A while back, we filled you in on the best ways to unload your closet online. Herewith, we present an updated list to either clean out your closet for cash or find the best deals on consignment from a range of fashion industry denizens (which means, in other words, the goods available will be way more stylish than your average thrift store). Besides the thrill of a good find, these five consignment start-ups are a great way to consume without consuming:
1. Tradesy: Designer resale site Tradesy is already our personal go-to when it comes time to clean out our closets. The site makes it easy to shop consignment via clothing category, and they have a special section for weddings (either buying or unloading). They also offer a great rate to sellers, taking only 9% of sales. Tradesy will send you a shipping kit to get your stuff out the door, but they’ll handle any returns (which they do accept).
2. The Real Real: With 72-hour-long sales presented by brand and style, shopping the Real Real — where items are selected by a stylist team and all luxury labels are authenticated — is a little like going shopping on the used version of Gilt Groupe. Potential sellers can call the site directly to see if they have suitable fashion to unload. If so, they’ll receive 60% of the sale price, or 70% after they’ve sold $5000 worth of clothing. Returns are accepted.
3. Vaunte: Vaunte, which actually was founded by two Gilt Groupe alums, Leah Park and Christian Leone, just launched last fall but already has about 20,000 members. The site features beautifully shot closets from notables including Lela Rose, Jill Kargman, and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, among others. Regular people can apply to sell through Vaunte, too. Once items have been vouched for their style and authenticity, and approved, the site takes care of the rest of the selling process. Returns are not currently accepted.
4. Poshmark: Poshmark fosters a community atmosphere to enable members to easily browse the closets of sellers whose style they admire. This site functions like a true consignment platform, with Poshmark providing the box for sales but sellers responsible for the actual shipping. They also take a 20% commission of all sales. There are no returns, but Poshmark will intervene if you feel an item you received was misrepresented.
5. Closet Rich: Rather than offering an open resale platform, Closet Rich offers a curated selection of styles from founder Elizabeth Kott’s clients. The site specializes in gently worn fashion from accessible luxury brands like Coach and Rag & Bone. They also accept returns (although you need to get them in the mail within three days of receipt).