Declutter & Consign with Covet Boston

Spring has sprung and it feels so good! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the flowers are blooming. It’s the perfect time to start spring cleaning your home, garage, yard and yes…the closet too. It may seem a bit daunting at first but I am sure you can all agree with me, that it feels so refreshing. Decluttering can also be rewarding too because you can make $$$$ for that much deserved spring break vacay you’ve been thinking about.

Last weekend I found a chic way to go green. I was invited by Covet Boston to have a look around their adorable store. Covet Boston is a consignment store located in South Boston. It is a perfect way to consign your clothing and be environmentally responsible, while making room in your closet for more fabulous finds!

Did you know the average American throws out about 82 pounds of textile waste per year? That’s 11 million tons of waste produced every year by just the United States alone. People worldwide now consumes about 80 billion new pieces of clothing every year. Sadly, the average consumer prefers shopping new, versus consigned items.

Consignment stores like Covet Boston are trying to change that mindset. When you consign your pre-owned items, like this Self Portrait dress I am wearing below, you give someone (me) the opportunity to love it as well. In turn, this helps reduce your carbon footprint and puts some extra $$$$ in your wallet.

Here are 4  Questions to ask yourself when deciding to part with items in your closet:

  1. Does it fit? If it’s too small or doesn’t seem like it’ll fit again, kiss it goodbye.
  2. Is it your style? Trends seem to shift so fast these days, it seems we have closets full of last season trendy clothes that we do not wear anymore. If you are not wearing it, let it go.
  3. Worn or used it in the last year? Research shows, that most of us use only 20% of our clothing 80% of the time. If you have clothing that still has tags on it and you have not worn it in the last year, chances are you never will. So its safe to say “Let it go”.
  4. Does it have brand power? Top brands can earn you some extra cash. Here is a list of brand names at Covet that will get you a competitive 60% of the final selling price.

Do you shop at consignment stores? What do you do with clothing you no longer wear?  Looking forward to reading your comments.

Let’s Get Consigning!

Photo Credit:  Andrew Swaine

Ladies, please let me know if you have any fashion questions, tips, fave brands, or style that you would like to share or have me feature on my blog!

28 thoughts on “Declutter & Consign with Covet Boston

  1. Shauna says:

    I love cleaning out my closet each season. I usually sell my items on Poshmark! There is something so refreshing about giving away old items that you just don’t need or wear anymore. You look gorgeous and I adore that fun green bag too 🙂 Happy weekend, friend. XO

    Shauna

    http://www.lipglossandlace.net

  2. Simone says:

    Decluttering feels so good in spring and when you can do something good for the environment, it’s definitely something I’m willing to go for. There are so many great finds in those stores, your dress looks simply stunning on you!

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  3. Bri says:

    I really like the idea of wardrobe clean up. With some of my pieces, I don’t feel a major attachment and could easily get rid of them 🙂 For designer pieces, however, it’s easier, I use Vestaire Collective. But for high-street fashion I haven’t found a way yet :/ Tried using Depop app, but it’s not that popular yet, I guess…

    Thanks for sharing! Loved your dresses!

    xoxo,
    Bri | https://www.brigitadaisy.com/

    • Nikki says:

      Hi Bri. I have not even heard of Vestaire Collective. Need to check it out. Have you tried Poshmark for your high-street fashion? Shauna commented on it as well.

  4. Julia says:

    These are great tips! I always do a Spring declutter and I love your four questions! I am also a big fan of consignment stores!
    I organise ‘vide dressings’, (sort of a weekend pop-up consignment store’ twice a year to help people recycle their clothes!
    Love all these dresses on you!
    Julia x
    https://www.thevelvetrunway.com

  5. Kathrin says:

    I tend to declutter more in the fall than spring, but it always feels nice when it’s done. These are also great questions to ask when deciding whether to keep something, although I tend to cycle between items every few years, so for me it would probably be something I haven’t worn in 3 years or so.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

  6. Ting Ma says:

    I am so glad that I read your post today! So procrastinating of decluttering my winter clothes and prepare for the spring. Great idea of making some money on sending them to the consignment store. Btw the floral dress is so gorgeous on you.

    xx

    Ting

  7. Mica says:

    Love that blue dress you are wearing! There is a consignment store here in the city I take my bags too often, but the problem is I always end up wanting to buy something else in store at the same time, haha!

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend! I had brunch with some other local style Instagrammers yesterday and it was so fun 🙂

    Away From The Blue

  8. Pentené says:

    Fantastic post my love! And the facts provided are so alarming. Not to mention the chemicals released from clothing is bad for the environment. I’m trying to get better at this myself, especially with how bad fast fashion is for people. Decluttering is something that I enjoy doing. Thanks for sharing love.

    Xo,

    http://www.stylemefancy.com

  9. Forex Review says:

    I know people are obsessed with the Konmari decluttering method, but when it comes to closets, I seriously CANNOT with the advice to start by dumping out your entire closet. It’s overwhelming and unrealistic for many of us. Case in point: I haven’t even put away my luggage contents from my trip to California TWO WEEKS AGO so who knows how long I would leave the entire contents of my closet sitting on the floor if I dumped everything out to start!

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