Today I’m walking you through my process for selling my clothes online through Poshmark, at local consignment stores like Plato’s Closet, and finally through ThredUp in order to make the most amount of money from the clutter in your closet. I love fashion, clothing, refreshing my wardrobe, and getting new items. This also means that I have to declutter my wardrobe – very often. I have this really in-depth process that I’ve gotten down over years of decluttering and cleaning out my closet. I think it is just the perfect way to get the most amount of money from your closet, get most reusability out of your clothes, and make sure they’re not going to end up in a landfill somewhere.
1. First Things First
Go through your wardrobe and pull out anything you don’t wear, anything that doesn’t bring you joy. Make a pile of the clothes.
2. Sort Those Clothes!
Go through and sort into different piles based on whether they can be resold or donated or thrown away. A good indicator for reselling would be in condition (no tears, no rips, no holes) and name brand. Anything in bad condition should be thrown away. You could maybe even find someone who could recycle the fabric. So now you have your three piles: sell, donate, and recycle.
3. Sell, Sell, Sell!
We’ll first start off by selling on Poshmark. It’s a great place to resell clothes (very similar to Depop) and I’ve honestly had the most success here. The best thing about Poshmark is that you can set your own prices. So take some pictures, the best result I’ve found comes with actually trying on the clothes for your pictures. If you’re short on time, you can just snap a few pics of the clothes and if they don’t sell within the first 5 days or so, go back and update your listing with you wearing the clothes.
4. Now that it's posted.....
Once you’ve posted your items, you’ll get a bunch of likes or shares based on the interest in your clothes. If the item hasn’t sold in a week or so, I strategically drop the price by about $20 which sends out a notification to anyone who’s liked it. I’ve found that I usually sell about 80% of the clothes I put up following these rules!
4. The Fun Part!
Packaging! In order to keep costs down, any time I receive a package, I keep the packaging (Amazon’s is the best). Reduce, reuse, recycle! It takes off an expense though you still have to purchase packaging tape and you should have a printer for the shipping labels.
5. The Next Steps
So, everything’s been shipped, everything gone, and you should be seeing money in your bank account in around 4 days. The next step is going to a local consignment store, where you can get money for your remaining clothes that same day. I don’t have a lot of options around me so I use Plato’s Closet. I have some clothes that aren’t selling on Poshmark for some reason so I’ll take them there. I haven’t always had the best luck with them but it’s nice to recoup some of the money you wouldn’t have gotten if you had donated them. Now any remaining items, I try to sell on ThredUp which is an online thrift store. It’s a great last option because they donate or recycle any clothes they don’t want to buy from you.
So that was my process! I hope you enjoyed and let me know down below in the comments if you have any tips or tricks.