I have too many clothes. I am also somewhat of a broke student. If you clicked on this article…chances are you’re in the same boat as me. *welcome aboard* ⚓
I have been eagerly trying to find ways to make fast cash (honorably…don’t get any ideas), basically so I can afford to drive myself to everything I am expected to attend. I am someone that just seems to always have way more clothes than I know what to do with. Recently, I have been researching avenues that will allow me to not only de-clutter my closet, but make a buck or two (or hopefully hundreds) in the meantime.
The following is a list of ways for you to swap your old clothes for money to buy your gas, groceries, or most-likely to pay for your booze and cover for this weekend:
Poshmark is a website/application that allows users to create a profile where they can upload photos of their clothing/belongings and list them at a price of their choice. It is much more social than the typical online consignment store, as other users have the ability to follow your profile and keep updated on recent posts. The buyer pays for shipping and all users have the opportunity to engage in “Posh Parties” where people can buy and sell items based on a specific theme whether it’s a designer (Michael Kors) or a specific item (winter coats).
Many people are unaware that Facebook recently added a “marketplace” feature. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, take a look at the bottom of your app and click on the shop icon. After realizing that more than 450 million people were using Facebook groups to buy, sell, and trade on a daily basis, they implemented it as a feature on the site itself. Facebook users can post items they are interested in selling and others may direct message them to inquire about price and shipping. It is completely carried out via the users and Facebook is nothing but an avenue to communicate through. If you do not want anyone else to receive commission off your goods, then this is a great option for you.
Material World is a bit more unique than the other “swap and sell” type sites. This company will send sellers a kit to place their items in and mail back. The prospecting sellers will then receive an offer from the company, in which case they can either accept or reject it. If you reject their offer, they will either send your items back to you or donate them on your behalf. In the event you accept their offer, they will sell your items for you and instead of receiving cash itself, they offer gift cards to over 700 different online stores (including, but not limited to Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Intermix). This is for the person that has grown out of their wardrobe and wants a financially beneficial option to replace it with newer items (without totally breaking the bank).
This application is open to anyone selling gently used items that are 100% authentic to their specific brand. They will take in anything from Zara to Chanel and will provide a kit for the seller to send their goods in, as well as take care of shipping and handling expenses. Tradesy will take 9% commission on each sale, however they are a dependable organization with a simple, user-friendly site.
Believe it or not, you can easily sell your stuff if you post it in an attractive way on your personal accounts. Take quality photos of the clothing you wish to sell and share it amongst your friends. Personally, my friends are always asking me when I will be carrying out my next closet de-clutter. This way, the people purchasing your items know who you are, trust that it is in good condition, and neither of you will have to pay for shipping.
Carousell is another mobile application where one can make an online profile, upload photos, edit those photos, choose a category to sell in and set a price. Carousell allows users to actually share their posts through their own social media accounts. This allows for more views on each post and enhances a users chances of making a sale!
Plato’s Closet is a brick and mortar store that people can bring their gently used items to. You leave a bin of your belongings at the store where they will carefully assess and price them out in a timely manner. Then, they will let you know what your belongings are worth and will offer a price in return. This is easy because you can just drop off your stuff and receive your money on the spot rather than waiting for someone else to purchase it. However, they typically tend to offer a lot less then all the other options. I would only recommend this place if you were in need of money in this very moment.