Retail therapy. Shopping addiction. Following in the footsteps of Cher Horotwiz*. I have a lot of stuff. Way too much stuff, in fact. While I’ve written about decluttering my office and the whole first floor of our house, I’ve stopped short of sharing the nitty gritty details of the upstairs. Because it’s kind of embarrassing.
But since I’m no stranger to awkwardness, I thought I’d write this post as a confession of sorts. The short version of it is that I used to shop. A lot. Growing up, I had multiple closets. Truth be told, I still have two closets. And some stuff at my parents’ house. See? I told you. It’s embarrassing. And maybe a little bit pathological. But that’s neither here nor there right now. For the past year, I’ve spent my time curbing those shopping tendencies and decluttering instead.
Because I had such a good run on Poshmark and Tradesy last year, I committed to topping that goal. Last year, I sold $871 worth of stuff. Most of it was clothing and shoes and handbags and accessories. Part of that figure also includes knickknacks and bric-a-brac and small home goods and a whole bunch other junk I should have never bought in the first place. So this year, I wanted to top that amount by December.
Well, it’s the end of May, and I’ve already hit $1039.
Insert full stop here.
In five months, my closet has netted me over a grand. I don’t flip things. I don’t refurbish things. I don’t make listings for friends and family members. I snap photos of things I own and sell. That’s it.
I promise that one day, I’ll share photos and amounts and spreadsheets. I promise one day I’ll run the numbers for what I had to put into my closet to get $1,000 out of it. I promise one day, I’ll have a bells-and-whistles post with all the lessons I’ve learned and personal growth that I’ve made. As for today, I’d love to share more, but I have clutter to clear.
*Seriously, if you don’t get my Clueless references, stop reading this post and find it on Netflix**.
**Also, I have no idea if it’s actually on Netflix. I own it. Duh. And I only get movies and TV shows from the library. Because I’m actually 87.
So Tell Me…What’s your favorite way to resell items? Do you want to know how many pairs of shoes I used to own? I’ll give you a hint. I stopped counting after 100. And no, that doesn’t include boots.