How to sell your clothes and make money online
There is nothing better than a good clear out of your jam-packed wardrobe and drawers.
A proper clear out - not a half-hearted job using excuses like “this kind of fits me, not really, but I’ll keep it incase” or “I’ll keep this until it comes back in fashion”.
No excuses - that old sequin jacket, is another person's treasure.
Not worn it for a year? FLOG IT.
It’s time to sell your hidden gems for the good of your closet and your wallet!
Selling clothes online has never been easier, there are now apps and services you can use which are super straightforward which means you can start making cash instantly.
There are different routes you can go down, so below we’ve rounded up a few of the best places to successfully sell the wardrobe pieces and accessories you've parted from...
Depop is a sort of part-eBay, part-Instagram app. The Depop app is a great place to buy, sell and share unique items including art, vintage clothing, luxury fashion, illustrations, books, records and trainers.
What can I sell on Depop? Clothes, shoes and make-up are popular categories and you’ll find many fashion bloggers use Depop to sell off the samples and free clothes they receive. Whatever unwanted items you find hiding at the back of your wardrobe or lying on your shelf, they’re most likely worth selling on Depop.
You can open your own personal shop and share pictures or videos to sell your items. There is however, a list of prohibited and restricted items to sell on Depop which you should take a look at.
What are the charges? The app is free to download and there is no listing or subscription fee. However, Depop charges a 10% flat rate fee on every item sold (including shipping costs).
What about transaction charges? They have partnered with PayPal to ensure Depop is a safe and secure place for buyers and sellers. PayPal charges vary depending on your country - in general it’s 3.4% + £0.20 for UK and EU sellers. For US sellers it’s 2.9% + $0.30.
Very similar to Depop, Vinted is an online marketplace and community that allows its users to sell, buy and swap clothing items and accessories. You upload your items, set the fee and package things off when they're sold, pretty easy.
However, in comparison to Depop, Vinted has a slightly older target audience.
What can I sell on Vinted? Vinted allow women's, men's and children's clothing, footwear, accessories, toys and children's furniture. They also allow cosmetics, tech accessories, and beauty products.
There's a list of items that are not accepted online such as sports equipment, used piercings, undergarments, used beauty products etc. Double check their list here.
What are the charges? There are no fees for uploading your items and selling them on Vinted. It's free! This means once your sale has processed, you'll receive the full selling price straight to your Vinted balance.
The best thing about eBay is that you can sell literally anything on the site - everybody seems to be making money on eBay these days.
What are the charges? eBay charges the following fees:
➢ Insertion Fees: This is charged when you list an item on eBay. You're allowed to list 20 items per month free of charge, after which you'll be charged 35p 'insertion fee' per item.
➢ Final Value Fee: When an item sells, you have to pay a flat 10% of the final sale price, including postage. This applies to every item, including those listed for free.
If the buyer pays by PayPal, it usually takes 3.4% of the total sale price, plus 20p per transaction.
Make sure your item is worth selling, think about the postage and packaging costs as well as the other charges - is it really worth the effort?
For more top tips, read our guide 'how to be amazing at selling on eBay'
Asos Marketplace has become the leading online platform for independent brands and vintage boutiques. It's more for clothes sellers looking to establish their own business (or who already have a business) rather than those looking to make an extra few pounds.
What are the charges? You'll have to apply for a 'Boutique' with Asos Marketplace to get started. A boutique costs £20 per month and when you make a sale, you'll pay 20% commission.
Vintage boutiques must stock a minimum of 20 styles at all times and Indie and Multi-Brand boutiques must stock 15 styles at all times.
Compared to other options listed it is more expensive, however, selling to Asos' extensive global audience is a HUGE deal. Plus, you'll get editorial coverage across their website, social media channels, newsletters and ASOS’ platforms.
Facebook Marketplace isn't known for being the best platform for selling clothes, but it's an easy, convenient and quick way to buy and sell in your area - reaching thousands in your local community.
The marketplace is available in the Facebook app and on desktops/tablets. You don't have to download a separate app or set up a new account.
What are the charges? You can list items and find great deals directly within Facebook for FREE, there are absolutely no charges.
Etsy is an online marketplace specifically for unique and homemade creative items, not second-hand clothes. Anything from greeting cards, paintings, jewellery to vintage treasures etc. How much money you could make entirely depends on how successful your shop becomes.
What are the charges? Etsy's fees are more complicated compared to similar marketplaces like Depop or Vinted. There are three different types of fees that apply each time someone buys something from your shop:
➢ A listing fee: It's free to sign up to Etsy but there is a £0.15 fee per listing and each listing lasts four months, or until it sells.
➢ A transaction fee: There's a 5% transaction fee applied to both the cost of the item and the cost of shipping.
➢ A payment processing fee: This is 20p + 4% of the entire payment (including postage).
Make sure you double check Etsy's terms and conditions on what you can sell as they have quite strict rules.
Gumtree is one of the most popular local selling sites for used items like furniture, TVs, bikes, cars and hardware. It's not best known for clothes and accessories etc. however, you can still flog these items quick and effectively on the platform.
What are the charges? The majority of ads on Gumtree are free to place. It's free for private sellers to post ads in the "for sale" section on Gumtree, but if you're a business you are expected to be charged for your ad. Adding features, such as placing your ad on Gumtree's homepage, will raise the price.
The difficulty with Gumtree is making your stuff stand out to buyers, as there's over a million items for sale on an average day!
Tips and advice for selling online
➣ Pictures will be the key to making sales
Pictures should be taken in natural daylight with a good quality camera. It's also helpful to take pictures of the items being worn to help buyers get a good idea of sizing etc. Make sure to include more than one picture for each item - Don't use generic images from the internet!
➣ Add a description
Writing a detailed description including information on sizing, material and condition will help buyers know exactly what you're selling. Honesty is the best policy - make sure you reveal if there's any stains or tears. It's also a good idea to include details about your delivery, refunds or exchanges as this can ultimately save you time and money.
➣ Get to know your buyer
It's helpful to get to know your customer to find out whether they are a reliable person or not. Checking out a buyer's feedback ratings and comments can be useful. Since most of these sites listed above are all about 'community', talking to customers and staying in contact can encourage them to return.
➣ Consider discounts or bundles
If you're struggling to sell your items, it's worth considering whether items can be sold together as a bundle instead. This means you can save money on delivery costs as well as increase the chances of actually selling the items!
➣ Double check postage prices
Don't get caught out on the postage fees! Make sure you are well aware of the postage prices well in advance, as these differ depending on items/country/company. Keep hold of the proof of postage in case something goes wrong and your parcel doesn't arrive.
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