Like clockwork, each spring and fall, I become a ruthless wardrobe editor. Borne out of a necessity to swap spring/summer and fall/winter clothing options due to a never-quite-large-enough closet, it’s become a ritual to drag everything out of my closet every six months and do a major purge. Some of it gets donated, of course, but some gets sold.
This post is a bit of a departure from normal content, but after a conversation with some girlfriends this weekend, I figured I’d share my limited insight (which has brought in quite a bit of extra cash!) on the best sites for selling clothes online and how to make money from shopping online, as well. They’re all tried and true and 100 percent legit—promise! I personally use each of them regularly. Now go forth and spring clean out your closet.
Poshmark is my favorite way to sell online. I’ve used eBay in the past to sell things but always found it a little tedious and annoying to figure out how much to charge for shipping, create and design the listings, etc. Poshmark is much, much simpler, which makes me much, much more likely to actually list things on it and, thus, make money. (True life: I’ve made about $2,000 in the last year selling things I don’t wear anymore.)
How Poshmark works:
- Download the Poshmark app on your phone or tablet. (Enter code PKSZS when you sign up to save $5 off your first purchase, too.)
- Through the app, snap pics of clothing or accessories you want to sell and type up a quick description, then set a price. The process is quick and easy—like a minute or less from start to finish—and you can list as many items as you want for free. (One tip: Set your asking price a bit higher than you’d like, because most buyers will offer lower than your asking price. You’re able to counteroffer, as well.)
- This is the best part: You don’t have to worry about calculating shipping cost by weight or creating your own labels. When an item sells, Poshmark emails you a prepaid shipping label, so all you have to do is box up your item (I always throw in a little thank you note, too), print and affix the label, and drop it in the mail. (No need to go to a FedEx or UPS store—another bonus.)
- Once your buyer receives the item, they have up to three days to mark the package as accepted, which then releases your earnings into your account. From there, you can request a check or direct deposit to your bank, or use it to shop on Poshmark. Again—E-A-S-Y.
If you have higher end items to sell, The RealReal makes it super easy to get them sold with hardly any effort required.
How The RealReal works:
- Create your consignment list here. They’ll then send you a prepaid shipping label and a box, if you need it.
- When they receive your items, they’ll photograph them, authenticate them if necessary, price them, create a listing and market them for you. You don’t have to do anything else!
- When your item sells, you receive a commission (the structure is detailed here). You can opt for a check or direct deposit to your bank.
As much as I like selling things I’m not using, I also love shopping. 💁🏼 If you shop online for anything ever, you need to use Ebates. Since joining—which is free—I’ve earned more than $1,300 in cash back, just from buying things I would have purchased anyway.
How Ebates works:
- Sign up for a free account.
- When you are planning to purchase something online, head to ebates.com first. Select the store you’re shopping from from their list of more than 2,000 online retailers, and click through to the site you’re shopping from Ebates. The system will keep track of how much you spent when you complete your purchase, which will translate into a percentage back in your Ebates account.
- Quarterly, Ebates will send you a check or a Paypal deposit for the amount of cash back you’ve earned.
Have a site you love to use for selling clothing online? Share the scoop in a comment below.