Style + Design, Well & Aware

How to Avoid the Fast-Fashion Trap

Leading a conscious lifestyle is important to us, and thanks to the recent popularity of resale fashion sites, we have more opportunities than ever to be environmentally responsible about the clothes we buy and wear. These sites take all the guesswork out of consignment selling and shopping: If you want to purge your closet, you can get rid of unwanted, gently used items in exchange for cash or credit, and if you’re after “new” clothes, you’ll save money buying other people’s secondhand options. Get started by checking out five of these top resale sites and how each one works.

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TRADESY

What it sells
Best-selling brands include Tory Burch, Kate Spade New York, Chanel, and Lululemon

How it works
You’re responsible for taking pictures of your clothes and listing them on Tradesy. Afterward, the site will clean up your images to make them more sellable, suggest prices, and send you a free shipping kit once an item sells.

Commission
Tradesy takes 9% if you keep your earnings on the site as store credit and an additional 2.9% if you cash out to PayPal, your debit card, or your bank account.


ThreadUP

What it sells
Affordable labels such as Free People, Gap, and Splendid

How it works
ThredUp sends you a Clean Out Kit to fill with unwanted clothes. It’ll photograph and list any defect-free, on-trend clothes on your behalf. Anything it doesn’t accept will be donated or returned to you for a fee.

Commission
Items listed under $60 will be paid out upfront, while anything listed over $60 will be paid out once the item sells. The amount varies—check out its Earnings Estimator to see how much your clothes or accessories might be worth.


Poshmark

What it sells
Top-selling brands include Michael Kors, Anthropologie, and J.Crew

How it works
Poshmark’s free app (available on iPhone, iPad, or Android) is designed for convenience. Snap cell phone pictures of items you wish to sell, then upload them directly to the app along with any other required information.

Commission
For all sales under $15, Poshmark takes a flat commission of $2.95. For sales of $15 or more, the site takes 20%.


Twice

What it sells
A wide variety of brands, from Banana Republic to
Jimmy Choo

How it works
Request a free shipping label, then package your items and ship them to Twice. Upon receipt, the site will make you an offer and professionally photograph your items. If it rejects any pieces, it will send them back for a small fee.

Commission
Get paid upfront via check, PayPal, Venmo, or—for an extra 25% bonus—store credit. Payout varies by brand.


The RealReal

What it sells
High-end labels like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Prada

How it works
Send unwanted designer pieces to The RealReal’s team of experts, who authenticate, photograph, price, and list your goods. All items must come from a pre-selected list of designers and be less than 10 years old. The site claims most of its luxury pieces sell within three days.

Commission
Sellers receive up to 70% of each item’s sale price.