How to Make EASY Cash Selling Kids Clothes Online


Have you bought kids clothes recently? They’re expensive!! Break my budget, my river of funds is dry, moths are living in my wallet kind of expensive. It’s a very bad thing if you’re a mom trying to clothe her kid, but if you’re trying to make a few bucks? It’s GREAT! My Emma grows very very quickly and I LOVE a good yard sale, so I’m always finding great deals on kids clothing. This means I can make easy cash selling kids clothes online without too much of an issue and add a significant amount to my income each month.

 

I add an extra couple of hundred dollars to my income each month selling used kids clothes. In this post? I give you my 5 step process for making EASY money selling kids clothes online!

 

When I’m getting ready to list products, I have a very easy to follow 5 step process for doing so. I am well aware that not every item will sell on a specific site so I follow these steps to maximize how my stuff is being seen. They’ve never let me down and I generally sell almost everything that I have in “inventory.” Take a look below and put them into play the next time that you go to sell your kids clothes.

To start, you’ll need “inventory.” If you have kids, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue because my guess is that you’ve got box upon box of clothes they no longer wear put up. While I do think it’s smart to keep some if you’re planning on having more kids, there isn’t a need to keep them all. Go through them, pick 5-10 of your favorite pieces and set the rest aside to sell. If you don’t have kids, hit up yard sales or thrift stores and find some cheap items to sell. Once I have my inventory, I wash everything and then inspect it all very carefully. People don’t want to buy things with rips, tears or stains. If I come across anything that is ripped or stained, I add it to a bag that is specifically marked for donation. Once it’s all washed and ready to go, I get started!

First, I box everything up to send to Swap.com. I love that all I have to do is box it up, print the shipping label and send it off. They store it and photograph it (free storage for 9 months) and then I go in and price it. Once that’s all taken care of, they send me a list of items that they rejected. I then choose to have them shipped back to me because I know that since I went through them beforehand that their quality items. They just don’t meet *their* standards.

Once I get them back, I send them off to ThredUp. Thredup then chooses what they will take and pays me a percentage. Once I’ve got enough for a shipment back, I have them shipped back.

Next, I take all of the clothes that have been rejected by ThredUp and Swap and separate them into lots by size, season or just as a general group and list them on Ebay. While single pieces of clothing don’t do very well over there, bigger lots do. I generally try to offer either free shipping or make it as low as possible. Because of fees, I don’t run any of my auctions more than once.

Anything that doesn’t sell on Ebay, I group into really, REALLY big lots and toss them into my local Facebook buy sell and trade groups. Generally I can get rid of the lot this way and while I may not get as high of a payout for it, I still do make something on them so I’m not taking a loss.

Finally, when I have any left over, I donate them. I either bag them up and send them off to Schoola (actually I’m still working on my bags…lol.) or I drop them at Goodwill. I don’t typically have a lot of things left over though by the time that I’ve run through all 5 selling steps.

 
I know it seems like a lot of work, but it’s really not. Usually I spend less than an hour each week and by the time you add up the extra cash I make? I’m getting paid VERY well for that hour! If you end up with a lot of items to sell, you might want to consider opening your own online store. Shopify is one of my favorites because I can not only list on my own retail website, but I can also integrate my items for sale into social media as well for just a few bucks a month. I’ve been using Shopify for several months now and really, really like it!

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Stacy Barr is the face and brain behind the frugal living and lifestyle blog Six Dollar Family. A true gypsy soul, her newest blog, Unsettled Hearts, chronicles the journey of her family to become full-time travelers. By the age of 30, Stacy had overcome an alcohol addiction, a drug addiction, divorce, survived domestic violence and had built a life for herself and her daughter after spending 10 months in a homeless shelter. Her book, also called Six Dollar Family, has sold more than 7,000 copies since its release.

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Comments

  1. I have never heard of swap.com–I’ll have to try it out next time. So would you mind sharing sometime in a future post or now–how much you actually ended up making by the end of it? I’m curious to know if it would be worth all the trouble. There are some local consignment shops who pay decent around here, but not great–curious how going through your steps would compare to that.

    Thanks for a helpful post!

    • Ally, it really depends on how many items are accepted from each box on Swap. Generally though after I go through the steps I listed in the post, I’ve sold most everything and typically don’t make less than $100 per box…usually more though.

  2. How do you decide on prices for your clothing?

    • Barbara,

      Swap will recommend a price to you for a lot of it. The rest is determined by brand, condition, etc.

  3. Courtney says:

    Hi Stacy,

    This sounds like a great method! Do you box up EVERYTHING and send it to Swap– even if it’s out of season? Also, how do you send them more than one box? I’ve looked on their website and can’t really find an answer.

    Thanks!

    • Courtney, yes, you can send it even if it’s out of season but keep in mind that they may not accept it if it’s oos. I tend to stick those items in a tote and wait a few months. As for sending multiple boxes, just print multiple shipping labels. I’ve printed up to 5 at one time. You just have to print them (or order them) one at a time. Keep in mind too that your labels will come out of your proceeds from the sales. They’re not too bad. The last time I sent a box it was huge and cost me $8.90 to ship.

  4. Stacy, great info! Thanks. Does it cost to have your items shipped back to you? Do you think this method of selling is much more lucrative than selling to local second hand stores? That’s what I’ve been doing, but it doesn’t seem like a money maker. Because I thrift and yard sale for name-brand apparel, I feel like I’m at least recycling:) I’d like to stay home next year and am thinking I’d like to earn a part time income…maybe this is it?!
    Thanks again….Kristin

    • Hey Kristin,

      It does cost to have the items send back to you if they don’t sell, but you have several months before they start to charge you for storage. Return shipping is a flat rate $4.99. As far as more lucrative, yes, it can be. Swap has a minimum price of $3.00 so you know you’re at least going to earn $1.40 on a $3.00 item versus just a few cents at some consignment stores.

  5. Natalie says:

    Hello,
    Thank you for posting this and sharing! I plan to do this with 2 years worth of my boys clothes. I have a question though. On the website it says it can take up to 60 days to inventory everything. Is this your experience and should I just send in items for fall and save the winter and summer items for a future shipment?

    Thank you for your time!

    • Stacy Barr says:

      It really depends on how busy they are. It can take that (or even up to 90) but it can also take a week. They will usually let you know how long it will take when you send your things in.

  6. While most of your tips were helpful, I couldn’t help but wonder why you donate “ripped or stained” clothing. Unless you’re giving it to someplace that is wanting cleaning rags, they don’t want that trash either.

    • Stacy Barr says:

      Actually that is exactly why we donate them. Goodwill takes the clothing they can’t sell and turns them into rags. The rags are then sent overseas from what I understand. Stained and ripped have their uses even though they’re stained and ripped.

  7. I am so glad I stumbled upon this. I’ve been so torn on the best way to sell my kids clothes and not have to waste too much time and money. I am wondering though what method of shipping do you use? Do you go through the USPS and add insurance? I have so much to sell I’m going to try to ship several boxes out ASAP. Thanks again!

    • Stacy Barr says:

      It really depends on where I’m selling. Swap has their own providers, ThredUp sends a label, etc. For Ebay or other places where I’m responsible for it, I typically use USPS without insurance and with delivery confirmation.

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