If your wardrobe is overflowing with things you never wear and you’re keen to have a good clear out, there are plenty of ways to get rid of your old clothes and make a bit of extra cash. Here are just five options to consider:
I’ve made a decent amount selling mine and my brother’s old clothes on eBay, but I had to put a lot of time and effort into photographing, listing and posting each items. Also, just as you think you’ve made a decent profit from your old threads, you’ll be hit by eBay and Paypal fees. It can be a bit frustrating.
Most of the items I sold went for less than we’d hoped for, which was annoying to say the least. However, if you have several brand new or high-value items that you no longer want, I’d recommend giving it a go. After all, you’re likely to get more for high quality stuff on eBay than you’d get on Facebook or on a car boot sale.
2. Facebook groups
Whether you’ve got high or low value items to sell, Buy, Sell and Swap sites on Facebook can be a great way of making money with minimum effort. You won’t have to leave the comfort of your own sofa (except to open the door) as the buyer will come to you.
However, adult clothing doesn’t usually do as well on Facebook as toys, furniture, and electrical items. Baby and children’s clothes often see a better result as long as you’re willing to sell them at a good price!
Be wary of time wasters. Some people will message you and offer to buy an item, only to never turn up. Since you’re selling clothes, there’s also a risk that someone will come round, try the item on and change their mind. Consider selling clothes in bulk to buyers to make more money and have a good clear out.
Shopping app, Depop makes it really easy for people to sell unwanted clothes. All you have to do is take a photo of the item on your phone, list it on Depop, and share it on social media before waiting for someone to purchase it.
It’s growing in popularity too, making it easier for sellers to see the back of their items. The app was downloaded 1.8m times in 2014 and more than one million new products are listed each month.
It’s free to download and listing is also free. However, Depop will add a 10% fee on the total price of each sale. I’d say that’s still a pretty good deal. Don’t forget though, Paypal will also add charges once payments have been made.
If your wardrobe is overflowing with expensive and designer items, BuyMyWardrobe might be your best bet. It started in 2008 as a fashion event for recycling designer clothes, but due to growing demand from both buyers and sellers, a website was introduced with over 95,000 users.
I personally think it’s a great idea as as you’d certainly struggle to get a good price for designer items on a car boot sale or on Facebook.
Since I don’t really own any designer clothes, I haven’t used this website before myself. If you have, I’d love to update this post with your thoughts. Get in touch!
5. Car boot sales
If you have a lot of old clothes and very little time to spare, I’d definitely recommend having a car boot sale. Park up at around 6am and you could have a few hundred pounds by lunch time. However, car boot sales are also a bit of a gamble. You could end up walking away having sold very little. It really is a case of you win some you lose some. Nevertheless, if you just want to see the back of things and don’t have loads of spare hours to devote to eBay, I’d give a car boot a go. Driving home with very little in the boot of your car, but a hell of a lot in your wallet is a great feeling.
Have I missed anything? If you’ve got any other suggestions for ways to sell old clothes please get in touch in the comments or send me a tweet @CantSwingACat.