how to get rid of old clothes

how to get rid of old clothes

If you’ve just Marie Kondo-ed your apartment or dorm room and are suddenly overwhelmed by huge piles of clothes you don’t want anymore and don’t know what to do with… I feel you. Let’s talk about how to sell your old clothes and make extra cash to replace them.

The process of purging my closet began in 2017… and somehow, in April 2019, I am still on this adventure. I don’t even know what to say about that. But I do know that around January of this year, I had enough. So, I started taking actionable steps towards clearing out my closet.

Here’s what I’m doing and what I’ve success with in the past. Note – I don’t put all my eggs in one basket. I do a combination of all of these!

1. Selling clothes on Poshmark.

This is the most time-intensive way to get rid of your old clothes, but I’ve made the most money this way. It’s basically an online store and social media platform combined.

Should I use Poshmark?

If you have a lot of nicer brands like J. Crew, LOFT, Madewell or Banana Republic, this is the way to go. Poshmark also handles the hassle of shipping by giving you a label to print out – no worrying about paying for postage. You can also use the free Priority Mail boxes from USPS, so packaging materials can be at a minimum.

The cons of Poshmark

  • Again, it’s more time intensive. You do need to engage with other people, share listings and more.
  • If you have lower end items (i.e. Old Navy) you’ll make less and sell less, because demand is lower.
  • Picture quality does matter. If you don’t have time to invest, it will impact your sales. But photos don’t have to be professional grade! Just well-lit.

2. Taking clothes to a resale shop.

Every town is different, but I have great luck at the Plato’s Closet in my town. I also hear great things about Clothes Mentor, Uptown Cheapskate and Buffalo Exchange. My recommendation: Read the reviews before going.

I take a big box of clothes that I couldn’t sell on Poshmark to Plato’s Closet once a quarter, ideally. Make sure you take clothes that are in season.

The cons of resale shops

  • Their payout prices are a little inconsistent. You never know what you might get.
  • What they take is also inconsistent. There are some surefire bets, but you never know what their store will demand.
  • Seasonality is crucial. I recommend cleaning out your closet at the beginning of a season instead of the end, unless you want to hold onto clothes until the season begins again to sell.

3. Sending clothes to ThredUp.

If you want to get a large portion of clothes out of your hands, I recommend doing this – go to ThredUp, request a closet cleanout shipping label and fill up a box, then send it off. I would do this with clothes that you couldn’t sell at a resale shop or on Poshmark.

The cons of ThredUp

  • From what I can tell, their payout prices are not great.
  • If you want clothes that they don’t take back, you do have to pay a $10.99 fee.
  • If you want to request one of their bags from them, you have to pay a $1.99 fee.

4. Facebook Marketplace or swap groups.

I have better luck on the Facebook Marketplace with furniture or household goods, but if you have a lot of kids clothing or clothes in one size (maybe you’ve lost or gained weight, or have maternity clothes to sell), selling in a big batch on Facebook Marketplace can be successful.

I haven’t done this yet, because I’d rather send to ThredUp or a resale shop rather than juggle with letting people into my house to look at clothes or try things on. However, if you have a big batch of clothes to get rid of, this is like a 2019 version of a yardsale.

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How do you get rid of your old clothes?