Fashion Sustainability

Out With the Old

My personal rule is that I won’t list anything on eBay or other online marketplaces if I can’t make more than $60 on the sale. After the listing site, PayPal, and other hidden entities deduct their fees, the profit is too minimal for the inordinate time investment, and I might as well make the sale locally or donate instead.

Time is precious and finite. When we view our time as money, that puts its value in perspective. If you tally up the costs that are involved in listing an item (and all that entails), a trip to the post office or shipping hub, time traveling to and time spent there, and the price to actually ship something, you’ve lost a profitable edge if your item didn’t sell for a significant dollar amount. Since none of my clothing met that benchmark, I took them to Crossroads.

Crossroads Trading has physical locations all over the U.S., and if you don’t happen to live in one of those areas, they have a program that lets you ship your items to them from anywhere. You can sell in-store, or if you don’t feel like waiting around, drop off your bag(s) and return twenty-four hours later to see if they decided to buy any of your pieces. For the clothes and accessories they deem to be stylish and in good condition, they offer competitive rates for trade in credit or cash payouts. The great, green thing about buy-back companies like this is that they recycle/upcycle clothing that would otherwise end up in a landfill, and they give it new life for an affordable price!

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