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Did you know discarded clothing accounts for the largest percentage of textile waste in landfills? Turn that waste into profit and start reselling apparel liquidation on one (or multiple) apparel-focused reselling platforms. You probably know the big platforms for reselling like, Amazon, eBay, and Facebook Marketplace, but what if you want to focus primarily on apparel? It can be easy to get lost in the mix when there are categories like electronics, appliances, health & beauty, and many others.
There has never been a better time to think about buying returned or overstock name-brand, luxury, and affordable fashion to resell.
From Poshmark and thredUP to The Real Real and more, learn the ins and outs of these top 10 platforms so you can turn the best profit and have a thriving resale business! You will be reselling apparel liquidation in no time.
Poshmark is a free app that lets anyone upload and sell clothing, shoes, and accessories. (Even pet accessories and supplies!) It’s designed to be incredibly easy to get started, but also offers a host of features you won’t find anywhere else. Whether you choose to create listing videos to entice customers, open a virtual boutique, or join designer-specific “Posh Parties,” Poshmark is a highly social and active platform for reselling apparel liquidation merchandise.
You can grow your resale business over time on here since being active and resharing listings is an absolute must. But keep in mind, compared to other sites, seller fees are particularly high on this platform. All sales under $15 pay a $2.95 fee, and all sales of $15 and over will pay 20%.) This might make lower-valued items not worth it to sell on Poshmark.
A self-proclaimed “online consignment & thrift store for your closet, your wallet, and the planet,” thredUP makes reselling incredibly painless. You don’t even have to list or photograph items! You simply fill a kit with apparel items, send it in (with a provided shipping label), and wait to see if it sells. There is a 12-hour window to update listing prices before bidding starts. Read more about how selling works here.
A few unique things to note: if you don’t reclaim unsold items, they become property of thredUP. You have the last 7 days of the item’s listing window to reclaim said item, plus pay $5.99 for it to get shipped back. There’s also Return Assurance (a $10.99 service) in case your items don’t get listed by thredUP at all. If you want to take a more hands-free approach, you may love this site. But if you’re looking for more control over profit margins, marketing your business, and negotiating, this site probably isn’t for you.
This marketplace is a great place if you’re looking for a one-stop-shop. You can sell virtually anything and in varying conditions—that means non-apparel items, too. Consumer athleticwear favorites like Lululemon Athletica, Nike, and Adidas, as well as more luxury brands like Kate Spade and Michael Kors, can all be found on Mercari. A huge benefit of using Mercari is that the seller fees aren’t as high, only 10%!
If knowing you have the option to sell more than just clothes appeal to you, this is your platform. You’ll find anything from virtual reality games, tools, sporting equipment, organization, and home goods. However, your apparel merchandise might get lost in the mix with such a wide range of products being sold on Mercari.
Vinted is awesome for reselling apparel liquidation because there are no listing fees. That means that any profits from a sale are going straight to you, the reseller. On Vinted, you can swap or sell new and used women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing, plus footwear, accessories, new cosmetics, new beauty products, and even certain tech accessories. You are in charge of listing, uploading photos, packaging, and shipping items (covered by the buyer). Buyers can choose to bundle items in a seller’s closet and get it approved. This can be favorable for sellers looking to resell a variety of apparel items.
The Real Real (TRR) is entering the big leagues. The company touts resellers earn 85% of sale price, 3x more than the average reseller. That’s because TRR deals in authenticated luxury consignment pieces. If designer brands like Chanel, Hermès, Rolex, and Cartier, are your bread and butter, this is a good platform. For beginner resellers, you should probably test the waters with more affordable brands that don’t cater to such a niche audience.
Unlike other reselling platforms, TRR has a commission chart, and they set up pricing for you based on market trends, brand resale value, item condition, and recency. You will want to check out their list of accepted brands before going all-in on reselling designer apparel on this platform.
On Tradesy you can sell bags, accessories, shoes, and clothing, as long as it’s 100% authentic designer fashion. Benefits of this platform include the freedom to set your price (per their suggestions) and shipping. Tradesy handles shipping via a free, pre-paid and pre-addressed shipping kit. They will even edit and enhance your images to look more enticing!
One of the few cons on this site: the commission fees aren’t cheap. You’re looking at a flat commission fee of $7.50 for sold items under $50. If sold for $50 or more, they take 19.8% of the profit. Learn more about how selling on Tradesy works.
Based out of France, Vestiaire Collective is another go-to for pre-owned designer fashion. All you have to do is use their app, list and describe your item, take some photos, and boom, you’re on your way to getting 80% back of purchase price. In the case of apparel liquidation, you’re already getting deeply discounted inventory, so by reselling, that turns into pure profit. Always check social media for seasonal trends to make the most of reselling on their site.
The Vestiaire Collective team helps to optimize your product’s visibility, and once it sells, you ship inventory to get inspected by them in order to determine authenticity and quality. Once the buyer receives your item, payment is processed, and you get paid!
Curtsy offers a much more fun and relaxed reselling experience. There’s even a referral program where you can share your promo code with friends—they get $10 off for shopping, and you earn $10. Plus, it’s unlimited! So you can keep sharing this code. Posting and listing are simple, they recommend prices to you based on similar and recently sold items, and offer pre-paid shipping labels. You can choose whether buyers pay for shipping or sellers. Your earnings go into a Curtsy Wallet, from there, you can transfer funds to your bank account instantly (with a fee) or for free, which takes 2-3 days.
Two important things to note. First, you can only list items on their iOS app. Second, selling is limited to women’s clothing in new, like-new, or excellent condition. So this may not work for you if your apparel liquidation lots aren’t in overstock condition. Learn more about how selling works on Curtsy here.
Depop is a creative-focused fashion marketplace based out of the UK. With over 21 million users, there is a strong emphasis on community building, style, and connection. In 2019, 90% of Depop users were 26 or younger. The audience relies on social selling and the platform looks akin to an Instagram feed where users can like listings they’re interested in, explore categories, and get recommendations.
Clothing ranges from preloved condition, unique independent brands, big-name designer brands to vintage and streetwear. Depop has a flat 10% fee when an item sells, and each seller can create their own shop policies. Depop removes listings with stock photos, so don’t miss out on potential sales because of this! For more seller guidelines, visit this page.
B-Stock Supply is a multi-seller marketplace where approved buyers can purchase returned and excess inventory from hundreds of different sellers all in one place. It’s similar to eBay but for business-to-business transactions. Supply is an auction-style site and sellers list and sell merchandise themselves. It’s not uncommon to see many sellers offer free shipping to make their listings more enticing. Sellers range from Fortune 500 companies to small or medium-sized businesses.
An affordable (and efficient) way to buy apparel to resell on platforms like Poshmark, ThredUp, Curtsy, Mercari, and others we talked about above is by tapping into online auction marketplaces. These marketplaces sell affordable and name-brand returns, overstock, and shelf pulls. Purchasing through an online auction marketplace can be a great and cost-effective way to find inventory. Plus, you’ll see what others are bidding and never pay more than you want!
Explore all the apparel marketplaces on B-Stock like Contemporary Fashion Auctions, Department Store Auctions, Target Auctions Liquidation, QVC Liquidation Auctions, Lands’ End Liquidation Auctions, and HSN Liquidation.
Interested in learning more? Be sure to read A Guide to Buying Liquidation Apparel, Accessories, & Shoes.