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Cleared the wardrobe clutter – what to do next?

Cleared the wardrobe clutter - what to do next?
Cleared the wardrobe clutter – what to do next?

As you know each season, I clear the clutter in my wardrobe and let go of things that I no longer wear or make me feel good. It is easy to put into piles one for rubbish and one for the charity shop. BUT what else can you do? Let me help you after you have cleared the clutter what to do next.

Cleared the wardrobe clutter – what to do next?

There are lots of ways to get some money back for your unwanted clothes and here are a few of the high street stores and what they are offering.

H&M Take a bag of old clothes to your nearest store and receive a £5 voucher.

M&S/Oxfam Donate to Oxfam, including items form M&S and receive a £5 voucher.

M&S/Sparks Trade in your old school uniform and get 20% off children’s clothing.

John Lewis Sign up to the “My John Lewis” donate 5+ items and receive a £5 voucher.

River Island Send items to “Reskinned” and you’ll get a £5 voucher to use in store.

New Look Give clothes to a participating hospice and you’ll get 15% off at New Look.

Schuh Will give you a voucher for every pair of shoes you donate in store.

George at Asda Donate clothes at Asda and get 10% off code for George at Asda.

Resale shops on the high street

These used to be called Dress Agencies and now they are known as preloved stores. They usually take about 50% of the sale price, they can be choosy as to what they take, and you have to collect after a period of time. They all also only take the current seasons clothes due to the space available.

Selling online

I have to say that I have not sold any clothes online although I know a lot of people do and so I have no experience of selling on these sites.

  • Vinted  30+ target audience. Easy to navigate but buyers are charged the fee.
  • Vestiaire Collective Good for designer clothes, free to list authenticated items.
  • eBay used by millions daily. Option to make offers on clothes !0% charge on all sales.
  • Facebook marketplace. use the app for better experience local selling totally free.

Tips for selling online.

  • Take a good photograph of the item.
  • Price it to sell.
  • Check the postage costs before uploading.
  • Used tracked or signed for postage.
  • Never message off site.

Swishing events

These are great to do between friends or in small groups. They held one at my WI a few months ago, you all take along a few items of clothes or accessories and get given a raffle ticket for each. Once all the items are displayed you can take the same number of items you have tickets for. I came away with a lovely dress that still had the tags on, a lady had bought it and for some reason not worn it or returned it to store so it was a great find for me.


I hope that has been useful and given you some ideas on how to make some cash from items you no longer wear for whatever reason. If you have any experience of selling online, I would love to hear from you. As I have previously said this is not something I have experience so it would be great to have some feedback.

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