Turn the urge to purge into a cash surge
We've found some great places to get top dollar for your unwanted stuff
The Clearing House Ltd. in Timonium is the place to sell your high-end furniture. (Gabe Dinsmoor, Baltimore Sun / August 5, 2011)
Sure, that armoire is gorgeous. But you never use it. Those antique candlesticks that Grandma gave you are just collecting dust. And what about all those clothes in your closet that still have the price tags attached?
It's time to purge.
Purging is always the first rule of thumb at the start of any project, said Stephanie Bradshaw, a Baltimore stylist who also does residential and commercial design.
"Whether we are helping design a new living room or purchase the perfect party dress, we must first edit out a few things to bring in the new," Bradshaw said.
Bradshaw likes to discuss with clients the emotional reasons they are holding onto excess items.
"Once clients can talk out a bit why letting go of this or that particular item is special or important, it is often easier for them to let them go," she said.
Bradshaw suggests that people follow the fashion industry cycle and purge during spring and fall.
"When you are bringing out those change-of-season clothes, think about a change of season in your living spaces as well," she said.
So now that you've established you have a problem, what do you do?
You could always give it away to Goodwill or some other charity, but times are tough. We looked around the Baltimore region and found some places that will pay a premium price for your items.
What to purge: High-end clothing
What's to like: Vogue Revisited is one of the few high-end clothing consignment shops that doesn't require appointments. You can drop in just about anytime — except Saturday — and unload your designer duds.
Owner Chris Anderson is looking for garments and accessories not older than two years and in season. For example, she is no longer purchasing summer merchandise; she's moved on to lightweight fall clothes.
With an inventory that includes Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino and Gucci, Anderson is looking for the best. Clothes must be clean, ironed and brought to her store on hangers.
If your clothes make the cut, items will be sold on consignment during a 90-day period. Items will be sold at full price up until 60 days, when prices are reduced by 20 percent. After another 60 days, items are reduced to half off. Whatever price the item sells for, you get half the proceeds.
Vogue Revisited is at 4002 Roland Ave. in Baltimore. Call 410-235-4140 or go to voguerevisited.com.
Clearing House Ltd.