This weekend I set out to sell the unwanted clothes in my overflowing closet. The experience taught me a few tips I’m passing onto you in case, you too, have made it your goal to earn extra income this year. Here’s what to do if you want to make extra money selling your clothes.
- Research the store you’ll be selling to. You want to familiarize yourself with their customers, and their style. After all, these are the people who will be buying your unwanted clothes. Ask how much money you can expect to make. Some stores will give you between 30 percent and 45 percent of what the item will be priced. You’ll want to go with the consignment store that offers the most money!
- Labels are important, but style trumps everything. You won’t necessarily get more money for designer clothes. Depending on the store’s clientele, you may end up getting more money for inexpensive clothes from Forever 21 or H&M. This may be because the store caters to teens and young adults.
- Take the time of year into consideration. I wanted to sell an Old Navy coat that was worn only a few times by my little sister, but it was rejected. Boo! The store’s coat inventory was already full. Lesson learned. Try to sell clothes at the beginning of the season, not mid-season to up your chances of earning cash. Ask stores what they are currently looking to buy so you don’t make unnecessary trips. Need to get rid of shorts and tank tops? Hit consignment stores at the beginning of spring.
- Lauder clothes before attempting to sell. You want them to look and smell clean. Yellow armpit stains and holes will only get your shirts turned down. I’ve learned vinegar works wonders on yellow armpit stains. Here are more secret uses for vinegar.
- If the price is not right, you CAN walk away. Don’t feel obligated to sell your clothes at a consignment store.
- Consider other methods of selling clothes. Consignment stores are not your only option. Have a garage sale, sell clothes on eBay, and even swapping can help you save or make money. From my experience, selling your own clothes can be more profitable, though it will take up more time.