It feels so good to sort through your closet, but once you do – it can feel overwhelming to know what to do with the clothes you no longer need. And with as easy (and user friendly) as it is to shop online, you would think it’s as easy to sell gently-used clothes online.
About a month ago I shared a list of recommended places to donate and sell your items, based on many of your recommendations.
I am donating the majority, but there are a handful of items I would like to try and sell. So today I am giving you an overview of the three most-common ways to sell clothes online: Poshmark, ThredUP, and Facebook Market place. And I am so sorry to report, it’s not as easy as I hoped!
You head to their website and create an account, and can start selling clothes, accessories, etc. The site is (in my opinion) fairly overwhelming, and you will likely instantly get invites to “live sales” and random people liking, sharing, and commenting on your posts. Personally it felt really cluttered, and I had a hard time knowing if anyone was seeing or interested in any of the things I posted!
The cost: As for the “cost” of using Poshmark – all sales under $15, Poshmark takes a flat commission of $2.95. You keep the rest. For sales of $15 or more, you keep 80% of your sale and Poshmark’s commission is 20%. They pay for the shipping, but you are responsible for packaging up the clothes, which can be costly. I’d recommend ordering some shipping bags from Amazon.
The summary: I posted 10 things to Poshmark and have yet to sell a thing. I think it’s overwhelming and not easy to find things myself, so I don’t think I would recommend it. Additionally, it is a lot of work to take photos of each product, write descriptions, price them out, and get it all uploaded. I’m sure it works great for some people, but I can’t say I would recommend it at this point.
At first I thought Poshmark and ThredUP were similar, but they really aren’t. ThredUP is where you request a “selling kit”, and you place all the clothes you wish to sell inside of the bag they send. You ship it back and ThredUP sorts through it, taking professional photos and lists the products on your behalf (they even write the product descriptions for you). This process can take up to a month.
The other thing to note is that any items you send that aren’t “accepted” to be sold – you don’t get back. “We have high quality standards and typically accept less than 40% of the clothing we receive. Items that are still in great shape but don’t meet the thredUP standards are either sold to third party sellers or are included in thredUP’s Rescue boxes program. Items that are no longer in wearable condition are passed onto our textile recycling partners and UPcycled.” (ThredUP website FAQ).
The cost: You’ll get a payout after your items sell. Even though they do the posting for you, you can edit the price of your items at any time. They do offer you a lower payout as soon as your items are processed that you have to accept within the first week.
The summary: If you feel confident in what you are submitting, or don’t want to deal with the manual side of selling and listing items, this is a great option. If you are concerned at all about them not wanting to sell your items, then it may not be worth the risk. For me, I am passing on ThredUP because I’d rather have the ability to donate/give away the items they “pass” on to organizations and friends I choose.
It’s not glamorous but I genuinely think this is still the best bet for selling items (certainly home items and furniture). You don’t have to pay shipping, Facebook doesn’t take any of your earnings, and you have complete control of your listings. You still have to take the photos and write descriptions, and manage the comments/questions, but it’s all in one spot and fairly easy to manage.
There you have it! My honest review of selling clothes online. What have your experience been selling these (or other) places? Tell me below!