This Is the Best Time of Year to Sell (Certain) Clothes Online

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If you, like me, have a bunch of clothes taking up space in your closet that you've been meaning to sell but haven't gotten around to it yet, now's the time to make it happen. For certain items, at least.

Resale site Thredup mined its data to determine what window of time in the calendar year is best to sell your clothes online, and it begins next Monday, so start getting your items together now.

What Thredup calls its "seller's spree" begins Jan. 22 and continues through the end of February. On average, inventory sells up to 20 percent faster and traffic to the site increases steadily over this time. Additionally, payouts are said to be higher, with sellers earning 25 percent more on average.

Graphic: Thredup

Graphic: Thredup

Of course, certain items are in higher demand than others. The top category during this time of year is activewear, which feels a little weird to buy secondhand, but the retailer has said that it receives a lot of activewear with tags still attached (presumably gifted and unwanted). This coincides with the beginning of the year, which is when exercise motivation tends to be highest, so that could be why; eBay also suggests selling activewear around this time. Other top categories include shorts, "boho brands," like Anthropologie and Free People, sneakers, work-friendly sandals and "feminine" dresses, especially denim and florals, according to the retailer. To continue to push and collect inventory for its relatively new designer category, Thredup is also offering a 10-percent commission boost on designer and luxury items. It has also hired more people to process incoming items more quickly and reduce wait time from 30 to 10 days.

Of course, while items that do sell might sell more quickly and for more, it's worth noting that you may also be faced with more competition from others cleaning out their closets at the same time.

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