I was cleaning out my closet this past weekend and realized that I must get rid of a few things, primarily accessories such as handbags and wallets, etc. All are designer brands and some items are even unused and still in their original box.  My dilemma is trying to figure out what to do with these items I no longer need. There are a few apps and websites specifically devoted to designer resale but I have no experience using them.reviving charm needs help clearing out her closetI am interested in hearing from you so please leave a comment or send me an email. Let me know about your experiences…I want to hear them all..the good, the bad and the ugly. Especially, the ugly!

The pictures in this post are items inside my walk-in closet. They were shot with my iPhone and converted into watercolors using the Waterlogue app. I downloaded the app quite a while ago and sort of just forgot about it until recently. When I was trying to figure out a fun way to illustrate this post I thought a few  “watercolor” views might just do the trick. I hope you enjoy them. Now let me take you on a quick tour…Reviving Charm closet

The clothes in my closet are arranged by category and type. Within each category things are then arranged by color. Then, within each color things are arranged by sleeve length (short vs. long sleeve). Yes, I know…a bit OCD. 

In the picture above, the top section is an area devoted to tops and blouses. The bottom section is where I store my “power suits”. Hat boxes are stored on the top shelf, including my favorite wide brim “feather” hat that was custom made by the beloved San Francisco milliner Ruth Garland-Dewson that I purchased for a formal Christmas party.  I also still have the very first wide brim hat that I purchased in Paris at the age of 21. I remember how challenging it was to carry that hatbox on an airplane and through customs. Good memories!

Reviving Charm closet furniture

In the middle of the closet I have a traditional style area rug in various shades of grey and ivory. The antique bench once belonged to my mother. I opted to have it reupholstered with custom tufting in a light grey silk from The Silk Trading Company. You don’t hear much about them anymore. Too bad…they have beautiful silks.

Reviving Charm closet Jimmy Choo

My patent leather Jimmy Choo heels are one of my favorite pairs. I don’t wear them often but when I do I feel like a million bucks. They are the perfect shoe to make a girl feel sexy. I purchased these on a trip to San Francisco a few years ago…what a perfect souvenir! Reviving Charm closet vintage handbag

I love vintage handbags. This bag shown above once belonged to my late mother-in-law. It is meticulously embroidered and beaded. It’s a great little bag to carry with a little black dress because it provides a subtle hint of color to a rather monochromatic look. It’s just barely large enough to keep the bare necessities in.
Reviving Charm closet louis vuitton handbag and purses

I have a lot of handbags. Most are lined on shelves in their original dust bag. Others that are used more frequently get thrown on wall hooks for easy reach. It’s not the best way to care for them but it makes it convenient. After all, why have things if you aren’t using them. This brings me back to my original point…I need to clear out my closet of a few things (although nothing shown here). I might as well find a few items a new home. Preferably to someone who will use them and enjoy them!


  1. After Orange County says:

    What a fun post, I love it in Watercolor! I too have a lot of purses. I collected many Louis Vuitton and Gucci bags over the years on trips to Italy before the Euro when the exchange rate was very favorable. A couple of years ago I realized that I wasn’t using most of them and decided to sell them on ebay. To me the styles were no longer fashionable but what I found was that they were actually considered vintage and desired by many, especially women in Asia. I sold them with a high reserve and after bidding wars for much more than I imagined I would. I don’t miss them at all and I’m glad they are now owned by people who appreciate them. Good luck in selling your closet.

  2. Karen B. says:

    I love waterlogue. It’s such a great app.
    I knew we had a lot in common, I organized my closet much the same way. Sadly (for me), I do not have a walk in closet. 🙁
    My good friend sold a lot of her designer stuff not too long ago through a company called The RealReal She had good experience with them. Good luck.

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