Whether you have a closet full of clothes you don’t reach for or clothes that no longer fit, selling your clothes online is a great way to make extra money and extra space in your closet.
Depending on the item you’re selling, there are dozens of options for places to sell your used clothes online. From denim to designer pieces you just aren’t reaching for anymore, you can make a good portion of your money back with the right resources and strategy.
Looking to start listing your own closet? We’ve broken down the best place to re-sell your clothes and accessories online (with the most minimal hassle, and highest return to your wallet).
Perfect For: Anyone looking for a quick way to sell clothes who doesn’t mind buyers negotiating prices.
Known for being one of the easiest resell apps, you can list an item in less than 60 seconds and connect to a community of interested buyers. Poshmark is much more social than many other selling platforms, so interested gals will “follow” your closet and keep an eye on what you’re posting. Sellers only have to make a minimal effort shipping; your buyer pays shipping costs and Poshmark emails you the prepaid label!
This feature is particularly valuable for a buyer who has found out they have the same size and style that you do, because it will encourage them to keep coming back to see what new things you might list. One of the apps fun features is is their “Posh Parties,” which are virtual shopping parties featuring a particular designers that buyers are interested in.
Perfect For: If you have a designer piece you no longer use.
Fashionphile is known for being one of the most popular places to buy used designer pieces, and selling pieces through them is a relatively seamless process.
After you snap photos of your piece, you can submit them and receive a quote for what they’ll pay for it. One of the best parts of the process is that it isn’t required to be bought by a buyer before they sell it for you; they’ll pay you immediately after they receive it, and then are responsible for selling it on their site themselves.
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Perfect For: Your everyday closet clean out
ThredUp gets you in the consignment game at an accessible price point and with little hassle. While the company typically accepts less than 40 percent of what’s sent to them, their strict quality efforts help ensure only the most marketable products make it to the site. This option is the most like traditional consignment and is best used when you have a high volume of items at various price points and quality levels that you are looking to offload. ThredUp also allows your sale proceeds to get paid out in cash, be used to buy new things on the site, or donate to a favorite cause.
Perfect For: If you have a unique piece to sell
Tradesy has excellent brand range noting that, “from Zara to Chanel,” your item can sell. Listing on the site is free, and once your item sells, you’ll be sent a free shipping kit to get it off to its new home. If you choose to keep your earnings on the site and use them for those new sunnies you’ve been eying, Tradesy charges you less of a fee than if you cash out. The site is particularly great for wedding day wares, offering everything from dresses to Tiffany candle holders.
Perfect For: Someone trying to launch their small business
If you’re looking to get your small fashion business off the ground, ASOS Marketplace could be for you. Through their site, you can apply for a boutique and a space on the site. They’re currently home to over 8,000 brands around the world, and give you a personal boutique manager to help guide your boutique to success.
Perfect For: The traditionalist who likes to maintain control of all the aspects of her closet selling process
This classic online retailer still gives one of the greatest ranges of products at all price points, and scores big for its ease of use. You’ll be in charge of printing your own labels and shipping your own pieces, but you’ll be fully in charge of the selling process.
Perfect for: The jean addict
Madewell’s new Preloved effort allows you to trade in your denim (regardless of if they’re Madewell or not) for $20 off a new pair. If you’re constantly on top of jean trends and wanting to try new pairs and silhouettes, this eco-friendly option is for you.
Tips for Selling Your Closet
Here’s a few things to remember as you’re setting up your online clothing listings:
- Write accurate descriptions: Write your product listing asking yourself, “If I were reading this, would I be excited to bring this piece into my wardrobe?” You also do your buyer a favor by being as honest and transparent as possible about any wear and tear. When in doubt, your favorite charity is surely in need of a donation if an item isn’t in good enough condition to resell.
- Get creative in your write ups: The best salesladies use a little character and panache in their descriptions. A buyer described the color of one of my bags for sale as “Lady Danger” not “Ruby Woo.” These tiny shifts in your product narrative show your personal style and will keep buyers coming back.
- Price your pieces to sell: This part can be tricky, but try not to stay emotionally attached to products you’ve decided to part with. Pricing them fairly for the market will ensure you’re actually moving product out of your closet. It also ensures you’re being efficient with your time and not spending too much time negotiating down a price that perhaps should have been lower in the first place.
- Take great photos: Use natural light whenever possible, and think about actually styling the piece as you would in life. This not only helps your buyer have a clearer picture about how the piece fits into their wardrobe, but can even help you sell other complimentary pieces from your closet. For example, putting an entire flat lay look together that features a few different pieces with accessories could encourage a gal to “bundle” an outfit from your closet and make multiple purchases.
- Be responsive and maintain great customer service: Taking great care of your buyers is essential especially when you have built up repeat customers. In those instances, you might consider dropping an extra “free” accessory in their purchase once in a while or going the extra mile and including a quick thank you note for their purchase. Small gestures like this can help you build a brand over time if you’re interested in expanding your closet side hustle.