Do you have old clothes or unwanted items that are just taking up space in your closet? I know I did. I had bags and bags of old clothes that were in a size I hadn’t worn in over five years. It seemed ridiculous to keep holding onto them “just in case” they fit again.
After I had my daughter (my first child) I found myself wanting to keep almost every single outfit she outgrew. Sentiment is nice but it’s just not practical when you have limited closet or storage space.
One day, I finally reached the point where I couldn’t stand the mess anymore. My space was cramped and cluttered and it made no sense to hold on to items I’d probably never use or wear again. Since most of the items were in good or like new condition, I figured there had to be a way to get some of my money back.
Luckily, after searching online, I discovered multiple ways that I could easily sell my old clothes right from my phone and without ever leaving home. I got the process started by downloading the apps on my phone. After I made my first sale, I completed what felt like the best closet purge ever. I was super excited. Hey, I am a college student on a budget so anything helps!
Years later, I am still using the same apps and my closet is looking SO much better.
Are you ready to sell your old clothes online? If you are, I’m going to give you the inside scoop on the phone apps I personally use and have had the best experience with. By sharing this information, I want to help you declutter and earn extra income all while staying home with your kids.
3 Ways To Make Money Online From Your Old Clothes
Mercari is an app where you can sell or buy a lot more than just clothes (e.g., electronics, vintage & collectibles, and home and beauty items. I’ve really enjoyed using this app and I love the variety. It’s super easy to use and straightforward in my opinion. Side note: This is also the app where I’ve sold the most (made cash!) and who wouldn’t love that?
From my experience on the site, I’ve learned that being open to offers and negotiating prices are to your advantage. A lot of my sales were completed by negotiating. Listing on Mercari is free and you can set your own price (minimum $3/maximum $2000), but they do charge a selling fee of 10 percent.
I like that you can choose from multiple shipping options so you’re not stuck using just one shipping provider. For example, you can choose whether you or the buyer pays for shipping and whether you want to use FedEx vs USPS.
A fun aspect of Mercari is that they have random contests for credits that you can use towards buying items on the site and coupons.
I calculated my total sales on Mercari and I have earned an amazing ~$516… from clothes and other items that were just sitting in my closet!
If you choose to sign up for Mercari, please feel free to use my invite code GDRKFJ and you will get $10 off!
Vinted was the first app I downloaded over 3 years ago when I decided to try selling my old clothes online. They have actually updated their site multiple times since I have been using it and it has been a much better experience.
A few big changes that I love:
- there is no more selling fee (you keep everything from your sales)
- the buyer always pays for shipping &
- they added a kids section.
From the listings I’ve seen, I feel as though Vinted is more for teens and those in their early-mid 20s. I’ve had the best luck selling items from stores such as Hollister Co., Coach, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, Victoria’s Secret and Abercrombie.
Vinted has other extra features such as open forums where you can talk with other members, bundle discount options, and vacation mode (so your items won’t be available while you are away from home). You can also swap items with other members if you are interested in one of their listings but I don’t have experience with this since my main goal was to get rid of everything and make space.
Since my first sale, I have made ~$310 using Vinted.
Poshmark is a really good app to use if you want to sell clothing items with high-end, designer labels or any other popular brands. What I really like about this app is that you can share your items to your followers or the parties that they host so that your items can continue to be seen and keep your old listings ‘fresh’.
Sharing your listings in the parties are a great way to increase exposure to your items. The parties usually have a theme, are only open for specific times, and they allow other users to share your items to their followers (more exposure = more sales). An example of the parties hosted are: “Everything Kids Party”, “Nike, Adidas, Lululemon, Athleta & Under Armour Party”, “Sunday Funday Party”, and “Best in Shoes Party”.
For new users, they have a Guide to Poshmark on the app which answers a multitude of questions and is super helpful.
For sales under $15, there is a single flat rate fee of $2.95. For sales of $15 or more, Poshmark charges a fee of 20 percent so you keep 80 percent of your listing price. A bonus: shipping is always free to sellers! When you make a sale, you will get a pre-paid shipping label to your email. For the buyers, shipping is $6.95 and expedited to 1-3 days for all orders.
A few trending brands on Poshmark are MAC, Coach, Kate Spade, Forever 21, Victoria’s Secret, Express, and Brandy Melville.
According to my Posh Stats, I have earned a total of $279 from selling my old clothes on this app.
If you choose to sign up on Poshmark, please feel free to use my invite code OCEANLOVEEE and you will receive $5.
All three of these apps are free to download to your mobile device or you can visit their website online. I love that there are options like this available because it allows us to sell and ship our items directly to buyers and choose our own pricing, which you can’t really do in consignment shops.
A few tips to help you increase sales and make money online:
- Take clear, high-quality photos
- Include a detailed description of the item with the true condition of the item
- Reply to buyer questions quickly
- Set a realistic price, while being open to offers and negotiating
Have you tried selling your old clothes or unused items online? Please share your experience in the comments below!