We’ve all been there. That top from high school is still in your closet because you can’t bear to part with the memories and also because, you know, just in case. It doesn’t even matter that you haven’t worn it in 5 years. However, it’s taking up room in your closet and you could be benefitting from separating with it for reasons you didn’t know…
If you have clothes you're not wearing or haven't worn in the past year and would like to make some extra cash, the fastest and easiest way is to sell them. There are tons of ways to sell - garage sales, secondhand stores, and even apps. Yes, there are apps for you to sell your previously-loved pieces. So what are you waiting for? Get selling!
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Download the app, create an account, and sell your clothing, shoes, and accessories right in the app. You can list a sale in less than 60 seconds, and you don't have to pay $5.95 for shipping (the buyer pays).
For all sales you make under $15, Poshmark takes a flat commission of $2.95. For all sales of $15 or more, you keep 80% of your sale while Poshmark takes 20%. You receive your earnings once your buyer has received your item. Once you're done with that, you can shop other users' closets!
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Their mission: to make secondhand the first choice worldwide. Essentially the same concept and requirements as Poshmark, but the only differences are they take 19% of your sales instead of 20%, and they allow you to swap items with another member (for the same price or for free).
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This self-proclaimed “[home] to the world’s hottest new brands and vintage boutiques” is a great destination for shoppers to scour through the pages and pages of unique, funky finds. You’ll find independent labels and boutiques from all over the world that offer trendy, in-season goods, and you can even open your own boutique to market your products.
If you open your own boutique, you’ll be connected to your own Account Manager and an editable boutique storefront to tailor to your liking. Opening and maintaining a boutique costs £20 a month, and you’ll forgo 20% commission. There is also a minimum requirement of 20 styles at a time in your store.
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If you own a lot of designer pieces but are wanting to invest in new items, Tradesy is the app for you. They only sell authentic, designer fashion, so expect big names like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Christian Louboutin.
List your good-condition items and Tradesy will even enhance your images to make them look spectacular. If you don't know what price to sell at, they'll suggest one. Finally, you'll receive a free shipping kit and handle any returns you may encounter.
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With thredUP, you order a free Clean Out Kit, stuff the box with on-trend, in-season styles you've loved, and send it back for free. They'll carefully inspect your items, and if they meet thredUP's standards, they will be professionally photographed and immediately listed.
For items listed under $60, you will receive a payout as soon as the items are processed and ready to sell. For items over $60, you'll be paid once the items are sold. If some of your goods aren't sold, you can request to have them returned to you, or you can choose to hand your items off to third-party sellers or textile-recycling partners to create new goods!
6. The RealReal
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New members receive $25 credit towards their first purchase at this luxury consignment store filled with big names such as Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel. With a rigorous and lengthy authentication process, buyers can rest assured knowing that the goods they are purchasing are the real deal. Its uniqueness stems in the company’s control of its inventory to scan for counterfeit luxury products that many sellers are taking advantage of.
Sellers receive 60% of the selling price, and if you reach $7,500 in sales, you’ll receive 70% of the selling price. Since partnering with Neiman Marcus, The RealReal also gives sellers the option of being paid in the form of a Neiman Marcus gift card, with which an additional 10% profit is added.
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7. eBay Valet
Previously Twice, they partnered with eBay to help with the secondhand selling of goods beyond clothing and accessories. eBay Valet has drop-off centers if you don't want to ship your items to them, and once they are received, your job is done. Valets will take the photos, price the items, and write product descriptions.
For 60 days, your item will be available for purchase, and if it is sold, you get up to 80% of the item's sale price. Unsold items are returned to you at no charge.
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This brand new shopping app is great for first-time sellers in the marketplace because it is quick and easy to list (and buy). FashionStash is an exclusive, invite-only app that offers unlimited free shipping with membership, free $30 FashionStash credit for first-time users, and 0% commission so you receive 100% of your sales (limited time only). The membership fee is $6.99 for 6 months of free, priority shipping, and compared to the typical $5.95 shipping cost for one purchase, it’s a hard deal to beat.
Ready to give it a try? All you have to do is sign up with the referral code HELLOFS, and you’ll automatically receive $30 in FashionStash credit. You’re on your way to affordable fashion!