Home Organizing How to Sell Your Stuff Online and Make Bank Earn extra cash and declutter your home? We'd call that a win-win. By Julie Vadnal Julie Vadnal Julie Vadnal is a lifestyle editor and writer with nearly two decades of experience in print and digital publishing. Highlights: * Associate editor at ELLE * Senior editor at Martha Stewart Weddings * Senior editor at Cosmopolitan * Deputy editor at Domino * Her work has appeared in Real Simple, ELLE, Martha Stewart Living, and Cosmopolitan. She is currently the deputy editor at Domino. Real Simple's Editorial Guidelines and Katie Holdefehr Katie Holdefehr Instagram Website Katie Holdefehr is the associate editorial director at Real Simple. Real Simple's Editorial Guidelines Updated on October 27, 2022 Fact checked by Isaac Winter Fact checked by Isaac Winter Isaac Winter is a fact-checker and writer for Real Simple, ensuring the accuracy of content published by rigorously researching content before publication and periodically when content needs to be updated. Highlights: Helped establish a food pantry in West Garfield Park as an AmeriCorps employee at Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center. Interviewed Heartland Alliance employees for oral history project conducted by the Lake Forest College History Department. Editorial Head of Lake Forest College's literary magazine, Tusitala, for two years. Our Fact-Checking Process Share Tweet Pin Email It's fun to imagine that our cluttered closets and packed garages are filled with items people would pay good money for. Turns out, that fantasy is not so far-fetched. In fact, if you're gearing up for a move, it's easy to hop online to sell sofas, desks, appliances, clothing, art, or books to friends and strangers. Selling belongings online or IRL isn't just a great way to declutter and avoid landfill waste—it's also big business. Partly spurred by the trend of bypassing fast fashion (and retail prices), the resale market is valued at a whopping $35 billion, and that figure is expected to more than double by 2026, according to a report from ThredUp, an online resale store. The RealReal, a luxury consignment site, has seen a 36 percent increase in first-time buyers since 2020. All of this is to say: There's never been a better time to sell your stuff, be it clothes, furniture, tech, and more. 11 Secrets to Buying and Selling Furniture Online 01 of 07 How to Sell on Poshmark Best For: Mass-market clothing and accessories from brands like Madewell, Target, and Coach. How It Works: Take pictures of your items through the Poshmark app, set your prices, and post to your "closet." Once a buyer bites, you have a week to print out the prepaid shipping label, pack up the items, and drop them off at the post office. Your Cut: You get 80 percent of sales over $15; anything under that, and Poshmark takes $2.95. Use It: If you're tired of being turned down at your local consignment store and don't mind managing sales from your phone or computer. Note: You also need a printer and packing supplies. RELATED: 7 Secrets to Selling Your Clothes, According to Someone Who's Made Almost Six Figures Doing It 02 of 07 How to Sell on eBay Best For: Memorabilia, from comic books to stamps to records. How It Works: Post up to 12 photos of your item and name your price. (eBay reportedly has more than 1 billion active listings, so you'll have to be competitive.) Browsers can purchase your item immediately or offer the amount they'd like to pay. Your Cut: Depending on the item, eBay takes about 2 to 12 percent of sales. Use It: To clear out your old baseball cards and figurine collections. 03 of 07 How to Sell on Amazon or Phobio Best For: Used cellphones, laptops, and other electronics. How It Works: With Amazon, you send in your electronic item (a home security device or Bluetooth speaker, for example) and the company determines its worth. With Phobio, a trade-in company that accepts smartphones and computers, you fill out an online form with info about the device and its condition. Phobio then gives you a quote for its trade-in value and sends you a shipping kit. If the item is too old to earn you money, Phobio will recycle it upon request. Your Cut: Amazon offers site credit, and Phobio emails an Apple gift card. The amount varies. Use It: To clear out your graveyard of unused electronics. RELATED: 11 Secrets to Buying and Selling Furniture Online 04 of 07 How to Sell on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist Best For: Literally anything—from furniture and electronics to used wedding decor. How It Works: Take pictures and upload your listing to Facebook Marketplace. From there, potential buyers can message you to haggle or ask about pickup or shipping. Your Cut: 100 percent of the price, in whatever form you want to be paid. Most people opt for cash, Venmo, or PayPal. Use It: If you have the patience to scroll through dozens of "Is this still available?" messages. Everyone, even serious buyers, will ask that question. Kat Steck of Los Angeles (@thejunkyardjournals on Instagram), who sold $3,000 worth of stuff on Facebook Marketplace last summer, replies with this: "Yes, it's available, but I have a lot of inquiries. When would you like to pick it up?" That wording creates a sense of urgency and helps you determine who's actually interested in buying—and who's just browsing. 05 of 07 How to Sell on The RealReal Best For: Designer handbags and clothing. Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Chanel top the list of best-selling brands on The RealReal. How It Works: Make a virtual consignment appointment with a luxury manager, who will let you know which items they'll take. The company sends you a prepaid shipping label or has a messenger pick up your goods. All items are inspected for wear and tear; any that don't pass muster are mailed back to you free of charge. Your Cut: You get 40 percent of items priced $145 and below, 50 percent of items priced from $146 to $195, and 55 percent of items priced from $196 to $1,500. Once you sell more than $1,500 worth of stuff on the site, you enter higher tiers and earn more. And commission works differently for some high-value items, like certain types of jewelry and handbags. Use It: If you need to clean out your closet fast and prefer a hands-off approach. Most items sell within 30 days of being listed. RELATED: This Woman Has Made More Than $7,500 Selling on Facebook Marketplace—Here Are Her Secrets 06 of 07 How to Sell on Kaiyo or AptDeco Best For: Vintage and mass-market furniture (West Elm and Restoration Hardware sell especially well on Kaiyo) in the New York City and Philadelphia areas. AptDeco plans to expand nationally within the next two years. How It Works: With AptDeco, take pictures of the piece you want to sell and create your post; Kaiyo does the posting for you. Staffers from Kaiyo or AptDeco come over and take the furniture off your hands—at no cost to you. Your Cut: On Kaiyo, you get 60 percent of listings over $3,000, but just 10 percent of listings $99 or less. That's only if the item sells. On the plus side, it's out of your apartment, and if it never sells (which the company says is very rare), it will be donated. AptDeco charges a fee of 19 to 38 percent of the sale price. Use It: When you're moving and don't have the time or energy to go back and forth with buyers on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. 07 of 07 How to Sell on Instagram Best For: Curated items, from fashion to housewares.How It Works: Make an account that's just for selling items, usually within a category (think: vintage furniture or clothing). Whoever messages or comments first gets dibs.Your Cut: You'll walk away with 100 percent, via whatever payment method you prefer, minus shipping if necessary.Use It: If you've got a dedicated social media following and love the thrill of a quick sale. Remember: You have to arrange for pickup or shipping. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources Real Simple is committed to using high-quality, reputable sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts in our articles. 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