I've always been an extremely frugal person. Every time I consider purchasing the latest and greatest thing, I always consider the cost, the pros and cons to owning it, and how much I really want it. In college, I started being extra careful with my money. As a huge fashionista, I've been a frequenter of thrift stores, but many girls had the same idea when I was in school. I needed a new way to get fabulous clothes on the cheap. I took to the Internet and found some of the best websites that allow you to do just that!
1. Rehash Clothes
The first platform I encountered was Rehash Clothes. It's a very tight-knit community that allows you to interact with fellow members and engage in discussions related to both fashion and everyday life. The vibe was great, so I signed up.
Here’s the 411 on Rehash:
- Money absolutely cannot change hands, you may only trade.
- Every item has a description, pictures, and condition of clothing—including shoes and accessories.
- You're given more information such as the fit, how it lays on the body or what the material actually feels like.
- If you want to trade, simply send a request. The seller will be able to negotiate, accept, or reject your offer.
- If the offer is accepted, all you need to do is head to the post office!
I've found this website to be extremely fun to peruse. You can search for something specific like "D&G bag" or just "shirt." On the other hand, you can browse everything that's available for trade on the site. Both features are a great way to bolster your closet. Through my multiple trades, I've learned that the best way to trade with someone on the site is through a multi or "bulk" trade. This is by far the most cost-effective to you and you will receive more bang for your buck!
After spending a great deal of time on Rehash, I found Poshmark.
What you need to know about Poshmark:
- This website is different in that you can buy, sell or trade.
- You must post pictures and a description of each item.
- You can place a selling price, as well as a shipping price.
- Your Poshmark account is connected to PayPal, so you can withdraw your money whenever you want.
- If you find something you'd like to add to your closet, you can always contact a seller and request a trade in much the same way as Rehash.
I really enjoy the user interface of this website, but I think my favorite thing is that they've released an app! If I have a few minutes, I can check on sales and browse any new items that have been listed. I love that I can actually make some money for my gently-used clothing…so I can go buy some new pieces!
Many of the members on Rehash talked about their other favorite website, Listia.
How Listia works:
- It works much like eBay, yet no money is actually exchanged. This auction-style website allows users to bid points to win an item.
- You earn points by putting up your items up for auction. You choose the length of the auction, a starting bid (if you'd like one), a "Get It Now" price, and whether or not the shipping will be free, flat rate or exact shipping.
- Most of the bidding activity occurs within the last 12 hours of the auction, so don't worry if you've posted something expensive and the bids don't seem to be moving.
- You will have 7 days from the end of the auction to send off your item.
- If you're interested in only bidding on items, you can choose from one of the many categories, such as arts and crafts, recipes, clothing, and health & beauty—yes, this website isn't just for clothes!
- You don't just have to post auctions to get points. You can also answer surveys or complete tasks.
I've found that clearing out my closet is much easier when I know I'm getting something in return. Sometimes I wait months between bidding on auctions because I want the perfect thing, while other times, I'll just bid willy-nilly. This website is fantastic for de-cluttering your house and being rewarded in the process. One thing I've noticed, however, is that you receive far fewer credits when you list your auction without free shipping. If you're looking to keep your costs at zero, though, you certainly can make a decent amount of credits with free shipping. Just make sure that you provide fabulous pictures and an extra-detailed description!
This is a guest post by Becca C. from Steamboat Springs, CO.