In a world obsessing over side-hustles, one of the most accessible options available to everyone is earning cash from clearing out your wardrobe. While half the battle of the clear-out is deciding to part with the clothes, the next step is deciding what to do with them. Throw in the monetary opportunity and the motivation suddenly presents itself.
So what are your options?
Whether in it for building a long-term side hustle or just looking for a quick injection of cash for holiday spending, these are the best ways to turn old clothes into earning opportunity.
In between documenting the behind-the-scenes of our daily lives, Instagram is increasingly becoming the go-to place for re-selling our pre-loved clothes. Given this isn’t exactly what the social media network was designed for, you don’t have to deal with the drama of seller admin. Simply take a picture of the item of clothing you’re selling, list a few key features (size, brand, price), share with your pre-existing audience and wait for the sales to happen right there in your DMs.
The downside to this is that you’ll have to direct payment methods elsewhere as again, the social network wasn’t designed to be the next eBay. Although on a small scale this only requires sharing a PayPal link, for example, the Instagram resale model is less sustainable for those planning to make flipping clothes a legitimate side hustle.
While Instagram is still working on its shift into the eCommerce world, Facebook has already rolled out its version with Facebook Marketplace. Similar to Craigslist and sites like Gumtree, it’s easy to use in taking a quick picture of the item you’re selling. It’s worth noting that Facebook Marketplace isn’t limited to clothing and can be used to sell any items.
The update to the app is easier to use than sites like Gumtree as it plays into its strengths of being designed on a social basis and targets those around you, therefore, making it easier to not only make a sale but also to organize a monetary exchange and saves costs on postage.
For those taking their wardrobe clear out a little more seriously, ASOS Marketplace is the place to take your online selling game to the next level. This option is more appropriate for those with plans to open their own online boutique. With this in mind, the site requires a little more involvement than your average online sale but if you’re willing to pay a small monthly fee and find yourself with large volumes of clothes to sell, ASOS Marketplace is worth it for the online traffic, customer type and amount of eyes it will bring to your products. Additionally, the pattern allows you to set up unique discount codes and run offers on your items that otherwise wouldn’t be possible on other sites.
Somewhere in between eBay and Instagram, Depop is the creme de la creme of reselling platforms with particular focus on the fashion-forward and vintage kings and queens of the fashion scene. For those that get it right, Depop is a golden commercial opportunity for earning consistent income on the side, killing two birds with one stone and getting rid of clothes you no longer wear at the same time.
It’s a site that’s turned a one-off clear out into a legitimate business for many. It’s a treasure trove for vintage pieces and novelty Instagram fashion hits. So that OTT 80s look you rocked on the ‘gram and haven’t worn since? Time to earn your keep on Depop.
We couldn’t forget to mention to the O.G of resale sites, eBay. With the rise of many niche resale models and the hype around vintage bargain hunting, eBay is your best bet for sell-out viral buys and cult items from the high street. The platform allows you to list 20 items per month for free with a listing fee of 35p per item after that. Once you’ve sold an item, all you’ve got to worry about is paying 10% of the final transaction value to eBay and postage pricing and the rest is yours to pocket.