If you’re hoping to sell some gently used womenswear online or in-store, you might immediately think of laundry list of retailers. But when we’re talking about menswear, the answer is not so obvious. Where are the best places to sell your mens cast-offs, your unused suits or your lightly-worn ties?
Well, fret not, because there are options. Some of them are geared specifically toward men, while others are sites where you can sell your entire family’s clothes. We recommend starting with men’s consignment stores, but you’ll find a whole host of resellers on this list, both online and brick-and-mortar. For men, we suggest dividing your items into two categories: commonly worn pieces, like jeans or T-shirts; or designer items by luxury brands.
Read on to find out the best places to sell your vintage and used menswear.
5 Online Men’s Consignment Stores
Not having to carry your clothes around to a physical location will make your life easier. Some of these stores have both physical shops, while all of them have online options.
Grailed’s name is a nod to the slang term “grail,” meaning an item that is hard to find and, therefore, in demand,, and it bills itself as a “one-stop destination for buying, selling and exploring menswear and womenswear.” The site claims to be the largest men’s fashion marketplace, and it’s a place where you can find brands like Alexander McQueen and Dries Van Noten as well as Adidas and Supreme.
If that feels a little out of your price range, don’t worry — Grailed has other categories, where you can shop and sell items like sweatpants and joggers, slip-on shoes and polos.
What makes Grailed popular with buyers is that it’s free. For sellers, the benefit is its low 9% commission fee. There’s no barrier to entry, but you set the price for your items, so they may take longer to sell than they would on a site that sets the price for you. There is also a payment processing fee for transactions conducted with Grailed Payments or PayPal.
Grailed offers buyer and seller protection through its own system, Grailed Payments, meaning that any disputed charge can warrant a full refund. PayPal has its own buyer and seller protection. There are two kinds of offers, binding and non-binding. A binding offer means that the payment must be completed immediately if the seller accepts, whereas a non-binding offer means the buyer does not have to purchase the item even if the seller agrees to their offer. With PayPal, all offers are binding, but if buyers choose to use Grailed Payments, all offers are currently non-binding.
2. The RealReal
As its name implies, The RealReal prides itself on authenticity. While all of the sites on this list forbid replicas and knockoffs of brand-name items, The RealReal takes it one step further by employing trained professionals — from gemologists to brand experts — to ensure every item it offers is the real thing. Your item must pass a rigorous inspection before the site will list it.
The RealReal has a fairly hands-off selling process for the seller. Just send in your items, schedule a pick-up or drop them off. Once the site gets your clothing (or anything else you’ve sent), they’ll authenticate, photograph and price everything for you. Anything that doesn’t work—whether it’s deemed inauthentic or unsellable—will be sent back to you.
The RealReal’s structure works by rewarding sellers the more that they sell and the higher the price. The percentage a seller earns is broken down by item and price of item sold. Here is a full list — the highest percentage earned by the seller is 85%.
Some examples include:
If you sell men’s sneakers worth between $200 and $299, sellers earn 55% of the price.
If you sell clothing between $300 and $749, you earn 60% of the sales price.
All items under $149 are tiered by commission. Items from $0 to $99 earn the seller 20% of the price, while items between $100 and $149 earn sellers 30% of the price.
There is also a tiered system that allows sellers to earn VIP status. Here’s how that works.
A Trendsetter, or someone with net sales under $1,499, earns standard commission.
An Influencer, with net sales between $1,500 and $4,999, can add 1% to the standard commission.
A Tastemaker, with net sales between $5,000 and $9,999,, can add 2% to standard commission.
A VIP, with net sales above $10,000, can add 5% to standard commission.
3. Menswear Market
Menswear Market touts itself as taking some of the guesswork (and legwork) out of reselling your items by offering personalized services like shipping, customer service and all of the sales work. .
Menswear Market may sell your pieces on its own website, through its selling account on eBay or at in-person sale events. To get started, sellers must contact Menswear Market and see if their clothes are eligible. If so, they can ship them at no charge. Each month, the seller will get 60% of the total money their items net.
Menswear Market is a great option for the seller with no time and access to “high-quality designer and upscale brands.”
4. Linda’s Stuff
Don’t let the name fool you — Linda’s Stuff isn’t just for women’s clothing and accessories. It also has a sizable men’s section with everything from jeans to shoes to swimwear.
This company strives to sell your luxury items at a price that will net you the most money and interest the most buyers. The team does most of the work itself, from photography, to research, to pricing, to authenticating.
The team increases demand for an item by listing it at first for auction on eBay. If it doesn’t sell in seven days, they then choose a fixed price—with a best offer option—and create a listing. The fact that all items have free shipping is particularly enticing for buyers. (To offset this, the company adds $10 to the listing price, which they will take out when calculating your commission.) The company lists items for one year, but if they don’t sell in that time, it is the consignor’s responsibility to initiate the return process.
Like many online consignment stores, Linda’s Stuff pays sellers based on how much they sell and how much money they make for the site. For items at $999 or less, sellers receive 60% of the sale. For items that go for $1,000 or above, sellers get 75% of the sale. If you hit $5,000 or more, sellers get 80% of the sale price. It’s important to note that Linda’s Stuff wants items with a resale value of more than $49 to qualify.
You may have heard of Poshmark — it’s one of the most popular sites for secondhand resellers and buyers. But did you know they have a men’s section?
Listing an item on the platform is easy. It just involves making an account, uploading a photo of your item with a description and listing it. You set the price.
Poshmark takes a commission in a sliding scale form, much like other platforms. For sales below $15, Poshmark takes a commission of $2.95 per sale. For sales of $15 or more, Poshmark takes 20% commission.
A site like Poshmark is good for a seller who doesn’t have high-end designer items, is willing to put in a little bit of work and wants to keep the bulk of their earnings.
Brick-and-Mortar Men’s Consignment Stores
If you want to sell your clothes in-person, then we have the options for you. Well Suited and Crossroads Trading operate online, too.
6. Well Suited
From the same people who brought you women’s consignment site My Sister’s Closet and home furnishings consignment site My Sister’s Attic, Well Suited has retail stores in Arizona. It also allows shoppers to browse and purchase items online.
You can stop by a store with items you’d like to sell or follow these instructions to ship them to the company.
To qualify for resale, your items should meet the “three C’s” My Sister’s Closet originally set forth:
Cute (or, one could argue, “handsome” in this case): brand-name designer items, whether classic or trendy, that retail for at least $75
Clean: in like-new, ready-to-wear condition
Current: stylish and no more than four to five years old
You can receive 45% of the item’s sale price in cash or 55% in store credit. Designer bags and jewelry, or anything that goes for more than $4,995, can net up to 70% in commission.
7. Plato’s Closet
Plato’s Closet focuses on teen and young adult clothing and accessories — for guys, this includes athletic shoes, coats, jeans, shorts and tanks in brands including Levi’s, PacSun, Sperry, Converse and Under Armour.
Check here to see if there are any locations in your area. If there are, you can stop by with your items and an ID, and a sales associate will review your stuff while you browse the store’s racks.
Unlike other consignment stores that pay you when your items sell and take a cut as commission, Plato’s Closet buys your items outright and stocks them for resale — so once you receive and accept its quote, you walk out with cash.
The price per item will likely not be as high as luxury consignment stores. But if you’re looking for a quick, easy way to unload your unwanted stuff and get a few bucks, Plato’s Closet is worth checking out.
8. Buffalo Exchange
Like Plato’s Closet, Buffalo Exchange buys acceptable items upfront and pays you 25% of the selling price in cash or 50% in store credit. You can drop your items off at one of its physical locations — stores no longer allow selling by mail.
Buffalo Exchange lists what each location is looking for here, but in general, stores are almost always seeking everyday staples, plus sizes and any menswear. That means guys are in luck!
9. Crossroads Trading
Crossroads Trading offers flexible options for the most flexible of customers — sellers can sell in-store, drop off their goods in store, sell by consignment or sell by mail. The deal is simple: if you trade for credit, you get 50% of the sales price of your clothes. If you want cash right away, you get 30% of the sales price.
Like Buffalo Exchange and Plato’s Closet, Crossroads is a good option for a buyer who wants to leave the store with cash right away. The store has locations in various parts of the country.
Writer Elizabeth Djinis is a contributor to The Penny Hoarder, often writing about selling goods online through social platforms. Kelly Gurnett is a former contributor to The Penny Hoarder.
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