I love the idea of making money reselling items you no longer want, or even items someone else no longer wants. We have heard so many success stories in the past from those selling on eBay, Amazon, Facebook and Craiglist.
Today we are looking at a few sites devoted to helping you sell your gently-used clothes for cash. These websites all have handy smartphone apps to make the listing and selling process even easier.
This is a marketplace allowing users to buy, sell or swap. The site takes 19% commission on each sale. That seems a little high to me considering there isn’t much moderation or oversight on the sales. Goods are not vetted for authenticity and sellers are free to set their own prices. There is both good and bad in these setups. As a buyer, beware of possible counterfeit and overpriced merchandise. As a seller, only accept payments through the site despite the high fees. Payments are made and received via direct deposit only.
This marketplace place gets bonus points for not only their app but also their virtual Posh Parties. These online events happen three times per day and feature Posh picks from among the available items in the marketplace. That’s great publicity for your designer items.
One other thing I like about Poshmark is their Posh Concierge service. This is an extra layer of protection for buyers on high price items. For $39, or free for items over $500, buyers can have their purchased item first shipped to Poshmark to be verified for authenticity and quality. Buyer protection can mean more sales for the sellers.
Poshmark’s commission is 20% of each sale over $15 or $2.95 for those under $15. They cover the cost of shipping. Nice!
I have bought and sold through this site several times over the years. Their app helps you touch up your photos for a more professional look. They allow listings for everything from casual wear to wedding dresses and jewelry to handbags.
Tradesy isn’t picky on brands, and they will even help you price your items to sell. Their commission is low at only 9%. They charge an additional 2.9% when you cash out your funds as opposed to using them as store credit for your own purchases. 11.9%, however, is still lower than most. (Get $20 to spend when you sign up through this link.)
This marketplace lists everything from Forever 21 to Chanel. BUT, they still only accept brands on their Accepted List and items must still be “in style” though not necessarily “in season.”
What I truly love about this app is that they offer an optional Full Service for sellers. You send them your items. They authenticate, photograph, list and sell them. They handle all correspondence. You just wait for your cash. Hey. I’m a passive income kinda gal! Full Service comes at a price, however. You will earn 30% to 80% of the sale price depending on the price tag. You receive 80% of the purchase price minus shipping charges when listing yourself.ThredUp
This is perhaps the most well-known among clothing consignment shops. ThredUp used to be for kids only, but they recently added women’s clothing as well. They are a full-service shop. You send them the clothes, they pay you upfront and then sell and ship the goods to the buyer.
ThredUp is all about quality. “Do the D.O.T.” as they say when choosing items to send – Defect-Free, On-Trend, and a Top Brand. The site pays upfront for items priced below $60. High-end items are paid out when they sell. You earn up to 80% of the selling price based on a number of factors. (Get $20 in store credit when you sign up through this link.)
We all know and love eBay. Sarah Titus has even shared some rockin’ reseller tips with us in the past. For a category like clothing, it’s free to list up to 20 items per month. You will just pay 10% of the final selling price. When listing more than 20 items per month, you may pay $.30 per item depending on your listing type (auction or Buy Now) plus the 10% commission to eBay.
Krista from The Quinntessential Mommy also recommends eBay. She says, “My best tip is to sell NAME BRAND clothing and be sure it’s a very reasonable price. Even if it’s new with tags people want to get a good deal!”
Maybe you’ve always wanted to be a super eBay seller with one of those fancy listing assistants you’ve heard about, well here’s your chance. eBay has “Valets” that will photograph and write fancy descriptions for your gently-used designer duds at a 30% cut of the sale.
While eBay Valet accepts more than just clothes, they don’t accept just anything. You need to take a few pics of your goods and email them to the service. Within a few hours, they will be back in touch letting you know whether they will accept the goods or not and give you an estimated selling price. If accepted, they will then send you a box for shipping your items. Once received, they will continue to list the items at no charge until they sell. You don’t get paid however until they do.
Have you made money as a clothing reseller? I’d love to hear your tips and favorite apps. Looking for more goods to resell? Check out my post on 45 ways to buy low sell high with retail arbitrage. You may also be interested in Cynthia Stine’s tips on earning $40,000 as an Amazon FBA seller.