We've all been there… You need a little extra money (whether for your next rent check or the Balenciaga mules you've been pining over all season—either way, no judgment) and in your closet, you see piles of stuff that you barely wear. Now, one question remains: Where do you sell your clothes online for cash?
A decade ago, your options were pretty much limited to eBay (and we've talked to dedicated resellers there who have made plenty of money on the platform), but today, there are numerous sites that specialize specifically in apparel and accessories, whether you have a wardrobe stocked with Céline and Chanel or one sourced almost entirely from Zara.
Read on to compare four leading resale sites that let you sell your clothes online.
Mass online resale site ThredUp is making its foray into the the designer category with the launch of ThredUp Luxe, which lets consignors send in bags of clothing, shoes, and handbags from high-end brands like Gucci and Isabel Marant and earn higher commissions than they would for the usual array of Gap, J.Crew, and H&M.
Until Labor Day, if you send in any qualifying items, you'll earn 100% of the selling price. After that, commissions will be set at 80%. Unlike the usual process, in which sellers send in a Clean Out bag full of pieces that the company reviews and either offers an upfront payout or, in the case of consignment, sets listing prices for, Luxe sellers will have the option to set their own prices and reclaim unsold items within 30 days for free.
If the pieces you're selling aren't on the list of Luxe brands, however, be cautious about sending them in: ThredUp is one of the riskiest sites to sell through because it prices your items after you've already sent them in and donates or resells what it doesn't accept. If you do want to have the items returned (say, if they aren't accepted or the offer price is way too low), you have to pay an additional fee of $10.99 upfront, plus a fee of $9.99 if you want the bag processed within one week, rather than the current estimate of 21 days. We've definitely heard mixed reviews of the process, so take a look through online forums to read about other sellers' experiences.
With size comes traffic, which means that 80% of items sell in 30 days or less, according to the site. As for the commission, sellers take home 55% for items under $1500; 60% for those up to $9999; 70% for those over $10,000; and 80% for any Hermès Birkin bags (y'know, in case you have a spare one lying around). If you live in a qualifying area, a representative from the site will come to your house to pick up your items, and if not, you can print out a prepaid label to ship for free.
The site's bread and butter are high-end womenswear and accessories—Birkins, yes, as well as Tibi dresses and Marc Jacobs sunglasses (you can see the full list of accepted designers)—but you can also sell designer men's and children's clothes, fine art, and home goods.
Poshmark is an app-based social marketplace with an active community of buyers and sellers. On the one hand, this means it's a lot more hands-on than many of the other options, but on the other, those who master its particular quirks can be quite successful.
Opening a store is a fairly seamless experience (according to the site, 2.5 million sellers have registered on the platform), and once you do, you photograph, price, and list your items all from the app. Then, to actually make sales and promote your store to other users, you can share your listings to followers feeds or join a Poshmark "party" to get them in front of other users. There are no brand requirements, but buyers pay a $4.99 shipping fee, which can make selling cheaper items a little tricky. Offering discounts for "bundled" items together is one way to get around this.
Paris-based Vestiaire Collective is a juggernaut of designer resale, boasting 20,000 new items listed every single week.
The standard listing process is pretty straightforward: You photograph your items and fill in an online form about their condition, original price, and other details. The site vets the items to see which to list, although it says that 80% of the items deposited are accepted and 54% are sold within a week. Once your item sells, you send it into Vestiaire Collective to be authenticated (free for qualifying countries, including the U.S.), and VC takes care of packaging and shipping it to the recipient.
Commissions are broken down into eight levels based on the price of the item: for example, the site takes 25% for prices under $70, 33% for prices between $70 and $140, and 18% for anything above $4130. If you choose the Concierge service, the site will take the pieces off your hands as soon as they're accepted and will handle photos, descriptions, and sales—a lighter lift for you, but the site then takes 35% commission across the board.