The wardrobe bursts at the seams, but are only the same parts made? Then it is high time to clear out! But where to put the discarded clothes? We presents the best ways to get rid of old clothes – and make money.
According to the environmental organization Greenpeace, Germans only carry around 20 items from their wardrobes, but buy an average of 60 new items a year. In many wardrobes there are unworn clothes worth several hundred euros. Netflix star Marie Kondo therefore advises in her show “Cleaning up with Marie Kondo” to sort out everything that has not been worn for more than a year. If the part no longer fits, it should go away anyway. Thanks to online flea markets, it’s now easier than ever to get rid of the old things.
Online used clothing exchanges
Gone are the days of flea market stands, selling clothes is now very comfortable from home. The classics among the online clothing flea markets are “Kleiderkreisel”, “Kleiderkorb” or “Mädchenflohmarkt”. There, the old clothes can not only be sold free of charge, but also exchanged or given away. The principle is very simple: create an account, upload pictures of the clothes, add a short description and set the price. As soon as the part is sold, you send it by post, have it picked up or hand it in personally to the buyer.
For everyone who wants to sell a LOT
If you want to empty the wardrobe in one swing, you should rely on providers such as “Momox” or “ubup.com”. The platforms buy used clothes in large quantities for later sale. The sales process is simple: The online tool must state what part it is, in what condition and of which brand it is. The price is determined automatically, the seller can then decide whether the amount fits him and send the goods if necessary. The shipping costs are taken over. You certainly won’t get rich with this method, a dress from H&M, for example, brings in around two euros, but the process is much faster and easier than with the classic online used clothing exchanges.
The big money comes with designer pieces
When it comes to high quality designer fashion platforms such as “Vestiaire Collective” or “Rebelle” are the right choice. Mainly there is trade with high-priced brands, but pieces from sports brands such as Nike or Adidas are also gladly taken. Similar to “Kleiderkreisel”, you first need an account with the luxury clothing exchanges and then you have to state the condition of the goods – but somewhat more precisely than with the variant for cheap clothing. An extensive questionnaire must be completed for quality control and to check the authenticity of the garment. Then the sold parts are sent to quality control again and only then passed on to the buyer. Advantage: Relatively high sales prices can be achieved. Disadvantage: Both providers charge a commission.
Sell via app and locally
Anyone who wants to get rid of their clothes quickly and easily should use the “Shpock” flea market app. This saves you the annoying shipping, the item to be sold is only visible to users in the area who can easily pick up the goods. Similar to “Ebay”, “Shpock” can not only be used to sell clothing, but also furniture or gadgets.
For permanent sellers
For shopaholics who constantly renew their wardrobes, it makes sense to create their own online shop. At “Tictail” a personalized, free web shop can be opened, where the worn parts can be uploaded and sold according to the clothes spinning principle. Prices and conditions can be set independently, there are no commissions. Each shop also has its own link, which can be shared via Facebook, Instagram or your own blog.
Used clothes make good donations
If you don’t want to sell your used clothing, but donate it, it’s better to hand it in directly to a non-profit organization instead of throwing it into a conventional used clothing container. According to the German consumer advice center, this does not always hide serious clothing collectors. The better starting points are therefore the clothing stores from the Red Cross, Diakonie or Caritas. There the parts are washed, sorted and passed on to people in need. Social department stores such as Humana or Oxfam are also good alternatives.