Time for Spring Cleaning: Sustainable and Profitable

Photo from Uptown Cheapskate

Do you have a lot of clothes that you no longer wear, or maybe they just don’t fit your style anymore. Look to Uptown Cheapskate’s Clean Out + Cash In upcycling process.

How is this good for the planet?

The United States produces 16 million tons of textile waste a year, averaging 82 pounds per person. Most textile waste is just sitting in a landfill. Due to Uptown Cheapskate’s up-cycling process they’ve recovered 25 million items.

So how does it work?
Photo from Uptown Cheapskate
  1. Prep Your Clothes – Clean out clothes that you no longer wear. Maybe you wore it once and now it just sits in the back of your closet. Cleaning out your closet is super useful. The best way to do it is by asking the questions: When was the last time I wore this? Do I have something to wear this to?
  2. Stop In – There is no need for an appointment. Just stop by during open hours and they’ll sort through your items. Don’t forget to bring a government ID with you.
  3. Collect your coin – Uptown makes you an offer! You can either cash out of receive 25% more in store credit. So make sure that when they are evaluating your stuff, you are looking around incase you find something to add to your closet.
What they are looking for?

Here are some of their most wanted styles:

  • checkered patterns
  • cargo pants
  • comfy sandals
  • wide leg denim
  • overalls
  • graphic tees
  • sneakers
  • joggers
  • designer bags
  • athletic apparel
What do they buy?

Stylish. Clothes that teens and young adults would wear. Usually, stuff that is hitting the current trends in the fashion world, but they also collect vintage and retro styles.

Great Condition. Make sure what you are selling them is good, so stains, tears, and broken zippers aren’t what they are looking for. Reminder, you can always donate them, throwing them out isn’t the only option.

Fashion Focused. No matter the season, Uptown accepts all sorts, handbags, shoes, accessories like belts, hats, sunglasses and scarves, with sizing from 0 to 18.

So when you are going through your closet look out for things you just don’t wear anymore, or maybe you wore it once for an event and it’s already served its purpose. Look out for brands like Free People, J. Crew, The North Face, Lululemon, URBAN OUTFITTERS, Madewell, Anthropologie, ZARA and H&M.

Uptown’s recycling efforts not only does incredible work in minimizing textile waste, but it’s also a really easy way to make some money.

Tweet us at @VALLEYmag if you’ve done this!! Let us know how it went.



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