How To Get More Money For Your Old Clothes

Life’s too expensive to leave money sitting on the table. If you have old clothes that you no longer wear, then it’s time to see if you can get any money for them. And make no mistake — you will get money for them. In fact, so certain is it that you can sell your clothes that you should really be asking how much you can get for them. 

In this post, we’re going to run through everything you need to know about maximizing the 

value of your second-hand clothing. Done correctly, it can prove to be a lucrative endeavor. 

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Fix Any Issues

Clothes are like everything else: people aren’t going to pay top dollar for items that have issues that compromise the quality. So your first step will always be to fix any issues to the best of your ability. In some cases — such as with high-quality clothing — it may be worthwhile getting it fixed by a seamstress. But in most cases, you’ll be able to fix the clothing yourself with a little know-how. If you learn the basics of clothing repair, you can give your clothes the TLC they need to return to their former glory. 

Find the Ideal Market

There are many, many places to sell your old clothing in today’s world, but not all will be right for you. If you’re selling rare or niche clothing (think: old NBA jerseys), then a general site like eBay would be best. If you’re focused purely on fashionable clothing, then it’ll probably be best to sell at a second-hand market. If you live anywhere even reasonably well-populated, there will certainly be a range of markets available to you. Get a stall at one of these markets, pack up your best clothing, and see what happens.

Add Tags

If you’re selling your clothing in the real world, then it’s recommended to add tags to your clothing. Even though you’re selling second-hand clothing, the presence of tags gives the clothing the appearance of quality and professionalism. It gives potential buyers peace of mind that they’re buying a nice item. You can get custom swing tags from a printing shop, and once they’ve arrived, you’ll just need to write the price of the product on the bag. In a competitive second-hand market, it’s these small details that can help your products stand out from the crowd. Plus, it can help solidify and enhance your brand. 

Look For Opportunities 

You don’t need to just sell your own clothing. In fact, if you’re looking to make as much money as possible, then you shouldn’t just be selling your own goods. It’s recommended to look for opportunities to resell. For example, if you’re visiting a second-hand clothing market overseas where you can find local artisan clothing at bargain prices. That would be an investment worth making since you’ll probably be able to sell it for much more once you’re back in your home market, especially if you’re based in a large city like New York. This won’t be your main business, but it’s worthwhile keeping your eye open! 

Off The Shoulder Dress

Dress: Express // Shoes: Steve Madden // Bag: Gucci // Earrings: Anthropologie {similar} // Rings: Monica Vinader, Anita Ko {similar} and BaubleBar

The other day I was FaceTiming with my mom while wearing this off the shoulder dress (as I normally do to see the puppies, duh) and she asked “did you get that dress for half off cause it’s missing a sleeve”. LOL old people humor. But for real, I got this dress from Express for not that much (it’s on sale right now for $50!). I’m really trying to dress up more in 2018, as I sit here writing this post dressed like a hobo…don’t judge me it’s freezing in LA right now. Dresses are the easiest way to dress up (pun intended) and look put together without putting in much effort.

Also, I’m going to Charleston this weekend for my birthday, woot woot! I seriously CAN NOT wait! Be sure to follow me on instagram @esthercollins because I will be posting a ton during my trip, showing you guys what I am doing! If you guys have ever been to Charleston, let me know your favorite places that I should check out. I’ve never been before so I am stoked!

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Photos by: Jordan Zobrist

Sequin Jacket

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Sequin Jacket: True Decadence on DailyLook //  Shirt: Sincerely Jules {similar} // Shorts: Just Black on DailyLook {similar} // Sunglasses: Dior // Booties: Franco Sarto // Choker: Forever 21 // Rings: BaubleBar and & Other Stories {similar here}

Hey ya’ll! How is everyones week going? Mine has been quite the week. I’m battling a cold that’s been lingering for a few days, and also getting over some food poisoning from the weekend. I’ve seriously been taking a million supplements and Wellness pills that I got from Whole Foods. I’m on Vitamin D, Wellness Pills and Oregano Oil, honestly just doing whatever it takes to nip this cold in the bud. If you guys have any cold remedies, please let me know in the comments below!

Now onto the outfit because I’m super excited to share this with you. This is one of my favorite summertime casual outfits. This look is perfect because it can take you from day, to night. The sequin jacket I got in my DailyLook box is seriously EVERYTHING! I’ve gotten so many compliments on this jacket! On its own, this outfit is very casual. Jean shorts with a cute Cali tee and some booties, but throw that jacket over it and BAM. Next level.

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Photography by Jordan Zobrist

MINKPINK Jumpsuit

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Jumpsuit: MINKPINK {similar ON SALE!} // Bag: Gucci // Shoes: Steve Madden  {similar ON SALE!} // Rings: BaubleBar, & Other Stories {similar} // Choker: Forever 21

I’ve been on a major jumpsuit kick lately. I love that this trend is coming back in full swing. Rompers are perfect for summer but jumpsuits are a great in between season piece. I got this MINKPINK jumpsuit in my last DailyLook Elite Box.  I’m so obsessed with this jumpsuit. It’s perfect for during the day, and even works for a night out. The cut outs in the back show a little skin without it being too revealing. I’ve already gotten quite a few wears in this jumpsuit. I love this jumpsuit in particular because its loose in some places but form fitting in others.

Since this jumpsuit has a pattern throughout, I decided to keep the jewelry to a minimum. I paired it with a simple choker, and two rings. I used to be ALL about the chunky jewelry, the bigger the better am I right? But recently, I’ve really been into delicate jewelry. If you guys know of any cute delicate jewelry brands, let me know! I’m always on the hunt!

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jumpsuitPhotos by: Jordan Zobrist 

Striped Dress

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Dress: Zara // Bag: Gucci {similar} // Ring: Monica Vinader // Earrings: BaubleBar {similar and on sale!} // Shoes: Urban Outfitters

It’s starting to feel warm in Los Angeles. Shockingly I feel like we’ve been having a very cold and rainy year so far. But it’s starting to warm up and you know what that means…it’s time to start wearing dresses. Dresses are some of my favorite things to wear because you really don’t have to think too much when putting together an outfit. I recently bought this Zara dress online and I’m obsessed. It’s a thicker material so it’s perfect for the transition weather. Stripes have also become a new obsession of mine. They’re a fun pattern that’s perfect for spring!

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Photos by: Jordan Zobrist

Purple Duster

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Duster: Style Delivers // Dress: Forever 21 // Bag: Gucci {similar} // Boots: Gucci (on sale!) // Necklace: BaubleBar {similar} // Bracelets: BaubleBar and Library // Rings: BaubleBar {similar} , Anita Ko {similar} and LVL Collective

I stumbled upon a small boutique on Melrose Avenue called Style Delivers last year, and I’ve become hooked. They sell a lot of fast fashion items at a reasonable price point. It’s a great store to look for Vegas dresses, which I’m going in a couple weeks for my birthday and I can not wait! My first time into Style Delivers I saw this purple duster and I absolutely fell in love! It’s so chic and so soft. It’s perfect to throw over a plain dress or even some jeans to create some mega-drama!

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Speaking of drama – let me just tell you about my weekend… I went to Napa for a friend’s birthday celebration. All was good until the rain hit. Being from the east coast you would think a little rain wouldn’t scare anyone. My flight going to Napa got cancelled but luckily I got on another one that flew out. Our other friends got delayed and ended up having to spend the night at the airport. Oh but wait, the drama doesn’t stop there. While in Napa, we went out to a nice dinner only to find a staple in my food. Yup. A staple. I don’t think I’ve ever been so traumatized.

After those rough 24 hours you’d think, nothing else could go wrong. Right? I was ready to get back to LA and see my dog and just sit on the couch and CHILL. That was until I got an alert saying my flight once again got cancelled. Luckily my friends champed it with me and we ended up getting a rental car and drove from Napa back to LA. It only took us, oh you know, about 8 hours to get home.

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As crazy and terrible the things life threw at us were, I had a pretty fun weekend. Rather than wallow in our misery we made the most of the trip and ended up having a blast. Plus I discovered a new favorite line of champagne from Mumm Winery. We also decided on our trip that we’re going to be doing two weeks of Whole 30, and attempt the Year of Yes. So wish us luck, we might need it!

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Photos by: Jordan Zobrist

DailyLook Elite Box Review

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Subscription boxes have become a huge thing in the recent years. I’ve become a sucker to a lot of them. I’ve tried a bunch and currently get the PopSugar box each month. I kept seeing ads for DailyLook’s Elite Box and I just couldn’t resist trying it out. Basically you pay $40 for a box of clothing that has been personally styled just for you. That $40 is then used towards any items you want to purchase from your box. If you get an item you don’t like, you just return it free of charge.

I love to shop, but I’m also lazy AF so this box sounded pretty ideal for me. I signed up online, and took their quick style quiz. The questions range from telling them your sizing to different style preferences. I also gave them my social media figuring they don’t actually even look at it. I got my box the other day and was pleasantly surprised when I got a note from my stylist Martha (shoutout to Martha!). She said in her note how she looked through my blog and Instagram and saw one of my recent posts about off the shoulder tops. I LOVED the personalization which I really didn’t expect. Okay, so onto what was in the box. Here were all the items I received:

 

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When I first saw this shirt in the box I really wasn’t thrilled. But honestly, when I tried it on it was perfect. The shirt fit perfectly and I loved the cutouts on the side. This would be the perfect work shirt. KEEP.

 

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This maxi dress was HUGE, and not only that but it made me look HUGE. This was definitely my least favorite item from the box. RETURN

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Faithfull the Brand is one of my favorite brands. I own another one of their dresses and I absolutely love it. I’ve seen their shirt dresses all over and have been wanting to try it out. Unfortunately the cut and color just didn’t look good on me. RETURN

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This was my favorite item in the box. It’s an off the shoulder top (but fits me like a dress). It’s SO cute and has a sweetheart neckline that is so flattering. I can’t wait to wear this out. KEEP

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I’ve really been wanting to try One Teaspoon shorts. I loved these shorts they were super cute and comfy, however the sizing just wasn’t right. RETURN

 

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These jeans were super cute and fit really well. Unfortunately I have about 20 pairs of jeans already in my closet, so I figured I shouldn’t buy anymore. RETURN

Overall, I was really happy with my first box. I kept 2 out of the 6 items. The gray tank will be in serious rotation ASAP and I can’t wait for it to get warmer out so I can wear my new leopard dress! I’m excited to see what my next Elite Box will bring! Get your own Elite Box here.

One Choker, Three Ways

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Choker: The Songbird Collective {similar here and here}// Shirt: Nordstrom {similar here and here} // Jeans: Frame  // Jacket: Blank NYC // Shoes: Gucci {similar here and here} // Bag: Gucci // Rings: BaubleBar {similar}, Anita Ko {similar}, LVL Collective 

Can you believe it’s already February?? This month has kind of felt like a drag but at the same time it’s gone so fast. We got a lot of much needed rain here in LA, but luckily it’s starting to finally warm up. I love when it’s warm out and I can finally go outside without a heavy jacket, or no jacket at all. This look is sure to be one of my go-to looks this spring. It’s simple, yet chic.

Wrap chokers have become one of my favorite pieces of jewelry as of late. They’re great because they’re so versatile. You can wear them in so many different ways. Here are my three favorite ways of wearing a wrap choker. All three ways make this look completely different. In the first look, I wrapped the choker around my neck and left the two ties undone in the front. This gives the look a slightly messy undone feel and keeps it casual. This is my favorite way of wearing this choker.

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The second way I like to style this choker is the most classic. Throw the ties in the back so you can’t see it, and wear this like a normal choker.

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Lastly, you can make this wrap into a Y-choker. This gives the illusion that you’re not only wearing a choker, but also a lariat pendant. It’s perfect for shirts like this with a deep V. How would you guys style your wrap choker?  Click here for a list of my favorite chokers.

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Photography by: Jordan Zobrist

White Cutout Shirt

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Cutout Shirt: H&M // Jeans: Frame Denim {similar} // Shoes: Steve Madden // Bag: Gucci // Sunglasses: Quay (on sale!) // Choker: Rory Ashton // Ring: LVL Collective

This past Saturday, my roommates and I had a very eventful day. We woke up early and headed to Santa Monica to the Planet Blue Flea Market. This was seriously a mad house. I have never seen so many girls rummaging through piles and piles of clothes. The sale was AWESOME. I found a brand new For Love & Lemon tank for $20! After the sample sale, we headed over to Urth Caffe for lunch. If you’re in LA and haven’t checked out Urth Caffe yet, you are seriously missing out. Urth was the first place in LA I went to when I was visiting years ago, while still in college. I loved it then and I still love it now.

After Urth, we decided to head over to Abbot Kinney to get some donuts from Blue Star (another must go-to spot!). On the walk to Blue Star, we saw this super cute palm tree mural and had to snap some pics! While in Venice we also checked out the Artists and Fleas pop-up. My roommates and I all got matching rings and I picked up a super cute choker. Overall, I would have to say this day was perfection.


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Off The Shoulder Tops

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I’m having a major off the shoulder moment right now. If you ask any of my friends what they think I’m most likely to wear on a night out, guaranteed the answer will be either all black, or something off the shoulder. I think there is nothing sexier than showing your décolleté. You’re showing a tiny bit of skin, but it’s not too much to the point of looking trashy. I’ve been a fan of off the shoulder tops for years, but this season they are coming in full swing and popping up in just about every store. These are some of my favorite off the shoulder items currently. I’m dying to get my hands on #3. They’re currently sold out online in my size but I’m going to try to stalk all the Top Shops in the area and see if I can find it!

one // Young, Fabulous & Broke

two // Free People

three // Top Shop

four // Goodnight Macaroon

five // Goodnight Macaroon

six // Goodnight Macaroon

seven // Top Shop

eight // Lovers + Friends