After further mulling this over, it might be something I save up and pay to do myself in the not-so-distant future but in the meantime I thought, I don't have to wait for someone else to tell me some of these things. I know a few pretty basic things I could already be doing better at. For starters, despite having a pretty sizable accessory wardrobe I rarely wear jewelry. I have a tack rack that hangs heavy with fun necklaces, two shelves of bangles and scarves, a shelf dedicated to hats, and a container of clutches 2 of which still have the tags on. That being said - the most I do on a given work day is switch my purse out to a matching one (oh friends, I can't even tell you about my purse stash yet).
So, I called in a friend Sunday night to help me purge. I forked over my cell phone, open to the ebay app and while I purged she posted. One benefit to having worked for consignment shops for years is that I know the value of brands and I know what sells. So, my sweet friend Kayla diligently hung up my clothes, took pictures, and posted them to ebay with my the prices I suggested so I could recycle the things that don't flatter in hopes of using the money to buy things I can't live without.
I left no stone in that closet unturned! I purged shoes, bags, jewelry, workout clothes, lounge wear, jeans, dresses, tops, even 'unmentionables' (don't worry, those didn't make the ebay cut). Then I sat back for a few days and enjoyed the bidding. Ok fine, I OBSESSED about the bidding. There's something incredibly fun about watching things that don't do you any favors sell for more than you paid for them (let's be real - you all already knew I'm a bargain huntress with a knack for coupons). But as the dollars rolled in I got excited to be putting packages in the mail daily and racking up money for new, wisely chosen items.
I scoured Pinterest and enlisted the help of several friends picking out outfits I could create with items from my own wardrobe or with the help of a few pieces I should add anyway. Reading Lauren Conrad's Style book also gave me some ideas of what ammo I wanted. Then as I shopped with Meagan in Indiana and then with Kayla again in Florida I didn't buy a single thing I couldn't honestly say I LOVED no matter how cheap it may have been. It turns out a $5 ill-fitting shirt is still ill-fitting when you get it home.
So part one of revamping this wardrobe was really two parts - the great purge and the recycle of the old to fund the new. I managed to make a couple hundred dollars quickly, with minimal effort I might add, and that was a great start to my restocking expeditions. Also, I'm trying (key word: trying) to take a less-is-more approach to clothing anyway.
In closing I will add it's been really fun to get feedback from the purchasers of my purges on ebay. Many of you may remember I lost a considerable amount of weight two years ago so many of my purges were things that I hope never to fit in again but they found happy new homes across the country and that's been really rewarding for me as well.
Don't worry - part two isn't far behind.