Consignment VS Selling Your Own Clothes

Consignment is just one of the many avenues available to sell your clothing; you also have the option of selling your clothes on your own. As with anything else, there are pros and cons to this:

You get to control the amount you price your items for, and you will keep a bigger profit of what sells. 

It can be extremely time consuming. Be prepared to take a lot of photos and list a lot of detailed information about the items you're selling. You will have to print shipping labels and package up items when they sell, which means you will need to stay stocked in shipping supplies and will have to make trips to the post office. 


The benefit of consignment is that it takes away the time and energy necessary to make sales on your own. Even though your profit won't be as big from your sales since consignment stores will take a bigger percentage of what things sell for, you don't have to deal with the hassle of selling your own clothes. It all comes down to what kind of time you have on your hands, whether or not you want to control the price something sells for, and what kind of money you're looking to make on your items.  


Here are 5 sites and apps where you can sell your own clothes, and a little bit about how they work: 

  1. Craigslist
    By selling through Craigslist, you get to keep 100% of the profits. Selling through Craigslist requires coordinating with people via phone or email and meeting up with people in person to exchange money for whatever it is you're selling. 
  2. Facebook Marketplace 
    Basically the Facebook version of Craigslist, but instead of being anonymous, the items are linked to your social media. As with Craigslist, it's up to you to coordinate payment for and delivery of your items: Facebook Marketplace doesn't facilitate these things.   
  3. eBay
    When you sell things on eBay, they take a small listing fee (but only after 50 items are listed) and a percentage of the final sale price depending on the item you're selling. eBay allows both auction style selling and concrete prices for your items. They generate a prepaid shipping label for you when something sells.
  4. Poshmark
    Selling on Poshmark is fairly easy. However, successfully and consistently making sales can require a bit of effort on your part: your things will sell better if you acquire followers and "share" other people's items to your followers. Poshmark keeps 20% of whatever an item sells for. Shipping labels are generated quickly and easily, and the buyer pays for shipping. 
  5. Mercari
    Similar to Poshmark with a slightly different style. Mercari allows for easy messaging between buyers and sellers. They take 10% of your sales, and it is up to you how you ship: you can choose to ship on your own or get a prepaid shipping label, and you can either choose to pay for shipping or have your buyer pay for it.