Spring Cleaning: How to sell your used clothing

Let’s be honest, most closets are filled with great clothing pieces that just don’t seem to get worn as often as they should. That also doesn’t mean we should continue to hold onto them, but it can be hard to just give away or donate clothing pieces when you spent a pretty penny for them. We get it. But what if you could sell them? These days there are so many options to selling your lightly worn clothing; you can sell straight from the comfort of your own home. There are also the traditional brick and mortar options. You can choose to be more involved in the selling of each item or put all clothing/accessories in a bag and send it off. It’s up to you!

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Plato’s Closet, Buffalo Exchange, Crossroads:
(Other smaller consignment stores may be an option depending on where you live)
These are all relatively similar, you bring your clothing/accessories to sell and they sort through while you wait (some have drop off options) and they offer either a higher value store credit or a lower cash value.

Thredup:
They act as a consignment store online. First, order a cleanout kit and fill it with everything you are willing to sell and send it off. You will then be notified by email when received and how much you’ve earned. They also buy children’s clothing! They have a gradient scale of how much you earn depending on the price and brand of the item (ranging from 10%-80%).

Poshmark:
This resembles more of an social setup, you first sign-up and create a profile (filling out shoe size, dress size, and brands you love) and are able to follow other “closets”–perhaps you like their style or are a similar size. Download their app and start uploading clothing images to sell. Once you list an item and it sells, Poshmark then sends you a pre-paid address shipping label to print out and send off and you keep 80% of the sale.

Tradesy:
This is similar to Poshmark in that you list items directly online and only send out items (with a free shipping kit) when they are purchased. Tradesy takes around 9% of each sale.

Grailed:
A lot of re-sale stores do not take men’s clothing, so a site that solely takes men’s items is awesome. Create an account and upload a photo of the clothing item and you will be notified by email and Grail message when a question or offer is submitted. Once you agree on a price, you will then need to send off the items yourself.

Check out their websites for more details on what brands and styles they are currently purchasing and other specifics to their procedures. Keep in mind that a lot of these re-sale stores tend to buy pieces seasonally. But when it is all said and done, it ends up being an easy way to refresh your closet with the bonus of making some extra cash on the side. So whatever method you choose, it seems like a win-win to us!

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