Consigning Clothes Online

Consigning clothes online is the quickest and easiest way to cash out your closet. Find out how much I got paid for this pile of clothes. My wardrobe is divided into “before child” and “after child.” The “before” side is full of Ann Taylor suits and business shirts that match them. None of them fit anymore. Don’t get me wrong: I lost every pound I gained while pregnant. But then I gained it back, so I can’t say that my current weight is leftover baby weight. I have come to grips with the fact that those clothes aren’t going to fit in the near future and I’m afraid they’ll be out of style by the time that they do.

Right around that time that I was coming to grips with finally getting rid of my “before” wardrobe, a friend sent me a link to Twice, an online consignment store that buys and sells high-end brand name women’s clothes. The site says that they only accept certain name brands that are under five years old. If I used her link to sign up and then either bought or sold clothes, I would also get a $10 store credit ($20 if I did both). Online consignment stores work for a variety of reasons, and the benefit to the person cleaning out her wardrobe is that she doesn’t have to do a lot of work to make a little cash for cleaning out.

This is my experience with Twice:

Step 1. I signed up with Twice and they sent me a pre-paid bag.

Twice Bag

Step 2. I chose sixteen items that were clean and made by manufacturers on Twice’s list of acceptable labels. The items were all business casual shirts and a casual suit. Some tops were more than five years old, so I wanted to see whether Twice accepted them anyway.

Twice Items Summer 2013Twice items folded 2013

Step 3.  I mailed the bag.

Step 4. I got my buyback offer … $28 for thirteen items. Three items were rejected, so I logged in to my account to find out why. One for pilling, one for staining, and one for overall wear (that one was a ten-year-old shirt, so I couldn’t blame them). They did accept a Michael Stars shirt that I wore on my first date with my husband, so it has to be at least eight years old. I was happy that they accepted so much and a little disappointed that I would get only $2 per item. I could have rejected the offer and paid a $5 fee to get the clothes back, but I accepted. Those clothes had sat in my closet for over 3 years, never quite fitting properly, and I had never made a move to get rid of them for cash. I knew I wouldn’t go out and try to consign them somewhere else, and it took me all of 20 minutes to do the consignment process with Twice. Once I accepted, I had $28 in my PayPal account by the end of the day.

Would I do it again? Yes. I have another set of clothes I’m still saying “goodbye” to, and when we’re ready to part, I’m sending them off to Twice. Saying goodbye usually involves me turning the hanger around and if I still haven’t worn the item in the next six months, I know I won’t miss them. Have you ever consigned online? Do you have some “before” clothes taking up precious closet or storage space?

10 thoughts on “Consigning Clothes Online

  1. I’d be pretty disappointed with just $2 per item for such high quality items. I don’t know if you could get more for them on ebay or at a local consignment shop. But then you would have to wait and also it is a bit more time consuming. The quick pay out is attractive. I guess you just have to balance out what your time is worth in it all.

    • Yes, I’ll admit that I’m hesitant to send in the nice suit jackets I’ve “outgrown.” I’ve never used ebay before, so I’m nervous to start. But I think it’s time I tried!

  2. I’ve never done online consignment, but I have taken lots of things to the local store over the years. I also sell on Ebay, and I think consignment is much better unless you have something really nice or brand new. Ebay people can get really picky over odd things. I had one buyer who told me the color of the shirt was different than what I listed online. I could see the picture that I listed , and it was exactly the same in reality. Sometimes, it’s easier to take $2 than fool with all the hassle of shipping and odd buyers.

    • I agree — I might try ebay for the nice suit jackets. I can hopefully get a higher price, and I only have a few of them.

  3. I haven’t tried this, though I would be tempted to in the interest of time. I haven’t gotten into consigning stuff because it’s another thing for me to do.

    Thanks for sharing your tips with my readers at Fabulously Frugal Thursday!

    • Barb, thanks for sharing my tips with YOUR readers! I love your Fabulously Frugal Thursday — I always learn something new 🙂

  4. I agree that the $2 is really odd. I would definitely list them on eBay, as long as the quality is good. I list quite a lot on eBay and usually do pretty well, just make sure you take pictures and make notes of anything you even possibly think someone might not be happy to find out about – I’ve sold clothing with holes and stains and since I documented them, the people never seemed to mind.

    • I’m surprised your holey and stained clothing sold well — I definitely can’t consign those, so I’ll try ebay for them. Would those clothes do better as a lot, or are people actually buying them with the hopes of repairing them for wearing?

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