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Any time is a good time to do a good old wardrobe sort-out and to sell clothes online. Why? Firstly, it’s the perfect way to practice circular fashion, or at least offset the money you spend on clothes. Secondly, it’s great to declutter and send unwanted clothes off to a loving new home.
Convinced? What you might not realise is that eBay isn’t the only way to do it, with plenty more options out there to ensure you get the best experience (and £££) possible. So keep scrolling for the best sites to sell clothes online.
Best for: Founded by stylist and industry veteran Clare Richardson, Reluxe is all about luxury clothing items (Ghesquiere era Balenciaga, Phoebe Philo era Chloé, Isabel Marant…), and customers and celeb ambassadors already include Amber Valletta, Bella Freud, Zinnia Kumar and Carolyn Murphy.
Working with customers, independent designers and brands, Reluxe authenticates every item and takes care of the entire process to minimise effort on the seller’s part – great if you are time poor.
The concierge service ensures a collection directly from your home for ease (you can see a list of the brands Reluxe accepts here). The expert team then look after the rest including; photography, product description, pricing, listing of your items and shipment.
What’s the commission? 35%-50% depending on the value of the item(s) in your total collection (50% for items under £500, 45% for items between £500-£200 and 35% for items over £2,000). Once a month you will receive a summary of your pieces that have been sold and completed (this means that the customers’ 14 day returns period has passed) and the funds will be deposited straight into your bank account.
Best for: Good quality pre-loved clothing, designer or high-street. Browns has launched a partnership with on-demand donation service and secondhand retail platform, Thrift+, for this service that allows you to easily donate unwanted clothes and accessories, giving them a new life elsewhere, all whilst making a pledge to your chosen charity and in turn earning Browns credit.
All you need to do is order a bespoke Thrift+ x Browns donation bag, pack up your pre-loved clothing and book a free collection service. Thrift+ then handles the rest, from photographing the product to listing the sales online.
What’s the commission? One third of your sales goes to the charity of your choice, another third goes towards Thrift+ costs, and the remaining money is converted to Browns credit. So if you sell an item for £120, you’ll get £40 as credit in your Browns account, after the £40 Thrift+ and £40 charity deductions.
Best for: Affordable luxury fashion. Founder Nina Leibenfrost says, ‘We started Ida because we couldn’t find a fashion resale site dedicated to pre-owned premium (or ‘affordable luxury’) brands. The resale market is predominantly focused on serving high-end/luxury or high-street buyers and sellers but it’s not paying much attention to the vast offering in between. That’s what we’ve set out to do with Ida. Our main mission is to help more people contribute to a circular fashion economy. We do this by making reselling as smooth as possible and removing all the hassle. All an Ida seller needs to do is decide what they want to sell, bag it up and send it to us. We’ll do the photographing, listing and order fulfilment and make sure they get paid.’
Ida have just launched a partnership with Olio to create a route for surplus clothes – that are either deemed unsellable from the outset or that’s been cleared from the website when a season is over – and making sure it’s shared and not thrown away. Olio is traditionally a food sharing app but, in partnership with Ida, they are now trialling clothing as a new category.
What’s the commission? You can keep up to 65% of the value of the item sold, depending on what it sells for. If it’s resold for £15, Ida gets a flat fee of £10, and you get £5. If it sells for £20-64.99, Ida gets 65% of the value, and you get 35%. If it sells for over £65, then you get 65% and Ida gets 35%.
Best for: The new Resell service at Selfridges is perfect if you’re looking to sell pre-loved designer handbags. It works a little differently than a normal resell site in that instead of getting paid, you get store credit to spend in store or online at seldrifges.com. Great if you want to refresh your style.
What’s the commission? Once you upload your bag pictures, the quote you get is for the full amount you’ll receive as a gift card. It’s super fast as well, with the amount being credited to you within 24 hours of your bag being verified.
Best for: High street clothes. This differs from eBay in that there is no auction, so your item will go for asking price, though buyers get the option to negotiate the price. You can also swap items with other sellers.
What’s the commission? It’s free to list and sell on Vinted, which is a big bonus (though buyers are charged a small fee). However you do only get paid when your item is received (you post a picture of your Post Office receipt as proof of postage), however I’ve never had an issue with this.
Best for: Designer clothes. Selling designer items on eBay can be tricky, I’ve had authentic items being taken down before as the site didn’t deem them authentic. Vestiaire authenticates everything for you. You can either list it yourself and then send it to Vestiaire once it’s sold so they can check everything and send on to the buyer. Or you can send the item for Vestiaire to list from the start.
What’s the commission? Yes, it’s quite high but worth it for the hassle. If you sell yourself you get about 80% of the purchase price, and if Vestiaire sells it for you that goes down to about 75%.
Best for: Designer clothes. You can either list items yourself or use the concierge service that will do it for you, a great option if you’re time-poor.
What’s the commission? The commission depends on how much your items sell for. It’s between 17% and 33% and if you sell items below €40, you get charged a flat rate of €20, so it’s only worth selling if it’s an expensive designer item.
Best for: Instagram hits. If you’ve seen an items you love all over on Instagram, chances are you’ll find it on Depop. Many influencers also sell their clothes on there, and it’s super quick to use.
What’s the commission? 10% of all sales. You also get charged straight away meaning you don’t have any nasty surprises later on.
Best for: Cos clothing. Sure, it’s a bit niche, but if you have loads of old clothes from the brand that you’d love to sell then it’s a great way to do it. You’re also support Cos’s efforts to become more sustainable.
What’s the commission? 10%, so you get a good chunk from the sale, more than you might get selling elsewhere.
My Circular Wardrobe
Best for: Launched by a mother and daughter team, My Circular Wardrobe’s ‘preloved at first sight’ aim is to encourage people to fall in love with buying second hand instead of new. Whilst environmentally friendly, they want to make the experience for shopping second hand inexpensive and luxurious. You can sell and buy items by designers and high street brands including Chanel, Christian Louboutin, ASOS and Zara.
What’s the commission? 50% of the sale
Best for: Bulk sales. ASOS Marketplace is a great place to establish your vintage online store, as you need to sell at least 15 items at a time. You’ll need high quality second hand or vintage piece, and to shoot them on a model, so it’s a bit more time consuming.
What’s the commission? £20 per month, and 20% from all items sold.
Best for: Local sales. Preloved is a bit like Gumtree, so while you can sell items to anyone, you can also search for items based on location, which will save you postage fees. You might not make as much on here as on other sites though, so it’s better for high street pieces.
What’s the commission? It’s all free.
Best for: It’s pretty good if you want to sell clothes online across any category, but as eBay doesn’t have an authentication team, it’s safer to stick to high street brands here, and use specialised platforms such as Vestiaire for designer items.
What’s the commission? You can sell up to 20 items for free, after that it goes up to £0.35 per item. Opting for a ‘buy it now’ listing instead of an auction will also cost a little more. If you’re item sells, you’ll be charge 10% of the sale including postage. eBay charges you once a month so make sure you remember as if you sell loads in a month it’ll likely sting a bit.
Best for: Local sales. It’s a similar system to Preloved, a quick and easy way to get rid of unwanted clothes, though again you might not make the most cash out of this one. This works really for things like clothing bundles.
What’s the commission? There are no listing or transaction fees.
Best for: Vintage items. Etsy is great if you’re selling unique vintage pieces, and any that you’ve created yourself too.
What’s the commission? You’ll be charged a 3.5% transaction fee and a 3% payment processing fee.
Best for: Kids’ clothes. How often have you bought or been gifted the prettiest baby clothes but have only managed to dress your tot in the once before he or she has outgrown them? This platform is the perfect antidote to this. You can shop or sell clothes and recoup the financial loss of unworn or barely worn items. There are loads of brands, from high end (Bonpoint) to high street (Zara).
Plus, Kids o’Clock has joined forces with luxury fashion retailer Harvey Nichols to launch a first-of-its-kind childrenswear resale drop-off destination within the department store. The Kids o’Clock x Harvey Nichols resale concept is simple: called The Drop Off, customers will be encouraged to drop-off their children’s pre-loved clothing at the drop-off destination in store. From there, items will be collected and re-sold globally through the Kids o’Clock website. As a reward for donating items, customers will receive a £20 voucher to spend on anything from the Harvey Nichols Childrenswear floor.
What’s the commission? 30% commission taken when uploading and selling directly onto the Kids O’Clock website. No commission taken when dropping off at Harvey Nichols.