Decluttering is on trend and there are ways you can make money from your gently used items. Let someone else love them while you clean up your home and earn a few extra dollars.
Consignment shops, both online and brick-and-mortar stores, are a popular way to resell clothing and some take household appliances, sports gear, and furniture. They give you a percentage of the resell price. Selling through a shop can be easier than using a site like Craigslist, since they manage most of the sales and have protections in place for the buyers and the sellers.
Kids outgrow stuff fast, from clothing to sports gear, and everything from high chairs to Little League equipment is always in demand. Some consignment shops specialize in little-used clothing like maternity wear, bridesmaids’ dresses, and baby clothes.
This list features some of the most popular websites and stores to consign your items at. Have fun cleaning up and making some money!
The world’s largest online retailer doesn’t just help businesses sell stuff. Amazon’s used book market is especially convenient and easy to use for individuals who are culling their shelves. Decide how worn the book is, based on their guidelines, and they’ll let you know what the market rate is for setting your price. Be sure to sign up as an individual seller rather than a retail business.
Walk in with your clothes anytime. Buffalo Exchange will evaluate what you have and give you cash on the spot. They accept men’s and women’s clothing and accessories in excellent condition. They are especially in need of menswear in all sizes and plus sizes for women. They take everything year-round. Wardrobe staples like jeans, t-shirts, and jackets are among their best-sellers. You’ll receive 30% of the resale value if you choose cash and 50% if you opt for store credit. Buffalo Exchange has stores in 18 states and Washington, D.C. They have a mail-in program as well.
With 38 stores across seven states and Washington, D.C., and a mail-in option, you can consign with Crossroads Trading anytime. They’ll look at your clothing immediately to evaluate a resale value. You’ll get 50% of the value for store credit and 30% if you choose cash. Clothing should be trendy and must be immaculately clean, odor-free, and in excellent condition. Many stores offer 24-hour drop-off service if you don’t have time to wait during business hours. They consign high-end designer items, too. An item must be valued at $199 or more in order to be considered for consignment.
eBay has come a long way since its founding and it’s still a popular place to buy and sell everything online. Be honest with your product descriptions and take high-quality photos. Do a little research to see how much similar items are being sold for so you can set a price that sells while still earning you as much as possible.
The site for women and children’s clothing, Kidizen was founded by moms and supports moms by creating a community. Items they accept include maternity wear and all kinds of baby gear. Kidizen allows users to set up a storefront and they offer tutorials for setting up your store, writing product descriptions that sell, and taking the best photos. Kidizen wants to empower women to take the first steps toward being businessowners.
To sell larger items that are difficult to mail, check out LetGo. You can sell furniture, appliances, and even cars to people in your area. It’s a quick, simple, and fun way to list your items for sale. Just snap a photo and set a price from the app on your phone.
Once Upon a Child
Once Upon a Child has dozens of locations across the United States and Canada. They specialize in children’s clothing, including sleepwear, costumes, and swimwear, and baby accessories. They sell toys, books, and furniture as well. Policies vary by store, but they all accept walk-in items and will evaluate them and pay you immediately. Call around to locations near you to find out if they have any specific needs that might be higher sellers.
Trendy styles and wardrobe staples for young adults and teenagers are in demand at Plato’s Closet. They accept men’s and women’s clothing and local stores may be in need of specific items so it’s a good idea to call ahead. They buy items on a walk-in basis and will pay you on the spot for anything they accept. Jeans and t-shirts are always popular, along with any brands you’ll find at the mall.
Play It Again Sports
One of the most popular consignment shops in the United States, with dozens of locations in nearly every state, Play It Again Sports specializes in sports gear. Call ahead because they try to stock what’s going to be in demand for an upcoming or current season. It’s a great place for baseball, football, soccer, lacrosse, and other school sports. Bring in your items any time for an evaluation.
Poshmark is the online home for women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories sales. Post your items with high-quality photos and set the price based on market demand. Poshmark relies on social media, so interacting with fellow sellers and buyers will get more of your stuff noticed.
For upscale, high-end designer clothing and accessories, check out the RealReal. It has one of the best returns, with up to 85% of the resale value, but they have very high standards and only accept luxury items in excellent condition. The RealReal features men’s and women’s clothing, including shoes, and they have some fine art and home decor. They have two brick-and-mortar stores and eight drop-off offices nationwide.
Rebag features luxury, high-end designer handbags and purses. Snap a few photos of your handbags and send them in through the app. Rebag will give you a quote within a couple days and if they want to sell it, they’ll send you a shipping bag. Ship your things off to them, and they’ll pay you within two or three days of receiving it. They have a few retail locations in Los Angeles and New York where you can bring in your handbags, too.
Bring in your on-trend women’s clothing and accessories, as well as classic wardrobe staples, to Style Encore and they will evaluate everything and give you cash back the same day. Items must be in excellent condition. There’s no appointment necessary and they take items from all seasons year-round. They have dozens of locations around the country and its worth calling one near you to see if they have any needs for in-demand items.
Tradesy is an online store for women’s designer clothing and has a bridal department for wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses, wedding jewelry and accessories, and even groom and groomsmen outfits. List your items in minutes through their app or website. They’ll send you a mailing kit to make it easy for you to pack and ship your items once they are sold.
Clothing, shoes, and accessories for women and children are easy to consign through thredUP. Send them your bag of clothes, at their expense. They’ll evaluate everything and let you know how much your items are worth. High-quality children’s clothing and fashionable jewelry and accessories are some of the best sellers at thredUP and they only want seasonal clothing.