If you, like me, have piles of clothes and accessories to donate or sell, there are quite a few options available. First, I recommend going through the piles and determining which items still have lots of value and can be sold. Once you have a pile to donate, it's best to do that right away so you don't have things cluttering your house.
Then, figure out what you have to sell, and clean everything out. You'll want to make sure everything is clean and in great shape before selling them.
Finally, you'll want to figure out where to sell them. I usually sell items at several different places, depending on the item and value. Here are the pros and cons I've experienced with these online marketplaces.
Selling Used Clothing and Accessories Online
Thred Up offers new and nearly new items for sale, and you can send along items for them to sell. To do that, you'll need to order a “clean out bag”. Once it arrives, you can just add your near new items (look online first to make sure it's a brand that they take) to the bag, and take it to FedEx Office (my recommendation) or the USPS. Once they process your bag, they will let you know how much money you've made. More expensive items are sold on consignment, and payment is made after they sell. You can choose to have your unaccepted items returned to you for a fee. Otherwise, they will be recycled.
Note (4/25/17): ThredUp has changed a lot in the past year, so I don't really recommend sending stuff to them.
Pros: Easy to use, items are photographed, listed, sold, and shipped for you. Money earned from non-consignment items is received quickly.
Cons: Limited items accepted, earned money for cheaper items can be very small.
Poshmark (use my affiliate code NOCAV and get $5 off your first purchase)
Poshmark is an app that makes selling online easy. With Poshmark, you'll photograph and list your item right in the app. Once your item sells, you need to ship it ASAP, and will receive a shipping label. The buyer pays for shipping, but you'll need to provide your own shipping supplies. Poshmark takes a percentage of the earnings, and you receive your share after the buyer indicates that the item was received in good condition.
Pros: A good online audience, items often sell quickly, payment is quickly received.
Cons: Will often need to negotiate price. Seller is responsible for photographing and listing the item, and must provide shipping supplies.
Tradesy works in a similar way to Poshmark, but they take a smaller percentage of the selling fee. They also edit some of the images that you post, making them look more polished and professional. You can also choose to have shipping supplies sent directly to you when you sell an item.
Pros: Makes taking professional photos easy, and takes a smaller percentage of the fee. When posting an item, Tradesy also gives you a price range to consider.
Cons: Items sell more slowly.
eBay is still a great way to sell almost any item online. With the auction format, you don't need to worry about pricing your item. eBay provides listing tips along the way to make it easier to list. They have a built-in audience, so after you place your listing, you can just sit back.
Pros: Huge audience, easy to use, can sell almost anything.
Cons: Need to photograph, describe, and ship your items. Can be challenging to navigate through how to use it.
eBay Valet is a service where eBay power sellers will list your items for you. They take a percentage of the sale, but handle all of the difficult work – photographing, listing, describing, and shipping. Many FedEx Office locations operate as a drop-off spot for eBay Valet items.
Pros: Simple, someone else handles the heavy lifting.
Cons: LONG wait (I dropped off items in August and as of mid-Nov, still haven't seen any money). Note: 4/25/17 – I really didn't make much from eBay Valet. I think I could have made more on my own.
Have you sold clothing and accessories online? Which service do you prefer?
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