We recently posted about best practices for reselling clothing. In that post, we covered a lot of the how questions. In this post, we’ll talk about where to sell used clothing. Stay tuned for part 3, in which we’ll give an overview of potential earnings from reselling clothes!
Online or Offline?
First, it’s worth noting that each of these options has a virtual version. You could open up your own shop, or you could sell online. You could host a yard sale and donate the leftovers, or you could sell in bulk. You could scope out local consignment shops, or consign used clothing online.
Some online used clothing options are thredUp, Tradesy, swap, Assemblage and Poshmark. Take a little time to compare rates, find a good fit for your inventory and research other sellers’ experiences. Don’t overlook eBay: it’s an oldie but goodie.
Secondhand Clothing Store
These stores give immediate payouts, but they can be selective. They typically only buy the latest fashion and clothing with very little damage to it. Some stores look for specific brands or labels. The best way to find out what a given store buys is to ask. If in your storage treasure hunting you’ve unearthed vintage styles, find a vintage thrift store or try a consignment shop.
With a consignment shop, you receive payment once your clothing sells. This works out best if you’re local to the area. Again, each shop has different rules for sellers, including your payout percentage, how many items you can have in the shop and how long your items can remain in the shop.
Flea Market or Farmer’s Market
Read more about getting started at flea markets here. Some farmer’s markets may require items to be homemade, and at such a market you won’t be able to sell used clothing unless you give it a second life upcycling.
Most of the time, clothing doesn’t bring people into a garage sale, but once they arrive they’ll take a gander and walk away with a few pieces (or bags!). Display big-ticket items like furniture, exercise equipment, electronics and tools to draw people in. Organize clothing on a garment rack and consider sorting by gender and size. People might only spend a few minutes at a yard sale, so you want to make sure they can see what’s available.
“A penny saved is a penny earned.” Tax deductible donations aren’t cash, but if you can save on your taxes or net a bigger tax refund by donating like-new items to a thrift shop, you may as well.
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