Some of the pillars of sustainable fashion are repairing, remaking, and reusing your clothes. But what do you do with the clothes that have been living in the darkest parts of your wardrobe? You can't keep hiding them, as if by not seeing those items the problem would be solved instantly. Worry not, in our latest sustainable fashion article we will share seven great apps and sites where you can sell your clothes, save the planet and make some money out of it.
Spring is the time to clean out your closet and get rid of clothes you no longer wear. As Marie Kondo has taught us, you need to get rid of anything that doesn’t spark joy anymore. However, as fashion is the second-largest polluter in the world, you can’t just throw your clothes away. You can either donate or sell them. Surely, donating might seem like a more ethical option, as you are not only supporting the environment but also supporting a good cause. On the other hand, selling clothes can help make some money on the side, and is still an ethical option to get rid of your old clothes. These days you don’t even need to leave your house for it. All you need is your old clothes and your smartphone to take photos and post them on the app.
Here are the seven best sites and apps everyone needs to try to give their clothes a second life.
Poshmark is an e-commerce platform where users can sell their old, as well as new, clothes and accessories. Not only that but you can also swap your unworn pieces for something that you would enjoy more. All you need to do is take a photo of the item and post it along with the detailed description. Then other users can make offers that you either deny or accept.
If you have some high fashion brands in your closet that you would love to find new owners for, The RealReal is exactly what you need. They sell products that are vetted and authenticated by their professional staff. You will get to keep up to 85% of the selling price. Most importantly, the RealReal will do all the work for you — once they receive your items, their team of copywriters and photographers will take photos of your items, write a description for them, and in the span of 10-15 days the listing will appear in your profile.
As the name suggests, ASOS Marketplace is a marketplace where hundreds of boutiques can sell their vintage and new pieces. To start selling your items and set up your boutique — as ASOS prefers to call your store — you need to pass authentication by ASOS team members. It usually takes about three days and you might be asked to provide additional information about your brand. To make this process easier you can check out their style guides that will help you get set and start selling on ASOS Marketplace.
Vinted is an online marketplace founded by two Lithuanian entrepreneurs in 2008. In 2010 it was launched in the US. Eleven years later, in 2019, it became the first Lithuanian unicorn brand, something worth mentioning.
Just like the other resale websites and apps, Vinted follows the same scheme of posting your item on there and getting the deal sealed (if an interested buyer is found). However, a few key differences to mention is, first of all, Vinted is interested in vintage and second-hand pieces. Secondly, Vinted charges a small service fee per purchase — unlike its competitors who charge the insertion and final sale fees — and provides the seller with a prepaid shipping label.
Facebook Marketplace is another marketplace where you can sell your items easily. All you need to do is create a listing, import the image, and at the Your Items tab, you can organize and manage your listings and queries. Facebook Marketplace doesn’t charge any listing fees or taxes, but it also doesn’t provide any return policies that protect the buyer if an item is faulty or different from its description. The process of buying and selling an item is left to the two parties — the sellers and the buyers — to negotiate the deal.
Depop is probably the most loved and used marketplace among the Gen Z. The reason for that is that Depop is curated in a similar way to Instagram. Its user-friendly interface makes it easy to find any item you need. More than 30 million customers throughout the world are using Depop, and it is easy for you to join them and start your side resale business too.
This one is the oldest in the book. eBay is a commonly known online shop where you can sell not only second-hand pieces but also start a career as a reseller. The cool thing about selling on eBay is that the buyers get to do a bit of bidding, so you can sell your fashion items for even more than you originally intended.
Now that you know all about places where you can sell your vintage — or even new — items, nothing stops you from giving resale business a try. Who knows where that hobby or side gig will lead you?
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