What's The Best Way To Sell OutGrown Clothes?

Becky - posted on 08/24/2011 ( 31 moms have responded )

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Hey everyone! I've recently been purging drawers and closets like a mad woman and I have a dandy pile of very nice outgrown clothes. I'd like to turn this "pile" in cash. My first thought was "garage sale" but honestly...I love GOING to garage sales..I loathe HAVING a garage sale.

I am currently trying Storkbrokers.com and I really love the site and ease of listing.

Anyone of have any thoughts on this topic???

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Tracey - posted on 09/06/2013

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Hi there,
I had a whole pile of stuff, especially newborn things which were hardly used as little girl grew out of them so quickly. I tried ebay but didn't really get anywhere, plus it took ages to load all the pictures so this was a bit of a pain. Then someone on Twitter told me to try a website called www.kidslocal.co.uk - and I pretty much sold everything!! It's free, and was really easy to use too. I haven't really got the time for garage sales so on-line is definitely the way for me.

Oops I've just seen that the original post is really old! Nevermind maybe it will help someone else so I'll hit Post anyway :)

Eileen - posted on 08/26/2011

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Donate. Selling is a bother and never brings as much as you think you should get. If money is important, get a receipt. Charities, and the people who buy second-hand clothing from them, don't want your worst. Their children need school clothes, too.

Kelly - posted on 08/25/2011

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In our area, large, weekend consignment sales are becoming very popular. When I say large I mean roughly 800 consigners selling 150+ items each!! And you can typically sell anything, from clothes, toys, books, winter gear, shoes, furniture, bedding, bikes, strollers, high chairs, sports gear, you name it, you can prob sell or find it!!! Maybe google to check your area. My next suggestion would be Craigslist. Categorize your clothes according to size, season, etc. and sell a bag full for $30-40!!

Megan - posted on 04/05/2012

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Theres a fairly new site called Thred up and I haven't tried it yet but plan to in the very near future! It's a different approach to selling your kids clothes and I'd have to say it sounds like the easiest too! You go on the website, www.ThredUp.com, You sign up and request a bag, once you receive the bag you put all your kids clothing and shoes that you want to sell in the bag, enclose your paperwork, seal the bag up and put it on the porch for the mail person to pick up. Pretty simple! When they receive the bag they carefully look through it and pick out the nice, clean, name brand items that they feel will sell, they decide on an amount to pay you for the clothing they'll keep to sell, then they send you a check or deposit the money into your PayPal account, they list your items for sale, and send the remainder of your items to charity. I'm assuming you get quite a bit more for your items then you would in a rummage sale and if you are picky about what you send them you can still keep some of your stuff and have a sale too!

Chrissy - posted on 02/13/2012

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Seasonal consignment sales are the way to go!! Quick turnaround of your items and a quicker paycheck... way better return than a garage sale and WAY WAY easier than trying to sell online. Go to: http://www.ConsignmentMommies.com to find sales in your area

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Hei - posted on 11/04/2014

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are they designers? if they are just store them and after a few years sell them as vintage :) this will hep you get back more money.

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I think it's interesting that there are so many companies that have posted their online companies here. I looked at all of them listed. Many seem to have gone out of business (like Storkbrokers and www.myiddy.com), have little inventory or are more like local shops that have stuff online. There's also a few links here that are straight spam (like the one listed for traveling to India).

Here are the Summer 2014 ones that still seem to be in existence from this list:

ThredUp
Online Yard Sales (on Facebook)
eBay
Craigslist

But there are some new and I think, actually fun ways to buy and sell gently used kids clothes:

Instagram app (search hashtags)
Pinterest
PoshMark (adults and kids)

The newest is the iPhone app Totspot www.totspot.me that is a buy/sell network for moms of nicer kids stuff.

My .02.

:)

Nicole - posted on 02/17/2014

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www.jumblzar.com is an online local, trusted marketplace to buy & sell used baby gear. Registration is completely free :)
Good luck selling!
-Nicole
www.jumblzar.com

Beth - posted on 09/15/2012

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I haven't heard of Storkbrokers yet. Thanks for the tip; I'll check it out. I have 5 kids & tried the Ebay route, but I didn't have enough time to do the followup justice on tracking payments, correspondence, shipping, etc. I started selling my kids' clothes to ThredUp this summer & have made nearly $150 for the three bags of clothes I've sent in. It's easy because they send you a free bag to fill with kids clothes & pay you up front, then they do all the listing, shipping, etc.



ThredUp is offering $10 off first purchase:



http://www.thredup.com/Harris455133

Lauren - posted on 04/03/2012

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Hi Everyone!



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Sherry - posted on 09/29/2011

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I take my gently used items to a consignment store where they will buy them from you, and then resell them to the public. Just make sure your items are clean and ironed. Many consignment stores also take gently used furniture, toys, books etc...

Amy - posted on 09/09/2011

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Hi Becky! There's a new site that's just about to launch called Iddy where you can buy and sell Bundles of kids clothing and items online. Check it out at www.myiddy.com. This is going to be a fantastic alternative to Craiglist and Ebay because it's extremely easy to use and focuses on selling in Bundles with no listing fees.

Terri - posted on 09/07/2011

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I always use craigslist..... It is the better way of buying the expensive namebrands. although it can be a little dangerous depending on what area you are in. I always use a well wide open place with lots of people around, never meet at night and take bf or spouse or someone with you. Be safe if you try it.

Michelle - posted on 09/06/2011

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my friend sold a lot of her and her daughters old clothes, and other stuff, on ebay and made a fair bit of money.

Terri - posted on 09/04/2011

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I sold a ton of clothes on E-bay, you'd be surprised how many people shop there for clothes. I also heard Craig's list is a good choice.

Becky - posted on 09/02/2011

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Sherri: I used to use eBay..but it seems so saturated! That's why I switched to Storkbrokers and it's so easy to list and listings are free. Now I just need the TIME to get my stuff listed!

Denise - posted on 09/02/2011

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it seems very few resale stores pay cash anymore, or the ones that do are SO super picky or overstocked that it's hard to get them to buy anything.....so....i sell mine to a store that gives in store credit, which i don't really need more than maybe once a year and then i sell my instore credit on craigslist. the store has no problem with me transferring my credit to whomever i want, i make a little cash and someone gets a great bargain! the first time i listed a $100 credit for $50 i had four callers wanting it in less than six hours....my first caller now just buys any credit i have from me anytime i have it so i don't even have to mess with listing it! just a thought! :)

Danielle - posted on 08/30/2011

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Where my sister lives they have a thing called Just Between Friends. It's a huge yard sale. Part of it goes to charity I think. I got rid of a whole bunch of clothes and toys my son doesn't play with.

Jennifer - posted on 08/29/2011

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Find a Mom's Resale to get involved in. It is some work but well worth it. I participate in one and make at least $300 a few times a year. I have to tag everything and set it out but it is better than a garage sale becasue you can set your own prices. The one I do is done by TWIGS so part of what you make goes to Children's Hospital. Then I can go buy my kids the clothes they need. They ususally take clothes up to size 14/16.

Tamara - posted on 08/27/2011

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My suggestion was going to be like the first persons...in my area we have several facebook groups for selling used items (Wainwright online yardsale and others that are similar, we have started to see a few Mom's who are organizing consigniment from their homes and using facebook as their posting items for sale. Some thing I have some people and myself have success with was selling a bag of certain size clothing for either boy or girl for a set price rather then individual pieces. Good luck.

Cheryl - posted on 08/26/2011

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ook for a consignment shop in your area for the good clothes and for clothes that aren't so good donate them to the Goodwill or someother charitable organization.

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Consignment shops. If you're not sure what that means (because I didn't the first time I heard it), it's where you drop off your clothes (preferably recently washed) and they will tag and hang your clothes for display. When your clothing items sell, you receive a portion of the sale. You can cash out, or leave your money earned on account and use to buy at the shop (shops may vary in procedure here). I am not sure how all shops work if your clothes don't sell. The shop I use donates the clothes.

Amber - posted on 08/25/2011

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I use craigslist or you could see if you have a childs consignment store nearby. I hate having garage sales because everyone wants everything for .25!

Amy - posted on 08/25/2011

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We have a plae in Illinois called Once Upon A Child that sells used baby items. They buy it off of you & than resell it in their store.

Anne - posted on 08/25/2011

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In my group of friends, we always pass clothes on to the younger kids. It works really well. I pass clothes on and get a lot of clothes from the older kids. It's often better then cash. I hardly buy any clothes for my kids. Our "circle" works really well. Maybe you can work something out with other moms?

Lynn - posted on 08/25/2011

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Try Craig's List and E-Bay. I've sold clothes at garage sales, but you'll get more replies by reaching more people, and most likely, more money, too. You could also try consignment stores in your area. They usually give you less cash than they do if you choose store credit.

Melissa - posted on 08/24/2011

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You can usually find a local page "online yard sale" on facebook. We have plenty in my area, and if you don't have one, u can start one and people can just post what they want or are selling and agree on a local meeting spot to sell/pick up. hope this helps :)

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