Dressing detox: the best sites to resell your clothes

17 October 2019 | Posted by Zackary

I'm always broke. I know it, you know it, my banker knows it: it is a fact of public notoriety — except for my Algerian uncles, who pretend to be unaware of it.

No matter how I go through my accounts, look at the bottles on the bottom shelf in the wine section, listen to Cardi B's Money on repeat, nothing works. Yet I feel like I'm only buying what's strictly necessary. Well, with one or two exceptions... I may recognize a few nights out here and there, during which I might lose control of my credit card, but all this is anecdotal, right?

The solution actually appeared to me as I was about to leave for a friend's birthday. I was desperately looking for one of my black jeans, swallowed up under the rest of my closet. After an improvised caving session, I finally got my hands on it... and realized that I was ready to part with a bunch of clothes. What if, after wearing, cherishing and loving them, they could also earn me something? So, what are the best platforms? Let's take a look. 

The most popular: Vinted

Probably the first name that comes to mind, Vinted offers everything related to fashion: shoes, coats, pants, but also make-up, clippers, even new with tag shaving foam... Chanel bags rub shoulders with Monoprix boots and Converse , we go from Celio to Louis Vuitton. A proud lamber room, it is the ideal address to get rid of your mess on the same platform and, above all, to sell your worthless pieces. 

The little something extra? Easy to use, it federates a worldwide community, which will save you shipping costs to the other end of the world.

The most masculine: Grailed

Only dedicated to menswear, Grailed chose to focus on streetwear. The offer is divided into several categories: mainstream brands such as Carhartt, hype and new products like Supreme, and then luxury. In this matter, the spectrum of styles is wider, extending to a formal repertoire.

In any case, don't expect to sell your old ASOS sweaters there. The site is first and foremost visited by a community of enthusiasts, who are rather demanding in terms of quality, with a clear preference for labels. As a bonus, the blog section and its articles will delight fans of the genre.

The most luxurious: Vestiaire Collective

Preferred for high-end collections, Vestiaire Collective remains oriented towards branded pieces. On the menu, clothes, accessories, jewellery and lifestyle (household linen, decoration, golf clubs, etc.). The platform examines each item to certify its authenticity, a reassuring step but one that is necessarily reflected in the price: they will take about 20% commission per sale. To be reserved for those with small treasures in their wardrobe. 

The site also features a concierge service, which manages the sale for you.

The most eclectic: eBay

If you can try to sell old items that should have already ended up in rags, eBay's greatest asset is its auction system — especially useful for rare items, which are known to generate high demand that will drive up the price. It is also an essential destination for vintage watches. As for the commission, count 8%.

Another big bazaar: Le Bon Coin, which doesn't lend itself well to exclusive designs. Products tend to drown in the middle of other classified ads. That being said, you won't be asked for a dime... 

The most specialized: Kixify 

Kixify is the largest sneaker marketplace in the world, although it is not uncommon to come across other types of shoes. There are pairs of all kinds, from ASICS to the latest Yeezy, Nike Jordan and Gucci. However, beware of shipping fees: the majority of members are in the United States.

The most convenient: Once Again

Once Again works more like a thrift store than a resale site per se, as it buys your clothes directly. The company only accepts well-known brands, whether mass ready-to-wear or designer, and clothing under five in excellent condition. You may not get the best price, but you will save time and effort.

The sharpest: Depop

Created by the founder of PIG Magazine, Depop was first conceived as a social network allowing readers to buy the garments listed on the glossy pages. It then became possible to sell your own clothes to the community, to follow users, to know their latest purchases, to see their best looks... A unique approach, which appeals especially to fashion enthusiasts. All prices are represented, but not all styles. Here, we will favour bold pieces, the ones with character.

The broadest: Facebook Marketplace

The Marketplace is integrated on Facebook's app. Cars, apartments, sofas, game consoles, clothes... You could almost sell a baby there. On a serious note, your ad will be visible to millions of users (in theory), and no commission will be charged. So, share more than just memes... •

Hugh Hefner's and Donatella Versace's love child, I am the visible half of the duo behind ZACKARIUM. Addicted to fashion and to Lucky Strike, my mission is to guide you smoothly through the jungle of brands and catwalks.

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