Need some extra cash? Check out these tips on how to sell old clothes for money.

If you’re looking for ways to make some extra money, consider cleaning out your closet. Just imagine: All those things you buy that you never get around to wearing could be turned into cash, not to mention free up precious closet space.

It’s true that compared to items like electronics clothes may have a relatively low resale value, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still make some decent cash. One thing to note is to not just think about selling old clothes. The following websites and stores are great places to look into if you want to sell old clothes.

Online

ThredUp

With ThredUp, you can use their clothing calculator to determine how much the company might pay out for your gently worn women’s, juniors’ or children’s clothes. You can also find out in advance which brands they do and don’t accept to minimize headaches during the selling process.

When you sell your old clothes with ThredUp, you’ll send them your clothes free via FedEx or UPS in a ThredUp Clean Out Bag and receive up to 80% of your clothing’s value (they take a 20% cut and do the selling work for you). Payouts are given in the form of shopping credits or PayPal payments. If an item is received but not accepted, you can either choose to have it given away to charity or pay a $12.99 shipping fee to get the item back.

Poshmark

Poshmark is an online marketplace where you take pictures of your clothes with their built-in filters then list them on their website. That’s it. Your clothes are then added into one of their “parties.” Here people can browse and buy different clothing options organized in themes, i.e. boots, Vera Wang, blouses, etc. If any of your stuff sells, then they provide the shipping labels and cover the cost of all boxes under 5 pounds.

Here’s Poshmark’s commission structure, straight from their website (as of March 2016): “For all sales under $15, Poshmark takes a flat commission of $2.95. You keep the rest. For sales of $15 or more, you keep 80% of your sale and Poshmark’s commission is 20%.”

Tradesy

At 9%, Tradesy deducts the lowest commission from a sale that we’ve found. But that’s only if you decide to keep your sale money on Tradesy. If you want the money in your pocket, there is a 2.9% PayPal transfer fee added to Tradesy’s 9% commission. But even with a total of 11.9% taken off of a sale, Tradesy still puts more money in your pocket than most other online options.

Using Tradesy is easy too. Just take a picture of the piece of clothing you’re looking to sell and click post. Tradesy will then propose a price for your item, or you can set the price point at whatever you’d like. Once you’ve set the price, they will remove the background from your photo within 24-hours. That way your bag, belt or sundress looks great.

eBay

eBay has fallen out of favor among some sellers in recent years due to seller fee hikes, but it’s still a great option for selling clothes, shoes, and accessories.

eBay’s price structure is favorable for clothing sellers because the first 100 auction-style listings you have are free and each additional item is $0.30 after that. Upon making a sale, you pay a 10% fee on the total price of the item, which is a considerably lower commission than many other clothing sales sites charge. For more advanced selling options, check out eBay’s selling policies.

Offline

Buffalo Exchange

Buffalo Exchange is mostly a brick-and-mortar based company with locations around the United States. Selling with them can be useful for people looking to profit from their old clothes or possibly trade in their old clothes in exchange for another outfit. Buffalo Exchange doesn’t accept everything, but many of their items sell for an average of $15 according to their website, so it’s a good place to make a little cash from your old clothes.

Local Clothing Exchanges

Do an internet search for stores in or near your city that buy and sell secondhand clothes. Sometimes these stores even have a considerable online presence, where they make more money than they do selling exclusively to local customers. So research different secondhand stores in your area and contact them regarding their rates and policies for the clothes you’re looking to sell.

Garage Sale

Worst-case scenario: None of the aforementioned options worked for you. It may not be glamorous, but hosting a garage sale one weekend may be your best bet. Clothes aren’t usually popular items in comparison to used sports and electronic equipment, but if you manage to find some buyers, you could still make a couple bucks off your old wardrobe.

Goodwill / Salvation Army

You may not get any cash for dropping off your clothes at the local Goodwill/Salvation Army, but your donations can be used as deductions come tax season, which can save you some dough and possibly get you a larger tax return.

Clean Closet, Happy Wallet

If you’re tired of having an overflowing closet and an under flowing wallet, then by using some of these options you’ll be looking at a tidy closet and a flush bank account in no time.

Participation Pays Off: Did you ever try to sell old clothes? What worked for you?

36 Responses to How to Sell Old Clothes for Money

  1. Drew says:

    Ebay has always been my go to for selling old clothes but I have been wanting to switch it up a little bit. Thanks for sharing!

  2. A lot gained! Thank you for sharing your wisdom <3 Looking for extra cash to go traveling.. Róisin

  3. Tracey says:

    Can children’s clothes be sold on these sites or just adult name brand clothes?

    • Carmen Molina says:

      For children’s clothes and accessories, try Just Between Friends 🙂

    • H says:

      For Children clothing Try local consigments some Will play more then other Se! I have used them and got some good retardos back! Los of cash

    • Kelsey says:

      Hi, I use Poshmark, Vinted, and Mercari, which all have children’s clothing sections. Mercari also has sections for children’s toys, strollers, care, etc. as well. Poshmark and Vinted are primarily clothing based, but Mercari sells most everything (similar to Ebay but has a better/easier set-up).

  4. Rene Jimenez says:

    Hi there Dear, are you truly visiting this site daily, if so then you will absolutely take pleasant knowledge.

  5. Elisa says:

    To Tracey yea, to Drew switch from eBay. The first customer problem you have can get your account tangled up in all sorts of a mess and they won’t do much to help protect your account from fraud.

  6. Josh says:

    Even though using Etsy or Thredup looks easy I always sell used clothing on Ebay. This is my preffered way to get rid of unused stuff. Great post by the way!

  7. […] Secondly, it allows people to see the item in person. It’s hard buying used goods online – we can’t see what we’re buying, and the element of trust is lost. In a yard sale though, people can see exactly what they’re getting, making this a good way of selling visual-based items like clothes. […]

  8. Melissa says:

    FYI eBay now has shipping fees in addition to the percentage of a sale AND PayPal charges fees as well. It’s really three separate fees now.

  9. […] How to Sell Old Clothes for Money […]

  10. maha sherwani says:

    good effort

  11. Faz says:

    This was not helpful at all considering I live in the uk

  12. James Hoodie says:

    Thanks for the article I thought it was very informative. The only thing I didnt see on here was a price comparison site. Ive used ebay alot in the past but sometimes it takes a really long time to make a sale, so now im using price comparison sites where I know I get the best offer from the top websites. There are a bunch of good ones out there but usually I just use https://www.bonavendi.com/ because its really easy and you can scan items with your phone. Anyway thanks for the article I actually read the whole thing which is rare for me to do haha

    Cheers

  13. Emily says:

    I love how up to date this is!
    Thank you! thank you!

  14. Carmen Molina says:

    Loved to read this, thank you so much for posting!
    I was looking for an alternative to Ebay but I can see it is still the best one for adult clothing.

  15. Manny says:

    I’ve seen a company on TV that sends you a bag, you pack all your designer used items, send it back to them and they handle the rest.
    I don’t have time to fiddle around with a taking pictures and posting/responding to buyers.
    Does anyone know the name of this company or app??

    • Cassie says:

      That’s thredup.com….

    • Kathy says:

      It’s called ThredUp. They look & sound better than they are. I sent them brand name clothing with the price tags still on the clothes. The return was approx $3.00 per item. Then they make you wait 2 weeks before you can “cash out”. Once the 2 weeks have passed and you “cash out” you have a choice to get A Visa card which they ship within 2 weeks or the money can go to your Paypal account (for a fee). I felt ripped off in a big way!

  16. Ali Daei says:

    Seriously… this is a handy web page

  17. Drew says:

    I had no idea there were so many ways to make money from your old clothes. This is all great to know, thanks so much for sharing.

  18. Jessie says:

    I have a small online boutique and sometimes i have overstock items. These items are new not used. which would be the best option for me to sell my overstock?

  19. Emmy says:

    Assemblage did a good comparison on payouts of different consignment sites. You can enter in a sales price and it’ll show you the payouts of the different sites.

    http://www.assemblagecollection.com/pages/comparing-consignment-options

  20. Janice Marie Garner says:

    My mother passed away 3 yrs ago and had really nice clothes but after being in a closed house they hav a smell. I want to consign but its a lot of clothes and money is tight. Any suggestions?

  21. DEBBIE fennelly says:

    i have loads of clothes to sell which is the best way please as dnt want to ebay them thanks

  22. Rina says:

    Hi I am 21 and a student, I live in East London and I am looking to make some extra cash. I have 3 luggage full of unwanted clothes, bags, jewellery and shoes. I’m afraid I don’t have the time to use sites like EBay to sell clothes. I was wondering if anyone knows a website or store where I can have someone come to my home and pick up all my old clothes, look through it and the ones that are in terrible condition or cannot be sold for some reason or other, given to a textile factory and sell the rest for me. I don’t mind if they take a comission of 20-30%

    Thank you.

    Xxxx

  23. Lisa says:

    I think I will try eBay. I had a very bad experience with a local consignment shop. They paid me for about half of my items and only about $1-2 per item, several of which were brand new and had never been worn, including Levi’s jeans and an expensive wool jacket from Scottland. They ripped me off royally! I will never use one again, not even a well-known online one. Just a warning for those of you who want to make some real cash from your gently or never worn clothing.

  24. cc says:

    Poshmark has the worst customer service and their technology is so bad. I was hacked there 2 times and when I complained—they kicked me off. Hours of work and a overseas call center made a call that was terrible. They have no phone number to call because they hide the fact that they don’t use american based support. I found it to be so frustrating with low ball offers when the post would say “no offers” . The parties and sharing is just over the top time consuming. It is a great place for stay at home moms. For busy people it is not. Their fees are the highest out there and no real support at all. Form emails. The CEO is just setting it up to sell.

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