Looking for a quick way to make extra cash? Here's an idea — sell clothes online. It's always a good time to go through your wardrobe and get rid of things that no longer fit or serve a purpose in your closet, so why not sell your old or unworn garments to make some extra cash?
Not only is it a better option for the environment (hello, sustainable fashion), but I'll benefit your pockets, too. And selling clothes online is a super easy process thanks to the hundreds of apps and websites created for selling secondhand/unworn clothing.
So fish out the beaded '80s dress you wore once to a New Year's bash, last season's now-neglected tops, and the vintage jeans that no longer fit. It's time to stop letting your garments collect dust and help them find new, loving owners!
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From apps like Poshmark to sites like ThreadUp, you can start making cash instantly when you list your clothing items for sale.
Below you'll find the 19 best places to sell clothes online (and score some new holy-grail finds), plus tips from pros to level up your reselling side hustle. Cha-ching!
1. ASOS Marketplace © Courtesy of Brand
Did that vintage dress seem like a great idea in the store but not so much when you got it home? Put it on ASOS Marketplace and sell it! The only catch is that ASOS takes a 10% commission on the sale price. Instead of focusing on designer goods, the seller-driven resale emporium features edgy used and retro fashion, functioning like your very own thrift store. You can find pretty much *anything—*Dior earrings, anyone?
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2. Etsy © Courtesy of Brand
Tap into Etsy's community of artisans and vintage sellers and sell your finely curated collection of vintage (or handmade!) styles. Seller fees are on the lower side of the spectrum: Etsy charges a 3.5 percent transaction fee and a 3% payment processing fee (and only 20 cents to list an item). With more than 1.7 million sellers on Etsy, you'll be in good company.
3. eBay © Courtesy of Brand
OK, so this one's no secret for girls wanting to score some designer clothes on the cheap—eBay pretty much paved the way for every at-home vendor. The upside of selling your stuff here—especially if it's part of a designer collab—can really start the bidding wars. On the other hand, if you're trying to buy, there's usually no shortage of selection, but navigating between Cuisinarts and lawn mowers (as well as helplessly watching the price shoot up every second) can be seriously frustrating.
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4. Poshmark © Courtesy of Brand
"We made an early decision to allow everything to be done on the phone with no need to go to a website," says Manish Chandra, Poshmark CEO and founder. "When selling from your closet, start by listing 5-10 items. We find that closets with at least five listings sell more than those with less. Search for other women like yourself who are likely to be interested in your closet. Whether you share favorite brands or the same size, you'll want to follow them, begin interacting with them, and shopping their closet!"
Poshmark includes all sorts of brands, from Brandy Melville to Céline, so it's important to personalize your presence. "In a way the women are editorializing their style, creating a magazine out of their closet," says Manish. Each woman sets her own price on each item. When a buyer purchases the item, Poshmark emails you a prepaid shipping label—the buyer pays the shipping—and you just print it out, slap it on any box and have your mailman scoop it up."
5. The RealReal © Courtesy of Brand
Sellers keep up to 70% of the sale price depending on your consignor status and the assigned value of your pieces. The good news? Buzzy luxury brands (think Gucci, Jacquemus, Loveshackfancy) will usually sell within three days, so if you want to clear a ton of designer goods out and don't mind waiting for your commission payout—you get paid out on the 15th of each month—this is the spot for you. In addition to clothing, shoes, and accessories, The RealReal will also accept fine jewelry, home decor, and even fine art. You can send in your items via USPS, or schedule a free in-home pickup in select metropolitan areas.
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6. Refashioner © Courtesy of Brand
Refashioner is an indie girl's dream, featuring "more avant-garde designers and interesting pieces of all sorts—it's not all fancy," says founder Kate Sekules. The site also tries to keep things advantageous for both buyer and seller, so if you've been hanging on to an ultra-unique piece, this might be the place to sell it. "It's hard to let go of the good stuff," says Sekules. Plus, if you're in the Big Apple, the site's into doing events, so definitely keep an eye out for their next sartorial shindig.
7. ThredUP © Courtesy of Brand
Selling's super-easy with ThredUP. They send a "clean out kit" (a.k.a. an empty bag) so all you need to do is fill 'er up and leave it out for the mailman (it ships back free!), and they'll take it from there. The convenience means that sellers take a lower cut, earning a maximum of 80% of the resale price, but the no-fuss process makes it super easy for busy girls. ThredUP's biggest selling point for buyers is the huge inventory. They list more than 5,000 items each day including a rad handbag section that just launched yesterday.
8. LePrix © ExperienceInteriors
The best thing about LePrix (formerly called SnobSwap) is its swap feature. Rather than buying or selling, you're able to just trade one item for another. "You can buy a gorge Topshop dress for $20 that would retail closer to $80, or swap your cute Nasty Gal skirt for an awesome Zara jumpsuit," say founders Elise Whang and Emily Dang. It's a great idea, because with most sites, buying at ridiculously low prices often means sellers take a big hit on what they're sending in. Swapping not your thing? You can still buy and sell traditionally—and even bargain with the seller to knock a little off the price.
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9. Crossroads Trading © ExperienceInteriors
Crossroads Trading has physical locations all over the United States where you can bring in your secondhand designer goods. Instead of lugging in a huge bag of clothes, you can now request a bag with a prepaid shipping label and you can simply drop off your package at the post office. Crossroads offers 50% payout of the sales price as store credit, or 30% of the sales price as straight cash back. Crossroads looks for "name-brand, on-trend" clothing in good condition, and while their tastes are discerning, it's worth sending in your clothes for ease. Whatever clothes don't pass muster for Crossroads sales will be sent back to you or can be donated to charity for a small fee.
10. Vestiare Collective © ExperienceInteriors
Vestiare Collective is big in Europe the way The Real Real and Depop are here—but that doesn't mean US-based shopped can't join in. Vestiare Collective is a great place to find designer brands for less; you'll find them in kinds of conditions here—from brand new with tags to worn but still in solid condition. The payout is higher here because you photograph and ship items yourself, and you can enter into bargaining chats with buyers and sellers to score an even better deal. (Oh, and unlike places like Poshmark or Facebook Marketplace, buyers can't lowball you; any offer they send has to be at least 70% of your listing price). You also get to be charge of the discount offered on your item, as opposed to other sites that use an algorithm to mark down pieces that aren't moving to clear inventory.
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11. Depop © ExperienceInteriors
Depop has a massive collection of consigned womenswear and menswear. They have apparel from more than 1,500 designers, ranging from sporty faves like The North Face and Adidas to high-end fashion houses like Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel. The app, launched in 2011, has more than 13 million users. Selling on Depop is a breeze: You can create a free account, verify your phone number, and then set up your shop. You can add a cover image to set the vibe of your shop, and add a description up to 128 characters (i.e. “Colorful vibes and ‘60s/’70s/'80s/'90s vintage for all genders. We ship worldwide.”). Link up your social accounts and PayPal, and then get to selling. You can post up to four images and even a video for each listing. Depop charges a 10% commission for the transaction total (including shipping) if the item sells.
12. Vinted © ExperienceInteriors
Rather than charging the seller, Vinted charges the buyer. Buyers pay a fixed amount of $0.70 plus 5% of an item's sale price. This is a huge advantage for sellers, who don't have to pay a thing. You can jump straight into selling as soon as you sign up. Add up to 20 photos for each item, give it a title and description, and select a category, condition, brand, and price. One fun feature unique to Vinted is that you can add a button to say if you're interested in swapping the item in addition to selling it, giving you the option of scoring fresh pieces for the unwanted clothes in your closet.
13. Mercari © ExperienceInteriors
The Mercari app allows sellers to sell clothing by uploading pictures and listing their clothes, shoes and accessories at whatever price they like. Whatever sells is subject to a flat 10% fee. In addition to apparel, you can sell other items. From cell phone cases to Fitbits to soccer gear, you can sell just about anything on Mercari. The app is intuitive and easy to use.
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14. Facebook Marketplace © ExperienceInteriors
If you're on Facebook all the time anyway, selling on Facebook Marketplace makes a lot of sense. Not only are there no seller fees or taxes involved, you can easily share your listing to your network. You never know who might be interested in gently-used denim or a once-worn prom dress!
15. Buffalo Exchange © ExperienceInteriors
In addition to accepting clothing trade-ins at their stores, Buffalo Exchange also has a sell-by-mail program. Upon request, they will send you a prepaid shipping bag that fits up to 40 pieces of clothing. They will email you with an update of what they're able to purchase, at which point you can choose between a store credit, check, or PayPal payment. If you take a check/PayPal payment, you will be offered 30% of the item's selling price. If you take a store credit, you will receive 50%. For reference, they're interested in men's or women's designer clothing in like-new condition.
16. Rebag © ExperienceInteriors
As the name suggests, Rebag is an online store dedicated solely to selling handbags. They're interested in designer items, and their featured brands include Balenciaga, Tom Ford, Versace, Givenchy, and the like. If you have a designer bag like this that you'll willing to part ways with, all you have to do is submit a few snaps of the bag on their site. Within two business days, they'll email you a quote. If you accept, they'll provide a prepaid shipping label. Once Rebag receives the bag, your payment will be issued within three business days. Rebag also has physical locations in select metropolitan areas, including Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Miami, and Manhattan where you can sell your bag directly to them, no USPS required.
17. Craigslist © ExperienceInteriors
Now, Craigslist might not be the first platform you think of when it comes to selling clothes—we get that. But hear us out: Craigslist, like Facebook Marketplace, is a completely free place to sell clothes (for both the buyer and seller). And since they don't take a cut, it's all profit for you! If you check out your local Craigslist site, you'll likely find plenty of clothing lists. Clothing on Craigslist is usually sold in lots, so you could even consider putting all your items that haven't sold on other apps and listing them as one bulk sale.
18. Farfetch Second Life © ExperienceInteriors
Have a designer bag (or two…or three) lying around that you don't see yourself wearing anymore? Trade it in for Farfetch credit with its “Second Life” program. All you have to do is upload a few photos of the bag(s) you want to sell, wait for an associate to give you a price estimate, and then if you're cool with it, schedule a free (!) pickup for your bag to be authenticated and listed. The best part? Store credit gets automatically applied to your account—you don't even have to wait for it to sell as other consignment sites do—which you can use towards future wardrobe upgrades. (Check out the list of approved bag brands here.)
19. Net-a-Porter x Reflaunt © ExperienceInteriors
Net-a-Porter loyalists, this one's for you. The online luxury retailer accepts ready-to-wear and accessories from a curated list of approved brands—the list is not as extensive as The Real Real's, but it's more generous than that of Farfetch. Once you upload the details for the items you want to sell, you can then schedule a free pick-up for authentication. A minimum of three items is needed to take part in this program, so you might want to bookmark this service for seasonal closet cleanouts. Whatever's approved and sold can either be directly deposited in your account, or added as store credit (with 10% extra) to your NAP account. The only catch here is that items that aren't approved will either have to be donated or shipped back to you at $15 per piece (up to $45).
Pro Tips for Selling Clothes Online
Now that you know where you can sell your used clothes, here's how to sell them. We asked the experts—professional online clothing retailers—for their top tips on selling secondhand and vintage clothing online.
1. Choose clothes that are on-trend or from a particular decade.
You can sell items that are either trending right now, or develop a niche (regardless of current trends). How do you find a niche? By selling similar items that are similar to one another. "You can sell items that correspond to each other. Some sellers focus on specific decades, styles, colors, or type of item," says Kristina Franco, owner of the Etsy shop Allen Company.
2. Photograph items clearly.
"High-quality pictures are very important," says Laura Mae and Amanda Jean, owners of the Etsy shop MaeJean Vintage. "Utilize natural light and capture the images with a quality camera."
3. Take specific measurements of the clothing.
Because sizes can vary so drastically from brand to brand, it can be super helpful to take measurements of your clothes. "It isn't easy to convey all the lovely aspects of a garment on a computer screen," says Lauren Naimola, owner of the Etsy shop Dear Golden. "Many people want to feel the garment and try it on, so you have to be exhaustive in the way you render the garment visually as well as describe it. Measurements are provided for every garment. A dress is measured at the shoulders, bust, waist, hip, and length. Every girl should know her measurements, especially if she wants to shop online."
4. Provide accurate details about the condition of your items.
"Build a good reputation," says Franco. "Accurately portray your items and be upfront and honest about the details. This is the only way to gain the trust of buyers who are already faced with the challenge of buying something they cannot try on or inspect. A good reputation goes a long way!"
5. Keep an international audience in mind.
"Selling online allows you to reach a very wide and international audience," says Lauren. "A lot of my business comes from awesome vintage-loving gals in Australia and the UK."
If you're selling clothes to a consignment boutique, you're limited by locality and seasonality. But if you're selling online, you can consider an international audience. For example, you might be selling a coat in the spring, when no one in the United States is really looking for coats. But someone in Argentina might want that coat because it's becoming fall there.
6. Prioritize customer service.
"Customer service is so important," say Mae and Jean. "We have a very flexible return policy so that if customers are not 100% content, they are welcome to ship items back to us."
7. Study before you sell.
"There are many people selling vintage online, but there are only a few who are educated about garment dating and fabric composition," says Lauren. "Learn as much as possible about vintage garments."
"Do your research," adds Kristina. "Knowing vintage labels, silhouettes, styles, fabrics, and designers is half of the fun."