Have you ever looked through your overly stuffed closet and thought, “I have nothing to wear”? I am so guilty of this! Up until about a year ago, my closet was full of items just collecting dust.
I kept these unworn clothes for various reasons – hoping I’d fit into those jeans again someday, thinking I just needed the right pair of shoes to go with that skirt, or honestly, because I had paid good money for that dress and it would just be a waste to get rid of it.
Then I read Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and it quite literally changed my life. I cleared out my entire closet, keeping only the items that I loved and felt great in. I sold lots of my clothes online and with the rest I simply donated.
I vowed never to have a closet full of unworn stuff ever again and guess what? I’ve done just that!
How much money can you make selling your clothes online?
It depends. I actually worked in a consignment store for four years. We priced our items at around 25-40% of the retail value, and then our customers earned 40% of the amount we sold it for.
So if a dress retailed for $100, we might sell it for $40, and then the customer would earn $16.
There are lots of factors to consider – like if tags are still attached, the brand name, if it’s designer, how long ago the item was originally purchased, or how unique the item is. All of these things will affect how much money you make.
If you opt to sell your items directly, you’ll make a bit more because you’ll cut out the middle man (but you’ll also be putting in more time).
Even though you likely won’t earn back as much money as you paid for an item, wouldn’t you rather make some money than no money? Or you could continue letting those old clothes hang in your closet collecting dust… Just sayin’.
If you’re looking for a place to sell your used clothing online, here’s a list of ten options to get you started.
Best Places to Sell Old Clothes Online
1. thredUP, website
thredUP is an online consignment store. They focus on women’s & kids’ clothing plus accessories.
How does it work? Sign up for an account with thredUP, then click on “CLEAN OUT” on their menu. They’ll send you a bag in the mail with a pre-paid shipping label, fill it with your clothes, send it back, and then they will do the rest.
2. Swap, website
Swap is another online consignment store. They focus on women’s, men’s, & kids’ clothing plus accessories.
How does it work? Link your Facebook to Swap to create an account. Then login and click “my account” then “send items to swap.com”. Fill in the information, then pay for a shipping label. Fill a box with your stuff and send it to Swap to start making money from your clothes.
3. Luxury Garage Sale, website
Luxury Garage Sale (LGS) is exactly what is sounds like – an online garage sale for luxury items. If you have some extra special designer clothing and accessories to sell, LGS might be the right place for you.
How does it work? LGS take a more hands on approach with their consignment process, presumably due to their high-end inventory. You’ll setup a call or email consultation to review your items, then either schedule a pickup or drop-off if there is a location near you or they will send a pre-paid shipping label to send your items in. They’ll handle the rest.
4. eBay, website
eBay was probably the originator of selling used items online. It started in 1995 and is still going strong! When I was in college, I would sell my clothes on eBay all the time, especially my designer jeans. It’s a little more work than selling your stuff through a consignment shop, but you’ll likely make almost twice as much money! I think the extra time is worth the payoff.
How does it work? eBay is basically an online auction, but you can also use their “Buy It Now” feature to skip the bidding. You are in control of everything, unlike online consignment stores. You set your price, communicate with your bidders/buyers, and ship your items.
5. Craigslist, website
I think of Craigslist like a giant ad in the “wanted” section of a newspaper. It’s typically set by location, so you’ll be communicating with people in your area.
How does it work? You post pictures and descriptions of your stuff, set your price, and then wait for people to reach out to you. Craigslist can be a bit of a headache. People often don’t respond back and you have to repost your items every 7 days. But if you’ve got some especially unique clothing to sell, Craigslist could be your best bet!
6. Poshmark, app
Poshmark is an app specifically used for selling and buying clothes.
How does it work? You download the app and create an account. Then you can start adding to “your closet”. You’ll upload a picture, add a description, and then start selling. The items from your closet will be showed to your followers, in “Posh Parties”, or when people search.
7. letgo, app
letgo is an app for selling all kinds of your stuff.
How does it work? You post a photo of your item from your phone to the app then wait for people to start reaching out with offers. All communication is done through the app, so make sure you have notifications turned on.
8. OfferUp, app
OfferUp is another app like letgo. I would try both options because one app may be more popular where you live than the other.
How does it work? Just like letgo, you’ll post a photo of your item from your phone to the app. Potential buyers in your area will reach out to you and if you agree on a price, then you will exchange your item in person.
9. Facebook, social media
Have you heard of Facebook garage sales? They became so popular that Facebook now integrates a “Marketplace” feature right in their app so you can easily sell stuff.
How does it work?
Option A: Groups. The best groups for selling your stuff are usually local garage sales. In Facebook, search “Your City + Garage Sale” and you should find a group. Request to join and then start selling! You post pictures, pick your selling price, and communicate with the interested buyers.
Option B: Marketplace. Similar to letgo and OfferUp, click “Marketplace” in your Facebook app, upload a photo of what you’re selling, add a description, and then people near will be able to find and purchase your items.
10. Instagram, social media
Yes, you read that right! People are now selling their used clothing on Instagram.
How does it work? Create a new Instagram account specifically for selling your items. Post a picture of your item, your price, then tell people to comment or DM to buy! Use hashtags like #shopmycloset, #instacloset, #clothesforsale, and #anthroforsale (try replacing “anthro” with other brands) to help people find your InstaShop.