New Year, New You, right? It's time to get rid of all the mullet-hem skirts and velvet slippers (a polarizing trend in this office) in your closet and start fresh.
Except, wait. The economy.
If you're worried about a huge impending tax increase, then purchasing a whole new wardrobe may not be the way to go. A more viable option is recommerce (it's way too effing cold to lug your old wares to a brick and mortar resale or consignment shop). Plus, it's more environmentally sustainable--you can revamp your wardrobe on the reg without excessive consumption and waste.
And there are more great sites out there to choose from now than ever--many of which make the whole process pretty easy, even the annoying-sounding part of packing up your shit and shipping it to someone.
Since we've presented such a convincing argument, click through for our favorite eBay-alternative sites for both buying and selling gently used goods and prepare to make words like "upcycle" and "recommerce" a part of your vocabulary.
How It Works: Buy and sell gently used luxury items in a community-like setting. The site’s inventory is carefully curated so they won’t accept everything, but it’s also meticulously checked for authenticity so you don’t have to worry about ending up with a fake. The site acts as a third party and the buyer isn’t charged until the item is certified and shipped.
Pros: Confidence for buyers that you’re getting what you paid for; Selling is free and HLM just adds a commission to the seller’s requested price so the seller gets the amount they want.
Cons: They’re selective and it’s luxury-only.
How it works: You can upload a pic of the item you want to sell with the click of a button through the Threadflip app (or on your computer), fill in a simple form andbam! your designer or vintage item is listed in an easy-to-use, boutique-like setting. When a buyer purchases an item, Threadflip emails the seller a prepaid USPS shipping label. Once the buyer receives the item, the seller’s account is credited after a five day satisfaction period. The seller can cash out the money or use the funds towards future purchases on Threadflip.If it all seems like too much effort, you can also apply for their new White Glove Service, through which you get a prepaid box to send them a bunch of clothes in; they select, price and list your items in their Editor’s Picks closet and you receive 60% of the total for items that sell.
Pros: The content is good and the site feels friendly, smart, personal and easy to use.
Cons: There’s a 20% fee for selling–though, this is comparable to competitors.
How it works: Become a member, submit your (quality designer or vintage) item(s) to be vetted by the Refashioner team and include “your garments’ stories” and “emotion tags” at the end. When someone buys your piece, Refashioner sends you a shipping label, you ship it via USPS, and three days later…money appears in your account which you can either cash out or use to shop.
Pros: Refashioner does most of the work.
Cons: It’s invite-only. They use language like “sell your couture” and “Refashion Police” and other gimmicky things which can be a little irritating.
How it works: It’s basically an online high end designer consignment boutique. They’re pretty selective and have cool features like personal stylists who will come to your house to pick out and take your clothes. The members-only site (it’s easy to join) also has curated flash sales instead of having a standard e-commerce platform. Sellers get 60% or 70% of the selling price depending on the amount sold.
Pros: It’s fancy, has great inventory and prices, and seems trustworthy and easy to use.
Cons: We might feel a little too intimidated to sell on here. The process is very involved since it’s consignment.
How it works: What makes this site interesting is that there’s no actual money involved. It’s truly a place to swap clothes and accessories. It’s a very simple concept.
Pros: You get new clothes for free!
Cons: You’re not getting any money for your clothes.
How it works: This buzzy site, which raised $5M from Google Ventures last year, features cast-offs from bloggers and stylists like Brad Goreski. There’s also a social discovery angle. To list, you just pay a 3.5% transaction fee. You can sell just about anything that falls under the clothing/accessories/jewelry categories.
Pros: It’s not too selective, and is easy to use.
Cons: Could be a bit overwhelming to shop–the whole social thing isn’t for everyone.
How it works: Poshmark is a bit Pinterest-y. You simply create a “closet” (of women’s clothes and accessories), which people can shop from and you can follow people whose style you’re into. There’s even an Instagram-like app you can use to photograph and list your unwanted goods. They provide shipping labels and you keep 80% of the selling price.
Pros: Simple platform, functions well on iOs.
Cons: Seems like the kind of site you might end up spending a long time on without actually buying anything.
How it works: In addition to having a cool name (who needs vowels), Material Wrld features cool stuff from cool people. You have to get their approval to sell, but if it ends up on the site, it will be in good company and will likely get seen.
Pros: Good inventory; feels like the cool, indie re-commerce site.
Cons: Maybe too niche.