Most of us can admit freely (or, maybe not so freely) that we have too many clothes. I consider myself to be a master at trimming down my possessions, but I can still honestly say I have more clothes than I truly need. They just add up.
The problem with getting rid of clothes is that sometimes, we pay a lot of money for them. We might have a Free People skirt that we paid $150 for. It doesn’t fit, but we just can’t bear to get rid of it and “lose” all that money.
Or what if we bought a fair trade, hand made piece that just doesn’t look right on us? Tossing it in a bag destined for the Salvation Army just seems…dispiriting. Especially when it’s something a person put their heart and soul into.
In the past, the answer has always been to consign it, or to host a clothing swap with friends to make sure it at least went to a good home. But today I stumbled onto a cool new option we can consider. Online consigning with Couture Redistribution. On this site, you get to consign your clothes, and then spend your “bucks” on other cool clothes that people have consigned. It’s a win-win!
Here’s how it works:
1. You sign up for a “closet”. Think of your closet as your “online store”. You take pictures of each piece you want to consign, you describe their condition, and you tell their story. The story of your clothes is just for fun, but you might be surprised at how many consigners tell the story of each piece they’ve consigned on the site. It definitely makes for interesting reading!
2. The Fashion Police on the site look at, and then approve, your uploads. They want higher-fashion pieces that are seasonally appropriate.
3. Once they’ve approved your piece they put a price on it. If you accept the price it will sell for, you’re good to go!
4. The coolest thing about Couture Redistribution is that once your clothing is uploaded you can start shopping immediately. Half of everything you’ve consigned is available for you to spend immediately. Neat! So you don’t have to wait until someone actually buys something to start getting new-old clothes for yourself. I love this!
5. Once someone buys one of your pieces, Couture Redistribution will send you an email along with a prepaid, USPS mailing label to make things easy. You can either schedule a free pick up with your postal carrier (since it’s prepaid) or go drop off the box at your local post office. Easy!
I’ve browsed around the site and can honestly say there’s some really, really great stuff in there. I liken it to Bekin’s Closet in Brooklyn (my most favorite place ever to buy clothes!).
If you have some awesome clothing from designers like Diane Von Furstenberg, Stella McCartney, Dolce & Gabbana, Tiffany, or James Perse, you’re in luck. You can list your pieces at Couture Redistribution and start shopping!
Filed under: Eco Fashion on April 27th, 2011