Buy Other People’s Designer Closets

I mentioned once before that I was obsessed, right? Well, it’s getting worse. I found this live auction app called Tophatter, which conducts lot auctions for Coach, jewelry and name brand cosmetics for way less than retail. They had me at Coach.

TopHatter

Some auctions start at $5 for Coach wristlets; others start at $1. Even the high end auctions are reasonable– an auction for a Coach tan  leather bag (retail price $385) started at $50 and sold for only $70. The app is free and you’ll get $5 free if you join using my invite code: 12ce76. I *might* have already used my free $5 credit  that I received when I joined within the first hour I was on the site. So really, I only paid $65 for that gorgeous tan pebbled leather turnlock hobo bag with the supple blue satin lining. … Yeah, justification… that’s the ticket.

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Sell Your Closet

Dresses at Twice

I’m a bit obsessed. What started with selling a few gently used items around the house on Facebook sell/swap groups has progressed to all out clean out mania. Now I know there’s so many better options than Craig’s List or eBay. One great option is the site Twice.

Twice is the product of two ex-Google guys who grew up wearing second hand clothing. Since its launch in March 2012, their inventory has grown to 20,000 pieces and they’re still expanding. If you sign up now for Twice, you’ll receive $10 free credit. Here’s how it works:

Twice

Step 1: Clean Out Your Closet

Download a free shipping label, or request a free shipping bag to send Twice your clothes. It’s the easiest way to clean out your closet, and you’ll even earn a few bucks while doing it.

Step 2: Let Twice Do the Work

Once they receive your clothes, Twice will carefully review, measure, and professionally photograph every garment. You get paid upfront, plus they pay for shipping — it’s basically the easiest thing ever.

Step 3: Get Paid and Buy More!

They sell top brands are labels like J.Crew,AnthropologieAnn Taylor, and more for up to 90% off retail.

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A Primer on Couponing

People who use coupons aren’t all like the TLC show Extreme Couponers, but sometimes they’re not far off.

You can purchase coupons online at eBay and Craig’s List, although the fine print states you’re paying for the time someone took to cut those coupons, rather than paying for the actual coupons, which is a violation of manufacturer’s coupon redemption policies.

Even more creatively, people claim to sell an envelope that contain coupons inside for free. That’s according to the Coupon Information Center, an association of consumer product manufacturers such as Kraft, General Mills Nestle and more. To show these brand giants mean business, the Coupon Information Center cites the most extreme penalties for coupon fraud: 17 years in prison and $5 million fine, though often connected to other criminal activities such as tax evasion and food stamp fraud.

Often the prices for these costly “envelopes” are gorged so consider finding coupons on a coupon clipping service, such as the mompreneur-owned TheCouponClippers.com or other coupon sites such as FreeCouponClips.com, where you can watch sponsored videos to earn points to trade-in for manufacturer coupons.

 

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Make a Book from Your Instagram Photos

Blurb Books is a little different photo book site– yes, it has all the tools you need to create and publish print books, but what makes it unique is the ability to create everything from ebooks, to easy-to-make books of your Facebook and Instagram photos, to innovative portfolios, to professional-quality business books that you can sell on the site.

Blurb

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Shelby Skrhak: Journalist, blogger and southpaw