You can forget keeping up with the Joneses, because for most of us, it's more about affording gas and that morning cup of joe. To achieve that caffeinated, full-tank bliss, clear out the clutter and make some extra cash.
If you've got vintage or higher-end items to sell, check out Swish (1816 W. Colorado Ave.; swishvintage.com) or Eve's Revolution (1312 W. Colorado Ave.; evesrevolution.com). Otherwise, your best bets are below. There's no telling what kind of profit is hiding in the back of your closet.
802 N. Nevada Ave.; leechpit.com
This is a cool place, inside and out. The Leechpit will buy or trade your vintage, retro, indy and punk clothing, memorabilia, collectibles, records and "otherwise awesome" stuff (the general time range is 1940s through '90s). They accept walk-ins for item evaluation from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, or you can call and schedule an appointment. Award-winning service will welcome you at the door, but beware — the merchandise might tempt you to spend that cash you just secured.
Lucy's Consignment Paradise
3373 N. Academy Blvd.; 318 E. Colorado Ave.; gotolucys.com
Although Lucy's merchandise is currently geared toward women, management hopes to change that and attract a younger, and unisex, crowd. So items from the college-student demographic are in demand. The shop will evaluate your clothing, assign it a value and rack it. Once it's sold, you receive 40 percent of the selling price, and the store keeps 60 percent. You might have to wait for your stuff to sell, but you might end up getting more cash for it.
925 N. Academy Blvd.; platoscloset.com
At Plato's Closet, you can sell your "like-new" clothes for quick cash or an in-store gift card worth double the cash offer. The store continually accepts items for all seasons, but it's looking for brands like American Eagle, Forever 21, Hollister, Express and Buckle. It's also pretty selective about the age of the clothing, so keep those hand-me-downs from too many siblings ago.
5102 N. Nevada Ave., #160; xsthreadz.com
XS Threadz can offer you cold, hard cash or in-store credit for name-brand clothes, shoes and accessories that you no longer wear. The stock caters to teens and 20-somethings, and while the store doesn't accept clothes more than five years old, its employees will sort through everything to find what they want. Meanwhile, you can browse the store, get to your next class, whatever — just come back later that day, or they'll donate whatever's left over.
Keep in mind, you can donate all your clothes that don't fetch a price to a thrift store. Especially consider the ones listed below, which benefit worthy causes. And while you're giving back to society, don't forget to get a tax write-off sheet and relish the fact that kindness comes back around.
2780 S. Academy Blvd.; 1830 W. Uintah St.; 4402 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.; arcthrift.com
When you support the Arc, you help individuals (especially kids) with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their programs promote individuality, confidence and accomplishment through appropriate learning, and living environments that promote self-sufficiency, so those with disabilities can decide for themselves how to live.
Disabled American Veterans Thrift Store
2444 E. Platte Ave.; dav.org
The DAV Thrift Store helps our nation's disabled veterans and their families build better lives by providing free, professional assistance in obtaining government benefits, representing their interests and providing outreach.
1070 Kelly Johnson Boulevard; 2655 Waynoka Place; 2007 S. Circle Drive; 2304 W. Colorado Ave.; 3506 N. El Paso St. (outlet store); goodwill-colosprings.org
Most of Goodwill's revenue — 83 percent of it, to be exact — goes directly to training and employment for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.
Gospel Shelters for Women Thrift Stores
2441 E. Platte Ave.; gospelthriftstore.webs.com
At Gospel Shelters, all the proceeds go to support Liza's Place, a six-month residential Christian haven for homeless, previously incarcerated women. Liza's Place helps women rejoin the community through Bible study, therapy, budget management and vocational training.
Salvation Army Family Stores
910 Yuma St.; 3955 Tutt Blvd.; tsacs.org
Affiliated with the evangelical Christian Church, the Salvation Army aims to help the poor, homeless, hungry and those in crisis. All donations stay in El Paso County to fund local assistance services.
St. Paws Thrift Store
3275 E. Platte Ave.; stpaws.org
All proceeds made at St. Paws Thrift Store go to help local and surrounding area animal rescue and welfare groups in protecting, sheltering and caring for abandoned and neglected animals.
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