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Compare the Best Websites to Sell YOUR Clothes: Guide and Quiz to Find the Right Site for Your Closet, Time, and Wallet

Updated on July 31, 2017
Sell Clothes Online
Sell Clothes Online

Make Money Selling Your Old Clothes, Bags, Accessories, and Shoes

Many websites have sprung up in recent years which are specific for fashion resale. It is such a wonderful feeling to clean out your closet and earn cash while doing it. I recently jumped on the bandwagon to declutter and move more to a capsule wardrobe and decided that I'd try out a few of these websites for myself. I learned a lot along the way; mainly that there is not one best site for everything in your wardrobe or for every person. Various websites have different earning models, payout methods, time required, and rules. I and am passing along the knowledge I learned to help save you time and maximize your earnings. I'll summarize the pros and cons of the top websites and provide a quiz to help find the best site for your needs.

Poshmark
Poshmark

Poshmark

Poshmark encourages sellers to act as stylists, where the individual seller is required to take photos of all of their items and are encouraged to style their items in a way to make their pieces more attractive to buyers. Depending on the items that you post, people/buyers will have the option to follow you and will get notifications when you add new items for sale. This site is great for people who have lots of items to sell and don't mind taking the time to style and promote their items. Install the app on your phone and take and post pictures to quickly get your listings created. Additionally, if you have good social media followings, you can attract buyers and followers to your boutique that way. Payouts are around 80% and you can set your own prices, accept best offers, and bundle items for a discount.

Visit Poshmark to learn more and start selling

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Pros:

  • Utilize social media to highlight your specific pieces
  • Set your own prices
  • Post anything clothing and accessories you like (does not need to be a specific brand or condition)
  • Flexibility to accept best offers and bundle your items for a discount
  • Large audience/ potential buyers
  • Followers will get notified when you post new items for sale

Cons:

  • Can take quite a while for items to sell
  • Need to be able to check messages regularly to see if you have an offer on your items
  • Requires the legwork of photographing and promoting your items


ThredUp
ThredUp

ThredUp

ThredUp started in 2009 and offers Woman's and Children's clothing, shoes, and accessories. Brands accepted range from Walmart, Old Navy, and Carters up through luxury brands like Burberry, Marc Jacobs, and Missoni. The beauty of selling with this site is in the simplicity. Pack up a free standard bag with all of your stuff to sell and you will receive an offer for the items that they think they can sell on their site. There is also an option for a free donation bag, or you can pay $9.99 to have your items processed (and quote given) within one week of arrival to the company. Due to high standards, they only take about 30-60% of what is sent in to them and the remaining items you can pay to have shipped back or they will donate them to charity. ThredUp does not pay out a ton for each piece, about 5-20% of what they think the item will sell for unless you are selling something truly high-end. Reviews have lots of people expressing that after shipping fees, very little of the payout was left over. So, I would describe this site as best for people who are willing to donate their clothing, but would be thrilled to make just a little bit of money. Also, for people who just want to get the items out quickly and easily. There is a consignment section for higher-end pieces as well. They are also starting up a Luxe section for luxury goods.


Visit ThredUp to learn more or request a bag


Pros:

  • Easy

Cons:

  • Very low payout
  • Not much accepted
  • Terrible User Reviews (from sellers)

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Material World

Material World deals solely in luxury and designer brands. While over 100 brands are accepted, mid-range brands like Banana Republic and J. Crew will not be sold on this site. Additionally, quality standards are super-strict to include no stains, no tears, no alterations, and must be a style from the last five years. A major benefit to selling with this site is that they send you a free bag and provide you with a quote which you can accept or deny. They will send the clothing back to you for free if they do not accept the item or if you are not satisfied with the quote. Their turnaround time is about a week from when they receive your items to provide the quote, so it is a very fast and easy way to clean out your closet. You can also choose to donate the clothing and accessories that are not accepted.


Visit Material World to Learn More and Start Selling

Pros:

  • Easy
  • Fast Turnaround from sending clothes to getting quote

Cons:

  • High Standards for Sellable Goods
  • Limited Brands Accepted

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Tradesy

Tradesy is a platform for selling higher-end clothing from Zara to Louis Vuitton. Sell any authentic, designer fashion that is in good condition. The seller is responsible for taking photos to be displayed on their website. When you make a sale, Tradesy will send you a free shipping kit to mail items from the comfort of your home. Tradesy will deduct a flat commission fee of $7.50 for sold items less than $50 or a commission rate of 14.9% on items $50+. You can withdraw earnings using Paypal, a debit card, or an ACH transfer.


Visit Tradesy to learn more and start selling


Pros:

  • Keep a higher profit margin than on some other sites
  • Buyers on site willing to pay more due for luxury items due to authenticity guarantee
  • Easy to ship items once they sell

Cons:

  • Only designer brands
  • Sellers responsible for taking their own photos

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The Real Real

The Real Real is a luxury consignment company. Interestingly, the site consigns art and home items in addition to Woman's and Men's clothing and accessories. To consign with the company, you first send them a message describing the items that you are wanting to consign. A curator will follow up to discuss the value of the item(s) and shipping options. If the company is interested, they will either send someone to pick the item up from your home or they will send you a prepaid package for you to mail your item(s) in. Once the item reaches their company, they will photograph, merchandise and post your item on their website. They claim that most items sell within 3 days and that they offer premium commission rates of up to 70% (Earn 55% on net sales of $1,500 or less or on $1,500 or less and all items with an original resale price of $120 or less, earn 60% on net sales of $1,501 - $9,999, earn 70% on net sales of $10,000 or more and earn 80% on net sales of All fine watches with an original resale price of $2,500 or more All Hermès Birkins). As you can see, commission rates can be quite high and the process can be very smooth and easy, however, merchandise must be of a very high value.


Visit the Real Real to learn more or start consigning


Pros:

  • High commission rates possible
  • Easy, professional process and staff
  • Good user reviews
  • Art and home items accepted

Cons:

  • Items must have a very high resale value


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Refashioner

Refashioner is unique because while the other luxury consignment sites tend to accept only item within the last 5 years or 10 years, Refashioner celebrates vintage items. Each item on their site has the story of it's former "life". They tend to only buy via appointment and prefer to buy estate pieces and full collections. They will also only buy pieces currently if you have a really amazing stock of vintage pieces. They will work with you to work out a fair commission for your items , which I think would be pretty high, but it varies per person and collection.


Visit Refashioner to learn more


Pros:

  • Unique story-telling concept for clothes
  • Accepts vintage pieces

Cons:

  • Very challenging to get items accepted and purchased for site

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Ebay

eBay is probably the largest and most known resale platform on the internet. Due to this, items on listed on the site will have the most viewers. While there is a fashion section, it is not known for their designer and higher-end pieces. There is a good bit of counterfeit items on eBay, so some buyers may doubt the authenticity of the items you are listing. Additionally, buyers expect to find really good deals on eBay, so they may not be willing to pay the prices that they might on a luxury resale site. It is great to have the format options of auction-style or "buy it now". You can also choose how long you are willing to list the item and wait for a potential sale.


Visit eBay to learn more and start selling


Pros:

  • Sell anything you like
  • Set a timeframe and minimum price for your listing
  • Large audience
  • Select whether or not returns are accepted

Cons:

  • Some customers will doubt authenticity due to influx of designer knockoffs
  • Shipping can be made more difficult
  • Seller responsible for taking their own photos
  • Buyers expect deep discounts

Which Websites Pay the Most Money for Used Clothes and Designer Goods?

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Website  
Percentage  
Payout Method  
Ebay
≈87%
Paypal
Poshmark
80%
Poshmark Credit, Check Request, Bank Direct Deposit
ThredUp
5%-40%
Site Credit, Prepaid Visa, Bank Transfer
Material World
5%-40%
Material World Credit Card, Bloomingdales Card
Tradesy
85%
Paypal, Debit Card, or ACH Transfer
The Real Real
55%-80%
Check or Direct Deposit
 
 
 
*Percentage indicates the amount of sale that you get to keep

Where Should I Sell My Clothes and Accessories?


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    • Nikki Rae Poole profile image

      Nikki Poole 2 months ago from Alaska

      This is a great article and very informative! I was literally trying to figure out what to do with my excess clothes and some other things. Thank you!