Selling, trading or donating in style

By Ana Brenda Ibarra

As the days warm up and our clothing gets lighter, so can our wallets. The only thing we seem to have a surplus of is the unnecessary clothes crammed in our drawers and closet.

However, there is a very simple solution to our money and clutter problems. You can take all your unwanted pieces to recycled clothing stores such as Buffalo Exchange, Crossroads or any local thrift store to bag in some extra cash (and maybe you’ll finally be able to buy that book you still haven’t bought for class!)

Selling and trading clothes is a lot easier than it might sound to first-timers. Most stores have a buy counter where you can take your clothes and sell the pieces that can be resold to the public. This means that they must be in decent shape and in season. Things most likely to sell this spring are lightweight, colorful and floral pieces.

Many stores have a website where “wanted items” are posted. Stores will post “findings” of certain items or brands for those more interested in buying than selling. While selling your clothes will create some gratification because of the cash you’ll receive on the spot, many times trading pieces is a better deal. If you’re on a tight budget, doing your spring shopping by trading can be a good option.

In contrary to what many may think, thrift stores do carry stylish, one-of-a-kind pieces that can help you stand out among more conventional outfits. Finding vintage, unique garments is always a plus to recycled shopping.

Many of these stores are often associated with charity, meaning that you can donate clothes for a cause. For example, Buffalo Exchange currently has a Coats for Cubs event in which fur apparel can be donated to the Humane Society for injured wildlife.

So whether you’re looking to make some extra cash, buy exclusive items or donate what you no longer wear, recycled clothing shops are the right place to go.

Cross Trading Co.

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Cross Trading Co.

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