purging clothes books and toys

Purging for Profit: Clothes, Books and Toys

We all could use a little extra money, right? Well, think about this…how much stuff do you have in your house that you do not use? Why are you holding onto it? I’m going to chat a little bit about how to purge 3 main clutter builders from your home and possibly get some extra dough for it!

Let’s start with clothes. This is an area that I purge at least twice a year; once in the winter (usually January) and once just after summer starts. As I’m writing this, I’m thinking that my winter month needs to be changed to December so that maybe I might sell more at consignment shops around the holidays rather than after. (**mental note**)

purging clothes

Lay everything out on the bed.

First thing I do is pull out all my clothes from the closet and dresser drawers. I lay everything out on my bed. Next, I start with items on hangers and put them into two piles: keep and do not keep. Once I’ve gotten through all of them, I put my keep clothes back in the closet. This time I hung them according to style and color. Will they stay this way? Maybe for a few weeks. After those are put away, I do the same with clothes I pulled out of the dresser drawers. Cleanliness tip…if you’re getting rid of under garments, just throw them away!

organized closet after purging

All nice and neat.

I put away all the clothes I’m keeping in their appropriate places. [Another nifty tip: try to have all of your laundry washed and dried so you have all of your clothes available to purge and put away.] Now we get on with a second sort. The clothes you are not keeping need to be sorted into what might be sellable at a consignment shop or online, and those items that should just be donated due to age and wear. Also include accessories and purses with your clothes as they too can bring in some money.

Research your area for local consignment shops and second-hand stores. I use Clothes Mentor when I want cash in hand same day. There are multiple consignment shops around, but I’ve not used any of them as of yet. I still need to do some investigating. They will take in the clothes they think will sell best. When they sell, they give you a percentage of that money. Kids clothes are much easier to sell than adult clothes. We have several more options here for kids. I personally used Once Upon a Child and Kid-to-Kid most often. I had to stop using Kid-to-Kid and go strictly with Once Upon a Child when my son got older because each stops selling at different sizes. Now my son is too old for both! Goodness, where does the time go?

sorting clothes for resale

Separate clothes into sell and donate.

You can also sell your clothes online. A couple sites I’ve been on and friends of mine have used include ThredUp and Poshmark. I do not have the details on these sites, but you can click on the links to find which one may work best for you. I honestly don’t want to deal with packing and shipping what I sell…at least not yet. I may start after looking into this online option a little further. What sites or second-hand stores have you used? Comment below.

Books and toys are going to be short and sweet. One, because my son no longer has toys really, except Legos, so we don’t purge his room much anymore. Two, books are a lot harder to sell than clothes. You would first sort into keep and not keep with both, same as I mentioned above with the clothes. Then, do your second sort of what may sell and what may need to just be donated or tossed. Keeping a trash bag near you while sorting is very helpful!

There are some local bookeries here that say they buy books, but I’ve never lugged all my books downtown to find out what they’d pay me. I usually just try to sell on subject or category specific Facebook pages. Homeschool books is what I sell most of; other types of books are very difficult to sell. I’ve looked for online resources for selling, but most of them are for textbooks and even then you won’t get much for them.

purged books

I emptied an entire shelf!

Toys…the two second-hand shops I mentioned above are what I normally use, or again, category specific Facebook sale pages. I tend to do better selling toys outright rather than taking them to a store to buy them from me. Just please make sure you clean them first and if they are electronic, put fresh batteries in them.

One last thing. If you are not in a neighborhood that doesn’t allow yard sales, they are great ways to sell your unwanted items! Yes, they take a lot of work and organization, but it can be well worth it. Be sure to advertise, advertise, advertise your yard sale! You won’t get any customers unless they know you’re there. Get together with friends and have the sale at one location. A larger sale usually attracts more people. Don’t be stuck on your prices. Bundling and negotiating are your friends! And finally…what doesn’t sell, donate! Do not drag all [or any] of that stuff back into your house. You already made up your mind the first time to get rid of it! You don’t need it back!

Enjoy the purge!

Important! If you sell through Facebook or Craigslist or other online sale sites…please please please meet in a safe place and do not let them come to your house to see or buy an item unless absolutely necessary! i.e. large furniture or appliances…have someone you know there with you in this case.


  • Ryan daniel February 2, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    I love it mom! I hope you are successful at this!

  • Jen February 3, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Great first post! And a great one for the new year!! I was just thinking I needed to do a clothes purge and we haven’t even been in the new house a year!

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