I will be honest. When my children outgrow their clothes, most of the time I just put them in a bag and donate them to a local thrift store. If I happen to know someone personally that needs them, I will often give them to that person. However, another option if you're in need of some quick cash is to try and sell them.
One potential hurdle with selling your kid's outgrown clothes is the condition. Obviously, most places willing to give you cash for used clothes want things that are in great to good condition. And with kids, well … I don't know about you, but I can't say that the majority of what my kids have outgrown is in the best shape! Little boys can be rough on things. 🙂
Today I set out to make a list for you of some options if you happen to have used kid's clothes on hand that are in pretty good shape. So here's what I dug up (some will be obvious things you may already have thought of, but I wanted to cover everything):
#1 – A local consignment shop – Your local area likely has one or more consignment shops. You can take your used clothing here and sell it on consignment, meaning the shop will give you a percentage of what it sells for and they keep the rest.
#2 – Facebook local yard sale group – People in my local area have had great luck selling their kid's outgrown clothes in local yard sale groups. Almost every area has one or two. You can join, post pics of what you have, and then begin responding to comments and questions and hopefully meet up with someone who will have cash in hand to purchase your used items.
We have a post here with more info on how yard sale groups work if this is a new concept to you.
Related: How to make a living selling stuff on Amazon (and let Amazon handle the shipping!)
#3 – eBay – Another no-brainer. This might be the first place you thought of when thinking of doing this because everyone knows you can sell almost anything on eBay, and I bet half of you have already tried it at some point, with something. But eBay is a good option. They reach millions of people.
This post at Money Saving Mom has some tips for getting the most for your used clothes there.
#4 – ThredUp – A very popular site for buying and selling used clothing, including kid's clothes. You simply request a cleanout kit from them, fill it with stuff, and then send it back. They will go through your items and offer you an amount for what you sent. It does not cost you anything to ship the cleanout kit to them.
#5 – Schoola – If you're wanting to fundraise and earn money for your kid's school, then you'll want to check out Schoola. They sell gently used name brand kid's clothes and the proceeds can go to benefit a school. It works in much the same way as ThredUp, apart from the fundraising feature. You can request a postage-paid bag, fill it, and ship it free of charge.
#6 – Instagram – There's a popular hashtag in use on the site #shopmycloset that many people follow to find used clothes to buy. You can't technically purchase things through Instagram, but people can leave bids on your items in the comments and then you can get in touch with the person you want to sell to outside of the site to discuss payment and shipping. This might be a great option for outgrown kid's clothes if you have a following of other parents.
#7 – Swap – This is an online consignment store specializing in baby and kids items plus women's clothes. They will also accept used toys and games. Order a box or a prepaid shipping label from the company, send your stuff in, and wait on it to be appraised. The company claims most boxes give sellers a $150 return. Not sure if this is true, but makes me think this site is worth a try.
#8 – FlipSize – Similar to many of the other sites I've listed above where you request a bag, fill it, and then wait to find out what the company will give you for your items. They want new or like new clothes, and you can either ask the company to send you cash or use what you earn to buy clothes from the site.
I hope this gives you a few ideas. Please comment below to let us know if you've had any luck selling used clothing, and where.
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