We all have that pile of clothes we keep in hopes of losing 10 pounds, the numerous pairs of shoes that hurt our feet but are too cute to get rid of, and the dresses from past events that we only wore once but were photographed too much to wear again.
Holding on to these items serve no purpose other than cluttering our space and making us feel bad.
Selling unused or ill-fitting clothing is a quick and easy way to earn a little extra cha-ching.
The best part? You can do it while never leaving your home–meaning you can earn money while cocooned in blankets on your couch watching Friends re-runs.
I mean, could it be any easier?
Download and try out one, two, or all 15 of the following and get ready to clear out your closets on the double!
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Apps & Websites for Selling Clothes:
Pros: Poshmark is the OG of clothes selling apps, and it really places an
emphasis on the social aspect. The app encourages “liking” and
commenting on listings, and it also hosts “Posh Parties”. There
are party themes for all sellers to share their listings in order to
be viewed by more buyers, which is particularly helpful when you
first join. It definitely caters to more high-end, designer clothing
and accessories, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still list your
Old Navy sweater.
The app also has a “make an offer” feature
where buyers and sellers can propose an offer that lasts 24 hours.
Sellers can also offer discounts for buyers who purchase multiple
items in a bundle. As soon as a purchase is made, you will receive the shipping label in your inbox.
Sign up for $5 free when you make your account.
Cons: Poshmarktakes a whopping 20% of your earnings, which is significantly more than similar apps. Their shipping costs are also a little higher, charging $6.49 shipping for all purchases, no matter the size.
Pro: eBay is a force to be reckoned with in terms of traffic. However, it can also be a double edge sword for sellers since eBay is a flooded pool of items and products. An item will move for the right price, if someone wants it, even if the photo quality is bad, it will go.
Con: Shipping cost and packaging costs can eat into seller profits. PayPal takes 2-3% of processing and eBay will take another 10%. There is a limit on free listings per month, after other that each listing will cost 35 cents. Sellers have little right on eBay’s platform. eBay AND PayPal are very customer-centric. If a buyer decides to complain about an item or want to process a return under eBay’s guarantee.
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Pros: The most organized consignment shop. If you’re in blankets you know it, pick this option. Easily print off a shipping label, tape it to any box, and fill that box to the brim with all of your lightly worn clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories.
ThredUp will rummage through your items and pay you for what they decide to keep and resell.
Any items they do not deem worthy they will donate to charity, or they will ship it back to you for an extra $16 in fees.
The website has a payout estimator if you want a better idea of what you will make.
Really perfect for decluttering AND you can donate to a bunch of charities 🙂
Cons: ThredUp is a great place to BUY but not a good place to sell – because you have no control over the items they accept.
When your items sell on their website, you make a commission. If you have designer clothes, bags, shoes, or accessories, you can keep more of your money up to 90%. Otherwise, ThredUp takes most of your earnings because they are doing most of the work it’s a little more understandable.
They keep about 80-90% of the sale total. Also, they only accept about 40% of clothing sent in, so don’t be surprised if many of your items are not taken.
The site is more friendly towards specific designer brands of clothing that still looks new. Don’t assume they will buy the same stuff your local consignment shop would.
If you value or know that your item is higher end (but not high enough to be on their list of accepted designers) I would avoid ThredUP because I’ve consigned with them many times before and I can’t see a pattern in the items they keep vs don’t keep.
And I’m definitely not paying $16 for return shipping on clothes I wanted to get rid of!
Pros: The biggest pro for Vinted is that it doesn’t take any percentage
of your earnings. That means if you list your item for $50, you will
see that number in your wallet. Also, the app does not let sellers
use anything but photos they actually take of the item in their
listings. This is super helpful for shoppers because you know that
what you see in the pictures is what you are getting. Also, buyers
and sellers can engage in private messaging and negotiating on the
Another unique feature of this app is it gives a “swap”
option. This means that when you make your listing, you can select
the swap feature to let buyers know that you are willing to look
through their closet for a possible trade.
When a buyer purchases an item from you, you will automatically receive a shipping label in your inbox. Just tape that baby onto your package and send it out.
You can sell women, men, kids clothing etc. Vinted is better for cheaper items (about $5) since that is what the crowd goes for. It’s a good way to declutter with patience.
Cons: Unlike the other apps, when a buyer makes or accepts an offer, it isn’t an automatic purchase. This can be annoying, especially if you have the same items listed on multiple apps and you delete it because you assume it will be purchased.
Pros: Marketing itself as “the selling app,” Mercari can be used to sell your clothes along with any other pesky item you want to rid yourself of. Snap a picture, upload it, fill in the description, and you’re in business! Like Vinted shipping labels are sent to your inbox, easy!
And if you feel like shopping, use this link to get $10 off your first purchase.
Cons: The app takes 10% of your earnings. It also will deactivate listings
with no recent activity, which can be irritating, especially if you
Alternative & Vintage Clothing
Pros: This app is like scrolling #vintageclothes on Instagram. You’ll notice right away how much more creative and aesthetic the photos are than other apps. This is probably because sellers are more reliant on the photos selling the clothes because you cannot filter your searches. There is also no messaging between buyer and seller, so you don’t have to worry about haggling with potential buyers.
Cons: Depending on your take, the pros can also be cons. No haggling means no negotiation to make a sale, or if your shopping, no chance of getting a lower price. Also, if you aren’t the most creative person with an eye for photos, you may have a more difficult time selling on this app. DePop takes a 10% cut of your profits, and you are responsible to pay for shipping costs.
DePop favors alternative/vintage fashion for a younger crowd so you have to have that emphasis of “alternative lifestyle” to do very well on.
Pro: Streetwear heaven. ASOS marketplace is ASOS mod controlled platform like eBay. There are sellers and you can sell and buy but listings as boutiques are vetted for legitimacy. Signing up is easy, you need a PayPal and then create your online “boutique.” The last thing to do is to do at least 10-15 product listings. Five images per product and each product must be modeled by a person in daylight. More selling tips on that at ASOS.
Con: The presence seems stronger in the EU and UK compare to the U.S. For sellers, the traffic and demand will depend on the specific street style. For sellers, it cannot be done on a flat lay. You must be able to model or find a model to wear the clothes for sale which is one extra step for some people. There is no listing fee but commissions are a flat 20% on ASOS.
Pros: This is app and website geared toward high-end designer items. You can sell high-end clothing, shoes, bags, accessories, and even wedding dresses. The app also suggests prices to you for a quick sale. You ship your items through a free pre-paid and addressed shipping kit, and in the case of a return, Tradesy will handle it for you.
In terms of experience, it is not socially based like Poshmark so you don’t have to follow a million people or share. Just post it and forget it.
Cons: The only items accepted are authentic designer pieces so there is no much diversity for declutterers. For any items sold under $50, Tradesy takes a flat rate of $7.50, and a commission rate of 14.9% applies for items above $50. Besides the high fees, it takes up to 21+ days to receive payment which can get annoying for sellers that need money quick.
Pro: Consigners get a gift card the first time they sell successfully as a welcome bonus. They really handle everything for you, it is effortless to pack up clothes and see it go bye-bye. Send your luxury items (they even accept art work!) over and they will take care of the rest. TRR claims items typically sell in 3 days; payout is once a month.
Con: The Real Real takes a specific list of brands. Commissions are 50%-70% but they dictate the sale price in totality. Especially with the ever popular 20% off coupon they have. If you have something priced at $100, it will sell for $80 and you will get $40 instead of $50.
The longer your items take to sell, the heavier the discount so if something is worth $100 then you could get as little as $20 back if it’s not popular with The RealReal audience.
Pro: LePrix has different types of services: one is similar to local consignment where you find a boutique near you to sell your luxury items. Another is applying to become a boutique partner online. The buyers can make an offer and you have 48 hours to negotiate. The “white glove” service means they do everything for you, you just ship it to them. Consigners on LePrix can put up as many items as they want free and their commission starts at 15% but unknown after that.
Con: Fees are not upfront and they’re not as transparent about how they vet for items. Brick and mortar consignment stores have limited reach. LePrix’s website has a smaller customer base compare to Tradesy and TRR. Although your consignment fees may be lower, items may not sell (and it is not clear, what LP does if the item does not sell.)
Pro: Vestiaire Collective has the media and audience for vintage and luxury items like Chanel, LV, Celine etc. Sellers get to choose the price they set for their luxury items. Sign up for an account and submit an item through your account. Sellers will need to take 3-5 good quality photos and send it to Vestiaire Collective with all the other information including description, measurements, condition, and authenticity. Shipping is prepaid on them. Pay out is on the 1st and 15th of every month.
Con: Your listing can be declined if it doesn’t meat VC’s strict standards. They’re not as well known as TRR in the United States since their customer focus is Europe and Asia. Their fees are also higher according to their calculator. Buyers can negotiate item price or even refuse it if it’s not to their satisfaction at the seller’s expense.
Local Based (Save Shipping)
Pro: A favorite for selling locally. OfferUp requires identification, phone number, and TrueYou verification system from all users. Shipping is an option on OfferUp she traffic seems pretty good. There are no fees.
App is very user friendly. You can leave reviews after a sale or transaction. Reviews on others is visible along with how many items they’ve purchased vs sold. Harbors a community feel.
Con: Selling locally is always going to be from a smaller pool. That means the first 15 minutes of your listing gets the most visibility on the feed. Don’t post after dark and make sure to state if you travel or deliver locally.
Pro: Pretty much the exact concept as OfferUp but a little less known compare to OfferUp. LetGo is a location-based buying/selling app and website with a better ID verification system than OfferUp’s TrueYou feature. Shipping on LetGo is an option too and there are no fees.
Con: LetGo app notifications are annoying and frequent. The sellers on LetGo are “lazier” in my experience and rarely fill out enough item details so *pro tip* if you step up with great photos, good description, and correct title your items will stand out.
Pro: Everybody on VarageSale has to be confirmed and identified so safety is a high priority. If you are nervous about meeting online and selling then VarageSale would be a great fit. VS vet highly for safety. You can sell anything locally including any range of clothes.
Con: VS does not allow “bad reviews” so there will be people who aren’t as serious to buy or sell. VarageSale is a strict “family friendly” website that is based locally similar to OfferUp and Facebook’s Buy Nothing group. They are very serious about ID rules and any misspelling in your name will grant a denial. Many people dislike VarageSale because of their anal policies which are dictated by local moderators who can (as individuals) be discriminatory or bias.
Pro: A lot of people don’t know that Facebook has a marketplace. Sellers who want to meet up locally can try listing in the Facebook marketplace anything they want to, including clothes, but even a room for rent too. You can save on shipping costs and see that they are real Facebook people. The Marketplace has no fees; really good for decluttering too.
Con: Any marketplace will come with buyers that aren’t as serious as the ones mentioned above (like Poshmark, Ebay, Mercari etc.) Those require payment in the first place whereas marketplace people can flake out in a day or so. About 60%+ of all inquiries do not go anywhere for our local area.
Honorable Mention: Buy Nothing Groups – if you are looking to declutter, try local buy nothing groups. For clothes that won’t sell/unwanted, you can give away for free to another local person in need.
Pro: Oh classic Craigslist where you can unload anything without a fee or any shipping costs. You can sell clothing and pretty much anything locally. Traffic is still there with Craigslist – in my experience – if a product is priced right – it will definitely go.
Con: Safety has been a concern with Craiglisters because the platform does not vet for identity. No feedback or profiles are provided so it’s very bare boned. Listings expire in only 1 week and you have to manually go in and renew them which is very annoying.
Tips on Selling Your Clothes Online
All platforms have their pros and cons. Each platform has something going for them that others may not depending on what’s in your inventory.
Back in 2016 through the end of 2017, I tried my hands at a clothing business for fun online across multiple platforms.
I sourced a lot of my inventory locally and on top of that, I had my own closet to declutter. I made a little less than $1,000 in net profits after shipping and fees…which I immediately recycled back for some much needed new clothes on ThredUp 🙂 (Great place to buy clothes, not so much to sell.)
Here are my tips on how to sell fashion online:
- Brand recognition matters a lot online. People buy from brands they trust. Brands that particularly sold well for me: Erdem, Lulu’s, Eileen Fisher, Misook, Max Mara, Everlane, Lululemon and pretty much all Anthropologie subbrands.
- Take seasons into considerations before selling; summer shorts and maxi dresses will move faster and get more attention than winder duffle coats.
- Designate substantially sized items on platforms like Poshmark and Mercari where they offer prepaid flat rate shipping.
- Do it sooner than later, clothing goes out of season all the time. Reserve a chunk of time on the weekend during good lighting to take some shots and list them asap.
- Selling locally could save you shipping for heavier items. Try to see if you get any bites on locally based apps like OfferUp before going online. If it cost $11.95 to ship off a winter coat that sold for $17 then your profit margins will be too slim to even process a possible return nevermind the processing fees.
- For luxury apparel brands known for high-quality dupes and replicas (like Chanel, Prada, LV, YSL etc.), I would avoid anywhere that doesn’t specialize in high-end clothes. If buyers accuse items of being fake then you are fighting an uphill battle with general service reps that don’t understand the situation fully to judge.
- Take photo quality and lighting into consideration. Mannequins (mine came from Amazon) work better than clothes off hangers.
- Let buyers know the measurements of the mannequin itself, for example, mine is a standard US size 2-4 mannequin.
- Provide bust and length measurements on clothing. I know it’s an annoying extra step but clothing sizes vary widely depending on the brand. You can avoid a lot of returns (due to incorrect sizing) from buyers and garner immediately interest if you have sizing available. This is important.
- Be generous with “buyer offers” as long as they’re not low-balling you. If they come in at 15%, I accept it as a sale because I rather make a sale then no sale at all. The online competition is fierce for regularly used clothes (compare to vintage or luxury clothing.)
- A popular item will get views and watchlist adds within the first 24 hours. If there are a lot of watchers but no bites then it typically means list price is too high.
- If any item is “sitting” then put it up for auction on eBay. Cover your costs for shipping (buyers pay) and wait for the crowd mentality to creep up. I have done this several times and buyers typically start a bidding war to my surprise.
- Look over all items of clothing again closely before shipping off. Check for any small rips, pilling, odor, or stains you may have missed as the buyer will certainly do so.
- Print your postage online or through the vendor rather than going to the post office. This will save you more money thanks to exclusive online/vendor discounts with USPS.
- Primp up items by wrapping in tissue paper (anything to protect it) if you are not using a box or padded envelope. This protects the item left in normal poly-mailers (they’re more economical) from being stained or ripped en-route.