Looking for ways to make some extra money quickly?
The first place you should look is inside your own home. In this case, we are going to take a look in our closets. Selling your used clothes online can easily net you some extra spending money.
According to ThredUp, the largest online clothing thrift store, apparel resale was an $18 billion dollar industry in 2017 and only expected to grow in the coming years.
Selling the clothes you no longer wear is a great method for not only making some easy cash but also for decluttering your life. It’s a win-win.
But before you sell your used clothes, you might be asking yourself: “how do I know what clothes to sell and what clothes to keep?”
How to Declutter your Closet
It’s hard for me to get rid of clothes. I can almost always dream up a situation in which I would wear a particular piece of clothing:
“Oh yes! These jean overalls from my childhood would be perfect if I ever had to dress up as Mario!”
This results in 80% of my wardrobe being worn maybe once a year.
Recently my fiancee got tired of how much (potential shoe) space my unworn clothes were taking up. She told me about a decluttering hack she had read somewhere that helped you determine what clothes to get rid of and which to keep.
The reverse hanger trick:
The “reverse hanger hack” basically goes like this: At the beginning of the year you hang all your clothes in your closet with the hangers facing towards you.
Then, every time you wear a piece of clothing and hang it up back up, you hang it with the hanger facing away from you.
At the end of the year, you can easily see which pieces of clothing you NEVER wore. Those are prime candidates for selling online. Of course, you don’t have to wait a whole year to see which clothes are worn the least – even a week or two will give you a good idea of which clothes you can do without.
Once you have a pile of used clothes you want to get rid of you have to figure out how to trade them in for cold hard cash.
Preparing Your Clothes
Even though you haven’t worn them in quite some time you’ll want to take steps so that they will sell easier and faster. Preparing your clothes properly will not only help you sell faster, but will likely get you more money as the clothes are more marketable.
Here are the steps below:
- Wash your clothes
- Iron them if necessary
- Take good quality pictures of the photos
- Take pictures of you wearing them against a light background
- Sell outfits as “package deals” since people like convenience
The 6 Ways to Sell Used Clothes Online
There are many sites out there where you can sell your used clothes. I’m going to list my six favorite methods – the six most convenient and highest cash value sites to sell your clothes.
Each of these sites accepts different clothing brands, have different payout methods and different fees so make sure to read the fine print before you choose where to sell your used clothes online.
ThredUp is the largest online clothing consignment & thrift store and is one of the easiest ways to sell your clothes. They currently only accept women’s and kids clothing though, so the guys out there will have to look somewhere else.
Check out their list of accepted brands to see if your clothes qualify.
To sell your clothes on ThredUp you have to order a “Clean Out” kit from here. Then just put your used clothing in the bag and mail it back. You’ll be paid up to 80% of the resale value on your more expensive clothing pieces. Clothes that resell at a cheaper rate receive a smaller percentage payout.
ThredUp is perfect for you if you value easy-of-use over everything else. You just stuff a bag full of clothes, send it to them and receive money via PayPal in return. However, this convenience means that this method probably won’t net you the most money of all the different methods.
2. Material World
Material World is very similar to ThredUp but with a focus on designer clothing. If your closet is full of used, no-longer-worn designer clothes than Material World is the place you’re looking for.
Don’t know if your clothes qualify as name brand? See if the brand exists on their list of accepted brands.
To sell your clothes you have to request a free “Trade-In Kit” which will walk you through the steps required to send in your clothes. Once your items have been processed, Material World will send you an offer to buy your designer clothes from you. You can accept this offer or pass and get all your clothes back. For the items that they don’t want, you can choose for them to return the items back to or donate them.
eBay has been around for a while now but is still one of the best places to sell your used stuff online. It’s a popular choice because it’s DIY which means you have complete control over the listing. eBay also only takes a 10% cut from the sale, which is significantly lower than most of the companies that handle everything for you like ThredUp and Material World.
Here are the steps required to start selling your clothes on eBay:
1. Create a seller account on eBay.
2. Create a PayPal account and get “PayPal Verified” so you can get paid via eBay.
3. Figure out how much your items are worth.
4. Take awesome pictures of your clothing (make sure to iron your clothes beforehand and to take the photos in natural light).
5. List your items on eBay (Protip: use the mobile app if you took pictures with your phone to speed up the process)
6. Once the item sells, ship it quickly and always be responsive to your customers.
4. Facebook Marketplace
Want to sell your clothes locally? A relatively new outlet for selling used clothes is Facebook Marketplace. This is a great option for those of you who want to deal with someone in person rather than online. Also, since you’re selling your clothes locally, there are zero fees!
Interested? Check out their help documentation to get started selling.
Tradesy is another great site to sell your used clothing. They seem to accept any brand as long as the piece of clothing meets their quality standard. To list an item all you do is take a few pics and create a listing. Unlike ThredUp and Material World, Tradesy allows you to set your own price or you can have them recommend a price to you. Once your item sells, they will send you a prepaid shipping label and all you have to do is put your clothing item in a box, slap the shipping label on it and ship it.
What makes Tradesy really stand out from the other companies that provide this service is that they only take a 9% commission on the items you sell. They also have a mobile app to make everything even more convenient.
So there you go, these are the six sites I highly recommend that you use to sell used clothes online.
Also I recommend you checking out LetGo and OfferUp – you can sell used clothes using these as well.
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