How to Make Money Selling Clothing Online

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While there are many surprising things you might sell online to make money from home, clothing is one of the most versatile products. You can sell on an occasional basis when you clean out your own closet seasonally or go through that pile of outgrown kids’ clothes. Or, you can do it consistently as a business by buying at a local thrift store for resale. To make a business of it, you will need an eye for bargains on designer or vintage goods.

Either way, you will also need to think about timing...MORE your sales to the right season, have a critical eye for defects that could cause your garments to be rejected or returned and know the latest trends and styles buyers want. These 7 sites all work a bit differently, both in terms of what items they buy and sell, how they pay (taking a commission on sales or purchasing directly from you) and how shipping works.  Read through the descriptions to see which one will work for you.

 

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    With this website that buys and sells women's and kids clothes, handbags, shoes and accessories, you send off your clothes in bag with a pre-paid mailing label and then wait to see what they are worth. ThredUp determines the value and pays you via PayPal, a pre-paid Visa or store credit. In a few cases, items might be consigned instead of a straight purchase from ThredUp. The clothes must be defect-free and sought-after brands. You can use an earnings estimator on the site to help determine...MORE if your items are likely to be accepted. There is a fee to have items that are not accepted returned.

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    This company is essential an online consignment shop. Use your phone to photograph, price and list your items for sale. When your things sell, the company takes commission. For sales under $15, it is a flat fee of $2.95. For sales of $15 or more, the commission is 20 percent. Shipping is paid by the buyer, and when you make a sale, Poshmark provides a pre-paid, pre-addressed label for you to send it to the buyer.  Poshmark is only available in the United States and its territories. Poshmark...MORE sells women’s, children’s and men’s clothing, purses, shoes, jewelry, accessories and makeup. Pays via electronic transfer to your bank account or check. 

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    This children’s consignment store in New Jersey also accepts clothes from “consignors” via the internet, though it works more like ThredUp than a true consignment shop. Rather than listing item and paying a commission on sales, sellers are paid per item and a shipping fee is deducted from the proceeds. There is also the opportunity for event consignment in which items are sold at real-word events. This is paid via a more traditional consignment arrangement. Either way payment is via Paypal or...MORE store credit. It accepts maternity clothing and children’s clothing sizes newborn to size 12. 

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    The RealReal

    This luxury consignment company only accepts certain high-end  designers. Items selling for $120 or less the company takes 45 percent of the proceeds. The commission varies with higher priced items but is never less than 30 percent. Sellers do not set their own prices. In addition to men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, company sells jewelry, art, watches and certain home goods and furniture. If you have more than 10 items in a certain price range, The RealReal will send someone to your home...MORE to pick up.

     

     

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    While this company is a lot like Poshmark, it only takes a 14.9 percent commission. However, it only takes women’s clothing, shoes, bags and accessories (no children’s or men’s). In addition to clothing, it specializes in weddings. This includes wedding gowns, veils, bridesmaid dresses and groom and groomsman clothing as well as decorations and stationery.  

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    This company works very similarly to ThredUp (determining the value of the items you mail in then paying you) with one big difference--it pays via store credit or a gift card to Bloomingdales, no cash.  However, it has more generous policy on rejected items, sending them back to you for free.

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    Like the Material World, this is a swap site where only credit is given. What’s a little different is that every piece comes with a story. It’s all part of the curation process. Focus is on designer brands and vintage. Sells mens’ and women’s clothes, shoes, bags and accessories. Vintage clothing is organized by decade.