Many students around campus take advantage of opportunities to buy or sell used clothing through various avenues, and “closet cleanout” accounts on Instagram have become one popular platform for doing so.
Junior Jewel Gilbert began a closet cleanout account on Instagram and said she has made some money from doing so.
“I wanted to clear out some clothes that I don’t wear anymore and make some extra money to save or use to buy more clothes,” Gilbert said. “I made at least $100 in a few days, and I didn’t use high prices, so it was kind of surprising. It was super easy to set up and helps to keep everything organized and all in one place.”
Sophomore Jordan Huffman is another student who took advantage of the closet cleanout trend.
“I wanted to get some old clothes out of my closet so that I could start purchasing clothes that fit the style I have now,” Huffman said. “I’ve made more money off of selling my clothes on apps that are designated for that, but I’ve still made some. It’s a very good way to get clothes out to good homes for a little extra cash.”
Along with closet cleanout accounts on Instagram, the Harding Formal Dress Exchange Facebook page is another platform for buying and selling that is particularly popular among students around formal and banquet season.
Senior Candace Crawford said she wouldn’t consider posting dresses on the Facebook page a hassle and that it is a great way for women to get to wear a dress they have never had the chance to wear before.
“I chose to post some of my dresses on the dress exchange [page] because I have a few different dresses, and I love to see my dresses make people feel as beautiful as they have made me feel,” Crawford said. “It’s so exciting having a girl try on my dresses and to see her get so giddy to wear it to her formal. The dress exchange page is so amazing because girls can rent a dress that makes them feel gorgeous for about $15 to $30, instead of buying a dress for triple that.”