The Winds Of Change
In Russian, we have a saying "кто про что, а вшивый все про баню." (I think a close analog is "The tongue always turns to the aching tooth.") Basically it means, everyone has their own thing going on, but the person with lice always talks about getting a bath. It applies to people like myself, who constantly talk about one thing, regardless of what is going on around them. Anyone who knows me will attest, in the middle of any conversation I am prone yelp out, "the Lanvin shoes!" That is because in my head, I am planning outfits.
I always wanted to write about fashion. I changed my mind and began to write poetry and creative things, but fashion was always my first love. People constantly stop me and tell me they love my outfit. If there's one thing I know, its style. Over the years my style has become more classy, sophisticated, and minimalist.
For years I dreamed of having a wardrobe that has everything in it. In highschool, it existed mainly in my head, but now it exists in reality. SUCCESS! I have it!
I spent the last five years acquiring a really full and complete wardrobe (and spent the last two months throwing 90% of it away). Most of the things I bought don't fit my current style, and were just taking up room.
I made a lot of shopping mistakes, and styling mistakes, and I want to share my experience with you.
Now that my closet (which is a sacred space) is so neat and so pretty, I am once again excited to play dress up.
I organized all my handbags, and took all my shoes out of boxes -- for me it's 'out of sight, out of mind.' If I don't see them, I don't remember them.
I had about about 20 bags to give to Goodwill and then my friend told me about ThredUp!! They send you (free!) bags to stuff to the brim with clothes you no longer wear. And then you send (also free!) back to them.
I sent three huge bags in and so far have made just over two hundred bucks! There's still one more bag to go, and one of my Phillip Lim dresses is on consignment...check it out here!
There have been a lot of negative reviews online about ThredUp and I think it's kind of unfair to paint them in such a bad light. It's really easy to complain and bitch online, but I doubt any of the negative reviewers would behave the same way in person. Any consignment store will tell you they can't accept everything. You can bring in a beautiful, brand new item and the store will turn it away. The reasons vary, they could have too many similar things, or they know the item won't sell because their customer doesn't buy that.
If that happens, you just pack your things up and go. For some reason, if it's online, people feel the need to file complaints and claim that their clothing was stolen! It says very clearly on the ThredUp site, that they can return your things to you if you get return assurance. Otherwise, they donate the clothes they cannot sell.
My advice is don't send them things you are ambivalent about. Send them only things you know you will not miss and don't want back.
I am extremely satisfied with this service. It would take me months to try to sell each thing on my own, and listing on ebay comes with its own set of problems. Maybe I could get more money for my clothes if I sold them myself, but ThredUp saved me time, and gave me peace of mind knowing I won't have to deal with a problem customer.
Anyway, the point of this ramble is that my closet is clean, my tripod is set up and I will be over the moon if you guys will follow my -henceforth- fashion blog.