How to Make Easy Cash Selling Kids Clothes Online

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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. Clothing is one of those items that typically does not do well in a yard sale so most sellers are ready to get rid of them for a deal. Because I paid so little, I’m then able to take them and make easy cash selling kids clothes online without too much of an issue and without taking a loss on what I originally paid.

 

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!

 

Learning how to make easy cash selling kids clothes online took me a while to really nail down. I can remember getting frustrated when I would send things off only to have them sit for months or weeks without selling. Once I figured things out though, I was able to sell kids clothes online without too much of a hassle. 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. Since I’ve been using them, 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.

How to Make Easy Cash Selling Kids Clothes Online

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 stashed in the closet of no return, the basement abyss or the attic of the forgotten. It’s okay. We’ve all done it. If you’re planning on having more children, I would recommend that you don’t sell everything. Having more kids means a higher cost and since one of the only 10 things you really need for baby is clothing, I would personally keep some of those clothes put back if they’re close in age. If there will be a huge age gap between kids, its pretty safe to go ahead and get rid of them all. Go through the kids clothes that you have stashed and pull out 5 or so of your favorite pieces or outfits. Set those aside as keepers so you can prepare the rest to be sold online.

After you’ve dug your inventory out of the forgotten hole it has been living in, go ahead and wash it all up. Because I never know who will receive my clothes when I sell them online, I take the extra step of washing them in a homemade Castile soap laundry detergent with homemade reusable fabric softener sheets. It might seem a silly step, but it negates any possibility that the person receiving them will be allergic to whatever detergent I’ve used. Both homemade products are gentle enough and  made without potential allergens. No matter which detergent you use, make certain that when you’re selling kids clothes online that you don’t do so with dirty clothes. They need to be cleaned, dried and folded before you ever attempt to send them into the online consignment store or auction sites you’re using. Once your clothing is clean and dry, go over it with a fine tooth comb. Shoppers won’t buy if it’s ripped, torn, missing a button or otherwise damaged. If it’s a simple repair that you can perform yourself, go for it. Otherwise, place those items in a donate pile.

Once you’re ready to sell kids clothes online, it’s time to choose the online consignment sites you’ll use. For me, I prefer to use Swap.com first. When you sign up for a Swap.com account, you’ll be able to request a shipping label and/or box if you need it. You do have to pay to ship the items to them, but they will take that cost out of your profits instead of it being an upfront payment. Swap has very strict acceptance criteria so be sure that you familiarize yourself with it. The awesome thing about them though is that not only do they accept children’s clothing, but they’ll also accept womens clothing, mens clothing, toys, books and more. Using Swap to sell kids clothes online is super easy though since they take all photographs, store the items for you and ship them. All you have to do is price them once they’re accepted!

 

I know that when I’m trying to make easy cash selling kids clothes online and I’ve sent to Swap first, there will be rejections from Swap. It is just a fact of life that they will ultimately see something that I missed. As I said, their acceptance criteria is strict so it doesn’t mean the items aren’t of a good quality. They simply aren’t acceptable for Swap. Swap will send your items back to you once you request them for a pretty reasonable shipping fee. I wait until I have enough to justify the shipping costs and have my items sent back so that I can move onto my next method of making easy cash selling kids clothes online.

Once I get everything back in my hands, I separate the items and make as many 2-3 piece outfits as possible. Each outfit is then photographed and bagged. I use plastic self sealing poly bags to keep the outfits together but separated from the pile as a whole while protecting them from spills and dirt until they sell. Once I’ve got everything photographed, I list them on VarageSale followed by LetGo and OfferUp. All three are buy/sell/trade apps that have helped me making hundreds in extra money each month for the last year or so. LetGo and OfferUp are pretty self-explanatory but when you sign up for a VarageSale account, you’ll have to choose communities near you to join.

Usually the outfits sell pretty quickly on the apps, but if they happen to be lingering, I next list them on my local Facebook buy/sell/trade groups. If you’re having trouble selling this way, consider grouping your outfits together as a small lot. Nine times out of ten, I will sell everything that is left in these groups. Just be sure that if you’re doing a local pick up with a selling app or a Facebook group that you practice safe pickup techniques. Meet in a safe, well light, public place with plenty of people around and never go alone.

If by chance you still have clothing left, you’ll need to decide where to go from here. You have three choices left. You can donate what is left. If you do this, make certain to get a receipt so that you can claim the tax deduction. Secondly, you can put them in a yard sale if you’re planning a yard sale soon. If you go this route, make certain that you follow good yard sale etiquette for selling clothes. Finally, you can sell what is left as a lot on Ebay. Don’t try to sell them as individual outfits on Ebay. You’ll end up losing money in the long run.

I know it seems like a lot of work just to make easy cash selling kids clothes online, but it really isn’t. 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 signing up for a Shopify Account and 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. Stacy is passionate about homeless advocacy and addiction education.  Her first book, also called Six Dollar Family is available on Amazon.

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  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.

  8. Jillian Heisman says:

    Thanks for sharing these helpful guidelines. Im looking forward to getting started but have a couple questions:
    1. Why do you start with Swap and then move on to ThredU and finally Ebay, in that order? Does Swap pay better or do they have a higher volume?
    2. I have mostly “designer” clothing such as ralph lauren, gap, crew cuts, burberry. Does one of these sites do better with “designer” versus lower end labels such as Target, Old Navy, etc.?
    3. I also have some quality toys. Wooden and cloth toys books, puzzles, small trains, some vintag or more traditional toys such as lincon logs and wooden building blocks. Nothing plastic, battery operated or with characters or super hero’s, etc. Can you suggest the best online site to sell these?

    Thank you! Im looking forward to getting started!

    • Stacy Barr says:

      Jillian, I like Swap best b/c it isn’t consignment and they handle everything. TU is consignment so I can’t set the prices on them. With Swap I can. ThredUp is better for designer items though. Toys and that type, use Swap.

  9. Wow I have never heard of Swap.

    How do they pay you? I can’t find that on their site.

  10. Thank you.

    I just signed up for Swap.

    I hope I have success like you did.

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