A Black Girl’s Guide to Getting Rid of Your Old Clothes (That Doesn’t Involve a Yard Sale)

Welcome back! We are approaching an all new year, ripe with possibilities. Out with the old and in with the new, so to speak. People will be taking the opportunity to rid themselves of old habits, old friends, old relationships–you get the picture. But what about clothes?

Let’s face it, there’s bound to be things in your closet that you no longer like or no longer fit you. The end of the year is the perfect time to get rid of clothes in order to make room for those 2018 fashions.

“But Tandra,” you ask, “I don’t want to hold a yard sale because it’s too cold/boring/tiring/long/etc.”

Don’t worry pals! There are plenty of ways to get rid of your clothing without hosting a yard sale. Here’s how!

Facebook Groups

The numerous Facebook groups dedicated to buying, selling and trading clothes, shoes and other items is a great first place to get rid of clothing. These groups are usually filled with people from the town you’re currently in, or surrounding towns or counties.

Facebook groups are definitely not utilized enough by people! Most of the time, you’re selling to people locally, making it much easier to meetup and get paid.

Of course, the risk of getting scammed, getting your items stolen, and what have you is always prevalent. Take as many precautions as you can while meeting up, such as meeting in a well-lit and busy location.

To find local groups, try searching “[your town/city/county] buy/sell/trade”, or “[your town/city/county] clothing exchange”. Good options will pop up!

Vinted/Mercari/Other Apps

A quick search on the App Store or Google Play Store using the word “sell” or “sell clothes” finds a variety of apps to sell clothing and other items. Apps like Mercari and Vinted are popular. Unlike Facebook with the option to meet locally, most of the time you’re in charge of shipping out your items with help of the app.

In the case of Vinted and an option on Mercari, the shipping is paid for by the buyer and you have to attach the label on your package and mail it. If everything goes right, you’ll be able to get your money in your account once the package arrives and the person that bought it confirms that everything is alright.

Neither Vinted nor Mercari has a restriction on how much money you can cash out at a time, but other apps might. Make sure you check on this before attempting to cash out.

Vinted iPhone app where you can sell clothes and other goodies!

Mercari is a jack-of-all-trades app, where you can sell items other than clothing. Vinted is for clothing, shoes and more. Both are free in the App Store and Google Play.

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Plato’s Closet

If Plato’s Closet sounds familiar to you, it’s because I mentioned it in my first shopping haul post a few days ago. Plato’s Closet is all about teen and young adult brands. If you have clothing from Forever 21, Zara, American Eagle, or similar stores, Plato’s is a great place to sell it to.

Just as a warning, though, you might not get what you believe your clothes are worth. The company often offers you less money for your clothes, but will mark up the items you just sold so they can make a profit.

Each location is different, though. I personally have never made more than $45.00 selling to a location, but I have never had any of my items not taken. Much like a consignment store, your mileage may vary.

Plato’s does not donate clothing, so you have to take back the items you bring in.

Goodwill/Thrift Store

When all else fails, you can always donate your unwanted items to Goodwill or your local thrift store. This is my most trusted option after Plato’s Closet.

Goodwill and most thrift stores often give a tax reduction just for donating! A thrift store is always my final clothing donation stop.


How do you get rid of your old clothing? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

11 thoughts on “A Black Girl’s Guide to Getting Rid of Your Old Clothes (That Doesn’t Involve a Yard Sale)

  1. oh, thank you for this.. i’m such a hoarder when it comes to clothes. like whenever i feel like an outfit is worn less, i think about selling it but then i get this weird idea about having to wear it in a certain occasion. but i think i need to actually get rid some. so thanks for this! 😀

    1. Not going to lie, sometimes it’s hard for me to get rid of some articles of clothing! I always miss a few things when I’m giving away clothing. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. My daughter insists that she go through all the Goodwill bags before we drop them off, because she finds things to sell to Plato’s Closet. Thanks for sharing many good tips!

    1. Thanks for commenting and coming by. I feel like your daughter and I would be good friends. Sounds like something I’d do 😉

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Facebook is pretty uncharted territory when it comes to selling items–I might just make a post about it in the future!

  3. Great advice. I wish I know why I keep so many clothes, although I find joy trying old clothes and realize that they fit me.

    1. Giving things to a shelter totally slipped my mind. I’ll have to add this in a future post. Thanks for commenting!

  4. I always try to give them to someone I know first. Like that friend who couldn’t stop talking about a particular item. Then after that I take them to the Salvation Army. Because the Goodwill here is usually for thrift shoppers and not the needy so it can be a bit expensive.

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