4 Tips For Selling Used Clothes and Accessories

One of my great joys in life is purging my closet and dresser drawers. No, seriously – it makes me damn near giddy! I absolutely hate clutter or unused stuff taking up space. However, perhaps a little selfishly I don’t like to just give away everything. I keep my clothes, bags, jewelry, etc., in great shape, so why not try to get a few dollars back to use toward something I really do want? I’ve been selling to cash-back consignment stores since high school, and I’ve also had decent luck on Poshmark. And, I attribute that to my 4 tips for selling used clothes and accessories.

4 Tips For Selling Used Clothes and Accessories

Consider current trends and styles.

Unlike traditional thrift shops, consignment stores (or places that you sell to online) typically are looking for current styles or trends. At least within the last two to three years. So, if you have a top from Forever 21 in decent shape but it’s 10 years old, you’re probably not going to have much luck with a sale. You can have a little leeway on this in the accessories department since jewelry and handbags don’t change in fashion/trends as often.

Think seasonally.

Don’t try to sell sweaters in July, and don’t try to get rid of bathing suits in December – make sense? Whether you’re selling on Poshmark or to a consignment shop, shoppers are looking for what’s in-season or soon to be in-season. There are exceptions to everything, though so there can be some crossover between seasons. For example, I sometimes try to sell sweaters/cardigans in August around back-to-school time.

Make sure clothes are freshly laundered.

This seems like a duh statement, but it’s still worth mentioning. Nobody – I repeat, NOBODY – wants to buy clothes that look or smell used. A quick wash will do the trick. Especially if you keep seasonal clothes or clothes that you don’t wear a lot packed away in storage bins, they can smell a bit musty. At the very least, give everything a Febreeze bath!

Bring everything in a plastic bin or laundry basket – not a garbage bag!

Just like most things, presentation is everything. I used to bring clothes to the consignment shop in a large shopping bag, which was fine, but not the best option. Now, I have a plastic storage bin set aside solely for clothes and accessories that I want to sell. It’s easier to fold clothes and keep everything nicely organized, and you can fit way more in a container opposed to a shopping bag(s)! Plus, a container with a lid helps keep dust off items so everything stays looking (and smelling!) fresh.

Well, definitely not rocket science, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t follow these 4 tips for selling used clothes and accessories! I swear that as simple as these tips are that they make a world of difference to whoever you’re selling to.

Are you a fan of selling your clothes/accessories to consignment shops? What about online?

Local friends! If you’re in or near Fond du Lac, I often sell items at Autumn’s Closet. She is one of the nicest people and always is looking for the latest and greatest. The store also offers a community closet for those in-need. Be sure to keep her in mind next time you’re looking to sell or donate some things!

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  1. 8.13.17

    Ahhh I need to be so much better about this. It sounds so freeing to clean out and make a profit off of it, I just am lazy and don’t take the time! These are tips that I definitely wouldn’t have thought of- I know I’d have reached for a garbage bag!

  2. 8.7.17
    Megan said:

    I LOVE that feeling of clearing out my closet. I actually just donated a whole bunch of clothes the other day. I didn’t even think of selling them but then again I don’t think anyone would have wanted my 16-year-old-ish clothes.

  3. 8.7.17

    i totally agree about the season tip, i keep all my holiday stuff like st patrick’s shirts until the following holiday and they sell a lot quicker. although to be honest i used to sell on ebay but i don’t have the patience for it anymore. i’ll send to thred up or just donate to goodwill now. it makes it easier to shop less now knowing that i don’t want to just give my stuff away lol

  4. 8.7.17

    I have to admit that normally I just donate everything when I’m going through a purge, but this is such a good idea about presenting your clothes as worth buying if you’re trying to sell them! Packaging is definitely key!

    • 8.7.17

      Absolutely! I donate a fair amount, too but I just can’t part with some of my nicer stuff without even trying. The extra bit of fun money doesn’t hurt!

  5. 8.7.17

    Totally agree with presentation being everything! I love getting rid of stuff, I always feel so refreshed <3

    Green Fashionista

  6. 8.7.17

    I really need to get my poshmark account up and going. I have so many pieces that are taking up space and it’s like extra money just hanging in my closet!

    • 8.7.17

      Yeah, girl! With your style I bet you’d make a killing on Poshmark. It’s so nice to get a little extra fun money that way, too.

  7. 8.7.17
    Debra Stachelski said:

    I know you love to purge, I could use some help in that department, haha! I think these are all great tips to maximize your profit, which you are really good at!

  8. 8.7.17

    I love going through my things regularly too! As a blogger, it is easy for things to pile up too quickly and my closet to get out of control. I have a resale shop here locally I use a lot. Great tips!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • 8.7.17

      It’s so true! I bet you get so many clothes with all your brand collaborations, so it’s easy to lose things in the shuffle.

  9. 8.7.17
    Biana Perez said:

    I’m so with you -I love getting rid of stuff 🙂 We have a few places that are great for reselling clothes but I opt for buffalo exchange or ebay because I dont like to wait for it to sell at a consignment store LOL! xo,Biana-BlovedBoston

    • 8.7.17

      Haha yes! Don’t blame you. My local store is similar to Plato’s Closet so I get cash on the spot instead of a traditional consignment store. I’ve always wanted to try eBay!