Disclaimer: All Opinions and Thoughts are Mine.
Remember last week when I cleaned out my closet and had a trunk full of clothes that I was going to donate? Last minute, I decided that I was going to sell two of my bags to Clothes Mentor to make a little bit of cash. Sounded like a great idea in theory! I would donate half of the clothes and make some extra money.
I have shopped at Clothes Mentor plenty of times and was always impressed the quality of clothing they sold and how organized the store was, so I thought I would see what it was like on the other side of the fence by selling some items back to them.
I was beaming with pride as I walked confidently into their store with two very full bags of clothes – mainly of which were only a few years or months old. Clothes Mentor tells you up front they prefer name brand clothes that are younger than 2 years. No problem, I thought.
Do Target and Old Navy count as name brand clothes?
Yes, in my book!
I entered my contact information in their high tech check-in system and was told I would receive a text once they were finished going through my bags.
2 hours later the text came through. It did not tell me how much they were going to offer me for my clothes, but I just knew it was going to be a big figure. I was very optimistic! How many Starbucks drinks can I buy with my earnings, I thought.
As I walked up to the counter, my smile quickly faded to a blank stare as the cashier turned around facing me holding a bin that contained one shirt, my Old Navy black blouse. Certainly this bin was the rejected clothes bin, I thought.
“Ma’am, we are offering you $2.10 for this shirt.” She said.
Huh? One shirt out of two full bags???
“Your other clothes did not fall under our guidelines because they were older than 2 years, not our preferred style and your shoes were scuffed.” She added.
I did not know what to say. I was in shock and I bit embarrassed. I felt like a fashion failure and a resale reject.
“Do you accept the $2.10 for your shirt?” She asked.
“Sure,” I replied. “That will pay for the gas I wasted driving over here.”
I then had to sign a receipt agreeing for this small amount of money. I really had to sign for $2?! I felt like I was closing on a house with this contract!
I took my change, my now ripped bags of clothes, and walked out of the store in a walk of shame manner.
As I approached my car one of my bags ripped open and my rejected clothes were now scattered on the street. A few women stared at me as I was picking up my clothes. I am sure they were wondering what the heck was going on.
I took my unwanted and “old” clothes back to my trunk and later donated them to a local charity. Wherever my vintage clothes land, I hope their new owners appreciate and enjoy them. Knowing that someone else can enjoy my things is more rewarding than all the stress and trouble I went through to simply earn a few bucks.
With every frustrating moment in my life, I try to find the humor and lesson in each situation. In this moment, I learned many things and have a few questions to ponder:
- Who really defines what style is preferred?
- Sometimes it’s not worth the effort to make a small amount of money!
- The joy on someone’s face when you get to give away your things is priceless.
- What does the store name “Clothes Mentor” mean anyways? If they are trying to be my fashion mentor, clearly that is not working! Bye Felicia!
- You have to sign for everything in life, small or big! Your signature is important.
- If you choose to bring clothes into a resale store, I suggest bringing them in a Chanel bag even if they aren’t from Chanel because some people do judge by a cover. Maybe it went all wrong for me because I brought my clothes in trash bags!
- At the end of the day we should all be thankful to even have clothes to donate or try to sell.
- Next time my bag explodes and my clothes scatter on the street I will yell, “Bees!”
What’s your experience like with resale outlets? Do you choose to skip the resale and strictly donate?