July 26, 2023 | Allison Robertson

How To Turn Old Clothes Into New Cash


Tidying up your wardrobe and discovering a mountain of old clothes that no longer spark joy is a common scenario.

While donating is a great option, there's an alternative route that could be rewarding to your wallet as well - reselling.

With the rise of online platforms dedicated to selling used clothes, you can turn your old garments into greenbacks with just a few clicks.

Getting Started

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Reselling involves selling items you already own, in this case, clothes.

All you need to start is a device with internet access, your clothes, and some patience.

The initial step involves sorting your clothes, ensuring they're in good condition, and capturing clear photos of each item.

High-quality photos are essential for online sales. Make sure your items are well-lit and capture all the details and any flaws.

Pro-tip: Use a plain, clutter-free background and try to photograph the clothing worn, if possible, so buyers can see how it fits.

Platform Choices: Poshmark vs. ThredUP

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Two of the most popular online platforms for selling used clothes are Poshmark and ThredUP.

Poshmark lets you list your items and interact with potential buyers, offering a more hands-on approach. It's great for designer and high-end clothes that could fetch a good price.

ThredUP, on the other hand, is a thrift store in digital form. You send in your clothes, and they do the listing for you. It's a good choice for everyday clothes and for those who prefer a hands-off selling experience.

Pro-tip: ThredUP is especially good for selling women's and kids' clothes in excellent condition, so make sure your items are clean and well-presented.

Platform Choices: eBay vs. Depop

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eBay, the long-standing online marketplace, and Depop, a more recent app that's particularly popular with Gen Z, are other platforms you might consider.

eBay's large user base can help your clothes reach a wide audience, while Depop's visual-centric and social interface appeals to a younger demographic, perfect for selling vintage and trendy pieces.

Pro-tip: Use relevant hashtags and be active in engaging with the community on Depop to increase your visibility.

Selling Local Using Facebook Marketplace

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Facebook Marketplace is a fantastic platform for those looking to sell their items locally and avoid shipping hassles. 

The advantage here is that your listing can reach thousands of people in your local community, expanding your pool of potential buyers. You can post your item, set a price, and interested buyers can message you directly.

Pro-tip: To increase the likelihood of making a sale, make sure you're responsive to messages. Potential buyers often reach out to multiple sellers, and the one who responds first often gets the sale. Also, remember to adjust your privacy settings if you're not comfortable with buyers viewing your personal profile.

Always meet in a safe, public location when making sales in person through Facebook Marketplace.

Listing Your Items Effectively

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How you present your items matters.

Use clear, well-lit photos, and be honest in your descriptions. Include relevant details such as brand, size, color, material, and condition.

The more information you provide, the less likely you'll have to deal with returns or disputes.

Pro-tip: Use keywords in your description that potential buyers may use in their search. This will make your item more likely to show up in search results.

Pricing Strategies

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When it comes to pricing, check what similar items have sold for on the platform to guide your decision.

Be realistic about the fact these are used clothes. Starting your prices slightly higher than your lowest acceptable price leaves room for negotiations.

Pro-tip: When pricing, remember to take into account the fees each platform charges. Some take a percentage of your sales, while others charge a listing fee.

Handling Postage and Packaging

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Choose sturdy packaging to prevent damage during shipping.

Some platforms offer prepaid shipping labels which makes the process easier. Always ensure to ship on time, as this will impact your seller rating and future sales.

Pro-tip: Recycle shipping materials you've received from your own online purchases. Not only is it good for the environment, but it also saves you money on packaging.

Managing Your Earnings

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Remember, most platforms take a commission, so factor this into your pricing.

Once you've made a sale, it's good practice to reinvest some earnings back into your reselling venture for things like better packaging materials.

Reselling your old clothes online is not just eco-friendly, it's also a great way to declutter your space and pocket some extra money. 

Choose the right platform, create appealing listings, interact professionally with buyers, and you'll be on your way to a successful reselling journey. Happy selling!


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