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Turning Your Clutter Into Cash: The FM Area’s Guide To Spring Cleaning

It’s the first day of spring and a refreshing way to start the season is by clearing out the clutter and organizing your living spaces. This is your chance to turn your spring cleaning chores into a profitable venture. Whether it’s cleaning your closet or entire house, don’t overlook the chance to earn some extra cash from your efforts. Instead of just tossing these items, you can pay off some credit card debt, boost your savings account or splurge on a new wardrobe. Here is the complete guide to turning your clutter to cash in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Consignment Stores

Sorting through your clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories should be at the top of your to-do list this spring. A way to make some quick cash off your unworn wardrobe is by dropping a bag of items off at an FM consignment store. Stores like Plato’s Closet and My Best Friend’s Closet accept teen and 20-something brand clothing, while stores like Clothes Mentor buys designer clothing for all ages. If you don’t have time to run your clothes to a store, ThredUP and Poshmark are some of the largest fashion resale outlets on the web.

HOW IT WORKS:

  1. Clean out your closet. The rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn it in the last six months to a year, it might be time to let it go.
  2. Make sure your clothes are clean and in good condition — free of tears, wears and stains. Some consignment stores will only accept particular clothes when in season. Fall and winter items start being accepted mid-August, while spring and summer items are accepted mid-February. Also, if your clothes are no longer in style or trending, you may have to just donate.
  3. Next, bring in your gently used brand name clothing and accessories to your local consignment store to get a quote.
  4. The buyer will review your items and create an offer based on style, condition, brand and the store’s current stock levels. Every consignment store pays differently, so you can take your clothes to different stores to see which one offers the best deal.
  5. Once you accept the offer, you’ll be on your way with some extra cash.

CLOTHES MENTOR

2551 45th St. S, Ste. 113, Fargo
Website
Clothes Mentor looks for women’s apparel sizes 0-26. It buys and sells gently-used, designer clothing, shoes, boots, handbags, jewelry and other accessories. Its website states that it “price items at about 1/3 of the original retail and then we offer you about 1/3 of that.” Clothes Mentor only accepts certain brands and designers, so check its website for the list before bringing in your clothes.
Form of payment: Cash

MY BEST FRIEND’S CLOSET

1615 38th St. S, Fargo
Website
My Best Friend’s Closet consignment is by appointment and only accepts walk-ins with 10 items or less. Clothing is carefully inspected to check for flaws, cleanliness and suitability. You’ll receive 50 percent of its sale price. If not sold, your items are then donated to various women’s charities.
Form of payment: Cash/Check

PLATO’S CLOSET

2551 45th St. S, Ste. 137, Fargo
Website
Plato’s Closet sells all clothes up to 70 percent off mall retail prices. Most of its stores buy and sell girls sizes 0/1 to 18/20 and guys size 28 to 40 waist. Typically, they only accept items that are 12 to 18 months old and still trending.
Form of payment: Cash

POSHMARK

Website
Poshmark is different than most online shopping, because it uses an app. It allows you to sell your designer clothing and accessories to hundreds of thousands of women all from your smartphone. List an item for sale in less than 60 seconds with the free iPhone, iPad or Android app. Once your item sells, Poshmark provides you with a pre-paid, pre-addressed label all ready to be put on the box. Once your sale has been packaged, you can drop it off at one of those blue USPS mailboxes or even have it picked up for free from your home.
Form of payment: App credit or cash

THREDUP

Website
ThredUp is a fashion resale website for consumers to buy and sell secondhand clothing online. It makes it easy to list and sell brand-name items with minimal effort. With ThredUP, you can skip the trip to the consignment store and ship off a postage-paid bag of items you don’t need. Clothes listed under $60, you’ll receive a payout as soon as these items are processed. Clothes listed over $60, you’ll be paid for these items once they sell.
Form of payment: Store credit or PayPal

TICKLED PINK BOUTIQUE

2108 University Dr. S, Fargo
Website
Tickled Pink keeps items on display for just 60 days before returning them to consignors or donating them to a nonprofit organization. Everything is sold at a 50/50 split with consigners. Its assortment includes sizes small to 2X. From classic vintage to modern design, Tickled Pink is said to carry women’s clothing and accessories shoppers wouldn’t necessarily see elsewhere.
Form of payment: Cash

Recycle your electronics

There’s no use keeping digital cameras, video games, TVs, smartphones or other electronics lying around. You can sell or recycle them at FM consignment or electronics stores for cash or a gift card. If your items are in relatively good condition, you can make easy cash while helping companies and organizations spare billions of pounds of waste. It’s a green and profitable alternative to tossing them in the trash.

EXCHANGE STATION

Several Locations
exchangestation.com
Similar to other consignment stores, you bring something you own (e.g. iPads, tools, guitars, motorcyles, 4-wheelers, laptops, televisions, etc) into the Exchange Station. One of the Exchange Station’s staff will evaluate your item’s value and potentially make an offer to purchase your item. You have the right to negotiate as well as have the right to accept or decline the purchase offer.
Form of payment: Cash

BEST BUY

1615 38th St. S, Fargo
701-277-1250
Go on their website to receive an estimated trade-in value. Then you’ll have the option of doing the exchange in-store or via mail-in. Best Buy will provide free shipping of your working or nonworking product(s). If the electronic equipment has no trade-in value, Best Buy will recycle the item(s) for free. It accepts computers, cellphones, tablets, MP3 Players, video games, cameras, camcorders, e-Readers, gaming hardware and wearable technology.
Form of payment: Gift Card

GAMESTOP

West Acres Mall
701-282-4016
1801 45th St. S, Fargo
701-281-1232
At GameStop, you can trade your games, systems, accessories, smartphones and more for cash or to save money toward other games.
Form of payment: Gift Card/Cash

PAWN AMERICA

3520 13th Ave. S, Fargo
701-298-7765
Pawn America is a secondhand retailer that specializes in jewelry, electronics, sports equipment, games, musical instruments, CDs and DVDs.
Form of payment: Cash 

TARGET

4202 13th Ave. SW, Fargo 
701-282-7400
3301 Hwy. 10, Moorhead
218-233-2326
Target works through online electronics recycling company NextWorth. It will accept your new and used electronics and award you with a Target gift card. You can get an estimated value of your item online and have it shipped for free. In 10 to 14 days, you’ll receive a Target gift card for the approved value. It accepts your new or used cellphones, tablets, laptops, video games, action cameras, iPods, wearable technology and portable speakers.
Form of payment: Gift Card 

WALMART

Several Locations
After you check the trade-in value online, Walmart will provide free shipping of your working or nonworking products. If the electronic equipment has no trade-in value, then Walmart will recycle the item(s) for free. The electronic devices it receives from consumers, retailers and manufacturers are refurbished, repurposed and/or reused for new products. They accept cellphones, tablets, MP3 Players, video games, calculator, cameras, e-Readers, game consoles and GPSes.
Form of payment: Gift Card

FM Facebook Groups

Facebook ‘sell-or-buy’ groups are extremely popular in the Fargo-Moorhead-Dilworth area. Facebook sale groups are like an online garage sale, because you can buy and sell with people locally with just a post. There are dozens of FM Facebook sale groups for selling furniture, clothes, kids toys, antiques, electronics, etc. The list could go on forever. Though it’s not a new online marketplace concept, local Facebook trading/selling groups are still a popular platform for selling resources free of charge. For most FM sale groups, you’ll have to send a request to join. We have some of the most popular and active groups you should join.

*Log onto your Facebook to access the links below. 

TIPS:

  • Take good pictures. When you post online, include several photos showing front, back and side views. Note anything unique.

  • Some Facebook groups have strict rules for posting certain items. Knowing the rules will keep you from being blacklisted.
  • In your post description, include the condition of item, number of items, price, age of item, general location, dimensions and price of item new.
  • Always remember to stay safe. If you can’t ship an item, always pick a public place to meet in person. If it’s a big item, have a friend or family member help unload items from your vehicle.

FARGO-MOORHEAD ANTIQUES AND VINTAGE ITEMS

For your older items, you can sell them on this unique Facebook group. Members can post furniture knick-knacks and clothing that are vintage, antique or have an older look. The rule of thumb used by most antique dealers is that anything over 100 years or older is an antique. Items that are old, but not quite that old, are called vintage — typically refers to items that are over 50 years old, but less than 100.
Number of Members: > 5,300

FARGO-MOORHEAD AREA “BABY & KIDS THINGS” ONLINE SALE

Baby stuff galore and more. Want to sell any baby or kids items, this Facebook group is the place for you. Instead of posting on a larger group, you can sell your items in a small group that’s made to sell specific items — this way your post may get lost due to bigger items.
Number of Members: > 6,300

FARGO MOORHEAD BUY/SELL MANIA!

This FM Facebook group is literally the “mania” of local sale groups. Every day, newly posted items burst with comments from several interested buyers. Items sold on the group vary from houses to jewelry. Anything you have lying in your garage, attic, bedroom or kitchen can be posted and earn you cash within days.
Number of Members: > 41,000

MN / ND ELECTRONICS & TECH

Facebook Group 
Members of the group can buy, sell or swap technology and electronics.
Number of group members: > 1,900

Fargo Free Stuff

Facebook Group 
We all love free stuff. Almost everyday, somebody is posting about free items that they are trying to get rid of. Check this out to really save a buck.
Number of group members: < 13,200

* These are just a few examples of FM Facebook sale groups available. 

Garage Sales

Planning a garage sale is like planning a wedding: They are hard to organize, but once the day comes, it can be fun and rewarding. Except, unlike a wedding, garage sales can be extremely profitable. They’re the perfect place to sell old clothes, furniture, books, collectibles and trinkets that you no longer need. The best way to guarantee a successful garage sale is to reach out to friends in the community and coordinate a neighborhood yard sale. Making it a larger event will generate more interest from the FM area. If you have permission, you can also move the event to a community location within Fargo-Moorhead — such as a park, field, parking lot, etc.

TIPS

  • For advertising your garage sale, make your signs and posters big. From the main road(s) that will bring the most traffic, you need a poster board that’s 22 X 28 inches. Don’t cut it in half. You’ll need to get as much attention as possible on the busiest road near your home.
  • When selling small children and baby clothes, organize one or two outfits into a Ziploc bag and label the size on the outside. Then set the price for each bag at $5, for example. This will get people to purchase more clothing, because it will seem like a better deal. Don’t allow people to exchange shirts or pants out for others in different bags. Instead, offer them a deal for two bags — such as two for $7 or three for $10. You can always staple the bag close to prevent people from trading without permission. At the end of the day, to get rid of the extra bags, do a two-for-one deal.
  • Fill a box with items you are willing to give away, like magazines or fabric scraps. Make a sign that says “Free.” Place this box in the front of your garage or yard where people driving by can see it. This is a way to lure customers in. You can also do it with children’s toys, but sell each item for 50 cents. This will distract children while parents roam around.

After you’ve planned out the tedious aspects of the garage sale, you have to promote it. You can hang flyers at your local grocery store and/or tell your family, friends and coworkers, but that sometimes isn’t enough. We have a list of great places you can advertise your event so more people in the F-M area know about your event.

F-M CRAIGSLIST

Website
FM Craigslist page provides local classifieds and forums for jobs, housing, for sale, personals, services, local community and events for free.

THE FORUM OF FARGO-MOORHEAD

Website
101 Fifth St. N, Fargo
Forum Communications has package deals for its classifieds ranging from $29.95 for one day to $34.95 for three days in The Forum newspaper and online at InForum.com.

FARGO/MOORHEAD ONLINE GARAGE SALE

Website
This Facebook group is a great place to advertise your up-and-coming garage sale event. You can also post items that didn’t sell on the page after your event is over. The group’s description states, “Shop for garage sale items from the comfort of your home.” One of the most popular FM sale and trade groups, it has tens of thousands of members and dozens of posts a week. From prom dresses to furniture, it has a wide variety of items that you would typically find at a garage sale.
* Log onto Facebook to access group
Number of Members: > 50,000

Donate

When decluttering your home, you’ll find items that won’t sell and are in too good condition to just throw away. You can always donate them. There are a handful of thrift shops and organizations in the FM area where you can drop off the items to help a good cause.

ARC ATTIC TREASURES

215 University Dr. N, Fargo
701-293-8191
Website

DAKOTA BOYS AND GIRLS RANCH

1001 Fourth Ave. N, Fargo
701-280-2371

1601 32nd Ave. S, Fargo
701-297-4166

619 13th Ave. E, West Fargo
701-356-5152

Website

EASTER SEALS GOODWILL OF NORTH DAKOTA

3333 7th Ave. N, Fargo
Website

HABITAT RESTORE

210 11th St. N, Moorhead
218-284-5253
Website

HEIRLOOMS

3120 25th St. S, Fargo
701-356-2670
Website

JAZZY & MUMBOS

123 Center Ave. E, Dilworth
218-477-1966
Website

KINDER KLOSET

745 45th St. SW, Fargo
701-277-1211
Website

LIVIN’ THE DREAM

901 Center Ave., Moorhead
701-388-6247

MOORHEAD THRIFT SHOP

620 Second Ave. S, Moorhead
218-233-2995

NEW LIFE CENTER THRIFT STORE

1902 Third Ave. N, Fargo
701-235-4453

Website

NOW & THEN SHOPPE

1017 4th Ave. N, Fargo
Website

REPEAT BOUTIQUE

2551 45th St. S, Fargo
701-364-3888
Website

THE SALVATION ARMY

304 Roberts St., Fargo
701-232-5565
Website

SAVERS

1623 38th St. SW, Fargo
701-277-1447
Website

SECOND TIME AROUND

2206 5th Ave. N, Moorhead
701-318-3358

ST. FRANCIS THRIFT STORE

1425 First Ave. S, Fargo
701-235-5944

YWCA | DONATION BIN PROGRAM

Help women and children in need by donating your gently used clothing, books, media, shoes, toys, accessories and household items at one of YWCA’s 16 donation bins conveniently located throughout the F-M area.

3100 12th Ave. N, Fargo
701-232-2547
Bin Locations

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