Got a stuffed closet? Want to refresh and renew your wardrobe without feeling like you wasted money on all those clothes? Then consider reselling your clothes instead of donating. There are a lot of great ways to get some money back on your pre-owned closet.

To start the process you have to look at your clothes! Make 3 piles; throw out, donate, and sell. Throw out anything that is too defected, ripped, and stained to be worth saving. Donation is best for the fast fashion clothes that can make up part of your wardrobe. Anything that wasn't worth much when you bought it probably won't be worth much when you resell it. Finally the sell pile is what you're looking to make a profit off of. This means it's fashionable, in good shape, and comes from a desirable brand. You won't have much luck selling cheaper, stained, or ripped old gear but if you have something with potential then here's what to do.


Once you have your sell pile, you can decide what to do next! Certain websites will want you to take pictures of the clothes you're donating. This can be a crucial step for successful selling. Make sure the photo is well lit and the focus is on the article of clothing. Arrange is against a solid background and make sure you're not casting a shadow. Hanging something up in front of a closet door is always a good starting point. If you're wearing it for the photo then make it as fashionable as possible while still focusing on that particular item.


These are some great resources for selling clothes!

Consignment Shops

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The oldest method is to search your area for consignment shops. There are different kinds so while you might be tempted to just dump stuff off at your local goodwill, consider looking for more high end shops. Stores like Buffalo exchange will give you store credit which can be great if you're looking for a wardrobe refresh. High end vintage and consignment stores might be looking for more fashionable clothes; no gap or forever 21 shirts from last year and no prom dresses from the 80s. This means physically going to the store which might not be worth it for you if you're busy.

Thredup

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ThredUp is great for someone on the go. I'm looking at busy women who are looking to get rid of their kid's clothes or their own. They work with a clean out kit. You send them your clothes, they evaluate them, and they are either accepted or rejected. Acceptance means you can get paid immediately 'up front' and they're posted up on their website, or it could mean waiting awhile for a more unique 'consignment' item to sell. Rejection means they don't have much interest and you can choose to leave those clothes behind or get them returned. You can choose store credit or a pay pal money transfer.

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Do it yourself with the hashtag #shopmycloset. There are tons of people using this hashtag to skip the retailers fees by cutting out the middleman. Take bids in the comments and negotiate via direct message. For security use a secure money transfer like paypal. Just be careful and be smart. Take good pictures and you can be in for a great payday.


Etsy

If you've got something funky, vintage, or homemade then start an Etsy account! People like to buy something with a more unique flavor on Etsy. This means vintage clothes and unique items. Get creative with your clothes and the sky's the limit.

Poshmark

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For the instagram generation there is the Poshmark app. Sell your clothes directly from your phone. Take a photo, upload your item, and throw one of their fashion forward filters on. When your item sells, Poshmark will send you the pre-paid envelope label to send out your clothes and accessories. You can do it all from the comfort of your home so it's never been easier.

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Over the past month, both Haiti and Afghanistan have been pummeled by tragic disasters that left devastation in their wake.

In Haiti, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake erupted, leading over to 2,189 deaths and counting. A few hours later, in Afghanistan, Kabul fell to the Taliban just after U.S. troops had pulled out after 20 years of war.

In many ways, these disasters are both chillingly connected to US interference. The United States invaded Haiti in 1915, ostensibly promising to restore order after a presidential assassination but really intending to preserve the route to the Panama Canal and to defend US creditors, among other reasons.

But the US forces soon realized that they were not able to control the country alone, and so formed an army of Haitian enlistees, powered by US air power and intended to quell Haitian insurrection against US controls. Then, in 1934, the US pulled out on its own, disappointed with how slow progress was going. Haiti's institutions were never really able to rebuild themselves, leaving them immensely vulnerable to natural disasters.

Something similar happened in Afghanistan, where the US sent troops and supported an insurgent Afghan army – only to pull out, abandoning the country they left in ruins, with many Afghans supporting the Taliban.

In both cases, defense contractors benefited by far the most from the conflict, making billions in profits while civilians faced fallout and devastation. While the conflicts and circumstances are extremely different and while the US is obviously not solely to blame for either crisis, it's hard not to see the US-based roots of these disasters.

Today, in Haiti and Afghanistan, civilians are facing unimaginable tragedy.

Here are charities offering support in Afghanistan:

1. The International Rescue Committee is looking to raise $10 million to deliver aid directly to Afghanistan

2. CARE is matching donations for an Afghanistan relief fund. They are providing food, shelter, and water to families in need; a donation of $89.50 covers 1 family's emergency needs for a month.

3. Women for Women International is matching donations up to 500,000 for Afghan women, who will be facing unimaginable horrors under Taliban control.


4. AfghanAid offers support for people living in remote regions of Afghanistan.

5. VitalVoices supports female leaders and changemakers and survivors of gender-based violence around the world.

Here are charities offering support in Haiti:

1. Partners in Health has been working with Haiti for a long time, and they work with the Department of Health rather than around them, which is extremely important in a charity.

2. Health Equity International helps run Saint Boniface Hospital, a hospital in Haiti close to the earthquake's epicenter.

3. SOIL is an organization based Haiti, "a local organization with a track record of supporting after natural disasters." They are distributing hygiene kits and provisions on the ground to hospitals and to victims of the earthquake.

4. Hope for Haiti has been working in emergency response in Haiti for three decades, and their team is comprised of people who live and work in Haiti. They focus on supporting children and people in need across Haiti.

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Road trips can be a lot of fun — but they can also drain your wallet quickly if you aren't careful.

From high gas costs and park admission fares to lodging and the price of eating out every night, the expenses can add up quickly. But at the same time, it's very possible to do road trips cheaply and efficiently. Without the headache of worrying about how much money you're leaking, you can enjoy the open road a whole lot more. Here's how to save money on a road trip.

1. Prepare Your Budget, Route, and Packing List in Advance

If you want to save money on a road trip, be sure you're ready to go. Try to count up all your expenses before you hit the road and create a budget. It's also a good idea to plan your route in advance so you don't end up taking unnecessary, gas-guzzling detours. And finally, be sure to pack in advance so you don't find yourself having to buy tons of things you forgot along the way.

2. Book Cheap Accommodations — Or Try Camping

All those motel rooms can add up surprisingly quick, but camping is often cheap or free, and it's a great way to get intimate with the place you're visiting. You can check the Bureau of Land Management's website for free campsites. Freecampsite.com also provides great information on If you don't have a tent or don't want to camp every night, try booking cheap Airbnbs or booking hotels in advance, making sure to compare prices.

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If you're planning on sleeping in your car, a few tips: WalMart allows all-night parking, as do many 24-hour gyms. (Buying a membership to Planet Fitness or something like it also gives you a great place to stop, shower, and recharge while on the road).

3. Bring Food From Home

Don't go on a road trip expecting to subsist on fast food alone. You'll wind up feeling like shit, and it'll drain your pocketbook stunningly quickly. Instead, be sure to bring food from home. Consider buying a gas stove and a coffee pot for easy on-the-go meals, and make sure you bring substantial snacks to satiate midday or late night cravings so you can avoid getting those late night Mickey D's expeditions.

Try bringing your own cooler, filling it with easy stuff for breakfast and lunch — some bread and peanut butter and jelly will go a long way. Bring your own utensils, plates, and napkins, and avoid buying bottled water by packing some big water jugs and a reusable water bottle. Alternatively, try staying at hotels or Airbnbs with kitchens so you can cook there.

4. Avoid Tolls

Apps like Google Maps and Waze point out toll locations, so be sure to avoid those to save those pennies. (If it takes you too far off route, you might have to bite the bullet and drive across that expensive bridge).

You can also save on parking fees by using sites like Parkopedia.

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5. Save on Gas

Gas can get pricy incredibly fast, so be sure that you're stopping at cheap gas stations. Free apps like GasBuddy help you find the most affordable gas prices in the area. Also, try going the speed limit on the highways — anything faster will burn through your tank. Be sure that you don't wait till you arrive at touristy locations or big cities to fill up.

6. Get a National Park Pass

All those parks can get really expensive really fast. If you're planning on visiting three or more parks, it's a great idea to get an America the Beautiful National Parks Pass. For $80 you can get into every National Park for one year.