I think I actually sold things on eBay before it was trendy to sell things online. I loved that I could put pictures of my clothes up, have people bid on them and then have money deposited into my PayPal account without the awkwardness of having to see someone sort through my clothes. The problem is that over the last few years, I’ve discovered that it’s not profitable to sell non-designer labels on eBay for someone like me just selling off my personal collection after all the fees and postage costs. Then you factor in that eBay seems to have moved towards always siding with the buyers and I’ve gotten frustrated and irritated with the process. Unless I’m selling an old designer bag or something of the like, I’ve just been taking my old mid-range pieces to the Salvation Army, netting me mucho credit in the goodwill department, but $0 towards new Fall clothes.
In one of the many September fashion magazines I read, they were talking about how easy it was to sell your clothes online with new services such as a site called Twice. The site essentially will buy your mid-range designer pieces off of you and all you have to do is package them up into a box and send them – and Twice pays for the shipping. Couldn’t be easier.
So over the Labor Day long weekend, I went through my closet and pulled out all the mid-range clothes I no longer wanted. I pulled out a Theory cashmere sweater and silk blouse, a couple of Rachel Rachel Roy dresses, a pair of old Gap tweed pants and more and then threw them into a box. I printed off the label they sent me and dropped it off in a mailbox. Caveat: You have to mail the box within the US to get free shipping… Or at least send your box from a US postal service box.
I dropped my 8 pound, 13 ounce box off on Tuesday, September 3rd at the Post Office destined for the LikeTwice offices in San Francisco. I hadn’t heard anything by Friday, September 6th, so I checked online and it had arrived just that morning to their offices. Not to worry (which I had been), my box full of goodies hadn’t gone missing. It would be a nice touch if the systems at Twice would realize when one of their pre-paid labels had been scanned into USPS “action” and then let me know my box was on their radar, but that might involve a whole lot more technology savvy than is even possible. I logged onto their system and they let me know they were waiting for my order. Patience, Amanda, patience.
They offered me $91. Thrilled that it was more than the $0 I had originally planned to get for them, I accepted and had the cash in my hot little PayPal account in hours.
So what are you waiting for, can you think of a better motivation to do that wardrobe overhaul than now? Unlock the fortune sitting in all the clothes that you no longer love that are sitting in your closet. Oh, and tell them we sent you!
Disclaimer: We were not compensated for this post in any way, shape or form by the great people at Twice. We just tried out a service and are sharing our experience!