Where to Sell Your Used Clothing and Accessories
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Wanting to Sell Old Clothes? Here’s What I’ve Learned
We all love a good thrift, am I right? That thrill when you sell something on eBay. The giddiness when you find a pair of shoes you otherwise wouldn’t be able to purchase because the price tag is a bit too high. It’s the best!
It definitely can be. But,I’m finding out the selling side can kinda be a pain in the petunia. I’ve been considering selling a few of my nicer pieces because I don’t use them and I’ve reallllllly been in the mood to de-clutter. I’ve decided I just have too much stuff. Anyone out there who can relate??? I want clean closets with room to breathe, and that is not what I have right now.
But, I’ll save closet clutter for another day. Back to thrifting. Over the past week, I’ve become very familiar with the variety of apps out there allowing us to sell our used items. I’ve sold and purchased on eBay before, but I wanted to try other options this week and honestly, I’m not too impressed. Keep reading for all my thoughts on each of these services.
Apps and Sites that Give you Cash for Clothes and Accessories
eBay: Never used eBay? It’s genius really. The short version of eBay - snap some pics of the item you want to sell. Set up your account and they help walk you through putting the item up for auction. Ebay keeps 9% of the item’s total, up to $50, if it sells. Auctions are generally 1 week, but you can set them up for 1, 3, 5, 7 or 10 days.
The Pros of eBay: If your items sells, you get paid basically when the auction ends.
The Cons of eBay: Trying to figure out shipping and of course, your item might not sell at all. If it doesn’t, you still will owe eBay their “insertion” fee, which varies based on the listing price.
Poshmark: Easily snap some pics and upload them into the app. Answer the basic questions at the Poshmark prompts, set your price and boom, all done! Poshmark keeps $2.95 of all sales under $15 and for $15 or more, Poshmark pockets 20% of the item’s sale.
The Pros of Poshmark: It’s really SO easy! Once you set your price, Poshmark lets you know how much you’ll make if your item sells AND they even send you the shipping label to send the merch to your “customer” with. You don’t have to try to figure out how much shipping is.
The Cons of Poshmark: It’s VERY saturated. Even my designer pieces haven’t sold (and I think they’re priced a little low). It seems like the key to success is to share others’ items and follow them at ridiculously high rates in hopes they’ll do the same which is honestly more than I have time to do. Weirdly, among all nice designer items, there is, well, a lot garage sale type things. The types of items I would go ahead and give to charity. Even weirder, I’ve clicked through some random accounts and a lot of that “garage sale” stuff has sold.
ThredUp: Order a “Clean-Out” bag from ThredUp and they send it (free of charge or pay for an express bag) right to your doorstep. Fill it up with your items and send it back to ThredUp. If ThredUp decides your items are sellable, they pay you for them and send the other items to charity (or, for a fee, back to you).
The Pros of ThredUp: Again, it’s very easy. You don’t have to worry about shipping your item after you’ve sent it to ThredUp. You don’t have to take pictures or add specifics…literally, bag it up and they do the rest.
The Cons of ThredUp: The payouts are REALLY REALLY low. I did use their estimated calculator for a NEW Rebecca Minkoff crossbody and the estimate was $11. Yikes! Totally not worth it to me. Now if you just want to clean out your closet and potentially make a few bucks, go for it. But if you’re looking to receive a payout based on the value of the product, it won’t happen at ThredUp.
Tradesy: Very similar to everything above, snap your pics, answer the questions, list your item. They keep a flat fee of $7.50 for items sold under $50 and for those above, it’s 19.8%. They also charge 2.9% bank transfer fee if you choose to get your money that way.
Pros of Tradesy: They once again send you a free shipping label to send to your new “customer.” If a customer returns an item, as long as the item was as described, you still get paid, and Tradesy takes care of it.
Cons of Tradesy: I haven’t sold anything here, BUT, from what I’ve gathered, it takes up to 3 weeks to get paid and what they keep is a little more than average of other places.
You may also want to check The Real Real and Mercari. I have not tried these yet but The Real Real is strictly for luxury brand items. Mercari once again seems very similar to or is some sort of combination of the above.
If you’re looking to make money, everything above is kinda eh (in my opinion). All have great features and for the most part are easy to use, but, they all have drawbacks and some have payouts that are gut-wrenchingly low.
However, if you’re looking to purchase, well now, that’s a different thing! I am a HUGE fan of thrifting, especially for designer goods or vintage items. There really are so many deals to be found! I checked in with some of my blogging buddies to see if this is the general consensus and everyone gave a definite, “YES!”
Blogger Tips for Great Thrift Store Finds!
Mary from CurlyByrdie Chirps said that she loves finding amazing pieces for a fraction of the cost. “It allows you to get more creative with your fashion without breaking the bank.” Her tip to all of you is to be patient because you might not find exactly what you were hoping to find right away.
“I love finding something that not everyone has on top of also getting a great deal!” says Nicole from What Nicole Wore. That’s the great thing above thrifting: there aren’t 100’s of the same item sitting on racks here there and everywhere. She scored Hunter boots for just $50!!! Speaking of good deals, my friend Shelbi of Everyday Mrs. found Stuart Weitzman boots, still in the box, for $40 at an estate sale!
Shayla from Mind Over Midwest is also a fan, “ You never know when you’re going to find the hidden diamond!”
So, if you’re looking to buy, thrift away. I’m sure they are out there, but I didn’t see any major “buyer” horror stories with any of the above apps. That said, check your local thrift shops as well. Don’t think you have any? Just Google “Thrift Shops Near Me,” and see what pops up. They will likely surprise you. Like Shayla said above, you might not always find the “diamond,” but when you periodically check in, you will eventually! I do shop Goodwill on occasion but have the best luck with more local shops.
If you’re wanting to make a few bucks and don’t want to use any of the above options, you may want to see if you have any consignment shops near you. Each works a little different - some give you cash up front, others have you check back in 30 days (or 2 weeks, 45 days, etc.).
Winter Style on a Budget
So on to outfits. I LOVE this one-shoulder top so-so much! I found it on Amazon months and months ago but hadn’t worn it yet. It’s a little big and I am THE WORST at sending things back (probably why I have so many items to thrift), but I still love it:) The same top is available at SheIn (under $15!!!) and linked below. The pumps are from Aldo and old, but they do still make a nearly exact design, also linked below.
BONUS!! If you love one-shoulder tops as much as I do, I found this super cute DKNY option at Macy’s, on sale through 1/13/19. How cute would this be for a lil’ Saturday night out fun with friends???