Apps & more for selling clothes

Selling Clothes for Cash

by Brittney Walker

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If you're like most people, when you outgrow a size or style, the unwanted clothes end up in a pile at the back of the closet and are then destined to end up at the donation center of your local Goodwill. While the profit from your old clothing does go to a good cause, wouldn't you prefer to get some of that money for yourself? Contrary to popular belief, it is, in fact, possible to sell your old clothing. You're not going to become a millionaire by doing this, but in this economy, every dollar counts. Though selling smaller items such as clothes and accessories is a tedious task, it can be well worth the time and effort put into it.

The only thing keeping most people from selling their old clothes is the fact that they do not know where to sell them. There are, in fact, numerous places to sell used clothing. Included below are some, but not all, of the places that allow you to sell your unwanted clothes.

1. Your local consignment store

Consignment stores are similar to thrift stores (stores that collect and sell pre-owned goods), but they differ in two major ways: 1) they specialize in clothing, and 2) they pay you for your clothes. You heard that right. They will actually pay you for old clothes if they think they can re-sell them. It's easier to sell to consignment stores than anywhere else because they (usually) pay you up front with no hassle or wait. You don't have to worry about selling the items yourself.

There are, however, some consignment stores that do not pay up front, but pay you a percentage of the earnings once the item actually sells.

If you can, avoid the second type. It takes as much time for them to sell it as it may take you to sell it, and you won't get as much money as you would have by selling it yourself.

2. Poshmark

For all you Apple users out there, there is actually an app that lets you sell your clothes to an online community of women from all over the US. The community is full of wonderful people, always eager to help newcomers.

It's quick and easy to list your clothes, set a price, and grow an audience of "followers." You can like, comment, and share other people's items. By sharing another's item, you are showing it to your followers, thus helping them increase their views. Most Poshers will return the favor by sharing some of your items to their followers.

Posh does pay for shipping as well as taking care of customer service, but they deduct 20% from your final sale price.

3. eBay

Third on this list is eBay, an online auction site that most everyone's heard of. Thanks to its popularity, if the price is right, it can be sold. While not as easy, this can apply to selling your clothes as well. Usually, it is best to sell clothing items in "lots" or bundles of a bunch of items. Selling an Old Navy shirt by itself would probably get you, if anything, $.99, which does not count for eBay's cut and shipping.

When preparing a lot, try to put certain styles and sizes together. Buyers are more likely to bid if they see more than one item that they are interested in.

Lots allow you to sell a bunch of clothes at the same time to the same buyer, cutting down on time and shipping costs.

4. Craigslist

Craigslist, an online classified ad website, is probably the easier way to sell clothes if you have boxes and boxes, and just don't have the time to list them all.

Using Craigslist, you can make a post for all your clothes at once, and either have buyers come pick through it or buy the whole thing. You'll earn much more by allowing buyers to pick and choose, as they will pay by the item, but it also takes some time and effort.

Selling your clothes as a box or bundle will get them sold much faster, but you will probably get half the price, at most, that your clothes could be worth.

The ever-changing fashion crazes have closets all over the world constantly changing, but that doesn't have to financially drain you, not anymore.

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