01 March 2021 (updated)

Closet to Cash: Apps to Sell Clothes from Home

So you've been searching through your closet...and to be honest, it could use a little update. But some items still have the tags or have only been worn once! While it's definitely more convenient to bag it up and drop it off at the thrift store, using apps to sell clothes may be worth considering to make a little extra money on the side!

While consignment stores are notorious for giving sellers pennies for their clothes or rejecting them because they're "outdated" or "out of style," online apps to sell clothing can seem like a more profitable option as you sell clothes directly to buyers. Check out these apps where you may be able to make some extra cash from your second-hand designer brands, or vintage goods:

What are the Best Apps to Sell Clothes?

Apps for the Beginner

ThredUp: If you're pretty busy and don't want to deal with the hassle of waiting around to sell items, ThredUP makes things simple! They send a "clean out kit" (an empty bag) so all you need to do is fill it up and send it off (free shipping), and they'll do the rest! The convenience means a lower cut for sellers. But if you're looking for a quick and guaranteed sell, this is the way to go.

Mercari: One of the easier apps to navigate, Mercari is great if you want to sell something immediately. You can buy or sell a wide range of items— anything from clothing and accessories to toys.

eBay: The upside of selling your stuff here—especially if it's designer —is it can really start the bidding wars. eBay has been around longer than a lot of other apps, and if you're looking for customizability as a seller, it's worth considering. You can also schedule your listings so they appear at optimal times.

Apps for the Intermediate/Experts

Poshmark: This platform is designed as a social media mixed-marketplace. From "Posh Parties" to followers and ambassadors, it takes some extra time to get familiar with the app's features. You can also share, like, follow, and comment on other people’s closets. Its definitely catered to someone with a lot of products to sell, especially if they're one particular size and style. All that being said, in theory, you could snap a photo of the item, make a detailed description, set a price, and wait for a sale.

Tradesy: Tradesy prides itself as a platform made "for women, by women" to buy and sell pre-owned bags, shoes, clothing, and more, from top designers. Brand-name handbags do especially well on this app. So, if you have a closet full of purses that are out of commission, Tradesy might be worth looking into.

Depop: If eBay and Instagram were combined, it would be Depop. It's primarily aimed at Millenials and Gen-Z with its social-media emphasis. As sellers, people who typically do well are creative or have a strong brand or existing fanbase.

ASOS Marketplace: This is a marketplace run through popular retail brand ASOS. This seller-driven app has edgy used and retro fashion, much like a cultivated thrift store. The process to become a seller is a bit more involved than other apps, and ASOS will review your account to make sure you're within ASOS's conditions for sellers. You may also be asked for more information or materials about your brand or third-party brands.

Here are some other apps to consider that place an emphasis on local sales and pick-up:

  • Facebook Marketplace
  • OfferUp
  • LetGo

How Do I Choose the Right Apps to Sell Clothes?

With all the different options, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are some tips:

  • Figure out your target audience. Knowing what kind of person will want to buy your items dictates where you should consider selling it.
  • Decide how much effort you're willing to put into selling. Some apps are simpler than others. If you're willing to put in more effort, it may pay off and make you a bigger profit. However, if you don't have the time, pick one with a simpler interface and process.
  • Look at the nature of the platform. Different apps cater to different tactics and items.

Happy Selling!

Sometimes these apps can seem intimidating at first. But if you're ready to get invested, they can be a great resource! Do you have any favorite apps to sell clothes? Let us know in the comments!

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