Recycle your clothes for cash

One in three items hanging in our wardrobe hasn’t been worn for a year so here’s how to make some money from your old clobber.

Get your money back 

If you’ve got stuff that’s still got the  tags on and is relatively new then taking it back to the shops is your best bet.    Most high street shops have generous ‘returns’ policies which means they’ll swap or give you money back on ‘unwanted purchases’.  But you’ll have to produce the receipt or some other form of ‘proof of purchase’.  And you can usually only do this for around a month about you’ve bought it; not five years later…….

Worn it but still looking good?

I’m a big fan of  eBay and often pick up great bargains that are advertised as new or ‘worn once’.  In fact I even turned a profit on a fabulous Coast dress I once bought for  a New Year’s Eve party for just £10.  Wore it on another two occasions, sold it back and still made money!

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£5 voucher for M&S

Donate any item of Marks & Spencer clothing to Oxfam charity shops and you’ll get a £5 M&S voucher that you can use when spending £35 in store, excluding food and gift vouchers.

Dropping items in the ‘Shwop Drop’ bins in store also means 50 points on your Sparks card.

And you can earn Nectar points at Oxfam when your join its Tag Your Bag scheme.  You’ll get 100 points on joining and another 2 points for every £1 raised when your items sell.

Sell it to John Lewis

John Lewis is trialling a ‘buy back’ app where you should soon be able to sell back worn or unwanted clothes you’ve bought in store.  You’ll get a price per item and once you’ve sold back £50 of clothes you get a gift card.

Hand over your old trainers

Get a £20 voucher when you hand in your old ones at Runners Need which has nearly 40 stores across the UK.   Hand over any brand of trainers you like to get the voucher and exchange them for a new pair either in store or online.

Get a £5 voucher for H&M

Drop off any unwanted clothes in the special bins in H&M and you’ll get a £5 voucher to spend in store.

Sell items to Patatam

From the new year you’ll be able to sell items to this site that’s just come over from France.  Sells good quality second hand clothes from mainly high street brands and right now you can buy, with the option to sell from the new year.