Turn your Wardrobe into Wonga: 8 Online App and Websites Where You Can Sell Your Second-hand Clothes
Go into your room and take a look in your wardrobe. How many of those clothes do you really wear? Although there’ll be got some timeless classics, lots of it is probably just gathering dust. When was the last time you wore that leather jacket? The one you thought made you look like Keanu Reaves but actually made you look like a dodgy car salesman. And what about that purple sweater your Mum bought you – the one which you can only assume once belonged to Barney the Dinosaur? As it happens, you could turn these unwanted bits and bobs into some serious cash. Here are 8 apps and websites that will help you do it.
The Good: Easy and provides access to world’s biggest marketplace.
The Bad: Items tend to go for low prices.
The Fees: 10% of sale price.
For years, eBay has dominated the industry and is still the world’s biggest online marketplace. By selling your clothes here, you advertise your wares to an internationalmarket. If you want to get rid of your clothes fast, this is a very good option. However, competition is fierce, and buyers tend to be savvy, so it’s not always easy to sell at high prices here. The speediest option, but not always the smartest.
The Good: Establish your own customer base and high selling prices.
The Bad: Very little. Some sellers report poor technical support.
The Fees: 10% of sale price.
Depop is an app available for download on both iPhone and Android. Essentially, Depop gives you the tools you need to set up your own online storefront. Shoppers can come to your store and browse through all the items – just like a real shop. What really sets it apart is the follower system. If people like your shop, they’ll follow you. This means that every time you upload an item, it will pop up on your followers’ news feeds. This means you can quickly build up a client basis through minimal effort of your own. What is more, items tend to go for much higher prices than on other sites – great for sellers.
The Good: The marketplace for hand-crafted items and there’s a huge user-base.
The Bad: Very niche – not good for selling designer fashion.
The Fees: 16p for each sale.
Not everyone wants Armani and Chanel. Some people love searching out unique, handmade gems. Whether its vintage clothing, beautiful water-colour paintings or hand-made pillowcases, Etsy users are always on the lookout for items that have been made with love and care. Ranked #19 in the world for E-commerce traffic, Etsy have tapped into a thriving market. You could too.
4. Facebook Marketplace
The Good: Very quick – potentially have cash in hand in minutes.
The Bad: Not typically associated with second-hand clothes.
The Fees: None!
The E-commerce wing of Facebook started off slowly but is now extremely popular with users. With Facebook Marketplace, you can advertise those old Nike trainers to people in your local area. This has two major advantages. Firstly, with customers literally around the corner, it couldn’t be easier. You could post it, sell it and receive the cash, all in the space of thirty minutes. Also, you get to meet people in your local area. Who knows, maybe it could be an entrepreneurial alternative to Tinder?
5. ASOS Marketplace
The Good: Have your items listed on a website with an outstanding reputation.
The Bad: Very high sellers’ fees.
The Fees: £20 monthly subscription fee and 20% commission on all sales.
ASOS Marketplace allows you to advertise your clothes alongside some of the world’s most acclaimed fashion distributors. Guaranteed traffic. Moreover, buyers trust sellers approved by ASOS. The only fallbacks are the sellers’ fees. Retailers must pay a £20 monthly subscription fee and ASOS take a sizeable 20% commission on the sale price.
The Good: Totally stress-free.
The Bad: Huge fees.
The Fees: 20 – 85% of sale price depending on item value.
For those busy bees who just haven’t got the time (or gap in their Netflix schedule) to set up online stores, you can use somebody else’s. With ThredUp, you send them your unwanted items which they proceed to sell online. The amount of money you receive will depend on how much the item is sold for. For example, if it goes for £15, you’ll only get between 5% – 15%. But sell an item for over $200 and you’ll get 80%. Stress-free, but with big seller fees.
The Good: No sellers fees and nice, easy format.
The Bad: Scammers.
The Fees: None!
Set up in Lithuania in 2008, Vinted is a marketplace available on iPhone, android and computers. In both aesthetic and format, it’s very similar to Depop. As a seller, you have your own online store-front and can gather followers. The biggest advantage of Vinted is that there are no seller fees. Instead, the site makes its money by charging buyers a small service fee for each purchase. However, there are drawbacks. Firstly, Vinted has quite a small user-base so it may take a while to establish a strong clientele. Furthermore, a quick browse of Trust Pilot reveals that many users experience problems with scammers, which Vinted are apparently very poor at dealing with.
8. Vestiaire Collective
The Good: Great for marketing your designer gear.
The Bad: Limited scope – don’t expect to sell that ragged flannel shirt here!
The Fees: 10 – 20% depending on item value.
For those of you with a penchant for high-end fashion, Vestiaire Collective could be the go-to option. Based in Paris (of course) but operating throughout Europe, the site is marketed as the home of used luxury fashion brands. The site employs experts to verify each listing to ensure that the items are genuine. So, with regards to trust, they have a great reputation. If you have some Prada or Gucci that you want to flog, but at the right price, Vestiaire Collective is the obvious option.