Sell Those Clothes

Fall is officially here and I’ve been battling the urge to clean out the closet (which means selling my gently-used clothes so I feel less guilty about buying yet another sweater); it’s going to be a giant under-taking, the thought alone paralyzes me (and all I want to eat something, anything, pumpkin. lol)  Today I started the long process and I have piles everywhere – I joked with The Nurse (my sister-in-law) that the piles might look like one big mess, but if you look really closely (I mean, really close) you might start to see the organization.  I’ve got piles for donating, piles for selling (fingers crossed), piles that I’m just on the fence about and a pile that will sit on a bench for a few weeks until I finally get sick of looking at it and relegating it to the basement.  I’m already halfway to selling these clothes, and I need a break:  I’ve decided that now would be the perfect excuse for taking a break, to put down my thoughts on re-sale options for those piles you have laying around (you are cleaning out your closet this month, right?)

Sell Those Gently-Used Clothes (and accessories too)

Tips to sell your used clothing (it's easy!)

Consignment

This option can be quite profitable and affords you the opportunity to meet new people, build relationships and find repeat customers who like your style and know your stuff is good.  You can also read my post on what five things you should consign here.  There are pros and cons to everything, as always:

Pros – highest grossing profit, dealing with people and negotiating prices

Cons – clothing must be dry cleaned/freshly washed and on hangers.  No stains allowed!  Payments could be up to three or four months in coming,.If it doesn’t sell, you have to take it back (or “donate”  it to the consignment shop.) free

Donations

Pros – find a great charity to donate your gently used items to.  I like the Savers in Kansas City – they work with Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Another one is Catholic Charities TurnStyles.  Donating to charity helps others in need and makes you feel great – do I really need to go on about this?  Bonus! Tax-deductible.

Cons – why do I have sentimental attachments to these things?!  Donating is probably good for my mental health. lol

Clothing Swaps

Pros – Um, PAR-TAY.  Nuf said.  

Cons – Um, PAR-TAY.  Nuf said.

Ebay

Pros – wider audience/market; decent return on investment

Cons – fees, shipping, scams

Craigslist

Pros – see it before you buy it, great prices

Cons – scams, the Craigslist Killer (but really though.) people being flaky, not all markets work well for Craigslist

Poshmark and other apps

Pros – my friend and fellow blogger Carrie Barth of Fashionable Way has made good returns on PoshMark (you should follow her closet at Poshmark at cbarth!), especially with brands like J. Crew!  She says:

“I think Poshmark is the best way to sell used clothes, because you can make so much more money than any other way that I’ve tried, such as, consignment or garage sales. The downside is if you are trying to get rid of everything at one time, then this site may not be for you. I have over 1,200 followers . I think Poshmark is great for fashionistas that tend to buy clothing from popular retail stores or named brand clothing that isn’t worn that much. The best sellers on Poshmark tend to be shopaholics or people who like to turnover their closet often, so they can go buy more clothes. The best buyers on Poshmark seem to be those who like to take advantage of our shopping habits, because our items can be purchased at a better discount than they can get in the stores. The best way to gain follower s is to keep adding new items to your Poshmark closet and to share other Poshers closets with your own followers. Poshmark makes it simple to ship items and to easily collect money from a sale.”

Cons – See Carrie’s con above.

Garage Sales

Pros – you get to do it from the comfort of your own home garage?  You pay absolutely zero fees (unless you paid for advertising.)

Cons – you are opening up your home garage to strangers.  It can be time-consuming and super inconvenient – setting up and tearing down multiple times can really suck, right?! But remember – NO FEES! lol

My favorite is a consignment store that pays me cash when I drop them off – I can let them go and not sit at home wondering if I should go get it back, lol!

I’d love to hear your experiencing re-selling your clothing and accessories – be sure to leave your stories in the comments below!

Comments

  1. Angela says:

    I literally JUST cleaned out the closet this weekend. I had good success going to consignment stories that pays cash when you drop off, but I was baffled by their logic on what they did or did not want to take. Sometimes, one store would say an item was too old or worn while another consignment store said it was in great shape. So my advice would be to take items to multiple shops, because the so-called rejects from one shop could get you good money at another.

    • It is baffling. I took a jacket at the very beginning of spring and they said no. Brought it back two months later and they bought it ;). Timing is key, but so is knowing which store is looking for which items. Most will have a list of brands/stores they usually prefer to carry.

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