Decluttered Clothes: to sell or to donate?

I constantly waver between selling or donating the clothes I declutter.

On the donate side: I never bought the items with the thought of recouping their costs. My job is quite intense, with long hours, so I don’t have the time to fiddle around with listing, monitoring sales, packing and posting. One of the up sides of my job is that my pay is quite good, so I don’t need the money from selling items for a couple of dollars. I like helping the local charity by donating items of good quality. I want them out quickly and not hanging around the house cluttering up another spot.

On the sell side: Any money is good! I worry that some donated items will just end up in the bin or as rags. At least if someone buys it, the item might get worn. I have clothes that have been hardly worn (in a couple of cases, never worn), some vintage pieces and some retro or designer pieces. I really want them to go good homes – sad I know.

I think donating is winning. What do you do?

This week’s haul from my wardrobe:
A skirt I have never worn. I just can’t find a top that suits it and me. Or maybe the skirt just doesn’t suit me?
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A long line cardy. It is quite nice and I liked it on me but I think I now look drab in it. And I have a nicer one anyway.
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A top that is too stretched for me.
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A skirt that no longer suits me. Long and black isn’t goth on a middle age sheila.
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A top I quite like that I have just got too fat (Can I say that? Yes, given I am nearly 40% fat, I think I can.) for around the arm holes. Table 8, small. So I don’t feel too bad.
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A rich green dressing gown. I felt quite medieval when I bought it but I realise I don’t like long dressing gowns. The flapping around my legs annoys me. This has hung on my door, sad and neglected.
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My God. What are these? Swimmers, given to Mr Sans years ago. Thank goodness he never wore them and has finally consented to have them thrown away.

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And finally, a vintage dress I bought when I was at uni, more than a quarter century ago, from a vintage dress shop. A lace, 60s number. With white lace-up boots, whoever wore this would look quite the miss. Hope this gets snaffled up by some young ‘un, who wants a Mod look.

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Eight items. Not bad. More decluttering to come tomorrow.

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7 thoughts on “Decluttered Clothes: to sell or to donate?

  1. I donate to our local op shop, they are busy & have good turnover of items & support local community groups.
    I agree selling is a hassle.

  2. I’ve just started a serious declutter, with about half and half donate / sell items. Unfortunately although i’d love to just give it all to the local charities, i’ve gone back to uni (because I didn’t old enough somehow, so thought surrounding myself with 18 year olds would help – it does) so have kept back some of the more expensive pieces.

    I just found your blog, and am enjoying it so far! So hello from a new follower and fellow Australian. 🙂

  3. I just can’t be bothered with selling things, except for something that might fetch $20+ such as a jacket or coat. But otherwise, it’s in a charity bin, or my op shop man. Like you, I tend to think I can ‘afford’ it in the first place, and I can ‘afford’ to give it away. I just hate having clothes that are past their best, and it seems a waste to donate them (as in, they might have no use for them), but then not everyone’s standards are as high, perhaps?

    • But another of my problems, Sarah, is how do I know an item with realise $20? I would hate to go through the whole shebang and then get nothing or a couple of dollars.

      • Oh my gosh, YES! You can set the minimum in ebay, but if it doesn’t sell it just seems like it is a waste of your time to even list it in the first place! grrrr

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