Spring cleaning: 5 apps for selling last season's clothes

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Spring cleaning: 5 apps for selling last season's clothes

Spring is all about decluttering and refreshing, so why not carry this through to your closet? You can even make some cash by doing this, possibly funding this seasons wardrobe. All you need is your cell phone and some good lighting and you'll be in business.

Here are five of the best apps for selling your old clothes, along with the benefits (and pitfalls) of each.

1. Poshmark

Pros: You’ve probably seen a lot of your favorite YouTubers and Insta-celebrities on this app. That said, Poshmark is one of the largest fashion selling networks, meaning there are more potential customers.

You can put a lot of detail in each listing, which can help it get more hits, especially if you’re selling designer duds. There’s also an option to put the original price, which can show buyers just how great of a deal they’re getting.

Cons: The hefty commission fees can add up. For sales less than $15, Poshmark takes a commission of $2.95. If you sell $15 or more, Poshmark takes a 20% commission. If you’re planning to sell clothes for very low prices, you might not end up with much of a payout.

2. ThredUp

Pros: This is a great option if you’ve got several trendy, high-quality clothes to sell. Instead of shipping to individual buyers, you send everything to ThredUp in one package. You’ll receive payment right away if the item is trendy and a hot item, but otherwise you'll have to wait until the item sells to see payment.

Cons: Once you've shipped your items, you let go of any say about selling them, including the price they list for. Also, unlike the other apps, ThredUp only accepts clothes in excellent condition with no wear, rips or stains. If items are not sold, ThredUp donates them and recycles them, which is good if you planned on getting rid of the clothes anyway, but bad if you wanted to keep them until you make some cash.

3. eBay

Pros: A perk of eBay is the ability to sell and buy things auction-style, meaning you can potentially earn more than the initial listing price. You can get paid through PayPal or your bank account. Plus, because this is a one-stop-shop, you can list almost anything else you’re looking to clear out, from old toys to holiday decor.

Cons: It can be a bit hard to sell clothes here, as eBay has a lot of, well, everything. You’re also charged a small listing fee for each item you sell, which cuts into the amount you pocket.

4. Depop

Pros: If you don’t want to pay for shipping, you can opt to deliver your clothes to someone in person at a meet up place of choice. This is great if you’d prefer to sell your wardrobe to locals and get paid quick. (Just make sure you're meeting in a public place!) If you’re not interested in meeting up with a stranger, Depop still offers the option to ship clothes.

Con: Depop takes a 10% commission on whatever you sell, including shipping costs.

5. Vinted

Pros: Vinted’s biggest appeal is their 0% fees for sellers; the buyers are charged the fee instead. All you pay is shipping. Plus, this app gives users the option to swap clothes instead of getting paid, which is great if you’re clearing out your closet just to get a new wardrobe.

Cons: You have to transfer your earnings from your Vinted wallet to your bank account, which can be an extra step you might not be interested in taking. Then again, if you want to buy your new spring new wardrobe using Vinted, this point is moot.

Looking for other ways to make money selling things you aren't using anymore? Here is the best time to sell your old smartphone.

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