If you’re in the process of cleaning out your closet and plan to head over to your local Salvation Army this weekend to donate everything, pause for a second and read this story. It’s admirable, but not always the best move. With the internet popping off and all, there are so many other ways to rid your apartment of unwanted items—and you might even earn a profit. Okay, yes, monetary gain isn’t better than giving away with charitable intentions, we know but, again, did you read this story?
Now that we’re on the same level of understanding, ahead, we list some of the best websites and apps to sell your clothing and beauty products. Cosmetics are a bit finicky because most makeup has to be unused (because, ew) and many skin-care products have a short shelf life, but there are some options out there. And, it’s easy! Some companies will come to you, while others make the re-selling process really convenient. Since we’re taking a break from donating clothes (we are… right?), why not make a quick buck? If that doesn’t fly with you, setting up swap meets with friends is also an option. Marie Kondo your way into warmer weather whatever way you see fit!
Touted as the “largest online thrift store and consignment store,” ThredUp is the virtual version of bringing your clothes to your local Beacon’s Closet or Buffalo Exchange to sell—just with less judgment and attitude. They send you a Clean Out bag that you fill up with like-new quality clothing, accessories, or shoes. You’ll then receive an email noting how much you’ve earned after the items have been reviewed and processed.
To save you some time, they have a calculator that guesstimates how much you might be getting back. They accept a good number of brands but, keep in mind, the more “luxe” the brand, the better the payout. For example, a pair of Zara shoes might only get you $5, but a pair of Michael Kors boots can leave you $200 richer. Items not accepted are sent to charitable partners or textile recycling companies.
Similar to eBay, Tradesy prompts sellers to take pictures of their clothes and post them on their website to be sold. Unlike eBay, the site walks you through everything from the photographing process to the listing. When your item is bought, they’ll send a pre-paid shipping kit for you to return. Like most companies, they take a chunk of your sale—though not as much as other resale sites. They deduct $7.50 for items less than $50 and 19.8 percent for everything $50 and more.
All of the selling for Depop happens on its app. You create a profile, that resembles the layout on Instagram, that displays the items you’re looking to get rid of. You can list pretty much anything, but vintage-y pieces seem to be the crowd favorite. Think: windbreakers, D.A.R.E. sweatshirts, denim skirts. Basically, all of those old clothes your mom probably still has hoarded away somewhere.
Bear in mind, if you want things to sell, you usually have to promote it on your own social feeds. Once you get an interested buyer, they slide into your messages and you coordinate from there.
For the big spenders with buyer's remorse (or just constantly changing interests), you’ll want to bookmark The RealReal. It’s a luxury resale site that takes high-end brands like Gucci and Chanel but also mid-level ones like Birkenstock and Loefller Randall (check out the full list here). They’ll even take jewelry and “fine art.” If you have 10 or more items and live in a qualifying city, you’ll be rewarded with convenience. The website will send someone to pick up your stuff and, after undergoing a rigid authentication process, they’ll be listed. Keep in mind the sale is commission-based, so they pocket 55 percent of sales that are $1,500 or less and 60 percent and above for anything more than that.
No blurry pics are necessary to sell your beauty products on Glambot. The process is simple: request a label, send the products to them, and the company will Paypal you the money or give store credit for 30 percent more.
A slew of brands are accepted—from GlamGlow to Urban Decay—and you can list things like lipstick and lightly used eyeshadow as well as new sets of makeup brushes. Keep in mind, the products can’t be expired, must have at least 50 percent of the original product remaining, and the packaging has to be in re-sellable condition. They don’t accept hair, body, or nail products, or fragrances of any kind.
MUABS (Makeup Addict Blog Sales) started out as a community where bloggers and makeup lovers could sell products with more security than other sites. It’s still that, but now it’s open to the general public. They don’t appear to have a list of brands you can sell, but you are required to post pictures, handle the listing, coordinating, and shipping yourself. MUABS only collects a 10 percent fee, though, so you have a good amount of control over your earnings.
Get an eyeshadow palette recently you know you’re not going to use? Or, yet another red lipstick that looks just like the other five you already own? Post it on Poshmark. The site is usually the go-to for selling clothes, but you can put your (unused and unopened) makeup up for sale, too. Listing items is free and promoting your products is encouraged. Poshmark keeps 20 percent of sales and shipping is included in the final cost to the buyer.