So I’ve been helping a friend sell her old unwanted luxury clothes and accessories, and it’s been fun learning all of the new online outlets out there that make it easier than ever to sell your things. Unlike traditional consignment stores who take you for 50% of the selling price, these 3 online consignment stores give you more options to sell with even less commission so you can make the most on your old favorites (and buy some new ones).
Walk in my closet
How it works: Create your closet and upload your photos and descriptions of items for sale. The site gives you clear guidelines for how to correctly shoot and submit your items. Experts will review your items and let you know if it is accepted, since they generally only accept items that are in excellent condition. The other option is to use the concierge service, where you ship your items free of charge to the site and they take professional photos of your items and take care of all steps of the sale.
Commission: They take 25% if you sell it yourself, and 35% for the concierge service.
The Real Real
How it works: Check out their designer directory to see what labels they accept to sell. If you have 10 or more qualifying items in excellent condition, you may be eligible for their white glove service, where a Merchandise Manager will go to your home to pick up your items and ship them free of charge.If you have less than 10 designer items in excellent condition, you list your items yourself and print a shipping label (shipping costs will be refunded in your first consignment payment).
Once they receive your items, they will be authenticated, photographed, priced and included in your profile under My Sales. The whole process usually takes between 10-15 days, and anything not accepted is shipped back to you.
Commission: They take 40% of sales. When you sell over $7,500 they take only 30%
How it works: Order a thredUP Clean Out Bag, and fill it with like-new quality women’s, juniors and kids clothing. They have a clothing calculator that can help you estimate your payout amount in advance. You just give the Clean Out Bag to your USPS carrier or drop it off at the nearest FedEx Office location. Your bag comes with a pre-paid, pre-addressed shipping label. Items that aren’t accepted go to charity or can be mailed back to you for a $12.99 shipping fee.
Commission: They take only 20% of the resale value which can be paid with a thredup shopping credit or via paypal.
If you’re ready to redo your closet and you have some amazing pieces you know will fetch some cash – try these sites out. Of course you’ll always get the most money selling on eBay – it’s a lot more work, but you get 90% of the sale price. Read my post on How to Sell on Ebay Like a Pro. Goodluck!