What I Did With My Unwanted Clothing + What You Can Do Too

Over the last few weeks, I've been going through my entire closet and seeing what sparks joy and what I can live without, and let me just say, this was very difficult! Because if you're like me and like to hold onto clothes, shoes, and bags for far too long, and tell yourself you'll wear them, but never end up doing so, and then end up with a closet full of clothes you rarely wear - then you can understand where I'm coming from! 😂 

By the end, my pile of unwanted clothing and accessories was close to 80 items. 

I shared a series of videos over on my TikTok where I go through and try on my denim, tops, and dresses and share what I want to keep or sell. 

The places I chose to sell my unwanted items were Platos Closet and Style Encore, both are consignment stores that pay for unwanted and/or unworn clothing and accessories. 

Below is my TikTok of how much I made selling my items.

@xoyourgirljess i first stopped at platos closet and what they didn’t buy, i then took to style encore. should i donate what didn’t sell?? #closetcleanout #closetcleaning #sellorkeep #fashiontiktok #fashiontok #platoscloset #onlyinmycalvins #PringlesCanHands #TalkingTree ♬ Love You So - The King Khan & BBQ Show

As for the items that weren't taken at the consignment stores, I plan to sell them on the fashion marketplace app, Poshmark

Now let's talk about what you can do with your unwanted and/or unworn clothes and accessories!


Selling items you no longer want and/or need is a great way to make some extra money all while being sustainable. There are tons of places to sell items varying on location so doing a quick Google search is the best bet! If you much prefer to sell items online there are several options for that as well such as thredUP, Depop, Poshmark, Mercari, The Real Real, and more. 

Donating items is a great way to give back to the community. Places to donate are local women's shelters, homeless shelters, places of worship, thrift stores, and other organizations like Dress for Success, The Salvation Army, and more.

Recycling clothes can include textile recycling, repurposing, or composting. Websites like Earth911, Recycle Now, and American Textile Recycling Center can help you find where to recycle clothes in your area. Repurposing clothing is taking an existing item and turning it into something new. I share how I repurposed a pair of denim jeans in this blog post, check it out for an easy DIY! Composting clothing made of natural fibers like pure wool, cotton, linen, and silk is another fantastic way to recycle. Click here to read how to compost fabric.

I hope you found this blog post helpful! Until next time friends, take care.

xo, Your Girl Jess

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