Do you know that there are quite a few online sites out there nowadays that allow you to trade or sell your used clothes for extra cash?
Over time, we tend to accumulate a lot of clothes, shoes, and accessories. Sometimes, we only use them quite a few times before we feel the itch to buy something new again. This is especially true for fashionistas, including myself. We follow trends after trends and get carried away buying too many items that we eventually aren’t going to need.
While I love trends and have a few in my closet, I always recommend creating a staple wardrobe. Check out my post on 12 MUST Have Wardrobe Staples You Can Wear All Year Long. Having staples in your wardrobe is a MUST because these are something that you would be able to mix and match with your other items no matter what season.
If you are spring cleaning your closet, check first if there is anything that you can sell online before you toss them in the donation bag.
Thanks to the internet, gone are the days of merely selling your old or unwanted but unused stuff at garage sales. You can now sell them online too and it’s easier than ever.
Here’s a List of 10 Online Sites to Sell or Trade Your Used Clothes for Extra Cash:
Poshmark is an app available for android and iPhone and has been around since 2011. It is FREE to download and register an account. However, if an item you listed gets sold, they take a high 20% commission fee off your listing price.
You can sell both brand new and used clothing (for as long as it’s in good condition), shoes, and accessories. I personally use Poshmark and have sold quite a few items of my own.
Here’s what I like about Poshmark:
- Ease of use – It takes a couple of minutes to list an item. It also allows you to take photos directly from the Poshmark app.
- It’s like a social media network. Sellers and buyers can follow each other.
- They do “Parties” which is like a curation of categorized items and if you join (it’s free) a party, your items will have better exposure.
- When an item you have gets sold, you automatically get a prepaid USPS shipping label. All you have to do is pack your product and drop it off at the post office.
- Withdrawal and transfer of your money is fast and easy.
Click here to read more on How Poshmark Works.
Thredup is an online thrift store. You can either donate your unwanted men’s, women’s and kids’ items for tax deduction or you can sell it to them for cash or credit.
I have personally not donated or sold any items at Thredup but have bought some years ago. The items are of very good quality. In fact, I believe I bought some name brands still with tags on them.
With Thredup, you don’t personally sell it like on Poshmark but you sell it to Thredup and they in turn will create the listings and sell your items themselves. Your first step is to order a kit. A Thredup kit includes a prepaid labeled bag. All you have to do is fill it up with your clothes and send it back to them.
To ensure that your clothes will be accepted, check the name brands that they accept and make sure that they are clean and free of unpleasant smell.
Mercari is another online marketplace where you can sell your unwanted items yourself. You take the photos, create the listing, and you can either ship it yourself using your own label or a prepaid label that Mercari provides. It is available both as an app and online. To list an item is free but they take 10% off your listing fee if you made a sale.
You can get your payments every Monday through direct deposit if you made any sale from your listings.
Everyone knows eBay, right? Chances are you’ve probably sold an item or two on the site before. While it originally started as an auction site, over the years, they have evolved in such a way where sellers can also list with a fixed price or put an option for a “Buy It Now”.
It’s been awhile since I’ve used eBay to sell a few items. If you’re an individual seller, it’s free to list up to 50 items every month. If an item sells, eBay takes 10% off your listing price or what they call a Final Value Fee.
The site is pretty competitive and unless your items are name brands or unless you used the right keywords, your listings might hard to be found. eBay claims to have 25 million sellers so just imagine how competitive that is. However, with 177 million shoppers, you just don’t know who might end up finding your listing.
That being said, I still wouldn’t discount eBay in selling your items.
Crossroads is another online thrift store just like Thredup. The difference between the two is that with Crossroads, you can either sell it to them or consign it. What’s the difference? By selling it to Crossroads, you get paid based on how much their appraisal of the value of your items. By consigning it with them, you basically use Crossroads as sort of your “salesman” and they get a certain percentage off the sold item. This works mostly with designer items. If your items are mostly just regular name brands, it is better to just sell it to them.
According to their website, they pay you 30% of what they price your items to sell for. So for example, they deem that they can sell a pair of Levi’s for $12. You will get paid $3.60 for that pair of jeans. Not bad at all.
To sell or consign, check out their procedure here.
Tradesy is similar to Mercari but more for suitable for designer brands. You take your own photos and list the items yourself. I personally like this kind of platform where you have more control over the product that you want to sell. The process to list is fairly easy and straightforward but Tradesy takes a 19.8% commission off any item sold that’s above $50. The high commission is fairly justified though considering that they handle the returns.
When you sold an item, you get a pre-paid Tradesy shipping label using your own packing materials. You do get a free Tradesy shipping kit though.
If you have any high end designer items, looks like Tradesy is something to consider.
To sell on Swap, you must apply to become a Premier Seller. But first, you must create a regular account on Swap.com and then select “Ship items to Swap.com” and the fill out the “Premier Seller Application”. Once you get approved, they will send you a “Test Box”.
They have tiered payments so to better understand their program, I suggest reading up on it here. They seem to have a more complicated and lengthy process than other sites so if you need a fast cash, you might be better off trying Poshmark, eBay or Thredup instead.
8. LePrix (Formerly SnobSwap)
Leprix is an online consignment platform. To consign your items, you can either take it to a boutique partner they have near you or use their White Glove Consignment service which basically sends you a prepaid shipping label so you can ship out your items to them.
It is not clear on their website how they work exactly or how much you will get so it is better to either find a boutique partner near you or call them at the number listed on their website.
This platform seems like will work well with designer items rather than just regular name brands. However, it doesn’t mean that you can’t sell non-designer items as well.
9. Material World
Material World is also a consignment, however, compared to traditional consignment process, you get paid upfront for whatever they choose to accept. For brands that they accept, click here. You can use a Material Kit from them and once they’ve received it and have gone through the items, you will get an offer via email. It will be up to you to accept or reject the offer.
They will ship back the items they’ve rejected to you for free. They pay via PayPal less their commission rate of 15%.
10. The Realreal
The RealReal is a luxury consignment platform for men and women’s clothes, shoes, and accessories. If you are in any of the 21 metro cities they service, you can schedule a free pick-up of the item you would like to consign. It doesn’t seem like these cities are listed on their website, so it’s better to call their 1800 number to find out. Another option though which is probably the most convenient for many is to request their consignment kit. If you don’t feel comfortable shipping out your valuable item(s), you can go to a local consignment office for a drop off.
Designer items such as Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Cartier, Celine to name a few are very highly accepted in this platform. Most items get sold within 3 days of listing because they are priced to sell. If, for whatever reason, it doesn’t get sold, their experts will adjust the price to attract more potential buyers.
Tips to Ensure That You Can Turn Your Items Into Cash:
1. If you’re selling on any of the sites mentioned above and you have to list it yourself:
- Make sure that you upload good photographs of your products.
- Use the name brand and size on the title.
- Use the right keywords on the title and description.
- Fully disclose the condition of your item if it’s anything than new.
2. If you have to ship out items to the site:
- Take inventory and photos of what you’re shipping out to them. If you don’t make a list, chances are you will forget what you have sent them and they might not have everything correctly.
- Be sure that the items are clean, damage and odor-free.
- The items you’re sending are the brands that they accept.
I already knew some of these but others I had no clue. Thanks for sharing! I already decluttered my spring wardrobe but maybe once fall comes I’ll come back to this post and see if I can get some money back from what I bought.
The real real is my jam, I love shopping with them! So many great things and sometimes you can hit those sales just right!
Ivana Split says
great idea. I should really try selling my clothes sometime. My closet is getting crowded.