Do me a favor and take a quick look in your closet. Overcrowded right?
Well there is a solution to this problem: sell your used clothing.
It’s a win-win and you don’t have to wait for a spring cleaning to get started. In fact, it should be done seasonally to stay fashionable.
So tear a page out of the Marie Kondo playbook and make a big pile of all your clothes. Yes, even your winter gear from the living room closet. Definitely the swimsuit collection. And all the clothes your kids have outgrown after wearing them twice.
You can surprise yourself with the amount of clothes you have when you have them all in one place. Kondo recommends that as you browse through your belongings, ask yourself, “Does this item bring joy?”
No? Then sell it.
6 places to sell used clothing
You can sell your clothes online with numerous apps and websites like Poshmark, Threadflip, Etsy, and eBay. But maybe you don’t have the technical know-how (or the patience) to do it yourself. Do not be upset.
There are several stationary places where you can mortgage your used clothing, shoes, handbags, accessories – even baby clothes, toys, and supplies – to keep cash in your pocket by the end of the day.
1. Uptown Cheapskate
Would you like to put some tags? Uptown Cheapskate is your place. Located in 23 states, it’s a cross between a trendy boutique and a thrift store for young adults. Sell or trade in men’s and women’s clothing at more than 80 locations. Trade-ins receive 25% bonus credit.
Brands that do well at Uptown Cheapskate include Urban Outfitters, Levi’s, and H&M. If you’re not sure whether your clothes will fit in style, visit their website for more information on trending brands and styles.
2. Buffalo Exchange
Buffalo Exchange was founded in 1974 and has been family-owned for 17 years. The company strongly believes in reusing and recycling clothing to reduce waste and pollution (and save money). Each business also works with local charities.
Buffalo Exchange accepts a wide variety of clothing items for men and women – vintage, sportswear, plus sizes, and more. Contrary to its name, it does not currently accept bison. Sorry in advance.
3. Clothing mentor
Clothes Mentor is a one-stop shop for fashionable women’s clothing in sizes 0 to 26 and maternity wear. It’s a hub for those who want designer brands without designer price tags.
Well-selling clothing items include Armani, the Banana Republic, Saks Fifth Avenue, the White House Black Market, and others. Shoes, accessories, jewelry and handbags are also accepted. Clothes Mentor has 125 stores in 28 states and has personal shoppers in certain locations who can customize the outfits to your taste.
4. Plato’s cabinet
Ah, the old standby, Plato’s cupboard. You may not have known this was a clothing store, but it is likely that you took a look at one of the 460+ locations in North America – likely between your local Chinese buffet and the grocery store.
Plato’s is Winmark Corp’s most successful clothing exchange franchise. and is aimed at adolescents and young adults. Everyday styles from Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, H&M, Nike and Obey are usually in demand.
Plato’s Closet also buys sportswear, shoes and accessories.
To see if your wardrobe surplus is a good match for Plato, search the website for other brands and styles that are selling well.
5. Style encore
Another solid option from Winmark Corp. is Style Encore. It’s like Plato’s siblings, only a little older and more sophisticated.
Style Encore accepts women’s clothing from brands such as Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, and Kate Spade. Like Clothes Mentor, Style Encore has personal stylists to help you look like a million dollars (without spending a million).
It’s Winmark’s newest clothing swap brand, so there aren’t as many locations as Plato’s. Check the store locator to find the closest one.
6. Once upon a time there was a child
Last but not least, Once Upon a Child is included in Oncemark’s clothing resale portfolio.
It’s no surprise that childcare expenses are a budget buster, but this business can help keep the costs of baby clothes, accessories, and even furniture down.
In addition to premature infant size for children up to 20 years of age, Once Upon a Child buys used cots, cradles, strollers, baby electronics, Halloween costumes and toys. Even more good news for parents: You don’t have to look very far. Once Upon a Child has more than 350 stores in the US and Canada.
Bonus: Local consignment shops
If none of the above stores match the invoice, you can always go to the nearest consignment store.
These stores work a little differently than the clothing exchanges in that consignment stores may not pay you until your item is sold. That said, you’re unlikely to go out with a bag of cash. It is also difficult to predict which brands they will buy as most local stores do not have databases and metrics to assume from. Selling is often based on personal taste or the time of year.
But hey, anything is better than tucking unused clothes in the far corner of your shelf for years.
This is how you get the most money out of your clothes
Some things are guesswork when trying to sell your clothes. Stock levels and styles change, so it’s hard to tell which brand or outfit will sell. However, there are a few things that you should always keep in mind regardless of the item or business.
Following these few guidelines will ensure you get the best deal possible.
Clean and fold your clothes
If it looks like I’m waving my finger, it’s because I’m waving my finger.
Almost every store recommends washing your clothes before using them. Since your payout is based on what a representative is offering, after they carefully review each item, you don’t want dirt or groceries to be baked onto your shirt. It will definitely go in the “no” pile.
Generally, to keep the colors bright, you can soak your clothes in salt. Wash them only as needed – inside out and in cold water to avoid fading.
Likewise, super wrinkled clothes look unwashed, and you don’t want to give that impression. So carefully fold them up before picking them up.
Use a nice basket or basket to carry your clothes
Fast! What do you think of when you see garbage bags?
Garbage right? No clothes.
Presentation is important. The staff checking your clothes don’t want to go through garbage bags. After you’ve washed all of the clothes you want to sell, fold them up and put them in a basket, basket, or box that you can bring to the store.
Check for damage or pit marks
If you were a shopper, would you buy a shirt that had pit marks or a missing pocket? I didn’t think so. The shops work the same way. You don’t want damaged, stained, or severely faded clothes.
Before picking up your clothes, examine them under bright light for cracks or discoloration.
Sell your clothes often
Buffalo Exchange’s biggest tip is to buy or sell your clothes every three months. That way, your clothes cache will always stay stylish, which means you’ll have more cash in your pocket when you sell.
Since most clothing markets buy with the seasons in mind, it may be best to wait until spring or summer before cleaning your swimsuits.
Unless you live in Florida. Then January is probably fine.
Adam Hardy is a former employee of the Penny Hoarder.