Storage units and clothing go together like peanut butter and jelly, like bacon and eggs, like two peas in a pod. You get the point. And clearly, the knowledge that somebody’s hungry.
Have you ever won a unit that didn’t contain at least one box of clothes? Probably not. Clothing is commonly stored in storage lockers. Whether the original owner was seasonally storing clothing, or if they just ran out of room in their dresser for their entire collection, lockers are regularly full of clothing. Unfortunately, sometimes, the clothing is in bad shape and simply can’t be resold. In this instance, we suggest up-cyling them and creating unique pieces such as pillows and pillow cases, lamp shades, and more! However, other times, you may stumble across well preserved, gently worn, brand name items that can turn a nice profit. As a seller, you have options. You can sell locally to thrift or consignment stores, or via Craigslist, or you can hit the world wide web. Selling online is nothing new. For years sellers have been turning to eBay and Amazon to sell. eBay is a great option to list large quantities of items that may not pull a profit individually. Etsy is also fast becoming a popular site to sell gently used vintage items and especially unique pieces. But you already know about these sites. We’ve talked about them in the blog before. (We’re big fans, what can we say?) So we won’t continue to bore you with more details on these.
Instead, today, we’re covering the holy grail of clothing. You stumble across the locker of a true fashionista. Every piece of clothing has been stored in garment bags, shoes are still in their boxes with all the packaging, and handbags that have never even been worn! We’re talking fairly new items, with designer labels. You’re sure that these items can be sold for more than you could hope to fetch on Craigslist or eBay. So where do you turn? Here are five great sites that specialize in selling designer item that you may not have heard of yet! We did a bit of legwork and all five sites have great reputations easy to use layout!
Threadflip: Threadflip has sort of a Pinterest vibe to it. As a shopper, you pick a category, for example, denim, and several options are pulled up. As a seller, the interface is simple and easy to use: Drag/Drop an image of the item you want to sell, pick basic category, subcategories, type, size, and give the item a name. You then choose the quality of the item by selecting boxes marked Good (Some Wear)-New(With Tags). You then pick a price and choose whether or not you want to pay for shipping. You can also include information about color, material, brand, and general tags for the item, such as preppy or romantic. Threadflip then calculates the buyers fees based on the shipping information you already entered, and gives you the specific amount you’ll make on the item.
Klury: Klury is unique, because instead of selling directly to the Klury customer, you are selling to Klury itself. They then take care of all the leg work involved with selling the item to a customer looking to give your item a new home. You simply fill out a quote, which should include the brand name, item name, description, age of the item, condition, size, original retail price, and desired offer, and if applicable, the serial number. There are additional categories you can choose to fill in as well, such as an indication if the tag is still attached and addressing any imperfections the item may have. Since you may not know how much an item retailed for originally, you will need to do a bit of research before entering your quote. Once you submit a quote, they will send you an offer, if you accept, you’ll then be emailed a pre-paid shipping label. You then send your item, and once they inspect it, they’ll send you a check or issue you store credit within 48 hours of authentication.
Poshmark: This site allows you to create listings for your items directly from your phone. Like the other sites, creating your listing is a fairly straight forward process. One exciting feature they offer is Covershot Technology. This allows you to upload a photo of your item and apply a filter to your image, similar to those of Instagram fame, to make your item truly stand out from the pack. Once your item sells through your Poshmark shop, they send you a free shipping label, which you then print, and send off your item. They also pre=pay the credit card processing fees for you, in exchange, they take a 20% commission fee from your earnings once a sale occurs. You can then withdraw your funds from the store as cash whenever you’d like!
Tradesy: Tradesy is another great solution for selling your items online. You fill out the standard information such as category, and type of garment, size, designer, and a basic description, and then enter the retail price. Entering a retail price is option, but recommended. If you do enter a retail price, Tradesy will then select a Selling Price for your item automatically based on this number. They also then give you a buyer total, including the cost of shipping that they will pay. Once your item sells, you get sent a free shipping kit to allow you to send your item to your new customer! Tradesy does require all sellers to have a Paypal account so receive funds from their sales.
Dresm: Unlike the other sites listed, Dresm focuses on both Women’s and Men’s fashions, as well as Youth. There is a 15 cent listing fee, but they offer free relisting, and only a 3.5% sales fee for each item you sell on the site, which they charge you monthly. Unlike other sites, they offer a simple 30 day billing method. Any listing fees and sales fees that you accue during this period are included. You then receive an email notice once a month with the amount you owe for the month. You won’t be charged again until you list or sell a new item.