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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Those Resale Sites Are Dangerous! To me!

While everyone else is ecstatically decluttering via the Kondo method, I've been succumbing to temptation again and again. That is because I've discovered--to my peril--the various resale sites--Thredup, Poshmark, etc. There are about five of them out there. Even a cursory glance at my favorite brands--Eileen Fisher and Garnet Hill--yields an array of the greatest hits of the past few years. It is easy enough for me to resist these items new (scarily expensive) or even on sale (still pretty scary, especially EF), on these sites I can afford just about anything I might want.

One thing about shopping at the two thrift stores near my house is that even at the ridiculously low prices--averaging $3-$5--there's just not that much that appeals to me. 

On the plus side, what a sense of (over)abundance. Anything you might pine for will undoubtedly show up in new or almost new condition. No need to feel deprived. 

Also on the plus side is the fact that you will assess your stuff with a new and critical eye. You will see just how little you can get for your items. That's a sobering realization. Might as well donate.

Have you checked out these sites? Have you bought? Sold through or to them? What do you think of them?

P.S. I'm putting together a donation bag RIGHT NOW.


Gam Kau said...

I haven't tried any of those resale sites, but best avoid them I think. I'm zealously trying to pare down so no need to tempt myself. Local charity shops provide enough temptation, never mind the great big world of online resale…
I agree, it is rather disconcerting to see how little value most items have at resale. We all think our "stuff" is so well curated and acquired, but in reality it just it a bunch of items to add to the worldwide mountain of items…
On the other hand, I recently sold a pair of YSL silk shoes that I had purchased probably 20 years ago and was amazed at the price I got for them.

Shelley said...

I don't tend to buy clothes online, as I'm tough to fit and I always see return postage as wasted money. I pretty much have all the clothing I need for the moment. I can manage exercise, housework, gardening, smart casual, winter funeral, summer party, winter party, dry summer holiday. I might struggle with summer funeral if my navy pantsuit is too far out of style and it's been a while since I tried to cope with a summer (wet) holiday here in Britain. Will cross that bridge when someone dies or it gets warm enough to worry about what to wear in the wet. Eileen Fisher doesn't suit me at all; sadly I'm not aware of any line of clothes that excites me at the moment.