If you have old stuff lying around, it’s time to consider trading or try to sell it through a consignment or thrift shop. Sure, you may have an emotional attachment, but when it comes down to it, the stuff you have may be worth real cash. Favorite items range from old clothing, electronics, even old video game boxes (not the actual game systems). Think you have something try out a consignment store and see if you can get some money!
Find a Consignment Store Near You
- Find a Consignment Store Near You
- Just How Do Consignment Stores Work?
- Best Online Consignment Stores
- 1: Gazelle
- 2: Poshmark
- 3: Decluttr
- 4: eBay
- 5: Mercari
- 6: OfferUp
- 7: thredUP
Sadly, the way things are, things are shifting towards an online e-commerce world and in person, so consignment shops are being rooted out. Because you can now ship clothes and electronics to stores without having to worry about the logistics of consignment stores in person, people tend to rather deal with the online marketplaces than in person.
Now, this doesn’t mean there are zero consignment stores around. We’ve found that you can locate several not only doing a Google search for “Consignment Stores Near Me,” but several popular consignment shop chains still exist and are strong today!
- Buffalo Exchange
- Crossroads Exchange
- Plato’s Closet
- and maybe a few others we couldn’t find 😉
Just How Do Consignment Stores Work?
You’ll find that a traditional consignment shop will take your item, sell it for you, and then you can pick up the cash later on. Some give you money right away, and others do not! These all vary of course!
The Difference between Online and In-Person Consignment stores also have their differences. For one, online stores would likely require you to ship your clothing or item to the company (much like ThredUp does) and you’ll earn money if it’s sold.
Other necessary rules to abide by are:
- Being 16 Years of Age and Up
- Don’t Bring Everything at Once!
- Do Basic Research on What Sells the Most!
Best Online Consignment Stores
Cowboom, which is now a Best Buy outlet, used to house old electronics, including used game systems and cell phones. Currently, your best bet is Gazelle. These guys offer a quick turn around for trading in your cell phone, should it still have value. Because it’s so easy to use, you’ll have no problem finding out how much yourelectronics are worth. Just pick out your model, condition, and agree on selling price. Once you do, Gazelle will send you a box with shipping instructions and processing already included! Best items to sell on this marketplace:
- Cell Phones
- other in-demand electronics!
One newer marketplace is looking to capitalize on the clothing niche. Poshmark, which has started out of California, has become one of the more popular places online to sell and buy brand name clothing. Still, there may be a few that aren’t aware of how robust the marketplace is.
Big Brands at a Fraction
Selling a brand named fashion is something that people typically look to sell locally or on eBay. With Poshmark, there has never been a higher quality place to buy and sell brands like H&M, Tiffany and Co, Lancome, and others!
Selling on Poshmark
Become a seller on Poshmark (#PoshBoss) and take your business to the next level. As a perfect Etsy or eBay alternative, you’ll be selling your used (in excellent condition) apparel and clothing at affordable rates. Plus you’ll be marketing to millions who are specifically looking for these types of brand names.
If you are a Lulelemon Fashionista, you’ll be marketing towards other Lulelemon Fashionistas
Selling is super easy and only requires a few things to get going:
- Sign Up as a Seller Here
- Take Photos of Your Branded Products
- Easily Share Listings on Social Media like Facebook and Pinterest
- Shipping Products is Easy withPrepaid Shipping Labels!!
- Earn Money When Product is Confirmed to be Delivered
Buying on Poshmark
If you love to buy any brand of clothing, there may be no better place for second hand or higher end accessories found at Poshmark. Again, since sellers and buyers will be more brand named focused, you’ll be finding deals on the brands you want, instead of taking a shotgun approach typically found at sites like eBay or OfferUp. Plus there are many buyer protections that will enhance your experience for example:
- If It’s Not What You Ordered: Guaranteed Refund
- Expedited Shipping
- Free Authenticity from Poshmark: Guaranteed to be your favorite Brands!
Support the Community!
Poshmark indeed is a growing marketplace looking to focus on reselling of Branded Fashion and Accessories. Be a part of a growing community and find the latest trends no matter what brand you are looking for!
Much like Gazelle, Decluttr offers a similar premise. Sell your used electronics like cell phones, books, and even CDs (what are those?!). Surprisingly these guys will take LEGOs as well! Best things to sell on this marketplace?
- DVDs and Movies
- Video Games
- Video Game Consoles
The obvious one. eBay offers full support for both Buyers and Sellers, and the marketplace is genuinely open to selling pretty much anything. Don’t believe me? Read more about how a ghost in a jar was sold. The upside here is that if your product has a market, you’ll find a buyer here. This is probably the best place to get money from your old clothes! Keep in mind however that eBay’s fees do add up if you plan on selling more than one item. Best items to sell on this marketplace:
- Cell Phones
- Electronics including Video Games
- Rare Coins
- Jewelry (certified)
Operating through an online marketplace much like eBay, this new competitor is intriguing. Because Mercari almost acts as a middleman so to speak, payments will be brokered through them, without any fees. You can sell a lot of things like old and new Clothes, Vintage Wear, Sports, and Tech. Though the market isn’t as big as some others, Mercari is a fresh approach to reselling used items. We think Mercari is the best place to sell these items:
Because of the ID verification and ability to pay digitally, OfferUp is an excellent alternative to a craigslist. You can inquire, negotiate, and buy directly from the app before and after picking up the item. One of the best features is the ID verification where you can commit to your profile by using a government-issued identifier making sure every seller or buyer is real. Sure, you may opt out of this, or meet with an unverified seller, but there is added risk in doing so. Best things to sell on this marketplace:
- Large Furniture
- Baby Toys and Items
- Large Electronics
My wife continues to try and buy things from this app more than any other consignment based app. And to be honest, this is precisely how a Consignment Store is supposed to work! You can send in your old clothes and have ThredUp handle the consignment part, as in they’ll sell it for you and then you earn money! Probably the most consignment-y app there is! Other benefits of thredUP:
- Brand Verification (You’ll Buy a Real Piece of Clothing)
- Large Clientele (Your Stuff Will Likely Be Sold!)
- Kid’s Clothing is Also Available
One drawback though is that the ThredUp is mostly Women’s clothing. Though we suspect Women do the most shopping anyways (husband’s stress about it every day!). Also, you’ll need to enter an email or sign up through Facebook to browse or do anything on thredUP (we…don’t like that!)