Remember the days of the garage sale? Maybe it’s just me, but it doesn’t seem like you see garage sales like you used to. When I was young, it seemed someone in the neighborhood was having one every weekend. And my mother dragged me to every one of those! Which means that I have an aversion to them, although I do think they are very good way to re-purpose household items that would otherwise get thrown away. Now, there’s a better and more convenient way.
If you’ve collected an overabundance of nice clothes, purses, and shoes, there are some great online fashion consignment sites you might want to check out. Going this route will not only help you clean out your closet but you can also earn some money too! Here are some of the sites that you might like.
ThredUp – They send you a bag, for free, you fill it up, send it back and ThredUp sells the items and takes a commission. Super convenient. They are looking for items that are like new or without a lot of wear and tear, or may even still have tags. You can leave your earnings with them and use it to shop with on their site or you can cash out with PayPal. Every year ThredUp donates 10% of their Clean Out proceeds to Teach for America and you can also donate your earnings to their non-profit partners if you like. And they also accept children’s clothes.
Poshmark – You take a picture of what you want to sell with your phone and post it using their free app. And then hope it sells! Poshmark promotes a community of buying and selling with other Poshmark “closets” and you actually follow other peoples postings based on your likes. So you are selling to your contemporaries. This service is more of an eBay process approach, which means you do more of the work to sell the product, and they tend to focus on name-label products, such as Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch and Michael Kors.
Tradesy – You sell anything in your closet that’s in great condition. Again, you take the picture of the item, but they will help with enhancement of that image. If you aren’t sure of a price, they will suggest a price. And if an item sells, Tradesy sends you a free pre-addressed box, a prepaid shipping label, packing material, and you ship your product out. They earn a commission on your sale price and if a customer wants to return the product they will process the return for you. This is more of a hybrid of the first two online services listed here.
Threadflip – They either send you a shipping kit or you can print a prepaid shipping label at home to send your products to them. Your products are then inspected and if they don’t make the cut are either returned to you or donated to Goodwill. For items they accept to sell, they will photograph, price, sell and ship. You can leave your earnings with Threadflip and use it to shop with on their site or you can cash out with PayPal. This and ThredUp are very similar models.
I’ve given you tidbits on sites that you can buy and sell primarily clothing and purses, but there are sites that you can use to sell other products too, such as swap.com or eBay Valet.
While most of us know about eBay, eBay Valet lets you simply package up an item you want to sell, ship it to eBay using a free prepaid label and then eBay Valet will handle the rest. They will photograph your item, create a professional looking post and deal with customer inquiries. Once your item sells, they’ll ship the product to the buyer and send you up to 80 percent of the sale price via PayPal. There are some limitations on what you can and can’t sell. This is a site you cannot use to sell clothing or anything worth less than $40, but if you have electronics, sporting goods, or instruments, then this is the site for you.
I love the fact that the online world has given us these alternatives. No more garage sales! Not to offend the garage sale lovers out there. After all, my mom still loves them. And, yes, sometimes I still go with her. But if I do go, I’m wearing our Crystal Tube Bracelet. A piece that can be worn anywhere!