worthy, donate these items to the Salvation Army, Goodwill or your local community center. Remember to get a receipt for tax-deduction purposes.

Another option is to use online consignment services.

Here are a few for you to use:

We have all received a few gifts that we really wish we hadn’t. Like that sweater your mother-in-law, sister, or friend gave you, the shirt that’s two sizes too large or small, or the scarf in that unflattering color…you know what I’m talking about.

The expression “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” holds true. So consign or donate those gifts you know you’ll never wear. Hey, you might not even like them.

Why bother holding onto items that will not be worn, used or cherished? Not only can you find extra money by going through your closets, you will also feel lighter and less cluttered.
Consigned, they will make someone else very happy and put money in your pocket to buy things perfect for you.

Take advantage of the opportunities to turn your trash into treasure and remember that spring is around the corner along with another opportunity for turning your unwanted clothes into cash: Tag Sales.

PS. Grab your virtual seat in my March 31 2023 Know What To Wear workshop.

Learn how to choose clothes you’ll love to wear, and end having that deer in the headlights look when you open your closet doors.
Reserve your spot here:



  • Scarlett De Bease

    Scarlett De Bease is a personal wardrobe stylist who shows women women how to stop stressing about dressing and feel more confident when they walk into a room. She guides her clients virtually and in-person to create their own unique signature style, feel fearless and confident to be seen and heard, and excited to put themselves out to the world in a way that is game-changing. From creating outfits with what you already own, to taking you shopping in person or virtually, Scarlett uses her creativity and compassion to help women of all shapes, sizes, and ages go from feeling insecure and frumpy to confident, successful, and stylish. She takes boring outfits and turns them into “oh hell yeah, look at me outfits” while making her clients feel great about themselves. As the founder of Scarlett Image Consulting and author of Stop Stressing About Dressing, her one-of-a-kind in-person and worldwide online workshops reveal how a more powerful presence leads to more opportunities and more profit. You can find out more about Scarlett at

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