How To Make Money by Selling Your Clothes!
Is it time to purge the contents of your closet? Do you think you could actually make some money by selling your clothes? I’ve sold a wack ‘o clothing (especially the kids’ stuff) through garage sales, consignment stores, online groups, and websites over the past few years and am able to offset the cost of updating my own wardrobe and keeping up with our growing children by earning back a bit of the original cost of our clothing. We try to buy “new to us” whenever possible and always appreciate it when others put a bit of effort into prepping their items and posting appealing ads. In this post I’ll share some of the ways I sell our clothes and include some tips & tricks to make sure you’re prepping your items so that people will want to buy your clothes, and they’ll start to keep an eye out for your future ads! Here are 5 ways that I’ve made money by selling our family’s used clothing:
- Garage Sales. Tip: hang your clothes with a shower rod and step ladders instead of folding them on a table otherwise you’ll be refolding all morning long! Remember that “garage sailors” are out for a deal. Don’t expect top dollar even for high value items. Need plastic hangers? Ask customer service at a local department or clothing store: they throw out bag fulls every day!
- Local Facebook Buy & Sell Groups. Tip: buyers are more likely to arrange a meet-up for multiple items so post pictures or collages with many items. Again, folks are looking for bargains on these groups so be reasonable when setting your price otherwise people will ignore all of your future posts.
- Local Buy & Sell Websites – UsedEverywhere.com, Kijiji.ca, Craig’s List,etc. Tip: create an e-mail address specifically for online sales so that your personal inbox doesn’t get flooded! If you’re concerned about privacy & safety at the meet-up, use a fake name and meet at a public location.
- Trend Trunk – post pictures of your clothes and once an items sells, Trend Trunk sends you a pre-paid postage envelope to mail it to the buyer. You’re paid 80% of the selling price online by Trend Trunk and you can cash out your earnings, shop the site, donate your sales to charity. This site is especially useful if you want to find potential buyers beyond your local neighbourhood and garage sale looky-lous: buyers who will be more willing to pay closer to the resale value of your designer and higher value clothes. Tip: find a consistent backdrop for all of your photos to keep your “closet” looking tidy!
- Consignment – call ahead to the store to find out what season is being accepted and how many items you’re permitted to bring in each trip. Tip: try to get your seasonal items in at the beginning of each season so that you increase the odds of your items selling at full price before the “end of season sales” hit! Sell high, buy low!
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If you’re going to the trouble to consign your clothing, post an online ad, meet-up with a potential buyer, or ship your used clothing in the mail, it really is worth your time to spend a few extra minutes to make sure your clothing is at it’s best and can therefore fetch a better price.
Tips for selling your clothes:
- Cut loose threads and trim frayed edges
- Re-sew any loose buttons or embellishments
- Clean out all velcro by rubbing two scratchy sides together
- Launder and iron if necessary to get rid of all wrinkles, including the tag! Nothing says “old and worn” like a rolled up tag!
- Take a clear picture of your clothing either on a hanger or on a headless/faceless model. Despite their appeal as flat surfaces, the floor and bed are the two most unappealing places to stage a photo of clothing that you hope someone else wants to buy from you.
How to Write an Ad when Selling your Clothes! Include the following information when writing an online ad or description of your clothing:
- State the item category, gender, size, brand, and materials. Even if the picture speaks for itself, this written description is important to help your ad show up in searches E.g. Red Women’s Cotton T-shirt by Coconut Joe Size 8. (Anyone else remember Coconut Joe?!)
- Be honest if asked if the clothing has been in an environment with smoke and/or pets
- Describe the condition of the clothing. E.g. New with Tags, Never Worn, Like New, Excellent Condition, Good Condition, or Well Loved!
- Include the price. When in doubt, err on the low end to entice people to check out your other ads for more great deals!
Selling your clothing when you’re finished with it is a great way to recover some of the money you spent in the first place, and help offset the cost of updating your wardrobe each season. Please drop a line in the comments below if you have other favourite ways to sell your used clothing – I love hearing about all of your savvy tips, too!