The 5 Best Ways to Sell Your Old Clothes
You shouldn’t just clear out the crap in your closet to free up more space—you should also see each old item of clothing as a new opportunity to make more money.
From sell-it-yourself apps to secondhand shops, here are five of the best ways to trade in your old, used threads for crisp, new bills.
If you don’t live near a Buffalo Exchange, use the shop’s online “Sell By Mail” service to request a prepaid shipping bag that can fit up to 40 pieces of clothing. Pack up your clothes, send them off, and you’ll receive an offer from the store.
If Buffalo Exchange declines some of your clothes, you can either donate the rejects for free, or pay a fee to have them returned to you.
What you can sell: Buffalo Exchange tends to be stingy with the quality and brands it accepts, but you can usually sell top-condition clothes from stores like Zara, J. Crew, and Nordstrom and expect either store credit or cash. Payout varies based on items.
Click on “The Hub” on the store’s website, then find the “Wanted” section to see exactly what kind of clothing each location is looking for.
2. Plato’s Closet
Like Buffalo Exchange, Plato’s Closet is a secondhand store that skews a bit younger. Find the nearest location to you at platoscloset.com.
How to sell: Bring your gently used, brand-name clothes to the store and drop them off at the counter. (There isn’t an option to sell online.) Plato’s Closet has a lengthy approval process, so the buyer may designate a time for you to come back, receive your offer, and pick up your unaccepted items.
You’ll receive cash or store credit. Payout varies based on how recently the piece was available in firsthand stores
What you can sell: Plato’s Closet prefers clothes that have been in retail stores within the last 12 to 18 months, as well as items that appeal to teens and young adults. (Think: American Eagle and Vans.)
Click on the “Current” section on the store’s website to find a list of specific desired styles.
Grailed is an online community marketplace for designer men’s fashions. It’s a sell-it-yourself website and app with a highly curated selection of designer brands. Get started at grailed.com.
How to sell: Think of Grailed like a niche eBay. You upload photos and descriptions of your clothes and create listings for other buyers to browse. Like eBay, you set your own prices and accept multiple offers on an item. Whoever pays first wins the product.
The more in-demand and expensive the item, the higher your payout. But Grailed takes a 6 percent commission from every sale, and you’ll have to cover your own shipping.
What you can sell: Grailed divides clothing into three categories: Grailed, Hype, and Basics.
List your high-fashion pieces (like Rick Owens and Saint Laurent) as “Grailed”; sort up-and-coming brands (Supreme, Yeezy Season) under the “Hype” section; and group mainstream items (J. Crew, Ralph Lauren) as “Basics.”}
Letgo is a free national app with a local focus. Like Craigslist, you can buy and sell almost anything, but only to people in your general area. Sign up at us.letgo.com/en.
How to sell: Create your own product listings on the app by uploading pictures, adding a short description, setting a price, and picking a relevant category. Then wait for a buyer to make an offer you like.
Since you can only sell to people in your town, Letgo encourages users to exchange items in person. It’s up to you to figure out when, where, and how to meet your buyer—but if you really don’t want to leave your house, you can ship your old stuff down the road, too.
What you can sell: List your old clothes in the “Fashion and Accessories” category. The product quality on Letgo is much more varied than at a secondhand store.
Mercari is a sell-it-yourself app similar to Letgo, but without the local restrictions. Sign up for free at mercari.com.
How to sell: Follow the prompts, upload a few pictures, make your stuff sound appealing, set the price, and wait for someone on the other side of the country to complete the sale.
Your buyer will pay you via PayPal, but you won’t receive the money until you deliver your package. Mercari offers fixed shipping rates from FedEx and USPS unless your package exceeds 20 pounds; then it’s up to you to handle extra shipping costs.
Invite people to use the Mercari app and you’ll receive “Mercari credits.” For every friend who signs up with your link, you earn $2 toward a future purchase.
What you can sell: Anything goes here, too. Mercari groups products into many categories, including entire sections devoted to different pieces of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing.