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How to Recycle Old Clothes

3 ways to clean out your closet

If you open up your closet every season wondering why you’ve kept so many clothes that you don’t even wear anymore, listen up! There are many organizations and programs you can participate in to recycle and donate old clothes instead of tossing them in the trash. Here are our top suggestions:

1. Recycle Clothes at H&M

Donate your old clothes at participating H&M locations and they’ll take care of recycling the fabric. H&M has teamed up with DoSomething.org for their Comeback Clothes program as part of an initiative to help keep clothes out of landfills. 

2. Donate to Charity

Check out your local schools, charities, and Goodwill and Salvation Army stores to see if they’ll accept clothing donations. Your old clothes will end up in good hands!

3. Resell 

If you’ve got vintage or designer items lying around that you don’t wear anymore, try reselling them through a number of different channels.

Fashion Apps: Download apps like Pose, ThredUp, Twice and The RealReal 

eBay: Create your own listing for each item that you want to sell

Consignment Store: Search for a local consignment store in your city where they’ll take care of the reselling for you (be forewarned they’ll also take a cut of your earnings)

Once you sell and make back some of your hard-earned dollars, head over to Wantering to search for what’s on sale! 

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Twice is a super awesome website, and honestly, it’s where a large portion of my closet is from. It’s basically the internet’s first mass thrift store. They have tons of high-end items and they offer discounts all the time. Not looking to shop? You can sell your clothes too! Shopping and selling are both super easy with Twice, and if you have any questions about either process, feel free to HMU. As an added bonus, if you sign up through a friend link, you’ll get a free $10 credit to use on your first purchase, and if you click here, you can save 50% too. Happy shopping!

Hi, lil’ chefs! I’m really excited to share Hivendi with all of you, a business one of my very closest friends has started! Hivendi is a new curated consignment platform that features products from small, minority owned businesses. The difference between Hivendi and sites such as Etsy is that Hivendi also provides all kinds of supports to start-ups at an affordable price point - Stuff like drop shipping, graphic & web design, a marketing plan, photography, and trade show representation that can be really taxing for someone who is already trying to build a business and sell a product!

I’ve been fortunate enough to be brought on as Hivendi’s marketing director, as that’s what I’m studying for in my MBA program and that’s where all my professional experience lies. I’ll be working with folks who request marketing services from Hivendi!

Click here to learn more about Hivendi, including how to become a seller on their platform, what Hivendi’s mission is, and how you can get in touch.

This is a brand new, black owned startup, and I would really appreciate if you could share and boost this post to help spread the word about my friend’s new business and the opportunities it could offer to small, minority owned businesses! Thank you so much! <3

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abandoned “Tickled Pink Consignment”, 2015

I came upon this place after visiting a salvage shop, and I was amazed at how odd it was that something like this has ended up abandoned. Everything inside still had a price tag on it, and there were still things in display cabinets. It’s like someone decided one day to up and leave and never look back.

by meagan abell

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Store Report: Sui Generis San Francisco

It’s rare to find a good men’s consignment shop. There’s often a sad little rack in the back of a women’s shop, full of Robert Graham party shirts and Tommy Bahama linen sportcoats, but a real shop with real merchandise you might actually like to buy is a precious thing. That’s why Sui Generis in San Francisco is so exciting.

I visited Sui Generis while home for the holidays, and I was delighted by what I found. Somehow the store, which has been around for more than five years, had eluded me, though I’m in the City regularly to visit family. I say store - it’s actually three stores. A women’s store, plus two men’s stores on Market in the Castro. One offers a broad range of designer consigment merchandise, the other, a few doors down, offers a smaller selection of stuff on deeper discount, plus some discounted offerings from local designers.

The selection at Sui Generis is impressive - it’s organized by something like aesthetic, merchandized like a boutique. There’s a rack of earth colored tailored clothes, a whole section of fashion-y stuff in black, white and grey, shoe racks and tie racks and even some deeply discounted new stuff that came over from Unionmade a few blocks away. The brands on sale are superb, with a high-end, younger focus. Whether your tastes run towards classic tailored clothes or towards the runway, you’ll probably find something interesting.

Often in men’s consignment shops a knowledgeable shopper can walk away with a steal. Women’s buyers price merchandise, and it often means that Banana Republic shirts end up costing the same as Luciano Barbera. Know your brands, and you can get over. Not so at Sui Generis, where there is a bit of J. Crew-level stock, but most is much higher-end and the pricing is consistent relative to retail. I walked out with a cashmere Kiton suit for about (gulp) $700. Expensive for a consignment shop, but fair relative to the retail price (thousands) and about on par with online second-hand. You won’t get over, but the quality of the merchandise more than makes up for it.

Another advantage to a men’s-only store: the sales staff were reasonably knowledgable and very friendly and helpful. Try finding someone who knows anything about menswear at a women’s consignment shop and you’ll understand how special that is.

If you’re in the Bay (or planning to be), Sui Generis is absolutely worth the visit. Head over to Market Street, and you’ll find one of the best men’s consignment stores in the country.

Here’s a sneak peak at the Coughlan’s Irish Imports and Heidi Bird Design Consignment Boutique! All of these fabulous used dresses are looking for new homes, so if you’re in the market and you’re near Milwaukee, stop by! Walk in hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30 to 8 pm, or by appointment, at our location at 6045 N Green Bay Ave. Glendale, WI. Call 414-698-4388 or email coughlansii@yahoo.com to schedule an appointment!

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I’ve been on a monochromatic red outfit kick the past few months and I knew I was onto something when Kristopher sent me pictures of Hu Sheguang’s demonic runway from China Fashion Week 2016. Every single one of those looks killed me! I love all the oversaturated, deformed glossy red. There’s something about a monochromatic outfit that’s so striking. It’s a weirder minimalism that doesn’t ascribe to rules about mixing and matching complimentary colors.

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Skirt: 13416-985; Dress: 13416-1035; Top: 13416-1020.

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