Cleaned out that closet? Here are some tips on how to sell your used clothes.
We’ve spent a lot of time concentrating on our capsule wardrobe and now it’s time to cash in. Once you’ve lived without your clothes for a season and have decided that they’re no longer serving you, then it’s time to get rid of them. There’s no reason you shouldn’t get a little return on your clothing investment.
If you would rather donate or recycle your clothing and accessories check out this post for some great tips on the best ways to do that.
If you’re looking for some extra cash though, here are some great resources to help you out.
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Where to Sell Clothes Near You
While a garage sale might not be your favorite way to spend a weekend, it can be a great way to turn clothing (and other items) into cash. It’s easier than ever to advertise a garage sale and with just a bit of time prepping, you can host a sale. You don’t even need a garage, you just need a way to display some clothes and a spot to put them and you’re in business.
Consignment stores are easily found in almost any city by just doing a google search. You will likely have to visit or call each one to find out their policies and what items they accept. Expect smaller stores to focus on current or upcoming seasons, but some of the larger ones listed below will accept any season.
When you visit, be sure to take clean clothes that are in good repair so that you can get the most money for your items. Be sure that the buttons are buttoned and zippers are zipped. Making a good presentation shows them that you’ve taken care of your items and may earn you more money.
The Buffalo Exchange is a brick and mortar resale shop and you can check online to find a location near you. They offer the option of trading in your clothes for a store credit or cashing in on the items that they purchase from you. The upside to this method is that they will pay you on the spot, and they also purchase all seasons. They won’t necessarily buy everything you take, they’re looking for current, fashionable pieces, but it can be a quick turnaround.
Platos’ Closet is part of a huge reselling group that owns several brands of resale shops. They work much like Buffalo Exchange in that the will make you an offer on your clothes while you wait. They have a list on their website of items that they’re currently looking for and you can leave there with cash in hand, or store credit to replace your items.
Where to Sell Clothes Online
Do a search on Facebook for community forums or community yard sales and you’ll be able to find lots of local listing boards for your items. Your community has local boards for garage sale or community resale – all you have to do is search for them and you’ll be in business.
It helps to have a great photo and description of each item to make the most money, be sure to include the size and some up close pictures of anything that needs more description.
Craigslist is the grandaddy of resale items. You can find just about anything on this site and you can search out locations that are near or far, it just depends on how far you’re willing to travel to find things. This might be a great site for specialty or vintage items, but for your everyday clothing it might not be the best choice.
When you sell clothing with ThredUp, they’ll send you a clean out bag to mail in your clothing. They only accept around 40% of the name brand items submitted and you can find what they’re currently looking for listed on their website.
Payments can be made upfront on certain items and by consignment sale on others. You can redeem shopping credits or PayPal payments for the items they accept. If they don’t accept your items you may have them returned to you for a fee, or donated to charity.
They also offer a clean out calculator to help you estimate what your used clothing might be worth.
To use Tradesy you just snap a photo of the clothing you want to sell and submit it. Tradesy accepts designer clothing and accessories and makes it easy to sell right from your own home. They will recommend a price to you and you can agree to it or you can choose your own, then it’s ready to post.
Once the item sells they will send you a shipping kit to forward the item to the buyer. You’ll make more money here if you redeem your credits with the site but you can also receive PayPal payments, or direct deposit.
Poshmark is another online marketplace where you take pictures of your clothing and then list them on their website. Your clothing is organized into themes, or parties for easier shopping.
If your item sells they send you a shipping label and box to forward the item. This is considered a social sharing type of shopping so you can organize an online shopping party with your friends.
Payments can be redeemed by direct deposit and you can track your items, and shop for more, in the app.
Material World will send you a prepaid mailer and you can return your designer clothing in it. Once it’s received they will evaluate your clothing and make you an offer. Be sure to read about which brands they accept since many of them are considered higher end or couture designers.
You will receive an offer for your submitted items and if you accept it they will pay you up front. As with other sites, your offer has more value if you spend it on the site, but they also offer bank deposit.
Vinted is an app with the ability to take a photo, upload and sell. Once your item sells, Vinted will send you a prepaid label to forward the item to the buyer. One of the main differences here is that in addition to selling directly to buyers, you can also swap clothing with other members by just paying the shipping charge.
The Real Real specializes in luxury consignment. They carry only authentic pre-owned designer fashion.
They will send you a shipping label when you sign up to return your items, or if you have a large amount, they will send someone to your home to review them. Once they receive your clothing they will photograph and authenticate it and you receive a portion once the item sells.
A Clean Closet and a Happy Wallet
We hope you were inspired to find some great ways to give your used clothing a new life. Have you used any of these services? Let us know about your experience in the comments below.