Cleaning out your closet is something I’ve talked about on several occasions. I’m a huge proponent for regular closet clean-outs and the start of a new season is the perfect time to do just that.
Having a closet overflowing with unused, unworn clothes is stressful to me. It makes getting dressed even more of a chore and I quickly decide I hate everything in my closet.
There are few better feelings then when you open up you closet doors and know that you love and will wear every piece hanging in there. I mean, sure we all hang on to some things, but you know what I mean. 🙂
One of the great things about cleaning-out your closet these days is being able to sell them online for cash. However this bonus can be a little overwhelming. Once you start researching and realizing how many websites are dedicated to selling your used clothing online, the fact that it actually takes work to do so and can be very time-consuming, it can be a little deterring.
So if you haven’t yet sold any of your clothes online, or if you have tried, but didn’t have a lot of success, we thought we’d break it down a bit. Below are 5 tips to getting the most out of selling your clothes online as well as 5 of the best places to sell clothes online.
5 Tips for Selling Clothes Online
Find the Right Market Place
There are a ton of places to sell clothes online. Like tons. So when you actually go to sell your clothes online, make sure you find the one that fits you as well as your style of clothing the best. Below are 5 of the places to sell clothes online that we recommend, but again, do a little research.
Clean/Iron Your Clothes
Before you list a single piece of clothing be sure that what you are selling is clean and ironed. No one is going to take a second look if you are putting up dirty/wrinkled clothes. If your clothes aren’t cleanable, that is a clear indication that they should be in the trash pile, not sold or given to someone else.
After your clothes are cleaned and ironed, it’s time to take the pictures to post online. A clean, simple background is usually best. However, if you have a picture of you wearing the item, be sure to include that as people love to know how the item actually looks when worn. Also, don’t edit the pictures too much. You want the true color of the item to show so whoever buys it knows exactly what they are getting.
Be Specific with Your Descriptions
Once you upload your pictures, you’ll be able to describe the items. Be as specific as possible about how it fits, how many times it’s been worn, the colors/fabrics and the condition of the item.
Ship Out Quickly
A lot of the places to sell clothes online allow buyers to leave reviews on the sellers page. Shipping time is a huge part of getting the best reviews. I’m not going to lie, I’ve been subject to the “a little slow on shipping” review, but it is something I try to be cognizant of. People appreciate getting the item they paid money for as soon as possible.
5 of The Best Places To Sell Clothes Online
Accepts: women’s, men’s, children’s apparel, handbags, accessories and select home goods
Payout: direct deposit or check
With Poshmark you are in full control over how you display, price and sell your items. All you need to do is create an account, snap a few pictures, describe/price your item and wait for it to sell. For items $15 or less Poshmark collects a flat commission of $2.95. For items above $15 Poshmark takes a commission of 20%. When something does sell you are notified via email with a prepaid shipping label to send out your item quickly and easily.
Accepts: women’s, men’s, children’s apparel, handbags, fine jewelry, art
Payout: site credit, direct deposit, or check
If you have designer goods laying around, The RealReal is the place to go. The RealReal has a Designer Directory listing all the brands they accepts. You mail the pieces you want to consign to The RealReal and then they determine the price and handle the shipping once your item sells. It’s a little more hands-off for the seller which has its perks. Commission is based on how much you sell/consign with The RealReal. However to start, it’s 55% and caps out at 70%.
Accepts: women’s, children’s apparel, shoes, handbags, and accessories
Payout: ThredUp credit, cashout via PayPal or prepaid Discovery card
ThredUp is one of the largest places to sell clothes online and they make the process pretty easy. When you sign-up and are ready to sell your clothes, you order a Clean Out bag. After you fill that bag with the items you are looking to sell, you mail it back. ThredUp then goes through your items and notifies you of your payout. You can either accept their original payout offer (within 7 days) or control the price and potentially earn what you want.
Social Media – Instagram/Facebook
Payout: anyway you choose
A lot of people these days are turning to social media to sell pretty much everything. Selling via Facebook and/or Instagram definitely has its perks, one of them being that you make 100% of the commission that is earned on your sale. However the fact that there is no middleman is both a perk and downside. Since you are in full control, you do have to handle the shipping and all other aspects of the sale. If you have a large following, or know a lot of people who like a good deal and to shop consignment, then social media is a great option to look in to.
Accepts: women’s apparel, shoes, handbags, wedding attire
Payout: Paypal, debit card, or direct deposit
Tradsey is a lot like Poshmark in that you sell the items yourself by uploading a picture and choosing your price. However Tradsey is a bit more strict on items/brands that are accepted. Once an item does sell, Tradsey will send you a prepaid shipping kit to send out your item to the buyer. You can earn up to 80%. One of the biggest perks with Tradsey it that they handle any returns made and allow you to keep your commission as long as the item that you sold was true/accurate to your description.