The pandemic has changed how we go about our daily lives, and many of us are still working and/or studying remotely. Even though some people have started working back in their office or have been attending classes, we are all spending more time at home to respect social distancing guidelines and remain healthy.
While much of this self-isolation has been challenging, many people have embraced their newfound personal time to try out some new hobbies. Home improvement projects, for example, are now a regular activity for many people. If you’re interested in home improvement and are looking for your next project – we have just the idea for you, and it’s an easy one too!
Set aside time to clean out your closet, but don’t just throw away your old belongings – “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” as they say. Donate, or even resell, them instead. With your current situation, you may be wondering how you can donate and/or resell your unused items without leaving home. Reselling your old clothing online is an easy way to earn some extra money and prevent textile waste from going to the landfill.
Here are the 4 best places to resell your clothing online:
As the world’s largest online thrift store, thredUP allows you to sell your old clothes in addition to purchasing second-hand clothes. The company carries over 35,000 name-brand items, so they always have quite an impressive variety. Approximately 40 percent of the items thredUP receives are accepted and sold online. Any items that are not accepted are always donated or responsibly recycled, so you can rest assured that your old clothing won’t just end up in a landfill.
2. The RealReal
If any of your items are considered “luxury,” then this is the perfect online hub to meet your selling needs. Although you can’t expect to get as much as you paid for your items, you can expect to earn some of it back. Reselling your old clothing on The RealReal is extremely easy, all you need to do is mail your items using a prepaid label; they even offer a free in-home pickup in certain metro areas. Plus, the company has a partnership with the Good+ Foundation, which ensures that any items that can’t be consigned will be donated to help keep clothes out of landfills and help those in poverty.
If you’re looking to sell your clothes but want the process to be as hassle-free as possible, then the Flyp app is the ideal platform to do it. The app assigns a professional to handle a resell for you, and the only thing you have to do is take a photo of your clothes and pick a pro to partner with. The pro sells and you earn. You can sell anything from clothing to handbags to shoes, and you’re also helping small resell businesses get started.
In addition to being a resale platform, Depop is a creative community marketplace that strives to make fashion more inclusive, diverse, and less wasteful. You can shop from the brands you know and love, or from an independent brand that is just starting up. They have an exceptional variety that includes vintage, designer labels, and name brands – so there’s sure to be a market for your items.
The average American throws away 80 pounds of clothing a year, and over 85% of all textiles are thrown out each year. This is significant because fashion production makes up 10% of humanity’s carbon emissions, dries up water sources, and pollutes rivers and streams. So, when you clean out your closet, it’s incredibly important that you don’t just throw away your old clothing. Reselling them online (which you can do through any of the platforms we just talked about) is a perfect way to help reduce waste and earn a little cash while doing so.
If you’re interested in learning about other ways you can reduce your environmental impact and create a more sustainable future for our planet, then be sure to stay tuned on our blog.