In a pinch and need to make some money fast?
Do you also perhaps have an excess of clothing in your closet?
It has been said that the average woman has anywhere between $1000 to $5000 dollars worth of clothing hanging in her closet. If this sounds like you, then you may have some serious money-making potential hanging on those velvet hangers right under your nose!
Now the only things left is to find the right platform to sell them on, and then get to work.
If you end up being a clothing re-selling magician and need some more ideas to make money, you should definitely check out this packed list of 75+ ways to make money. The world is your oyster, my dear, if you’re willing to do a little work.
11 Ways to Sell Your Clothes Online That You Can Start Today
Below, I compiled a list of platforms you can use to sell your clothing online.
The options are anywhere from quick and easy (if you’re looking to make a quick buck) to more in-depth, sophisticated options (if you’re looking to perhaps make this a full-time side gig (that’s an oxymoron, but you get what I mean)).
1. ASOS Marketplace
ASOS Marketplace is definitely targeted toward 20 something-year-olds interested in vintage and high-end fashion. If you’re a fashion fanatic as well, this may be the perfect place for you to sell your clothing.
- A very professional experience for both the buyer and seller.
- The seller has their own boutique within ASOS Marketplace.
- Your boutique storefront can be customized to your own personal branding.
- You can start selling on ASOS Marketplace with as little as 5 items.
- ASOS Marketplace shares seller’s content across their own social media platforms, potentially helping with exposure.
- ASOS Marketplace takes 20% commission of each sale.
- There are very strict image standards for posting your clothing (but that can really only be to your benefit).
- You must sell your own vintage-inspired designs or true vintage designs older than 2000.
- Not a set it and forget it option. You are running your own boutique inside ASOS, so you need to be ready to handle customer service issues in a timely, friendly manner to stay in good light with ASOS Marketplace.
A great place to sell your clothing if you design and create your own styles.
- Lower fees compared to other sites. No monthly fee. 20 cent listing fee plus 5% commission from each sale. Then, if you process a credit card they charge 3% plus 25 cents. Kind of a web of fees, but still a great deal lower than what you’d pay with ASOS Marketplace.
- Option to design a storefront matching your brand.
- Automatic deposit for payout.
- Etsy has built-in advertising tools you can use to help boost your brand.
- You can create social media posts right within Etsy to share on your social media channels.
- Not a place to sell gently used clothing.
- Competitive platform.
You can definitely sell clothes on eBay but be ready to put in a little bit more work. It’s a very competitive platform, but the good news is many people are so successful, that they have made it their livelihood to sell clothes on Ebay.
- People know what eBay is. There is a large crowd that could potentially shop for your listings.
- Setup is simple. Upload your picture, apply a category, write your description, set a price, and boom, you’re done.
- Tiered subscription model ranging from Starter (7.99 monthly) to Enterprise ($2,999.95 monthly).
- You get 100 free listings each month. If you exceed that you are then charged 30 cents for each additional listing.
- Ebay’s final value fees (processing fees, eBay commission, etc) range between 3.5% to 12%.
- Very competitive marketplace.
- Not solely clothing-focused.
Poshmark has an incredibly user-friendly app making buying and selling a cinch. They even boast getting started within 30 seconds!\
- Easy to list with the app. Picture > description > price > post for sale. Done!
- Shipping is paid for by the buyer.
- “Posh Parties” within the app allow you to buy and sell within a group to gain awareness.
- Shipping is their MVP. Once you sell something, Poshmark provides a prepaid, pre-addressed shipping label. All you need to do is slap that sucker on the box and drop it off at a carrier.
- Incredible customer service and payment protection.
- Can sell new and pre-used clothing.
- Poshmark has a social feel to the process so it’s fun, engaging, and helpful for selling your items.
- For items under $15, Poshmark charges a 2.95% fee, and for anything over $15 they charge 20%.
- Higher fees than some other platforms, but they do make the whole process super easy on both the buyer and seller.
- They only ship within the 50 US States and territories.
ThredUP has a unique model. They send you a kit to fill up, then you just drop it off at ups and off it goes! Once the items sell, you get paid.
- ThredUP does all the legwork meaning they photograph, list, and ship your items once they sell.
- They work hard to sell your stuff using computer algorithms and personalized ads (if you win, they win).
- You can choose to either cash out or get paid in shopping credits.
- Your closet cleanout kit is free.
- 14 day wait period after each sale to when you get actually get paid.
- How much you make isn’t set in stone. You earn anywhere from 5% to 85% of the item’s sale price.
6. Crossroads Trading
Crossroads Trading is aimed more towards the high-end clothing market and audience. If you have some expensive, authentic pieces that you are ready to part with, this could be just the place for you.
- They offer cash or trades for your clothing.
- They have physical locations that you can drop your items off at for resale, or you can request a bag to mail in your clothing if you don’t have a crossroads near you.
- They have an option to do in-person consultations to meet with a rep and look over your clothing and get paid right there on the spot.
- If you have high-end items, you can choose to consign with them and get paid up to 70% of the item’s sale price.
- They buy and sell current trends.
- If you want to get paid cash outright instead of trade, they only pay 30% of the sale price.
- They prefer name brand or designer clothing.
- They only accept current trends. You’re not going to be able to sell a vintage sweater or retro shoes here.
An online marketplace geared toward high fashion with an incredible customer service reputation.
- They have an app for quick and easy listing and selling.
- Their listing process is simple and straightforward.
- When an item sells, then send you a pre-paid kit to ship your items to the buyer.
- Potential to earn more than 80% of the sale price.
- Tradesy handles and pays for returns (many other platforms don’t even offer returns for the buyer). The item first hits their store where they will first inspect the item for damage, then return it to you which you can then list again. They say 80% of returns will sell again.
- Tradesy’s fees are a bit higher, but not horrible. They have a flat-rate fee of $7.50 on items less than $20 and for everything over $20, they charge just under 20% of the purchase price.
- Tradesy is definitely geared toward fashion, and high-end chic brands. You won’t be able to sell that sweater from Walmart that you never wore, even though it may be in great shape.
A resale site not just geared toward clothing, but items around your home as well.
- They have an app to make listing super easy.
- They have a low maintenance listing process. You can do everything from home, even request a mail carrier to pick up your items from your home.
- Low fees. Mercari only takes a 10% commission from each item sold.
- You can choose to ship it yourself or opt for their pre-paid shipping label. If you use Mercari’s pre-paid shipping label, you’ll most likely save money (approx 30%) on shipping.
- They insure shipped items valued up to $200 when you use Mercari’s pre-paid shipping label.
- You get paid after the buyer rates the transaction. If the buyer doesn’t rate you within 3 days, Mercari automatically marks it as approved!
- They pay you either through direct deposit or a linked instant access debit card (for a small $2 fee).
I didn’t really find any true cons with Mercari. Although, some sellers have reported it taking months to sell items on Mercari while others have reported just a few days. Probably depends on your price and your images, so be fair in price and post good images and you’ll probably do fine.
9. Facebook Marketplace
You likely already have a Facebook account. If so you have automatic access to Facebook Marketplace.
- Free to use.
- No listing fees.
- Facebook won’t take a commission from you when you sell an item.
- You can list all within the app.
- Not a super targeted buying audience.
- Potentially limited to selling close to your geographic location.
- No direction on pricing or images.
- You have to pay for shipping yourself or have to meet someone in person to make the sale.
10. Local News Station Classifieds
Many news stations have a page on their website dedicated to classified ads. In fact, one near me is very popular and I’ve scored bags of baby clothes to yard toys on there and also had success selling cars and home décor. Check yours to see if there is a classifieds page.
- The buying audience is local so shipping most likely won’t be necessary.
- 100% of the sale price goes to you.
- Posting is free and easy, you just need an account.
- There are often scammers on there trying to make a buck that you’ll most likely run into.
- You have to do all the legwork of listing, pricing, posting, and communicating with buyers.
- May have to meet strangers in person.
- Buyers aren’t totally clothing-focused.
- Buyers are usually looking for a “deal” so the resale value will be lower.
- Buyers often try to get you to engage in a price war.
The social aspect of Instagram makes selling things to your audience easy because they already know, like and trust you. Kind of an outside of the box place to sell your clothing, but people do it.
- You are selling items to people who likely already know you, like you and trust you.
- You set the price and get 100% of the sale price.
- Transactions have to be handled off the app.
- You are on your own for shipping.
So, Those Are Some Ideas to Sell Your Clothes Online
If you are someone with a healthy closet that just isn’t being utilized to its full potential, you most likely have some money-making opportunities just waiting to happen. Try out one of these platforms and get making some money!
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