For years I’ve been suggesting that women shop in their closets. I’ve actually been practicing what I preach. The last four events that I have attended I shopped in my closet, by pulling out some old favorites and items that still had the tags on them. My clothes are like friends, some are long lost friends that were lost in the back of the closet or the bottom of the drawer. It sure was good to see them and better yet to fit them.


Just the other day I was looking for an outfit for work and I ran across four tops that had not seen the light of day for a long time, I pulled them out to remind myself that I wanted to wear them through the week. It’s time to switch your closets from fall and winter clothes to the spring and summer. While you are doing this, empty the closet and try on everything and see what still fits. If it doesn’t fit pack it up for the thrift store, get ready for a yard sale or take the clothes to a consignment store and make a few dollars.

Please don’t be one of those people holding on to out of date clothes waiting for them to come back in style. You don’t have enough room to hold on to everything. Let go and be free of the mess. I purged several purses, evening skirts that no longer fit and never will, and tons of sweaters and tee-shirts. If you want to see how you can re-purpose the clothes that you have, buy a few good fashion magazines and see if you can duplicate what you see in the magazine with the garments you already have. One of my personal favorites is Style Magazine. If you have good designer pieces consider placing them on eBay. Selling on eBay is easy and fun and another great way to bring in a little more income. Take a look at what is selling on eBay and you will see how much you can gain by selling those Gucci purses you no longer carry. This is the time of year when local churches and organizations are having indoor flea markets and rummage sales. In many cases you can rent table space and sell your “stuff.”

Not only is it fun, but you can make some money and benefit a good cause. The more variety you take to sell, the better you will do. Look through your jewelry box, also check out your shoes and book shelves. The rule for discarding things is: if you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it; you know all of those items we buy just because it’s on sale? You think you are going to wear it one day, but you have so many clothes you just never get around to wearing it. After all, isn’t the real reason you bought it because it was so cheap you could not resist it? Then you get it home and don’t know what to do with it. Let someone else be happy with it. The real beauty of shopping in your closet, is that there is no one to say cash or credit, the item is already paid for.

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