You've done your spring cleaning and purged your closets but now you have piles of old clothes and no idea what to do with them! Nowadays, there are plenty of options on getting a little return when it comes to donating or selling used clothing. We've done the research and here are our recommendations:
Many retailers have started to offer cash or product discounts in exchange for your used clothing items. And often times, it's not limited to their own brands!
Check out these options:
- Bring in gently-worn Eileen Fisher items to one of their stores and receive a $5 rewards card for each piece.
- Levi's will give you a store voucher for 20% off one regular priced item if you bring in clothing or shoes (from any brand) to recycle. This offer is available in-store only.
- H&M, as well as their sister brand & Other Stories, offer a unique discount as well on any brand or condition of unwanted clothing. They partner with I:CO, which is a recycling company, who collect and donate old clothes. H&M will exchange your donation for a 15% off coupon and & Other Stories will provide a 10% coupon.
- Madewell is an excellent place to drop off your old denim of any brand. They sell your donated jeans to Blue JeansGo Green who recycle used denim back into housing insulation. Receive $20 off a new pair of Madewell jeans for your donation!
- If you have well-maintained Patagonia gear that you no longer use, you can trade in those garments at any of their retail locations in exchange for up to $100 of Worn Wear Merchandise Credit.
- The North Face has a program called "Clothes The Loop" that you can contribute to by bringing in clothing or footwear from any brand that is in good condition. You'll receive $10 off your purchase of $100 or more.
There are also online resale platforms that are a good option for those who want more control over the return they get on their clothing. Some of these apps are self-managed and others are managed for you. You aren't guaranteed money back with these apps, but if you have the time, they may be worth the effort!
Here's a quick rundown of some larger online resale platforms:
Poshmark - manage your own online storefront of clothing & acessories
Mercari - manage your own online storefront & sell any kinds of goods
DePop - buy or sell unique clothing items & manage your own online storefront
TheRealReal - only accepts luxury clothing & accessories and they consign on your behalf
ThreadUp - accepts less than 40% of donated items and they consign on your behalf