I’ve posted recently about cleaning out my closet. I love decluttering and refreshing my closet because it gives me a visual inventory of what I have and what I wear.
Is it worth trying to sell your old clothes online?
Yes, it is definitely worth it!
I have the mentality of buying clothes for specific events or outings. These are pieces that I don’t already have in my closet or I don’t have something that fits a theme. And sometimes when I shop I am compulsive at picking something up that I only end up wearing once.
I might love the piece when I get it, but it may not fit properly – or I might lose or gain weight – and the piece no longer serves me. Should I donate the item that has only been worn one time? If it’s in great or really, really good condition, I’ll try to recoup some of my dollars by reselling online.
I enjoy it because it’s cash in my pocket that affords me to shop for something new.
Tip: You have to have the time and patience to sell your clothes online. Each item has to have it’s own listing, which takes good photos, good communication with potential buyers and good negotiation on the pricing.
How much I’ve made selling clothes online
In 2022, on Poshmark alone, I sold $1,100 worth of second-hand clothes from my closet. The total sold for the entire 2022 year was $1,287.51.
Where Can I Sell My Clothes? 10 Places to Sell Your Clothes (and Accessories) Online
I used to love Thredup when I first heard about them. You order a free clean-out kit from them. Once it arrives, you place your items in a bag and ship it to them. They sell your items on their website and you receive credit or cash.
The only problem with this is that it’s taking them ~8 weeks to process the kits. I have one that I sent in December that won’t be processed until March. The last kit I sent them was only processed on January 6. Those items are still selling. Any money I am making isn’t going to be in my account anytime soon.
Commission Fee: You can receive anywhere from 3-80% depending on the sale price.
I sent in three boxes at the end of summer 2022. The clean out confirmation was emailed to me on June 10. Initially, I was given a date at the end of July for the boxes to be processed. The date kept moving… and moving.
First, it moved to the end of August, then it moved to mid-September. And, finally, my box was processed on October 27 and 28. Just because they processed the boxes doesn’t mean that I’ll receive payment just yet. The items need to sell and the buyers have a specific amount of time to return the items. This is a total time of over five months.
Another box I sent in was received on August 15, 2022. It was processed on October 28, 2022. The last item sold on May 13, 2023. I was able to cash out a total of $8.23 on May 23, 2023. That was a total time of 9 months for one box.
Update May 2023: I do not recommend ThredUp as a service.
I love this app for resales. I can take my time to list the products and they give you a pre-paid label to print at your home. Then all you need to do is box the items and drop off at the post office.
I put a lot of time and effort into my account. I take photos of myself wearing the clothes for a reference point and I take photos of the items. I try to find the exact names of the products if I’ve purchased them recently. I only post the item’s measurements if someone asks for them in a comment.
Commission Fee: $2.95 for sales under $15, 20% for sales over
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This is a consignment shop for luxury items. It works by sending your item. The RealReal will then authenticate your item to verify it for their shoppers. From there it gets ready for their website with professional photos and copywriting that are built into their pricing model. I haven’t used this service in a many years, but I do remember having items rejected.
Commission Fee: tiered, but starts at 20%
Tradesy offers a way to sell your pre-loved pieces. It works similar to Poshmark, in that you take the photos, write the descriptions, and set your prices. You can ship the items with your own shipping supplies – or you can request a kit from them. Once your earnings become available, you can transfer funds to your PayPal, debit card, or checking account — or keep them on Tradesy to buy something new.
Commission Fee: $7.50 if the item is less than $50 and 15.8% commission if the item is sold for than $50
Worthy is a platform specifically designed for jewelry resale. Worthy’s gemologists professionally clean and photograph your jewelry. Then we’ll have it graded by objective, third party grading experts. Once you select a reserve price and start your auction you’ll be able to watch it online for 48-72 hour online auction to their network.
Commission Fee: 18% on items up to $5,000
Shop and sell kids’ resale fashion with Kidizen. You have the option to sell the items yourself or connect with a Style Scout, who will sell your items for you.
Commission Fee: 12% + .50 marketplace fee
With Vestiaire Collective, you take photos of your items, write your own descriptions and their app offers pricing recommendations. They offer pre-paid shipping labels so you can easily ship your items once they sell.
Commission Fee: 12%
Depop is a fashion marketplace app with unique items. Their community buys and sells to make fashion more inclusive, diverse and less wasteful.
Commission Fee: 10%
With Vinted you take photos of your item, describe it, and set your price. Once it sells, you box your item, print your prepaid shipping, and drop it off at the post office.
Commission Fee: 0%
At Crossroads, customers sell their current, on-trend clothing and accessories for cash or trade credit. There stores are located in vibrant neighborhoods across the country, each filled with the clothes you want at prices you can’t resist.
Commission Fee: 30% cash or 50% trade
Have you sold your clothes elsewhere online? What stores did you use? Let me know how it went in the comments below!