Selling Clothes You Don’t Wear Anymore

Ahhh, shopping for clothes, one of my favorite things to do!

If you like buying clothes as much as I do, you probably need to make space in your closet every once in a while. It’s a problem when you literally cannot fit one more sweater on the closet rack. That isn’t the only reason to make space in your closet. Personally, I don’t wear more than half of the clothes that are hanging there. I’ve decided that I’m going to finally do a massive overhaul on my room, especially my closet!

More often than not, I’m totally lazy about getting rid of clothes I don’t wear anymore. Those extra clothes in my closet aren’t bothering anyone, right? Right. But if I had a good reason to get rid of some of these unworn items, I might be a little more ambitious about cleaning out my closet.

Recently I heard someone mention how they sell all of their clothes that they don’t wear anymore online. People pay them for their old clothes! I was intrigued, so I did a little research to see if it was something I wanted to try out.

I explored my options, and I decided that I definitely want to get in on what BusinessInsider.com says is a $16 billion industry. Here are some good ideas I read about, and some of the places I am going to try to resell my clothes.

Instagram

While this isn’t something I plan on doing with my own clothes, I think it’s a great idea. I had no idea that people sell clothes on Instagram until I did some research. People post pictures of their clothes for sale on their Instagram accounts made specifically to sell items. The account is their “Instagram closet”. If you’re going to try this, it’s best to grow your followers as much as you can and use hashtags for each piece of clothing, such as #forsale, #JCrew, #JCrewforsale, etc. Keep the description simple, but make sure you don’t leave any details out. Another tip is to use PayPal because it is the safest method to pay someone online, and ask for a person’s payment within 24 hours. Before you know it, people will be coming back to your account to see what other clothes you might have listed… #cha-ching!

Poshmark

Poshmark sounds like another great place to sell clothes. It is a website and an app where you create a profile and can sell new and used clothes and accessories. After quickly browsing the website for the first time, I realized that this would be the perfect place to list all of my old Coach purses and wristlets.

Once your item is listed, anyone can view it. If they decide to buy the item, they pay you through Poshmark and you are notified. The buyer pays for shipping, and Poshmark even sends you the postage label. All you have to do is get your package to the mailbox. I’ve read that Poshmark users love fast shipping and cute packaging, so I will definitely keep that in mind when I sell on this app. I love how easy this app sounds!

eBay

It seems like eBay is another great way to sell your clothes online, even if they aren’t designer brands. If you can grab a person’s interest at the right time, you can be successful in selling. For example, sell your winter clothes a short time before winter begins. Quality pictures are very important too. If I buy something online, I like to see every angle of an item. The same goes for people shopping on eBay. Pictures of someone wearing the clothes can also be helpful so buyers can see how they fit.

Pricing is key on eBay. Something that is only going to sell for a couple of dollars might not be worth listing, because you will lose money paying eBay’s small fee and paying for shipping. The idea is to attract people to your sales, so don’t get too extreme when pricing an item. Fair prices will bring you returning customers. eBay is another option that sounds easy enough, so I will definitely be trying it to make money after cleaning out my closet.

I am looking forward to trying my options out. I’d love to clean out my closet and make a little cash at the same time. Hopefully this inspires some of you to try it out too! Please let me know if you have any tips for selling clothes online. The great thing about writing for The Money Mill is that I can be held accountable by readers, so I will keep everyone posted on my progress!

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