While any time is a good time to do a wardrobe sort-out, the changing of the seasons feels like a particularly appropriate moment for a fresh start. After all, they don't call it spring cleaning for nothing.
However, any time you decide to sort your wardrobe out, it will inevitably result in finding clothes you no longer want, use or need, and, if you ask us, there's no better way to repurpose those items than to sell them online.
Why, you ask? Well, firstly, it's the perfect way to practice circular fashion, or at least offset the money you spend on clothes. And secondly, it's great to send unwanted clothes off to a loving new home.
What you might not realise is that eBay isn't the only way to do it. Nowadays, there are plenty more options out there to ensure you get the best experience (and £££) possible. With that in mind, keep scrolling for the best sites to sell clothes online.
The best sites to sell clothes online:
Best for: Instagram hits. If you've seen an item 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: High street clothes and some designer finds, but make sure to check seller reviews when shopping for the latter. Vinted differs from eBay in that there is no auction, so your item will go for asking price, though buyers get the option to try and 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, 3-8% of the item price). However, you do only get paid when your item is marked as received. You have to post a picture of your Post Office receipt as proof of postage, however, I've never had an issue with this.
3. Vestiaire Collective
Best for: Designer clothes. Selling designer items on eBay can be tricky, I've had authentic items 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 it 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: 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, which is 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 £300, 40% for items between £301-£1,000 and 35% for items between £1,001-£5,000, and 30% for items over £5,000). 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: 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, which is 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: 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.
7. COS resell
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 supporting 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.
8. 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 of 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.
9. ASOS Marketplace
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 pieces, 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: It's pretty good if you want to sell clothes online across any category, eBay now also has an authentication team, so you can feel secure selling (and buying) high-price designer pre-loved pieces.
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 your item sells, you'll be charged 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.
11. Facebook Marketplace
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 anything 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.
13. Zara Pre-Owned
Best for? Zara, of course. The high-street retailer launched a platform late last year which allows customers to re-sell their pre-loved Zara piece and shop the brand second-hand.
What's the commission? As per the Zara website, the seller will receive 100% of the sale price, however, the funds will only be sent once the item has been delivered and the customer has confirmed and rated the item.
Best sites to sell kids' clothes online:
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 them 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 pre-loved and past-season pieces from a whole host of luxury brands, including Bonpoint, Ralph Lauren and Stella McCartney Kids.
What's the commission? 40% commission is taken from sellers, who have to give a minimum of 10 items. Kidswear Collective prioritise luxury brands so do not accept high street pieces.
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Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.
Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).
Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.
However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.
Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.
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