Best Places to Sell Clothes Online
Best Places to Sell Clothes Online
Not only is selling your old clothes better for the environment than throwing them away, but it is also better for you! Whether you’re just trying to clean out your closet, make some extra cash, or sell some of your handmade clothing, selling your clothes (or anything else, for that matter) online will help you do all of the above (and more!). Keep on reading to find the best places to sell clothes online, complete with what each site specializes in, how shipping works, and any other unique features you should know about.
Let’s start off with Depop. In the past few years, Depop has gained a lot of traction, being marketed as an app that allows anyone to sell their secondhand clothes. Since anyone can sell on the app, it’s home to a huge variety of clothes and anything else you could think of, from 70s-inspired clothing to Hello Kitty CD Players. So, you’re bound to find someone who will be interested in what you’re selling, no matter the aesthetic or era it’s from.
And, if you’re not quite sure how shipping works, the app makes it easy for you! First, you can decide whether you want to pay the shipping cost or whether you want to leave it to the buyer. And, if you select their “Ship with Depop” option when listing your items on your shop, the app will automatically generate and send you a shipping label when an item is sold. Just print this label, pop it onto your package, and put it in the mail (or drop it off at the post office, whichever works)!
Known for being one of the original reselling apps, Poshmark is quite convenient and easy to use. Just like Depop, Poshmark also sends you a prepaid shipping label when an item is sold, making it easy to track where your package is as it makes its way to its buyer.
A more unique feature of Poshmark’s is its social media component that’s built into the application, allowing you to follow or be followed by other sellers. Sharing other’s posts or building a following on the app will help you sell more quickly. Alternatively, you can attend the app’s “Posh Party” events, where sellers virtually meet up to shop or sell their own items in real-time.
If you choose to sell on Poshmark, keep in mind that the average sale is around $15, so prepare to negotiate if necessary.
If you’re looking for convenience, ThredUP may just be the app for you. Rather than making you deal with shipping and handling (and the costs yourself), ThredUP works by sending you an empty bag, better known as a “clean out kit.” This is where you’ll put all the clothes you want sold, and then wait for the postal service to pick it up and send it back to ThredUP.
Once they receive your clothes (which must be gently used or high-quality women or children’s clothing), they’ll determine which will be sold or recycled. It will usually take 1-3 weeks to let you know how much they’re worth. Although you can only earn up to 80% of the resale price for your clothing, this is because ThredUP does the hard work for you, doing all the shipping and handling so you can sit back and relax.
When you receive the money for your bag full of clothes, you can decide whether to use it on their site, get cash through Paypal, donate it, or do something else entirely. And, if you decide that you want your unsold items back, just ask them to return them in exchange for a small fee.
Pretty convenient, right?
And on to the next one! Mercari is an app designed to sell anything, making it pretty similar to Depop in terms of what is sold. Also, just like Depop, you can determine whether you (the seller) or the buyer will pay for shipping. Further, if you decide to use the prepaid shipping labels they have available, you can keep your shipping costs low!
While Mercari takes a 10% fee if you choose to sell with them, the app is still very user-friendly and easy-to-use. And, on the bright side, while the app has a system that lets buyers rate sellers, sellers can also rate buyers (also like Depop)! So, if you’re worried about unreliable or untrustworthy buyers, just sell to those with a high rating and save yourself the trouble.
Facebook Marketplace is a great option for selling to people within your vicinity, as it connects you with others based on items and location. So, whether you have some old clothing, a used video game, or really anything else you want to sell, feel free to list it on Facebook Marketplace.
Unlike most other selling applications or sites, Facebook Marketplace is free and doesn’t take any of your profits (woohoo!), so you can list as many items as you please. If buyers like what they see, they will contact you, and you can work out with them an ideal time and place to meet with them (publicly) to make your exchange. Once that’s done, go home and mark the item as sold, and you’re done!
Etsy is a great option for the artists and crafters out there, arguably being the biggest platform online to sell handmade goods or art. So, if you’re planning on selling your used clothes, Etsy is probably not the best platform for you.
Anything sold on Etsy must either be handmade or “vintage” (over 20 years old). As for the costs of selling on the app, there is a $0.20 listing fee, a payment processing free, and a commission when an item sells.
It’s more like Depop or Poshmark than ThredUP, requiring you to essentially run your own business. However, it’s the best place to find handmade or unique goods, so if that sounds like what you’re selling, we’d recommend Etsy!
While there are certainly pros to using eBay, like its lower fees compared to most competitor sites, there are also cons, like its site which is a little older than most and harder to navigate.
Whether you want to list your items or at a fixed price or sell them at an auction, eBay gives you both of those options. Or, if you want to still list your items with some of the components of an auction, you can allow buyers to give their best offer. No matter which route you decide to take, make sure that your listings look professional, your photos look good, your descriptions are accurate, and that you use the proper keywords (and make sure to do all these no matter what website or app you choose to sell on!).
People on eBay, more so than on most of these other apps, are looking for very specific items. So, it’d be in your best interest to make your descriptions and keywords as accurate and related to your item as possible. If you’re not quite sure how to go about doing that, this page provides useful information on how to write an effective description.
Vinted is great for selling any of your used clothes, especially those from higher-end or high-street brands. And, as an app, Vinted is pretty easy to use. Once you list your items (for no fee!), you simply have to wait for customers to come to you. If an item is bought, you’ll have 5 days to ship it out to your buyer.
For the most part, you’re in charge of your shipping and handling with Vinted. However, the app does offer postage if you need it, at a cost depending on the size of the package.
Vinted also has some great features to make selling easier. Its bundling feature (for buyers who want to buy more than one item from your shop) and price adjustment feature are very helpful, allowing sellers to easily offer discounts and bonuses to get their items out of their shop more quickly.
Most online clothing stores you’ll come across are likely aimed at women, but that’s not the case for Grailed. Specializing in clothing and accessories for men, Grailed is the best (and one of the only) place to sell them.
It’s important to note that Grailed has a unique feature in which it has separate marketplaces meant for different types of items to be sold – four of them. Here’s a quick breakdown of them:
- Grails: for your high-end, designer items
- Hype: for highly anticipated, newer releases
- Sartorial: for higher-end classic menswear
- Core: for more mainstream brands like Uniqlo, Zara, H&M, etc.
After you choose which marketplace to sell on, when you make your listing, you must include at least three photos. When an item of your sells, a 6% commission (plus 2.9% + $0.30 [Paypal fees]) is taken. So, you will likely still be making around 90% of your item’s full resale cost (not including shipping costs you may incur).
Varagesale, like Facebook Marketplace, allows you to sell your goods (whether clothing, accessories, or anything else) to people within your local area. So, no need to worry about shipping anything out!
Once you sign up, you simply need to select your location, and get verified. Once this is done, you’ll be able to list and sell your items. If a buyer is interested, they’ll contact you so you can both set up a location and time to meet to do the exchange.
Once the exchange is done, just take down the listing and you’re set! Also, since Varagesale checks the identities of both buyers and sellers, it’s quite a lot safer than other similar sites like Craigslist (or even Facebook Marketplace). It’s also free to use!
High-End and Luxury Online Shops
Now, for those of you with more expensive taste, we also have some great shops for you to sell your higher-end goods, clothes, and accessories. Keep on reading to find out the details about each one!
Tradesy is perfect for those who have accessories or higher-end items (think handbags) to sell. Alternatively, you can also sell anything in your closet that’s in good condition.
Once you make a sale on Tradesy, they will send a prepaid package so that you can ship the item out. Or, you can print the shipping label yourself and work things out.
In terms of costs for using Tradesy, they charge a flat commission fee. They take $7.50 per piece under $50, and take $19.8% for anything over $50.
Buffalo Exchange specializes in selling designer goods in good condition. So, if you have some luxury or high-end goods that you don’t get much use out of anymore, Buffalo Exchange is the perfect place for you to sell them.
Buffalo Exchange offers a sell-by-mail program in which they will send you a prepaid shipping bag for you to fill with clothing (~40 pieces can fit). Then, you’ll send the bag back, and once Buffalo Exchange receives them, they’ll let you know which they’re willing to buy. They either pay you through store credit (which you can use at any of their physical locations), in which they’ll give you 50% of what your items sold for. Or, they’ll give you a Paypal payment of 30% of what your items sold for.
Crossroads Trading works very similarly to Buffalo Exchange, in which they have in-store locations to which people can bring their secondhand designer goods, but they also offer a sell-by-mail program.
So, if you request it, Crossroads Trading will send you a prepaid shipping bag to fill with any goods you want to sell. Then, you send it back and Crossroads will determine which items they want to buy from you. And, just like Buffalo Exchange, you can either receive 50% of the sales price as in-store credit to use at a Crossroads Trading physical location, or you can receive 30% of the sales price as cash. Any rejected items will be sent back to you, or you can opt to have them donated to charity for a small fee.
If you’re looking to sell some of the most expensive, designer or luxury brands, The RealReal may be a great option for you. The RealReal specializes in luxury consignment, only working with brands like Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Louis Vuittion, etc. And, depending on how much you sell with them each year, you can make between 55% to 85% of the sales price.
While the commission you make on each sale may not be as high of a percentage as on eBay, this is because they take most of the pressure of selling off your hands. All you have to do is consign your items (for free!) using a pick-up service, pre-paid label, or by going to one of their consignment offices. Once you do this, they’ll make sure your items are authentic, then photograph, price, and list (and sell) your items for you.
Style Alert also specializes in designer consignment, and requires you to mail your luxury items to them so that they can be sold. If you request one of their “Trade-In Kits,” this is where you’ll put your luxury goods so that they can be sent back to Style Alert. They’ll then get back to you with an offer for your items, and if you accept, you’ll instantly receive payment. As for any rejected items, they’ll either be donated to charity or you can request that they be sent back to you for a small fee.
Going even more specific than just designer goods, Rebag specializes specifically in designer handbags. Since this site is interested in only high-end luxury bags, though, you’re better off submitting only brand name items (save your time!).
As for how it works, Rebag requires you to submit photos of your bag through their app or online, or you can visit one of their physical stores. They’ll then decide whether or not to accept your bag, and if approved, you’ll receive a quote. While they do offer decent prices, you won’t make as much as you would if you sold to customers directly, which is something to keep in mind.
Also, since Rebag has pretty strict guidelines for the bags they accept, we highly recommend checking out their guidelines before submitting anything (we wouldn’t want you to waste your time taking pictures just for your bags to be rejected!).
Refashioner is a very unique online selling platform, selling unique, luxury pieces that you’d likely see on a runway or in a magazine. Besides this, Refashioner is also unique in that it emphasizes that you meet or learn the story of the people selling the items, rather than having the pieces be “soullessly sold.” So, if you decide to sell anything on Refashioner, you’ll know that it’s going to a good home. Also, if you’re in New York, Refashioner sometimes holds events there, so make sure to check them out!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is it worth it to sell clothes online?
Yes! If you do decide to start selling clothes online, however, there are some tips you should keep in mind. First, you should wait until you have multiple items to list (put up for sale), so that you can take the photos of your items all at the same time (this will save you time). Also, try your best to take nice photos of your clothing, so potential customers can imagine what each piece would look like on themselves (here’s a helpful WikiHow guide on how to photograph clothing). And, remember: if it takes some time to get your first few sales, don’t worry! This is completely normal; once your first sales and first reviews start to come in, your sales should start to pick up the pace.