Clearing out your wardrobe and identifying those items of clothing that you no longer wear can be hard. Some find it hard to part with items that they have fond memories of, while others hate the idea of throwing their items in the trash.
In recent years, there has been an increase in apps to sell clothes if the items are in good condition. Not only will this make you some extra cash, but it also means that you are living a more sustainable lifestyle – recycling instead of just sending more clothing to a landfill.
But with so many apps to choose from, it is difficult to know which ones are worth downloading. Ideally, you want an app that is easy to use, has a larger customer base and lower fees so you can keep as much of the profits as possible. Here at My Money Chronicles, we have done the hard work for you, researching the various apps on the market. Take a look below to find our list of the top ten best clothing selling apps on the market. Some are dedicated just to selling second-hand clothing, while others are linked to social media platforms. We detail why we like each of these apps to sell clothes as well as some cons of them to make sure you can make an informed choice.
One of the most well-known online selling sites is eBay, where sellers can list a large variety of items sold for a set fee, or to the highest bidder. The app is extremely user-friendly, making it easy to list your items for sale. As there are so many items on eBay, it is important to take great photos of your clothing in addition to writing a detailed description of the product so that those searching on the app can find your items. eBay does take a percentage of your profits from every sale – which is higher than that of other sites, but it may be worth trying as they have a massive, worldwide customer base.
The social media platform of Facebook has been around for a while, but Facebook Marketplace is a much newer concept. The Marketplace section of the Facebook app is easy to use. Facebook users can scroll through items that are near their area, meaning that they can usually collect the item rather than you having to factor in shipping costs and your time. Facebook has over 2 billion daily users so there is a huge market for selling your items. Communication is done through the messenger section of Facebook that most of us are familiar with, making it easier to use than having to learn a new platform.
OfferUp is a platform that has gained a larger following recently due to its clever marketing campaigns. Sellers can take pictures of their items directly in the app, uploading them to their selling page easily. OfferUp has an excellent algorithm that categorizes your items automatically, helping buyers find what they are looking for. If buyers like the look of the item, they will then use the messaging feature on the app to contact you and discuss purchasing it. OfferUp is a platform that is still growing and because of this, it is a low boundary for entry. If you are looking to sell low-priced clothing fast, it can be great. If however, you are wanting to sell higher-priced shoes or coats, another platform may be best suited to your needs.
Vinted purely focused on selling second-hand clothes and accessories rather than other platforms that have a broader range. This means that every one that is looking on the platform is interested in buying clothes and therefore it may be easier to generate a sale. The app is free to download and only charges a small service fee on products that you sell, making it one of the most affordable clothes selling platforms on the market. Uploading items is easy. You simply upload your photos and then add a description of them for potential buyers. You can communicate with buyers through the messages section of the app to negotiate on price or answer any questions they may have. The app has great security features, and the only way to transfer your profit is using PayPal, so you will need an account if you are looking to try Vinted.
ThredUP is next on the list of best apps to sell clothes. This app is slightly different, however. Instead of selling to individuals, you are selling them to ThredUP itself. To start, you need to take photographs of the clothing that you want to sell, before sending them and some details about your products to ThredUP’s estimator. The estimator will look at your items and give you a valuation. If you are happy with this amount, you can then send off your clothes, and once they have been checked, you will receive payment via your PayPal account or bank card. A third payment option is store credit, which you can use to buy other clothes from the platform. Usually, you will be offered slightly more as store credit. ThredUP then goes on to sell your items themselves.
This is a great way to sell your items if you are looking to get rid of them quickly, but if you can sell them yourself, you are likely to make more of a profit.
If you are looking to buy or sell designer products, then Tradesy is a great platform to download. When you upload an item, Tradesy edits your pictures to make them look as professional as possible. You can enter details that will help potential buyers find your items such as the brand name, size, and a description of the condition. Based on the details that you enter, the app will help you set prices for your items based on what similar items that were previously on the app have sold for. The Tradesy app will not accept all clothing items, only focusing on high-end ones that have only been worn a few times so are in good condition. Tradesy charges fees for using their app taking $7.50 for any items that you sell under $50, or a 19.5% commission on items over $50.
CPlus for Craigslist
Craigslist has been around for years and has a huge following which is, therefore, a great market for selling your clothes. The C-Plus part of their site allows sellers to list their items quickly and upload photos of them. There are some issues with Craigslist however that it is important to consider before choosing to sell on their site. As the platform is so large, it is very hard to vet buyers, meaning that scammers can fall through the net. Scammers can waste your time and may end up losing your money. Additionally, the customer service on the platform is not great and it is difficult to get hold of a member of the company to discuss any issues that you have.
Depop is very similar to the Poshmark platform, but the European version. Used often in the UK market by influencers and bloggers, its interface looks a lot like Instagram. If you are searching for clothing on the app you can like pictures so that you can go back to them later, and message the seller directly to make an offer. The app is used by both small clothing brands starting out, and individuals who are selling their own second-hand clothing. Pictures on the site vary depending on the seller, with some clothing worn on models, and some on hangers. Depop is a great way to reach more clients from different countries.
One of the best shopping and apps to sell clothes is the Japanese app Mercari. Mercari has a huge marketplace for a number of different products including clothing. This app has one of the largest customer bases and therefore the chances that your item will sell are increased. If you are thinking of downloading and using this app, do it! The app has many users meaning that you will have a good chance of selling your clothing on it.
Another great platform for selling designer or high-end clothing is Poshmark. Poshmark focuses on big brand items that include clothing, shoes, handbags, and make-up. The app is very easy to use and can be used in multiple ways. Sellers create their own profile where they can post their items, and gain followers. They can sell their items via this profile and can also hold ‘Posh Parties’ which are real-time shopping events where app users can meet up, share and sell their goods. These parties can increase the visibility of your products, making them more likely to sell. To start a successful profile, the platform recommends that users upload multiple items at once – around 5 or 10, in order to start building their brand. Styling these items in photographs can also help potential buyers visualize how they will look as part of an outfit, meaning that they are more likely to invest in your items. Poshmark fees are high compared to other sites. Poshmark will take a flat fee of $2.95 if you sell anything under $15, while the site takes 20 percent of your profits on more expensive items. If you are thinking of selling designer items, Poshmark does have a great pool of buyers for more expensive products so it may be worth the costs.
Recently, another social media platform that has garnered attention for buying and selling clothes is Instagram. Instagram is a flexible platform that you can use for a variety of things – including selling your clothes. Whether you post items on your own profile and stories, or you create an entirely separate account dedicated to selling them, Instagram can reach thousands of potential buyers. Instagram has always been a great platform to show off fashion trends and clothing, so it is only natural that it has progressed to selling them too. During the COVID-19 lockdown, clothing accounts on Instagram grew in popularity due to the fact that a lot of high street shops were closed. If you are looking to sell your clothes on Instagram, make sure that you include hashtags that people can search for to find your clothing. Popular hashtags that are commonly used are #previouslyowned, #recycleyourstyle, or #instashop.
As you can see from our extensive list above, there are so many apps to sell clothes out there to choose from. No one app is the best, as each has its own strengths and weaknesses. No matter which app you end up using, it is important to present your clothes well in order to gain the attention of potential buyers. Make sure that your items are in good condition, and are not creased or crumpled. Take pictures of the clothes on a model if possible as this helps customers visualize them better, or put them on a hanger against a plain backdrop so that the clothes can be seen well. Just remember, if your garment is displayed well, it is more likely to sell, so it is worth putting in an extra little bit of time and effort when preparing your photographs for your chosen app.
Which one of these are your favorite apps to sell clothes on?