Turn clutter into cash this back-to-school season

STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Some mothers in Connecticut are using back to school as an opportunity to clean out their kids’ closets and make some money. We are helping you stretch your dollar with how you can turn clutter into cash.

An event in September targets moms who are spending all kinds of money on back-to-school right now even though you know your kids will outgrow their clothes. Time to clean out the clothes they’re not going to wear this school year and trade it for money.

Clothes, toys, and accessories are all the necessities that cost a lot and only get used for a short time. Now these moms are slapping price tags on them with hopes of turning clutter into cash.

“An average check is about $300 so that’s great for back-to-school shopping,” said Carolyn Barragan, who organized the consignment event.

As these moms went back to school shopping, they also cleaned out their kids’ closets. Now they’re getting ready to sell them, pricing, and prepping.

“For being a working mom with two kids just buying a house, having all these new expenses, it’s really something good for myself and my family,” said Veronica Naccarelli who’s getting her things ready to consign.

The event isn’t just for sellers. Buyers will be stretching their dollar on items marked 50 to 90 percent of retail price.

“It can be everything from babies, strollers, playpens, high chairs, to older children, shoes in good condition, clothing, things that they’ve outgrown because they grow so fast,” Barragan added.

Organizers suggest if you’re going to sell, try to sell a few bigger items as well as clothes to get the most bang for your buck. You’ll get 60 to 70 percent of the sale price back.


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