Sometimes, we overlook exciting ways to make money, and one of those ways is to sell used clothes online.
I know it is hard to believe that you can sell clothes as an extra income gig.
Here are some facts to consider:
- According to a thredUP report, the resale market for clothes will be approximately $51 billion by 2023.
- With so many online stores available now, it is very easy for you to list and sell your preloved clothes online.
- Giving your used clothes a new home means you are contributing to saving the environment.
- More than 64% of women are turning to secondhand shopping, which shows the demand for used clothes.
I think it is safe to say that you are onto a booming hustle if you want to sell clothes online. But before you open your wardrobe, let’s see where you can sell your clothes.
Here is a list of places you can sell your clothes online:
Poshmark – If you are new to selling clothes online, then I suggest trying Poshmark. Getting started is pretty easy with this website. You can sign up, take photos of your clothes, and start listing. Once your item gets sold, you can then get ship it using a prepaid shipping box sent by the company. It’s as simple as that.
It’s a given that taking good photos, writing a detailed description, and sharing it on your social media will get you more buyers. As a Seller Stylist, you can also be creative and curate styles for your buyers, which can lead to regular customers.
With over 50 million users and the largest buyer base, Poshmark should be your first choice. The only downside of this company is that it takes a 20% cut on a sale of over $15.
thredUP – thredUP saves you a lot of time by taking care of all the nitty-gritty of selling clothes. You just have to order the clean out kit, fill it with clothes, and send it back to thredUP (it’s free). Once the kit gets scrutinized with a strict quality checking of the clothes, thredUP photographs and lists them for potential buyers.
Keep in mind that this company is very thorough with its quality testing and only accepts 40% of the items sent to it. It is better to send clothes that are in better shape. Also, note that it only takes women’s and kids’ clothing.
The payout depends on the brand and quality of the clothing. Once your items get sold, you can get a cash payment, credit for partner brands, or donate to charity.
Tradesy – When you want to sell more than just clothes, you can opt for Tradesy. It accepts shoes, bags, and accessories as well as clothes. Once you sign up, take photos, and list your item with a description, you are ready to sell your item. Once you sell the item, shipping is free with the shipping kit Tradesy sends to you.
Keep in mind that Tradesy takes a flat fee of $7.50 for items sold for less than $50 and 19.8% for items sold for more than $50. You can get your money via PayPal, check, or a debit card. This marketplace is more for designer clothes, so the condition of the clothing matters a lot.
Mercari – If you don’t want to be limited to only selling clothes, then try Mercari. It sells a lot of products right from electronics to toys. The selling process is straightforward. You can sign up and upload your photos with a good description and pricing.
Once your item gets sold, you can ship it with the printable prepaid shipping labels. You have to ship the item within three business days, and once the buyer receives it, you get paid.
Mercari takes a flat 10% selling fee, which is much less than other selling apps.
eBay – If you have ever shopped online or sold anything online, then you surely know about eBay. You can sell anything and everything on eBay. The key to selling clothes on eBay is taking good photos, having detailed descriptions, and being prompt in your communications with potential buyers. I have sold a lot of stuff on eBay, including clothes, and it can be a great addition to your list of selling websites.
You can list your item for a fixed price or for auction. Of all the selling sites, eBay has the lowest fees with a large buyer base in different countries.
Kidizen – In my experience, most unused or preloved clothes belong to kids because they grow out of them so soon. Kidizen provides an excellent opportunity for moms to sell their preloved kids’ clothes through its app. You have two ways to sell: list items directly or through its Style Scouts. With a wide range of kids’ brands listed, it’s easy to sell on this platform.
Once your item gets sold, you need to purchase a prepaid label and ship the item. You can choose for the buyer to pay for shipping. Kidizen takes a cut of 12% + $0.50 marketplace fee once your item gets sold. You can get your money via PayPal or direct deposit.
Depop – Though Depop is not as popular as other clothes-selling marketplaces, it has an advantage. The clothes that are listed are all unique and aimed at the younger generation. Just download the app, create your account, and set up your shop. Take clear, stellar photos and write good descriptions to get noticed.
Using the right hashtags and having a good following can make sure you get a lot of eyeballs on your listings. Depop takes a cut of 10% of the sales made, and you can get paid via PayPal.
Facebook (FB) Marketplace – Almost everyone must have sold something on Facebook Marketplace at some time. Many things get sold on FB Marketplace, including furniture, cars, sports equipment, clothes, etc.
If you already have a Facebook account, all you need to do is upload your photos, and you’re ready to start selling clothes. Use good descriptions and price the items correctly.
With no fees, FB Marketplace has a significant advantage over other platforms, but it’s not a dedicated place to sell clothes. There is a way to work around this. You can search for “Selling” groups that specialize in clothes and join them to get more exposure for your listings.
The RealReal – This luxury consignment website only handles designer brands like Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Rolex, etc. It sells watches, fine art, bags, jewelry, and shoes apart as well as clothes. You have the chance to chat with its Luxury Manager to price your items. You can ship your stuff to The RealReal via prepaid labels or through its pickup service.
After its brand experts authenticate the item, it takes care of listing, photographing, and selling the item. You can earn anywhere between 40% to 85% depending on the product and brand.
It also has tier levels for sales made every year. You can get paid by direct deposit, site credit, or check.
Swap.com – You can sell a lot of things like toys, books, games, etc. on Swap. In terms of clothes, they accept a lot of brands as long as the quality is excellent. First, you need to sign up and send the clothing to them. If they are approved (here are the criteria for acceptance), Swap will take care of the photos, description, and listing.
You get notified once your listing is live, and if it gets sold, you can get paid via store credit or through PayPal. You can get 60% of the item sold if you choose to get paid via cash. The only downside of selling on Swap.com is that you don’t have control over pricing your item.
ASOS marketplace – The process to start selling on the ASOS marketplace begins with applying for a ’boutique.’ The selection process is pretty strict, and once you are accepted, you can start uploading photos of your clothes to your boutique.
It’s important to take good photos and communicate with your potential buyer. They accept clothes, handbags, jewelry, etc. Once your items get sold, you should do the shipping within two business days, and you receive payments through Stripe or PayPal.
Vestiaire Collective – Selling on Vestiaire Collective is super easy. Just sign up as a seller on the website, take good photos, and upload. Once the listing goes live, you have a chance to negotiate the price with buyers. You can sell clothes, bags, shoes, watches, jewelry, etc.
When your item gets sold, you have ship it within seven days with pre-paid labels, and you receive payments through PayPal or bank transfer. You can earn up to 80% of the sold price.
Grailed – It can be hard for men to find a place to sell their clothes with so many selling marketplaces focused on women’s clothing. With Grailed, they can easily list their clothes and sell them for extra money.
The marketplace gets categorized into Grails, Hype, Sartorial, Core depending on the brands and category of clothing. Once you sign up and list your clothing, it is listed on the seller page and in the appropriate category. You will get notified once you start getting offers.
When an item is sold, there is a 6% commission (plus applicable PayPal fees: 2.9% + 30 cents for domestic and 4.4% + 30 cents for international), so the total charge can be around 9-11% of the total sale price.
Etsy – Selling on Etsy is more for people who are interested in creating their own handmade clothes or if you are selling any vintage clothing item. You can set up an Etsy shop and start selling on this giant marketplace.
Though selling clothes is only limited to handmade or vintage, this marketplace can give you a lot of exposure if you are creative. Etsy charges a fee of $0.20 per listing. Once the item gets sold, there is a cut of 5% of the sold item.
Rebelle – If you have designer clothes lying in your closet that you might not use, consider selling them on Rebelle. It’s an exclusive marketplace for luxury brands and works a lot like Vestiaire Collective. You sell your clothes in two ways – you do all the work like taking photos, listing, communicating with the buyers, etc. or they take care of everything for an extra fee. You get to keep 80% of the sale price once the item gets sold.
With over 1 million potential buyers around the world, there is a big chance your item gets sold pretty quickly.
Refashioner – This invite-only site for selling clothes is more than a simple reselling place. Once you become a member and list your clothes, you have to write the ‘garment stories’ to make it more personable. If your clothing gets sold, you get free shipping labels from Refashioner, and you can cash out or buy clothing on the site.
Material world – With Material world, you can only sell some brands listed on their website. They send you a ‘Material box’ to send the clothes. Though the box is free, Material world asks you to deposit $5 till you get an offer for your clothes.
Once Material World inspects the items, they make an offer to you and you can either accept or refuse. One of the advantages of selling with Material World is that you get the payment upfront even before selling your item. You can get paid via shopping credit or through PayPal.
Leprix – Leprix is another used clothes selling marketplace for high-end designer stuff. If you have a lot of unused designer stuff, use Leprix.
They have two ways to consign your clothes. You can use their White Glove Consignment service and request a consignment box online with all the details, or you can drop your clothes at their consignment stores near you.
Vinted – With over 25 million members, Vinted is an excellent choice if you are thinking of selling clothes. The process to list is straightforward. Just download the app, take photos, and upload them with the right pricing (you can also offer discounts). If your item gets sold, you need to ship the item and get paid. Vinted offers integrated shipping with USPS shipping labels, which you can add to the asking price.
Once the buyer gets your item, you get paid. You receive all payments through bank transfer.
Vinted sells a lot of other stuff like beauty gadgets, furniture, footwear, accessories, tech accessories, etc.
Craigslist – If you do not want to go through a lot of online complications, then try selling clothes through Craigslist. Though it’s an old way to do it, it has an advantage. With clothes, sometimes even small damage makes it unfit to be sold on the designer reselling marketplaces. You can try your luck with such clothes on Craigslist.
Listing is free, and you have to manage the communication and price negotiations with potential buyers.
Want to Sell Clothes Online with Your Designs?
If you are thinking of making selling clothes online a profitable business, then you can try designing your own clothes and selling them on some legit sites like below.
You can sell a lot of stuff other than clothes on Cafepress like canvas prints, home decor, drinkware, etc. There are no fees to start a store on Cafepress. Just create your design and choose the products for the design and promote them in your store.
When your designs get sold, you get around 5%-10% of the sale price. Cafepress takes care of shipping and customer care.
Selling on Teespring is very similar to Cafepress. You create your designs, choose the products for the designs to go on, set your price and sales goals. If you meet your goals, then Teespring prints your shirts and ships them off.
Teespring takes care of all the shipping and customer care, but you have to promote your designs. Once your clothes get sold, Teespring pays you via PayPal. They have a flat rate for different products, and you get to keep all your profits.
If you have your own store, Shopify is another great option to sell clothes online. It can give you the independence to manage your own business. With a massive e-commerce platform like Shopify, you can create your custom made store online within minutes. You can use your store to sell your used clothes or scour the thrift stores to find great deals.
Once you create your store on Shopify, you can add your products with descriptions and prices. You don’t have to worry about hosting, themes, customizing your store because Shopify is very user friendly. If you are ready to become a Shopify store owner, try it out today.
Points to remember when selling clothes online,
- Before you jump into reselling clothes, first check your inventory. Because there are specialized stores for different kinds and brands of clothing, it is better to know what your closet has in store.
- It is essential to take good photographs with optimum lighting and at different angles. This is how your listing gets maximum exposure.
- Always calculate the fees you pay on the platform and factor in the shipping costs. Sometimes the shipping costs can be added to the selling price, so keep an eye on such things.
- On designing platforms, promotion is done by you. So, sharing your store/designs on social media or your blog can get you more sales. You can use visual social media channels like Instagram for marketing your designs more efficiently.
Selling clothes online is an effortless and easy way to make money. It also has excellent potential to become profitable side hustle or business if you go the designing route.