Students rake in the cash from closet castaways

Vivianne Velasquez/Photographer When you have so much clothes on your floor and plenty of more outfits in your closet, it may be time to round up some friends and donate what you don’t need anymore.

Vivianne Velasquez/Photographer
When you have so much clothing on your floor and plenty of outfits in your closet, it may be time to round up some friends and donate what you don’t need anymore.

Every college student could use a little extra cash, but let’s face it, spending money is difficult to come by after rent, tuition, groceries and other bills.

If you’re in desperate need of beer money or have suddenly realized that you have nothing to wear on your Spring Break trip, look no further. Cleaning out your closet might just be the answer to all of your problems.

You’re probably wondering how cleaning out your closet could possibly get you enough cash to pay for what you’re planning to spend at the bars this weekend. Surprisingly enough, what you might consider totally out of style, someone else might love and would be willing to pay top dollar to get it.

Plato’s Closet is one of the quickest ways to get money for all of last season’s trends. They’ll give you cash on the spot, and if you’re looking to buy, their prices are awesome. They’re located just off Veteran’s Parkway right next to Binny’s.

Taylor Bingham, a junior apparel merchandising major and sales associate and buyer at Plato’s Closet, says that selling to Plato’s is great for anyone looking for fast cash.

“College students are our main customers. We especially see them when spring and fall roll around selling their seasonal clothing and buying new ones,” Bingham said.

“Being a broke college student myself, selling at Plato’s gets you money for any little thing a college student may need right away.”

Plato’s Closet and other resale shops are great because you can count on them to sell your items for you and show you the money right then. But if you’ve got a bit more time, there are other ways to make money off your clothes.

The ISU Free and For Sale Facebook page is a great place to sell pretty much anything. The page has over 2,000 members, so items go fast. You can sell anything from electronics to textbooks, clothing, shoes and accessories.

Just upload your photo, label the price and wait for someone to comment. The results are almost instantaneous, and people are often willing to pick up the item or meet you on campus after class, so there is no gas money involved.

If you’re trying to get rid of a pricey designer bag or real diamond earrings, Facebook probably isn’t your best option. Ebay is the place to sell expensive items and get their full worth. You just make an account, post your item, pick a starting price and let the people bid. Once the mini auction is over, box it up, ship it out and wait for your payment.

Some of your clothing might not sell, because come on, no one wants to pay for your smelly gym shoes or out-of-season outfits.

However, there are people who would appreciate clothing of any kind but have no money to offer. Do your good deed for the day and donate your unwanted garments to Goodwill or The Salvation Army.

If you’re one of those people who sells clothing just so that you can feed your shopping addiction, why not cut out the selling part all together? Round up your friends, cut open a box of wine and have a swap party. Everyone can bring the things they don’t want and then trade away.

If you’re unsure about what to keep and what to get rid of ask yourself this: If you saw it in a store now, would you buy it? If the answer is yes, keep it. If not, say “sayonara.”

“Keep the basic things,” Bingham said. “You are always going to want a great winter sweater, a plain tank, a black boot of any sort, especially a combat boot and anything that you can mix and match things with in the future. Fashion repeats itself. Get rid of those items that you have outgrown or that may be looking worn down.”

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