When you walk into your closet, it feels like time has stopped. It’s stuck in the 2000s with skinny jeans and long, droopy hipster cardigans. (I had a dozen grandpa style ones in every ironic shade of neutral.)
You don’t need to exchange all your clothes for crop tops and wide legged pants, but your wardrobe could use a good clean-out.
Even if you do have an infinite number of on-trend clothing options at your fingertips, you’re not wearing them all – because you can’t find them. And the kids’ dresser drawers are bursting with outgrown clothes that they never wear.
Get rid of that clutter. Short of divorce, apps to sell clothes are the easiest way to get rid of half your belongings lickety split. I’m not telling you to dump everything that’s not sparking joy. I’m suggesting you pare things down so you can see your wardrobe through the tees.
It’s way more frugal than carting off everything to the Goodwill. (In my experience, Goodwill is a cop-out. I get overwhelmed and use Goodwill as a dumping ground instead of taking the time to sort through things.)
Using a good clothing resale app will make you be more thoughtful about how you declutter, and you can earn some extra money too. In fact, clothes-selling is a popular side hustle. Many people first use an app to sell their own used clothes, and then end up scouring thrift stores for popular labels they can flip.
It’s a matter of finding the right buyer. There’s all kinds of clothing apps for all kinds of sellers and buyers. One size does not fit all. Here are the best apps for selling clothes and getting extra cash.
1 | Poshmark
You can sell any kind of clothing item or brand on Poshmark, and it’s one the most popular resale apps out there. The fee for Poshmark is high, taking 20% commission on any sale you make over $15. For sales of $15 or less, Poshmark takes a flat rate fee of $2.95.
2 | Depop
Depop is a social resale app that lets you peruse (snoop) your friends’ old clothes. You can also follow your favorite influencers and fashion icons to see what they’re buying and selling. (You can totally buy from them. Just don’t be creepy about it.)
3 | Etsy
Etsy is one of my favorite apps for buying handmade and vintage clothes. From antique wedding dresses to amazing 1940’s style pin-up girl dresses, it’s a treasure trove. Always offer measurements when you sell your vintage and handmade goods. Sizing is all over the place, and this will save you a lot of back and forth with potential buyers.
4 | Kidizen
Kidizen is hands down the best app to sell children’s clothing. It has the largest selection of children’s brands I’ve found for any resale app. Featured brands include couture labels down to SHEIN Kids or Cat and Jack.
In most metro areas, there’s also the option for you to get a professional seller, called style scout, to sell for you. They’ll sell your clothes on consignment and do all the work for you from photos creating listings and shipping the garment. When an item sells, you get 60% of the proceeds.
Style scouts work with sellers who have stylish kids’ brands like Hanna Andersson, Bobo Choses, Tea Collection, or Fin and Vince.
5 | Mercari
Mercari is a go-to app for many online sellers. Sellers who sell on Poshmark or Kidizen often sell here too. In about 30-60 seconds, you can create a full listing. There are fewer prompts to go through to post an item for sale, you really only need to write a 1 to 2 sentence description.
Mercari is heavy on popular, upscale brands like Hanna Andersson, Mini Boden, Jamie Kay, Kate Quinn, and Rylee and Cru. It has some niche brands, but for niche kids’ labels Kidizen or BST groups are going to be a better bet.
6 | thredUP
ThredUP is just about as convenient as they come. You send in your unwanted clothes and ThredUP will find them a new, loving owner. You get a free clean out kit (free shipping). Dump in your duds and thredUP will handle the rest. They’ll take the pictures, rate the item’s condition, create the listing, and ship the item to its buyer. Depending on the brand, item, and condition, you can earn a commission of anywhere from 5% to 80%.
7 | Vestiaire
Vestiaire is an online, luxury marketplace. Buy and sell the world’s most exquisite (expensive) brands – on an international scale. List your item and upload a picture (the curation team will help you optimize the listing). When the item sells, you ship it to Vestiaire. They will inspect and authenticate the item and then send it to the buyer. Once the item ships to your buyer, you’ll earn a commission of up to 80% of the sale price.
So if you’ve got an old Armani blazer collecting cobwebs, time to brush them off and make some serious cash. You can sell items worth up to $16,500.
8 | The RealReal
TheRealReal is an online marketplace for luxury goods. Buy and consign clothing, handbags, and jewelry from couture brands. You can find clothing and accessories for women, men, and kids. The RealReal also has brick and mortar store locations in Soho NYC, San Francisco, and on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago.
9 | Grailed
Grailed is an app centered around men’s fashion. It’s a bit like Poshmark, or Mercari but the brands are all Grail (couture), Hype (up and coming designers), or Basics (for mainstream brands.) The mainstream brands are high quality shopping mall brands. Think J. Crew, Madewell, or ready to wear Ralph Lauren Polo.
This is a great place for guys to unload labels like Gucci, Saint Laurent, Prada, Balenciaga, Nike, Fear of God, Rick Owens, BAPE, or Supreme.
10 | Buffalo Exchange
You may know of Buffalo Exchange as a brick and mortar thrift store chain in large urban areas, but the retailer has a sell by mail program too. With free prepaid shipping you can send in your garments. You can send up to 40 items.
This isn’t just a brick and mortar thrift store. Buffalo Exchange has a sell by mail program, too. You can request a prepaid shipping bag to fit up to 40 items of clothing. They’ll pay you 25% of whatever they can sell the clothing for in physical stores, or offer a 50% Buffalo exchange store trade card that can be used at any Buffalo Exchange store.
Items that do not sell will be donated to a charity.
Name-brand and designer items sell well, but they also buy a lot of budget brand or no-brand items. Buffalo Exchange will buy well-cared for garments that are in-season (can be on the sales floor within a couple of days), and in style (if you don’t want it because it’s date, neither do they). Buffalo Exchange will also go for a lot of classic pieces (a basic wool cardigan) or vintage items.
11 | Rebag
Rebag has a focus on luxury handbags. If you’ve got a picnic style Hermes Kelly handbag you’d like to get $50,000 for, then you need Rebag. In addition to handbags, you can sell shoes, watches, jewelry, apparel, and accessories. They only buy and curate the most exclusive brands, but if you’re holding onto one Rebag is the way to go.
12 | Flyp
Flyp is an innovative app that has a new spin on re-selling your used clothes. Professional sellers fight for unwanted clothes, and the seller you choose will do all the work to get them sold. When an item sells, you get a cut from each sale.
You create a lot of all your items for Flyp pros to bid on. Take one pic (basic smartphone picture quality is fine) of each item. Then pro sellers will review your lot and come up with sales and commission estimates. They let you know what they think they can sell these items for. You select the seller you want to work with.
You get paid as soon as your professional seller completes a sale and receives funds. Your pro seller will research each item in-depth and then handle listing it across multiple online marketplaces to ensure you both get the best price.
13 | Facebook
There are a few lucrative ways to sell your old clothes on Facebook.
- Facebook Marketplace: List the item with a photo and description. You can set it for local sale only or for nationwide. You can build shipping into the price.
- Facebook Garage Sale Groups: Look for “garage sale groups” in your area on Facebook. Typically, you can list anything in a garage sale group that you would find at a real-life garage sale. Clothing sells best when it’s a name brand label or if it’s sold as a lot of clothing all the same size.
- Facebook Buy Sell Trade Groups: These are groups on Facebook themed around selling certain items. Buy sell trade (BST) groups are commonly centered around specific brands of clothing or handbags. If you’ve got a Kate Spade purse you want to sell, you can list it in a Kate Spade BST and put it in front of thousands of Kate Spade buyers. You can also do purge style posts in BST groups where you list hundreds of items for sale within only 1 sales listing.
14 | Instagram
Similar to Facebook, you can sell clothing on Instagram. You don’t necessarily have to set up a storefront like large retailers do. You can share images of clothing you’re selling and add hashtags to indicate it’s listed for sale.
Brand hashtags are helpful. For example, if you sell an Alice and Ames dress you can take a picture and describe its condition in the caption. Then, you add the hashtag #aliceandamesforsale. Currently, there are 2,009 posts on Instagrams featuring Alice and Ames brand clothing for sale.
You’ll need to bill the buyer and then ship the item. It’s a touch more work than using a resale app like Poshmark or Mercari. But you’re not paying 20% commission fees, and you’re reaching a much larger audience.
15 | Tradesy
Tradesy is a resale app for fashionable clothing, handbags, shoes, and accessories. They have loads of couture and high-end designers and the platform also features plenty of wedding and vintage apparel. (Vintage means 2003 Gucci, not 1950’s Janzen.)
The app connects stylish sellers with stylish buyers. List your item in a couple minutes or less. When it sells, you’ll earn up to 80% of the sales price. You can ship from home with a free shipping kit.
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