It’s been a long time coming, but it’s safe to say … I’m a hoarder! The truth is, I don’t try to be.. I mean, I don’t think anyone really tries to be a hoarder right? I just can’t let stuff go! It’s hard to part ways with my clothing especially, because you just never know when you’ll need that sequence pair of heels, or that pink, furry coat!! But like anything, the first step is admitting you have a problem!… And last weekend I did just that!
With DeAndre and I downsizing our home this past year, I found that we started having less and less room, as my blog started really taking off! And by that I mean companies have been sending their products and clothing, but instead of subbing out the old for the new, it all just began to pile up!!.. (my anxiety is building as I write this!)
So last weekend I decided to get ahold of my problem and face my fears 😉 haha! (for those of you who have the same issue, you know this is a real problem lol).
So anyway, I started researching websites and services that take your gently-used/new clothing and pay you for them. The only problem is, other places pay so low compared to the value of your clothing, even if it is designer clothing! So I dove a little deeper and stumbled upon Material World. Their goal is to have you “reclaim the value in your closet”! I don’t know about you, but I was immediately intrigued. As mentioned before, most companies try to pay the least amount possible and I always walk out feeling so defeated after the trade in!
It’s not a good feeling when you’re giving away dresses that still have clearly marked tags on them with a value of $80+ and you get $5-$8 for them! So I decided to try something new and signed up for Material World’s trade-in program.
The way the trade-in works is, first you get your trade in kit (I’ve described the items included in the kit below), then you mail in your items, then they will send you an offer! They might not accept all of your items, so you have the choice to have them send those items back to you, or they will donate them for you!! This is amazing in my opinion because it crosses off one more thing on your to-do list.
Out of the items they do accept, you can either accept or decline their offer and if you accept, they will put your money on a gift card! There are 2 different gift card options though, the first one is their Material World Fashion Trade In Card, which can be used at over 700+ online and in store locations, as well as the “pre-owned” section of Material World. But there is also a Retailer Gift Card for Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Shopbop, or Steven Alan. In my opinion the Material World Fashion Trade-In Card sounds better, because it has tons of stores, including Intermix, Nordstrom, and Shopbop, but it’s completely up to you! And incase you want to know some of the other 700+ stores, I’ve linked the complete list HERE.
They do also have a quote range available too if you’re unsure about sending in your items without a general idea of what you might get! So you can always play around with that prior! You just put in the brand and whether it’s a shirt, jacket, dress etc.
Overall I was very impressed with the trade in program at Material World. I would definitely recommend using their site if you’re looking to clean out your closet and add some great, new pieces!
What’s included in the free trade in kit:
1. List of accepted brands
Ex: Kate Spade, Ulla Johnson, Zac Posen
*Click HERE to view the entire list of accepted brands.
2. Brands they love
Ex: Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Tory Burch, Prada
3. Quality standards
Some of the clothing quality standards include:
- No stains
- No Tears
- Excellent condition
Some of the handbag quality standards include:
- No damages
- Odor free
Some of the shoe quality standards include:
- No heavy wear
- No stains
- Styles within 5 years
*click HERE to view the entire list of quality conditions
4. A bag to ship your items in
*The shipping is also free of course!