Cleaning out your closet always comes with the dilemma of what to do with your old, worn-out clothes. Throwing them out just feels wrong (please don’t ever do that), and sometimes the item feels too valuable to donate. There’s always the option of selling them, but who would want to buy your old clothes? A lot of people, actually — and you can make some serious cash doing it. The market for secondhand clothing is estimated to grow to $51 billion by 2023, and with an intensified focus on building a sustainable future, the stigma around wearing used clothing is quickly disappearing. So, get out those flared jeans you’ve had since high school and open your camera app.
Here’s where to sell your used clothes:
Facebook is probably the most intuitive app to use on this list, which is why when I had a few things I wanted to sell, it was my first choice. Even though I hadn’t been on Facebook in years, there was still a part of my brain that knew its way around the platform. The Marketplace part of Facebook sells everything from home decor to cars, and you can have your listing up in a matter of minutes. My pro tips: take good quality photos, write a compelling description and price competitively.
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With ThredUP, selling your used clothing couldn’t be easier. They’ll send you a prepaid bag that you fill with your unwanted items, then you send it back with the label provided to you. Photography, listings, and payouts are all taken care of on their end, so all you really have to do is find the clothes you don’t want and put them in a bag. They’ll pay you five to 80 per cent of the expected selling price, but if your clothes are off-season, they’ll sell them on consignment and pay you after the sale.
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This one is a Gen Z favourite with some young sellers absolutely killing it on the app. Depop stands out because it feels more curated than its competitors, giving you that 1990s/2000s vibe that makes you want snatch everything that catches your eye. You can curate your own shop to feel like a shoppable Instagram account — get creative, set up your own photoshoots if you want, and fill your bank account.
It’s easy to write Poshmark off as a place to make a few bucks, but if you take selling your used clothes on the app seriously, it can make you more money than you think. One California woman reported making $500,000 in only three years! The app is relatively simple to use and all you need is your smartphone. Just take a photo of the item you want to sell and list it through the app. If someone wants to buy it, Poshmark will send you a prepaid label to track the item. When the buyer receives and accepts the item, Poshmark will pay you — after they take a small fee, of course.
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Etsy sells millions of vintage and homemade products, making it the perfect place to list your gently used items. Etsy gives you the platform to list your products, chat with buyers and make transactions. Stand out by making your own clothes or upcycling your items — get creative with prints, embroidery, textures and beading, and you can kill it on Etsy. Just keep in mind that they charge fees for listing and selling and that there are rules about what you can sell on the site, so be sure to read the fine print.
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The Real Real
For luxury items, you’ll want to head over to The Real Real. There’s a few ways they can get a hold of your clothing — they can pick it up from your home, you can ship it to them, or drop off your items at one of their consignment offices. Because they’re dealing with luxury items, they’ll have to assess their authenticity before listing them on their site. When the items sell, you’re guaranteed to get 85 per cent of the profits.
If you’re a parent, you’ve probably felt the guilt that comes with tossing the clothing your child has quickly grown out of. Kidizen is a feel-good way to repurpose that clothing and make some money while you’re at it. All you have to do is set up your “shop,” promote your items and ship the items when the sales roll in. Kidizen makes it easy to ship through the site or separately if you’d like.
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Vinted stands out from the other resellers because they don’t charge fees on your transactions. You list for free, box and ship the item with their prepaid label, and when you make money, all of it is yours. If you’re wondering how they make a profit, they charge the buyer a buyers protection fee on each transaction that covers customer support, insurance and tracking.
Ebay is the OG of buying and selling sites, so if you want to reach a large market, this is the one for you. Ebay works a little bit differently — buyers have the option to bid on your items, or you can set a fixed price (or both). You can ship with an Ebay label or on your own, depending on what works for you. A large market means more competition, so take some pointers from their detailed selling guides before you get started.
Turn to ASOS if you have edgy or retro vintage clothing that you’re having a hard time letting go of. This retailer attracts a younger market looking to score those one-of-a-kind vintage items. The downside is that they charge a 10 per cent commission on each sale which could end up being a higher fee than the other retailers on this list. The marketplace is pretty simple to use, though — the hardest part will be trying not to shop while you’re listing your own items.
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