When it’s time to clear out the closets and push the refresh button on your style, don’t overlook the option of selling used clothing — especially used designer clothing — online. It’s easier than ever to send your old clothes, shoes and accessories to online consignment stores or resale sites like ThredUp, Poshmark or Tradesy and make money on the gently used items cluttering your closet.
Consigning and reselling are great ways to earn extra income on the side — or pay for that next shopping spree. Before you start clearing out your closet, check out how and where to sell used clothes online to get the most bang for your buck.
Where To Sell Used Clothes Online
Resale shopping is on the rise, and there are currently over 25,000 resale, consignment and not-for-profit resale shops in the U.S., according to the Association of Resale Professionals.
People who know how to sell used clothes also know how to make money online without getting a desk job. Augmented marketplaces that include sites like ThredUp and The RealReal are replacing traditional online marketplace platforms by taking on the logistics, photography and customer service for sellers of used designer clothing. It’s becoming an increasingly competitive market for online resellers — consignment store Threadflip shut down, and sites like the ASOS Marketplace and VarageSale are taking center stage.
Today, you can shop online consignment stores to find a great deal, or sell clothes online as a side hustle to earn some extra cash. You could also save money by repurposing and refashioning those thrift-store finds, transforming basic pieces into something new and trendy.
It might be worth checking to see if some of those gently used clothes that no longer fit or that you know you aren’t going to wear are worth selling via an online platform. To get started, consider the following options, which are among the best sites and apps where you can sell clothes online.
Poshmark appeals to fashion lovers with new, pre-owned or vintage clothes they’re ready to part with. Upload photos of your items using the free app, write a description and set a price. You can attend virtual Posh Parties to sell items to friends and people you invite. When the items sells, you’ll be sent a shipping label so you can drop the item off at a USPS drop box.
The company charges different fees depending on the amount of the sale. For sales under $15, you’ll be charged a flat rate of $2.95. For sales of $15 or more, the fee is 20% of the listing price. Poshmark takes care of all the financial transaction fees and provides a prepaid shipping label, so there are no other costs involved to make the sale.
Where to learn more: Poshmark website
When you’re ready to declutter your closet, you can order a Clean Out Kit from ThredUp. The bag included in the kit works as your shipment bag and can be filled with everything from women’s and kids’ apparel to shoes and accessories that are in great condition. The store won’t accept items with stains, holes, pilling or signs of wear.
Where to learn more: ThredUp website
As long as your used designer clothing and other designer items are in good condition, Tradesy will help you sell virtually anything in your closet with a few screen swipes. You’ll get a free shipping kit once your item is sold. The company deducts a $7.50 commission fee for items under $50 and a 19.8% commission for items over $50. You have the option to transfer those funds directly to a PayPal account, checking account or debit card.
Where to learn more: Tradesy website
4. The RealReal
Browse The RealReal’s Designer Directory to see what types of items the store will accept.
Individuals with 10 or more items from luxury brands suitable for consignment can make use of The RealReal’s White Glove service for at-home pickup. With less than 10 items, you will get a prepaid FedEx shipping label to ship all your items in. Full-service consignment with a free in-home pickup is available in many areas with the White Glove service, or you can get an in-person valuation at a store.
Your items will be listed if they are authentic, and you’ll receive a payment once they sell. You can earn up to 70% of the sale price of your designer clothing — and 80%-85% on high-value watches, purses and men’s sneakers.
Where to learn more: The RealReal website
LePrix is an aggregator of designer boutiques that carry high-end pieces and trendy styles, giving you access to a larger inventory of available items. It only accepts the designer brands listed on its site.
LePrix offers a slightly different approach: You must consign with one of the consignment boutique partners, where you make an appointment and the items get listed on the site and placed in the store. If you decide to consign online, you can request free White Glove Consignment service via the Luxury Garage Sale. The company schedules at-home pickups in many major cities and drop-off options at partner boutiques. Alternatively, LePrix will send a prepaid shipping label so you can send in your items.
Where to learn more: LePrix website
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For those who prefer using their mobile device instead of a desktop computer, this app provides all the benefits of online consignment store selling and buying from your smartphone or tablet. You can download the app and list items you want to sell in person or by shipping them to the buyer. Sellers can sell everything from pre-loved clothing to vintage goods and name their own price.
Where to learn more: Depop website
Swap.com claims to be the largest online consignment and thrift store for everything from women’s clothing to kids’ items. This company will give you a price it will pay for accepted items you send via an Inbound Box. You request this box and get a prepaid shipping label and send in your items for review, and Swap.com will list everything for you.
When the item sells, you can take a cash payout or get store credit to spend on Swap.com. Before you begin, it’s a good idea to review the acceptance criteria so you have an understanding of what items are accepted and in what condition.
Where to learn more: Swap.com website
Where to download the app: Google Play
San Francisco-based Flyp’s mission is “Less clutter. More empowerment.” The concept was meant for your closet, but the Flyp marketplace is definitely clean, simple and empowering to use.
The process is easy — take a single photo of each item you’d like to sell for professional sellers to view and bid on working with you. Review the proposals and choose a seller to handle the sale, from photographing to marketing to selling it and getting you paid. Depending on the pro you chose, you’ll make anywhere between 50% and 70% of the sales price.
The only drawback to Flyp is the brands it’s willing to accept. Many of the mall stores, such as Banana Republic, Nine West and Chico’s, don’t make the cut. Check the complete list of what labels are acceptable.
Where to learn more: Flyp website
Where to download the app: The App Store
9. Vestiaire Collective
If you have a collection of designer duds you’re ready to part with but want to make sure they’re appreciated by other fashionistas, Vestiaire Collective should be on your shortlist. Vestaire Collective started in France in 2009 and has 7 million high-fashion lovers in 50 countries ready to buy your pieces.
All you need to do is download the app, fill out a listing form and upload images. Once the item sells, ship it to VC for free so its experts can handle the authentication of the item and send it to the buyer. You’ll receive up to 80% of the selling price for the item. Vestiaire Collective is a great option when you have items that don’t typically lose their value and could use international exposure to sell them for top dollar.
Where to learn more: Vestiaire Collective website
Rebag specializes in luxury handbags, accessories, watches and jewelry. What makes Rebag unique is Clair, the artificial intelligence software that will appraise your handbag or accessories based on the photo scan you provide through the app. If you accept Clair’s quote, you can send your item using a prepaid shipping label or by dropping it off at a Rebag location. The team will authenticate your accessory and you’ll receive payment after three to four days, based on your choice of an ACH transfer, a check in the mail or store credit.
If you’re planning on using the cash you get from your current handbags for new ones, check out Rebag’s Infinity Exchange program. It’s similar to renting a luxury handbag. You may return a purchased bag (kept in good condition, of course) within 12 months and get a credit for 70% to 80% of the purchase price to use for the next bag you can’t live without.
Where to learn more: Rebag website
Cynthia Bowman contributed to the reporting for this article.