After spending several months backpacking around with only the clothes I could carry on my back, I realized that I had WAY too many clothes. In need of some last-minute cash, I decided to go through every single piece of clothing I owned and decide on the few essentials I need for every season. Whatever was left over, I sold! Much to my surprise, I realized that I could sell used clothes for cash at a TON of different places.
Over the years (including this last month), I’ve made over $300 selling used clothing items in a variety of places. If you’re looking for a way to make money fast, selling old, well-maintained clothes is a fantastic way to do it. Read on for 17 places you can sell your used clothing items for some extra cash!
17 Places to Sell Used Clothes for Cash
Best Websites to Sell Used Clothes Online
ThredUP brands itself as an online consignment and thrift store. You can order a Clean Out bag to your home address and fill it with washed, gently-used, brand name women’s or children’s clothes.
For popular items, the store promises to pay you upfront as soon as they process your mailed-in items. For all other articles, ThredUP will list them for sale on the website and as soon as they are sold you will get a commission on the item. If any of your clothes aren’t accepted, you can either have ThredUP donate them for free or request to have them shipped back to you for a small fee.
If you get frequent compliments on your personal style, Poshmark might be a great way to earn some extra money. With this secondhand retailer, you as the seller are the personal stylist. You take photos of the clothes and accessories you want to sell and list them on a virtual, personal “closet.” Listings are shared through “Posh Parties” – think social media feed meets online retailer. Sellers can list their own prices. Once a purchase has been made, Poshmark will send you a pre-paid label and you will send off your sold pieces of clothing to the buyer directly. You’ll get paid as soon as the order is delivered.
One of the most familiar internet companies due to its age, eBay is actually a thriving hub for buying and selling used clothing. Due to the unpredictable nature of bidding and auctioning, the exact payout you may get for each article of clothing sold is less consistent than when using some of these other websites.
However, you also have the option of including a “buy now” option on your listings, or even eliminating the option to auction altogether.
4. LePrix (formerly SnobSwap)
LePrix (formerly SnobSwap) is the brainchild of two sisters obsessed with consignment shopping. The concept is a digital consignment boutique, where sellers can list their wardrobe online and buyers can browse through thousands of listings of high-end brand name clothing and accessories.
The platform also includes listings from real consignment stores also. The business allows you to partner with a local consignment boutique near your location.
Do you have designer clothes, purses, or jewelry that you never wear hanging around your closet? Tradesy promises to be the best online marketplace for selling your old clothes. Similar to ebay and craiglist, you list your own items and prices on the platform.
Tradesy differs from the others because the app automatically enhances your photos and removes the background to give your apparel extra appeal to help it sell. The website takes a flat commission of $7.50 for anything less than $50, and 19.8% on anything more expensive than that.
6. Material World
Not thrilled about waiting for your items to sell before you get paid? Material World will send you a kit that you can fill up with unwanted items from your closet. Send off the kit and in a couple of days the website will email or text you an offer for the items.
You can choose to accept the offer for cash, or you can have the value applied as credit on your next material world box purchase. If you don’t want to take the offer, material world will send back all of your items.
Self-proclaimed as the first fashion resale website, refashioner has gone through several iterations of its platform. Currently, it focuses on selling vintage fashion that is curated and organized into closets by the seller under a pseudonym. Each listing contains the bio and story of its seller. Although they have a bit of a backlog, the company states that it is always looking for exceptional clothes and stories. If you have more of a vintage closet, then refashioner may be the best apparel resale website for you.
8. The RealReal
The RealReal is an online consignment shop that will list your designer brand items for you. They make listing very easy: you have the option of either mailing in your clothes, dropping them off at a local office, or scheduling a free home-pick up.
Experts from the company will price, photograph, and list your items for sale on the website. Payment can be made to you once an item sells via direct deposit, check, or store credit.
VarageSale works as an online garage sale site that connects you to buyers within your geographic area. The website will verify your identity with facebook and review your profile for authenticity before you can post. As a result, all buyers and sellers are verified and trusted, eliminating some of the anxiety involved with the strangers on sites like craigslist.
List your own prices and organize payment however you wish with the buyer directly. At present, the site does not take a cut on sales.
In-Person Places You Can Sell Used Clothes for Cash
While you may think Craigslist is a place to get short-term gigs and used furniture, clothing is actually a huge market on here too.
In the past, I’ve successfully sold many used clothes on Craigslist, from brands like The North Face, Lululemon, Patagonia, and more. Usually, I don’t get much more than $10-15 per item, but hey, it’s something, right? Be sure to accompany your listing with a witty description and well-lit photographs for maximum impact.
You can also try to sell non-brand name clothing on here, but having brands people recognize is definitely a desirable selling point.
11. Facebook Marketplace
Similar to Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace enables you to list items with photos that you can sell in your local community. You list your items with photos and your desired price, and Facebook feeds it to people who live nearby. You can then correspond with interested parties via Facebook message (although it’s not anonymized like Craigslist).
12. Plato’s Closet
Plato’s Closet was one of the first brick-and-mortar shops that purchases used clothing, and they have branches everywhere in the US. When you bring in your used clothes, they’ll review them, pick a few pieces they like, then offer you cash or store credit on the spot. You can choose whether you want to accept the offer or not. Many people sell used clothes there with much success.
However, Plato’s Closet has a mixed reputation as they’re pretty picky about what they’ll accept. They generally prefer well-known name brands and more recent styles.
If you’re going to try Plato’s Closet (or any of the in-person services listed in #13-15), I recommend bringing as many clothes as you possibly can. If you’re lucky, they’ll accept a few of your items, but there’s a chance they won’t accept anything. This way, you maximize your chances of acceptance and payment.
13. Buffalo Exchange
Buffalo Exchange is another brick-and-mortar used clothing shop that buys gently used clothes. Their style tends to be a bit more colorful and “edgy,” and in addition to stylish, modern clothes, they also sell some weird stuff. I used to shop there for themed parties in college and I was never disappointed.
If your clothing tends to fit this bright, bold aesthetic, it might be a fit for Buffalo Exchange. Just like Plato’s Closet, you can bring in your items and have them reviewed by an associate. They’ll make you an offer that you can accept or decline in exchange for cash or store credit.
14. Clothes Mentor
Yet another retail shop that sells used clothes, Clothes Mentor specializes only in brand-name clothing. Same deal – you bring in your clothes, get a quote, and decide whether or not to accept.
The reason why I’ve included it (and all of the in-person offerings) on here is that it’s best to get quotes from many different places, or try bringing rejected items elsewhere for resale. Each store has its own criteria for accepting clothes, so you might get lucky at Clothes Mentor for something rejected by Buffalo Exchange.
With 130 stores across 30 states, there’s bound to be a Clothes Mentor somewhere near you.
15. Uptown Cheapskate
Our last in-person clothes exchange on the list is called Uptown Cheapskate. Again, you can take your clothes in, have them reviewed, and decide whether to accept or decline. They offer 25% more in store credit if you decide to go that route. With locations in 21 states, there’s a good chance there will be an Uptown Cheapskate somewhere near you.
16. Local Consignment Shops
If you have used brand name clothing items in fantastic condition, you can head to a local consignment shop to try and sell your best pieces. Usually, these type of shops can command higher rates for their items because they are in good condition and are curated specifically for the shop’s audience. However, this also means they are often very picky with what they’ll accept.
How this typically works is that you bring the items you want to sell into the shop. The employee(s) will choose pieces they think fit their customers’ needs, and they’ll put up your accepted items for sale in their shop. They should let you know ahead of time how much they anticipate giving you for the item if it sells.
Once the item is bought, they’ll contact you and write you a check or give you cash for the item.
The good news is that consignment shops also usually accept bags and shoes too, so you have the opportunity to sell a LOT of stuff if you’ve kept it in good condition.
17. Have a Garage Sale
You might look at this last bullet point and scoff, but I’m actually a HUGE fan of garage sales. Why? Because they bring neighbors and communities together in real life (*gasp*) and really reinforce the “one person’s trash, another person’s treasure” sentiment. Moreover, they’re the quickest way to get cold, hard cash. Many people peruse local garage sales to get a bargain on things they need around the house…including clothes.
Depending on where you live, you may need to get a permit to have a garage sale. After that, you can advertise in the local newspaper and on Craigslist to let people know you’ll be having your garage sale. You can even put up physical signs around your neighborhood to catch garage sale hunters in the act. Once you’ve sorted that out, you’ll need some picnic blankets, tables, and/or racks to set out your clothes and things to sell.
In the last garage sale I held, I opened up shop for ~4 hours and made over $100 in cash! $25/hour? Not bad for doing minimal work on a Saturday morning.
BONUS #1: Repurpose old clothes in your home
For the most sustainable choice, opt to reuse and recycle your old clothes through innovative ideas. If you are crafty, use those old threads in creative crafting projects.
Looking to give a loved one a gift for an upcoming birthday or holiday? Repurpose some of your (or their) old clothes into a quilt, pillow cover, or some other household object that they can remember you by. Pets in particular will love this.
Alternatively, you can take some of your old clothes and refashion (pun intended) them in bedding for your cat or dog, who will love the smell of their owner when you are gone from the house. For an even simpler solution, cut up some of your old cotton shirts and reuse them as dish towels and rags.
Certain stores and brands offer programs to dispose your old clothes for you free of charge if you bring it to them. Through Blue Jeans Go Green, Madewell will take old jeans from any brand and recycle them into housing insulation for projects in underserved communities. In exchange for this, they will give you a $20 discount on a new pair of Madewell jeans.
REI offers another program that will ship you a box to donate old clothes and gear and they will in turn send off those items to local charities in need. The American Textile Recycling Service promises to keep textiles out of landfills and will take any clothing donated in local donation bins. Browse their site to find out where you can donate.
BONUS #2: Donate your used clothes
If you’ve got a TON of clothes sitting around that you know won’t get worn again, consider donating them to a local organization like the Salvation Army. These organizations often resell used items to raise money for their efforts, like helping the homeless or providing disaster relief.
Not only can you feel good about helping those in need, but you can also write off your donated items in your taxes. Definitely not a bad deal!
The Bottom Line
You aren’t going to get rich from selling your clothes, but you can definitely make some quick cash and help de-clutter your home by getting rid of the things you don’t need. If you’re like me and can manage to get $300 from your used clothes, you can invest that money and grow it to thousands of dollars (or use it to pay off debt). Plus, there’s probably someone out there who can help give your used clothes a second chance at life.
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