If you’re like most people out there, you have extra clothes sitting in your closet that likely haven’t been worn in a long time.
A super simple way to get some extra money is to get cash for clothes you no longer need! Plus, as a bonus, you clear out some of the clutter accumulating in your closet.
But it can be overwhelming to get started.
You may believe that the only way to get cash for your clothes is to hold a big garage sale (that’s a lot of work!).
But with so many platforms out there today, with both in-person and online options, it’s never been easier to make some money cleaning out your closet.
How much money can I get for selling clothes?
The sky is the limit here.
If you rummage through your closet and find a few good pieces, you could easily make $100. Or, some people even make it their full-time job to find great pieces of clothes, flip them, and sell them for a profit.
But how do you figure out how much to charge?
If you are selling your clothes on a platform where you can choose the price, a good rule of thumb is to start at 50% of the original price you paid, or 25% of what you paid if you want to sell it quickly.
Next, deduct 5-10% for item defects or aspects of the clothing that make it less desirable (less popular color, out of style).
It’s always better to start a little higher and reduce your price over time. That way, you can get the most money for your clothes!
If you’re using a platform that does a lot of the legwork for you, then chances are they will be pricing the items for you.
Tips to get the most cash for clothes
There are lots of things you can do to ensure you get the most money for your clothes. In a nutshell, you want your clothes to look their best for potential buyers.
How do you do that?
Clean up your clothes
Before you take pictures, be sure to clean your garments and, if needed, run an iron over them. If potential buyers see your clothes looking as close to new as possible, they’re much more likely to purchase.
Start at the right price
Doing a little bit of research before listing your clothes will go a long way!
Before listing, do a quick internet search for what you’re selling to find a good starting price point. From there, you’ll deduct money based on what I mentioned above (5-10% off based on defects, style, etc.).
If you can’t find a good starting price by looking up the item, you can use this generic guide on Salvation Army’s website.
Write great descriptions
The more information you can provide, the easier it will be to find what you’re selling in a search!
So, instead of saying you’re selling a women’s hoodie, write that you’re selling an Under Armour Women’s Hustle Fleece Hoodie in size Medium.
Take optimal pictures (and several!)
Take as many pictures as you can of your garment. Potential buyers will be wearier to purchase if there is only one picture, or even worse if there is only a screenshot of the item as new from the website.
In addition to using good lighting and ensuring your pictures are in good focus, you should at least take these pictures of the garment:
- Overall picture
Sell the right time of year
Buyers will be much less likely to purchase that hoodie in the middle of summer than they would when cooler weather starts to roll in.
Be selective of what time of year you choose to list your clothes. It’ll help them sell a lot faster!
If you need more advice on how to get your clothes ready to sell, check out this post. It goes in-depth to help you get the most cash for clothes!
Where can I sell my clothes for cash?
Pros: can use auction function for high-dollar items (like designer handbags)
Cons: the “final value fee” (charge applied at end of the transaction when a sale has been made) is charged regardless if buyer pays or not (10% of sale, in most cases)
eBay is a pretty powerful selling platform. You can use the fixed price option to sell or you can use the auction function. Using the auction function doesn’t necessarily make sense for selling less expensive, single items, but it CAN be a great tool to use for higher-end, more expensive sales.
Say, for example, you’ve had a designer bag in your closet collecting dust and you want to sell it. If you use the auction function, you could potentially have a bidding war on your bag and get more money for it. Or, if you’re selling a large number of items together as a bundle, it might make sense to sell using the auction function.
Otherwise, it might be best to use the fixed price model on eBay. The advantage of the fixed price option is you are able to sell instantly, whereas you will have to do some waiting with the auction function.
Here is eBay’s selling guide for a complete breakdown of how to sell on their site to get top dollar.
Pros: they take care of everything for you. They send you a bag, pay for shipping, take pictures of your items, and sell them for you.
Cons: they do take a good chunk of the sales price for doing it all for you (anywhere from 20-95%)
ThredUp is an online thrift store that takes care of the selling process for you. That can be good and bad: they ensure your items have the best chance to sell, but they also take a good chunk for commission.
It’s a very popular online thrift store, so there are lots of buyers out there using their platform.
Since ThredUp on average only accepts about 40% of what is in your clean-out bag, you’ll have to either be okay with losing the items they don’t accept or paying a small fee for them to send the items back to you.
Once Upon A Child
Pros: you get paid immediately
Cons: only in person
This is a great consignment shop for kid’s clothing. It makes sense to purchase secondhand since they grow so fast!
Once Upon A Child is a brick-and-mortar store, so you will bring your clean clothing into their shop to sell them. An employee will go through your items to ensure everything is in good condition and is needed at their store while you look around. Once they look through everything, they will make you an offer and pay you on the spot.
You can even sell toys, furniture, shoes, and baby gear!
Some of their selling tips on their site include:
- Equipment and toys should meet current safety standards and include all their parts
- Apparel should be neatly folded or laid flat in a container
- Call ahead to find out what items are needed at their store
Here is how to find a location near you.
Location: social platform (online)
Pros: the social aspect of the platform can help sell your items faster
Cons: higher commission. For sales under $15, Poshmark takes a commission of $2.95. For sales over that amount, Poshmark keeps 20%. It’s also a social app, so growing your platform can be really beneficial.
Poshmark is a little unlike the others in this list because it takes buying and selling and combines them with a social media platform feel. This is mostly important for the sellers.
It not only makes you more accredited, but it enables you to interact with other sellers so they can help share your listings. So, if you’re not accustomed to using social media platforms, it could be overwhelming to use Poshmark.
Their commissions are very middle-of-the-road as far as how much they charge you to sell on their platform.
If you enjoy being on social media, this might be the perfect platform for you! Especially since, by being more social, you could get your items shared by others and have more eyes on your seller’s account.
Pros: cash on the spot
Cons: only in person
Plato’s Closet works just like Once Upon a Child (owned by the same company!). You bring your clothes in, they’re assessed, you’re made an offer, and walk out with cash.
You will have to ensure that the clothes are in good condition, clean, and are in style at the time you’re selling them.
Here is a store locator to find a Plato’s Closet in your area.
Location: online or in-person
Pros: no commission, very easy to list and sell items, plus you can choose to meet in person or ship your items
Cons: sellers can be non-responsive if they don’t frequently use Messenger
I’ve been on the buying side and selling side using Facebook Marketplace, and I really like the convenience of it.
I especially like that you could technically list, negotiate, and sell your items within a few hours! It makes getting cash for your clothes and other items quick and easy.
The only negative experience I’ve had so far was a seller being unresponsive because they weren’t checking Messenger to see new inquiries. That can get annoying when you’ve found an item for the right price! So if you’re on the selling side, just be sure to check Messenger frequently so you don’t miss a sale.
Location: in-person or online
Pros: no commission, very easy to list and sell items
Cons: easier to get scammed because the buyers aren’t vetted
OfferUp is an online thrift shop that allows you to shop for items sold by people near you. Even better, OfferUp recently acquired LetGo, so there are even more users on their platform.
They are in the top 3 of apps in the shopping category and are the largest mobile marketplace in the United States.
You can also choose if you want to meet your buyer in person or ship the item. That can be really handy when it’s tough to coordinate with someone else’s schedule!
OfferUp also has a handy tool for their sellers. It’s called “Best Offer”. The “Best Offer” is something only visible to you, and you can easily see it from your seller’s profile. It’s a banner that is displayed on each item that lets you know the best offer you’ve received for that item so far.
But even further, it’s not just the highest offer. It takes into account the amount being offered and the buyer’s profile. So an offer that sounds too good to be true from a buyer’s profile that has no ratings and very little information (SCAM ALERT!) would not be considered as your “Best Offer”.
I’ve used OfferUp before and think it’s a great tool to get your items sold fast!
Pros: it’s a platform for not only selling your unwanted clothing but could also be a shop for creating your own brand
Cons: no listing fees, but they do require a small commission
Depop is a popular online resale shop that caters mostly to the younger crowd; about 90% of its users are under the age of 26. And in 2021, Depop became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Etsy, but still operates as its own entity.
The clothing sold on Depop is more on the eclectic side, so you will make more sales if you have items that cater to that.
Plus, if you like to make your own clothing, Depop is a good platform to sell your creations!
Pros: they take care of everything from photographing to marketing to selling, so it’s very hands-off
Cons: on the higher side for commission and fees
If you like the idea of a team of pro sellers to take care of selling your items, from taking pictures to shipping them off, you’ll like swap.com.
Swap.com is an online thrift store that sells women’s, men’s, and kid’s clothing, plus they have a shoe category on their site. Inside of those categories, they sell everything from activewear to formal to pajamas! It’s hard to find something they can’t sell for you.
The downside of swap.com is they have higher commission rates, especially if your item will be selling for less than $8 (the pro sellers set this price for you). So, if the pair of leggings you send in is priced at $7, you will be getting 15% of that sale, so $1.05.
If your item is priced at $8 and above, you get to keep 70% of that sale. A pair of slacks that is priced at $12, for example, would offer you a payout of $8.40.
Pros: they give you the option of how involved you want to be with your sale
Cons: on the higher side for commission and fees
Tradesy is a marketplace selling designer clothing, bags, shoes, and more. I like that you have the freedom to be as involved or not involved as you want in the selling process.
What that means is, if you want to take care of everything yourself, you can choose to name your price and ship your items on your own. Or, if you’d rather, Tradesy will send you a kit to pack all of your items and ship off, plus will help you with pricing your items to sell fast.
It’s totally free to list your items and they can stay active until they sell (so no expiration date if they don’t sell quickly!).
Tradesy charges a 19.8% commission on items $50 and above and a flat rate of $7.50 for items under that threshold. You will also have to pay a 2.9% fee from your earnings to have the money withdrawn via PayPal, or into your debit or checking account.
Location: in person
Pros: sell in-store, so don’t have to pay for shipping and you make money on the spot
Cons: they may not accept everything you bring in, so you might walk away with some of your clothing. There also aren’t a ton of locations available, so you might have to make a far drive to sell your clothes.
Style Encore is another branch alongside Plato’s Closet and Once Upon A Child, so they work the same way as those shops. The difference between Style Encore and Plato’s Closet is that Plato’s Closet caters more to the younger crowd (teens and early 20s), and Style Encore caters more to adult women.
You can bring in your clothing, handbags, shoes, and accessories to be priced at the counter. They will look through your items to see what their store needs, price your items, and make you an offer. If you accept, you walk out with cash!
Pros: Bring it in to the store, so no shipping costs or processing fees. You can collect cash or trade-in credit at their shop. Can also donate right at their store for what they cannot pay you for (so you don’t have to leave with any extra clothing if you’re okay walking away from it).
Cons: may not accept everything. Not available in every state.
Uptown Cheapskate is another one similar to Plato’s Closet, Once Upon A Child, and Style Encore.
You bring in your clothing, someone will look through and determine what their store needs, and they make you an offer on the spot.
Uptown Cheapskate accepts women’s and men’s clothing and accessories.
The downside is that they are not in every state, and have less than 100 stores around the United States. But, on their website, they do say that they are growing and expanding their enterprise, so that number will go up!
Pros: cash on the spot
Cons: not available in every state
Clothes Mentor is specifically for women’s clothing and accessories. You bring your items into their store, an associate prices your items on the computer (so it’s very objective!), and you are made an offer.
Since it’s only in-store, you will have to find a location near you to sell your clothes. As of 2021, the majority of their stores are located in the eastern half of the United States.
Pros: no fees, buyer covers shipping
Cons: there are many complaints about bad customer service
Vinted focuses on vintage and secondhand clothing. The platform sells clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories, and beauty products.
Selling on Vinted is actually FREE! With Vinted, the buyer pays for the fees and shipping. So all you have to do is list your items, send them off, and get paid.
Pros: no commission or fees, easy to use
Cons: have to meet in person, but could do porch pick-up
If you are comfortable meeting your buyer in person, then VarageSale is a powerful selling platform. Or, if you’d rather keep your distance, there is the option to leave your item as a porch pick-up.
You’re able to post your items for free to your nearby communities, and can post just about anything to sell.
Pros: they look through your clothes and pay on the spot
Cons: they only pay 25% of the selling price or 50% in a Digital Trade Card
Buffalo Exchange is similar to Plato’s Closet and other storefronts on this list that give you cash on the spot. It’s a great way to get quick cash and offload most of your clothes at once, as opposed to selling individual pieces on other platforms.
They do take a hefty commission, where you only get 25% of the selling price of each item.
Local consignment shops
Pros: could potentially negotiate their fees and consignment percentages, since a local shop
Cons: less likely to take your clothes if they do not get a lot of customers to clear out inventory
There are, of course, local consignment shops that aren’t part of a franchised, larger brand (like Plato’s Closet, Buffalo Exchange, and others). It’s sometimes tough to find all of your local consignment shops, but the best way to do this is a quick Google search for “consignment shops near me”.
The great thing about scoping out local consignment shops is that you could potentially find a shop that offers a great payout for your items to build their supply since they are typically smaller and not as well-advertised.
Just Between Friends
Pros: you drop off all of your items and see what sells. You get paid a couple of weeks after the event is over. You can choose to donate the unsold items or pick them back up.
Cons: events are typically only twice a year, and they can be BUSY!
Just Between Friends is an event held, typically twice a year, as a massive secondhand shopping event for babies, children, and women’s maternity clothing. You can find more than just clothing, but also strollers, furnishings, toys and play equipment, books, car seats, and more.
You register to sell your items, price everything, drop them off, and hope for a sale. If your items sell, you get the profits a couple of weeks after the event is over.
There is a chance your items won’t sell, so you would have to go back to the designated area to go pick them up.
Pros: super easy to use. You send in your clothes, and a “Pro Seller” takes care of everything from taking pictures to negotiating to sending your items.
Cons: pretty pricey commission. You keep 40-70% of the money made from the sale of your clothes.
If you feel intimidated by the process of selling your clothing, Flyp is a good app for you!
You take a picture of your item and upload it to the Flyp app. Flyp allows Pro Sellers to apply to sell your items for you, with their own price projections for your items. You can choose who you’d like to sell your items based on those price projections.
That’s really the extent of Flyp: the Pro Seller you select will then sell your items on different resale platforms (like many of the platforms mentioned on this list).
Pros: lower fees
Cons: some sellers complain it takes longer to make a sale
Mercari is a great place to sell your clothes for cash. Since they have lower selling fees, it’s a popular choice among sellers to get the most money for their items.
It’s hit or miss if sellers actually like using this platform, but it’s worth checking out to see if you have better luck than others.
Most sellers like to cross-post on Mercari as a good backup to other platforms that sell faster (like Poshmark).
That’s it for getting cash for your clothes!
Have you sold your clothes online before? What is your favorite platform for getting cash for clothes? What’s the most you’ve received from selling your clothes?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments!