i am constantly shopping and constantly trying to purge my closet. i use a few different tools, so i thought it might be helpful if i explained my process and then pro/conned the different selling tools i use in case you were in the mood to purge, too!
how i choose clothes to sell/get rid of:
true life, the catalyst of me purging my closet is always when i run out of hangers for my clean clothes. its like a little (and frequent) reality check that my closet is too full. so basically, i notice that i need more hangers, and i start looking through my closet for things i can get rid of. most of the items i end up getting rid of in these moments are things i’ve had for more than a year and never actually wore, things that i haven’t worn in more than a year, or things that just aren’t my style anymore. if the item is more than four or so years old or something i didn’t pay much for, i’ll add it to a goodwill/give to friends pile i always have going. if the item is in great condition and a good brand, i’ll do one of three things:
list it on poshmark:
how: listing on poshmark is pretty simple once you’ve created your account. basically you take pictures of your item, answer a few simple questions about it, and then hit post.
pros: once you’ve listed the item(s), you don’t really have to worry about it. there are no time restrictions on poshmark, so you could leave items in your “closet” for years until they sold. there also aren’t any restrictions as to how many times you can “share” the items in your close. facebook groups often have rules about how many times you can bump/share your listings, but with poshmark you can self share all day long if you so desire.
poshmark makes shipping your item once its sold very easy too. the moment someone buys your item, you get an email PDF of a prepaid shipping label. all you have to do is print it, package your item, and drop it at the post office WITHOUT waiting in line. its SO EASY. the most annoying part of selling on eBay was waiting in line to mail something!!
poshmark also has a lot of seller tools and tips within the app to help you sell things. this blog post would be 50 years long if i detailed all of them, but trust me they’re super helpful.
cons: poshmark works sort of like instagram in that its more beneficial to you to “engage” with other users. the more you like and share other user’s posts, the more likely those same users are to follow you and reciprocate the gesture. obviously the more followers you have, the more shares you will get, and the more people that will see your posts. it can get exhausting trying to keep up with it, especially if you have a lot of listings in your closet.
poshmark also takes a hefty commission of 30% which can get annoying. i have been able to sell things for more money on poshmark than they would’ve sold for on facebook, so in most cases the commission doesn’t bother me too much. it does get tricky when listing things for less than $15, because at that point you’re not really making much. i have a general rule for myself that the lowest price i’ll take on poshmark is $10, but i’ve really tried to stay away from listing things for that low because its just more trouble than its worth at that point for $7. if this is the case i’ll usually try listing it on facebook before sending it off to thread up or goodwill.
list it on facebook in a buy, sell, trade group:
how: listing an item to sell on facebook is basically the same as listing it on poshmark. you take a picture (just be mindful of the facebook group’s rules about how many pictures you’re allowed to post) and fill in some basic info about the item.
pros: the biggest pro to selling something via facebook is convenience. porch pick up (or PPU in facebook lingo) is the method i use to “deliver” items to the people that buy them, so all i have to do is literally set it on my porch. people buying from facebook are usually paying in cash, so not waiting for any sort of funds transfer is nice.
cons: there are SO MANY RULES to follow when posting things in facebook selling groups, the biggest one being that you can only bump (reshare) your post X amount of times. when i first started selling through facebook this wasn’t a big deal, but now these facebook groups are so full of people that are always posting that chances of your post actually getting seen are SLIM. people in these groups are also looking for yard sale prices, so chances of selling your higher end brand items for a decent amount are also slim.
send it into thread up:
how: sending your closet clean out items into thread up is probably the easiest method outside of just donating to goodwill. all you do is create an account and request a closet clean out bag. thread up mails you a bag, you fill it up with clothes, shoes, or accessories, and you mail it back. they will send you an email once they’ve processed your bag letting you know how many items they’re keeping and how much your payout is.
pros: this is by far the easiest way to make money off of your closet cleanout. as you can see, the bags hold A LOT. thread up donates items they don’t accept to charity, so thats nice, too. i like to send things to thread up that i got for super cheap, because i won’t be losing money if they don’t accept them.
cons: the biggest con with thread up is how little of a payout you actually get. they’ve accepted roughly 25 of my items, and my current payout amount is $39. and of course they’re listing things for much more than what they’re paying you for them. its basically JUST like platos closet, without having to wait around in a smelly store for them to offer you no money. the bag process time with thread up is UNREAL. the last bag i sent in to them took them literally 6 weeks to process. are that many people sending things in? i don’t get it.
none of these methods is completely fool proof or more in the seller’s favor than the other. i think if i had to choose, poshmark would be my favorite, facebook my least favorite, and thread up is just whatever to me. but everyone is different and i definitely recommend trying all three! if you have any questions or need help getting started with poshmark or facebook, i’m always happy to help! also, if theres a better way for me to make money off my closet out there PLEASE fill me in..i’m always looking for easy ways to do this closet clean out thing.