You need some extra money and you have clothes laying around you could sell.
Where does a person get started selling clothes online and which platforms are out there to support you?
In this post, you’ll learn of some of the websites and apps where you can start selling your clothes for cash.
But first, let’s talk about what you’ll need.
What You’ll Need
Before you can get started selling, you definitely need to start here.
Clothes to Sell
Obviously, since we’re talking about selling clothes for cash online, we have to have the clothes to sell.
But what if you feel you don’t have clothes that are in good condition for you to sell? You could:
- Ask family members and friends.
- Look around your neighborhood to see who is moving out. Usually when people are moving out, they’re looking to part with items (including clothes) that will not be making the trip with them.
- Visit yard sales.
- Check the free section of Craigslist to find if anyone in your area is getting rid of some clothes you could sell.
- You could even source from discount stores like the Salvation Army store.
If you sell used clothes that smell nice and fresh, people will be more likely to buy from you especially if you sell on platforms like Poshmark.
Therefore, take the time to wash the clothes so you can have happy customers.
Quality Pictures of the Clothes You Want to Sell
Once the clothes are clean, take quality pictures of the clothes. You don’t need a fancy camera.
Taking multiple angles of the clothes with your cell phone camera is usually enough to get people to buy from you.
Write enticing descriptions. I suggest you write these in a Word document so you can reuse them over and over again especially if you sell similar items.
Don’t just describe it. Add some pizzazz to make people want to buy what you’re offering.
Now you’re ready to start posting and selling these clothes!
So where can you sell them? Let’s look at 10 places where you could sell your used clothing for cash.
10 Places to Sell Your Used Clothes Online for Cash
Yes. That old auction website is still alive and well and you can make money on it.
Upload your photos, add your descriptions, and list your item.
Make sure to include shipping costs so that it doesn’t eat into your profits.
Facebook Marketplace has become a surprisingly thriving place for you to move different types of items quickly.
I know someone who was able to sell their car in three days via Facebook Marketplace. It’s hardly ever that fast on Craigslist.
Anyway, as long as you have a Facebook account, creating a Marketplace listing is as easy as uploading the photos and setting the price for it.
With Facebook Marketplace, the transactions are typically local. Thus, most of the time you’ll collect the cash in person. You could also use something like PayPal or the Cash App to get paid if your customer agrees.
If the clothes you have to sell are designer clothes, you can sell them on Poshmark.
You will get paid as much as 80% of your list price on Poshmark once you make a sale.
When you do make a sale, Poshmark will give you a prepaid, pre-addressed label so you can ship the item(s) to your buyer.
This service is an attractive benefit because most platforms like this don’t offer prepaid labels.
If you have designer clothes that are in high demand, you can make money very quickly by selling clothes on Poshmark.
If you would like to just send the clothes somewhere, get paid, and have someone else do the listing and take pictures of your clothes, you might consider thredUP.
If you have high-quality clothes which show no signs of wear and tear, have no alterations, and have no damage, you can ship them off to thredUP.
Then thredUP will inspect the clothes and accept the ones that are up to their standard, and then you’ll get paid for those.
The clothes that are not accepted will be shipped back to you or recycled by thredUP, based on your choice.
Mercari is an app where you can list your items, sell them, ship them, and get paid. It’s that simple.
If you have vintage clothes or unique artisan clothes that would appeal to an audience on Etsy, you can sell your used clothes here as well.
You can buy and sell used kids’ clothes on Kidizen.
Here’s an out-of-the-box idea for used clothes on a place like Kidizen: Kid costumes for holidays like Halloween are not always so easy to find. You could create a niche for yourself selling these costumes on Kidizen.
Kidizen even allows you to download special business cards you can use for your business!
The RealReal is an authenticated luxury consignment store. And so designer lovers find bargains online for great deals. If you own designer items you no longer use, this could be a place to sell and earn some good money.
According to their website, The RealReal will pay you up to 85% of each item’s sale price.
Tradesy is another online platform where you can sell luxury and designer clothing and accessories.
You snap a photo, add your descriptions, and make a sale.
The shipping costs on Tradesy are built into the price of the luxury item. Make sure to select the shipping option type when you’re listing so that you don’t make a loss.
Last but not least, you could sell your used clothes on Craigslist. How cool would it be to source free clothes on Craigslist, wash them, and then flip them on Craigslist?
And that is how you can sell your used clothes online for cash.
If you have any used clothes and need cash quickly, you now have 10 potential places to list them, sell them, and get paid.
Robert Farrington is America’s Millennial Money Expert® and America’s Student Loan Debt Expert™, and the founder of The College Investor, a personal finance site dedicated to helping millennials escape student loan debt to start investing and building wealth for the future. You can learn more about him here.
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