Whether you’re setting goals for yourself or doing some spring cleaning, decluttering our closets has become a tradition that many do at least a few times a year. Physically going to thrift stores gives you an opportunity to resell, browse, and purchase used clothes, however, thrifting apps provide additional benefits you can only find online. If you are looking to have more peace of mind and control over the items you are trying to get sell, you can do so right in the palm of your hands!
A few apps you can utilize to sell used clothes are Poshmark, ThredUp, Mercari, Vinted, Depop, Facebook Marketplace, and even your very own Instagram account. All of these options are great, but there is some variation in the content on each platform. If you’re looking to sell items from luxurious brands such as Gucci and Prada, Poshmark might be your best bet. I myself have used Vinted and Mercari a few times to sell my used clothes from stores like Target and H&M, and they both proved to be user friendly and successful. Before just taking pictures of a t-shirt or a pair of lightly worn jeans and throwing them on the app for sale, I have some helpful pointers to dive into and keep in mind for the most successful outcomes.
Photos That Sell
When taking photos of each piece of clothing, you want to bring each item to life! One way to do this is to model your own clothes and thoughtfully photograph. Whether you stand in front of a blank canvas or even just make the extra effort in laying your clothes out on the floor with accessories to make what you’re selling more engaging and eye-catching, presentation is key.
Choosing the option to model the article of clothing will give the audience a clearer picture of how it looks like when worn. Keep in mind if you do decide to model your own clothes, it takes time and patience. Make sure that your lighting is just right and you have ample time because this is where most of your time will fall in order to kick off your reselling journey.
Photo taken by Moira Campos on Depop
Another popular option sellers use is neatly folding or placing the article of clothing in front of a neutral background so buyers can see it clearly. Note that most online apps offer the option to take photos within the app, but opt to take them separately from your own camera and upload them instead to give the audience a better quality photo. Taking photos outside of the app will also give you the chance to edit them as you see fit.
Photo taken by @sortinghangers on Poshmark
Once the perfect photo is taken, it’s time to put together a description. The description will help your audience understand the specific details of the piece of clothing and/or accessory. Whether it be the material it’s made of, the condition it’s in, or how it fits— descriptions matter.
An additional step to help buyers decide whether the item will fit them is to take specific measurements. I have had experience online shopping where I would order a piece of clothing thinking my usual size would fit, only to find out that it doesn’t. It’s a huge bummer and I’m sure I’m not the only one this has happened to!
Timing Is Everything
Styles change and with them so do seasons. When reselling clothes online or through apps, you must take the season into consideration. For example, I’m currently going through the process of getting rid of clothing I don’t use anymore, but I’m not going to sell jackets, sweaters, and hoodies when summer is right around the corner. Take thrift stores like Plato’s Closet and Crossroads for example where most of the time they only accept articles of clothing that coincide with the time of year. So keep this in mind when selling clothing on apps as well!
I don’t know about you, but when it comes to selling items I want to get rid of, I tend to be quick in responding to anyone’s inquiries. Granted, things may get busy from time to time but showing a potential buyer you’re serious about getting it off your hands is important as well. The faster you respond, the quicker you can ship it off, and make that extra cash!
Fees and Shipping
Last and most importantly, fees and shipping. While making extra cash online is exciting, keep in mind is the extra fees and shipping that comes along with it. For all sales under $15, Poshmark takes a flat commission rate of $2.95 and you keep the rest. For sales that are over $15, sellers keep 80% and Poshmark keeps 20%. Pricing and commission rates do vary across platforms, so do your research accordingly to the value of your item.
Along with commission fees, another thing to note is shipping. When I sold items on Vinted, I had to keep in mind that $2-3 were automatically going to be deducted from the selling price and I still had to deduct the cost of the shipping rate as well. Shipping rates on apps like Vinted will vary based on size, but pricing may vary for other apps as well.
Time to Sell!
Not only does buying clothes take up a ton of space in our drawers and closet, but it contributes to fashion industries which are one of the biggest polluters in the world. Selling used clothes on apps will not only help you make extra money but stops an extra item from going to waste. Not to mention, that article of clothing will get used by someone who will appreciate it just as much as you did when it was first purchased!
Now that you know a few steps to get started, here are a few resources you can visit to help you with your selling experience:
- The Marie Kondo method
- How to Sell on Mercari by Kumiko Love (TheBudgetMom)
- The Best Sites and Apps to Sell Used Clothes
- 9 Best Online Thrift Stores: A Key Tool In Your Zero Waste Fashion Kit
- 15 Best Sites and Apps to Sell Clothes Online
- How to Sell Clothes Online for Money