Why You Should Sell Your Clothes Online in 2021

Everyone’s heard of Marie Kondo, the tidying expert, bestselling author, star of Netflix show “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” and founder of KonMari Media, inc. Kondo began a “tidying consultant business” when she was just nineteen years old. These days, Kondo is a tidying expert (maybe the tidying expert) and makes her living helping people transform their cluttered homes into “spaces of serenity and inspiration.” Kondo’s bestselling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” emphasizes the idea that if you simplify your home once, and do it correctly, you’ll never have to do it again.
The KonMari Method encourages tidying by category, rather than location, other than most tidying methods. Kondo believes that people should start with clothes, before moving onto books, papers, miscellaneous items, and then finally sentimental items. The key? Kondo teaches that people should keep only those objects that speak to one’s heart, and discard any items that no longer “spark joy.”
So what does all this have to do with selling clothes online? Take a look around you, especially at your closet. Does every single item spark joy? You surely have a pair of jeans that don’t fit you well anymore, a blazer that fit you well in the store but that you never even wore once, a shirt you wore once and then forgot about, a purse that no longer fits your lifestyle, overalls and little hats your children have long outgrown, a dress you wore to a costume party and then never had occasion to wear again. These clothes hang limply in your closet, unworn and disconsolate, and they’re in perfect shape and of good quality. Surely they’d be of better use to someone else—especially if you could regain some of their value by passing them on to someone else.
Donation is an option, but what if there were an easier way? A way that benefits you as well, a way that you could be sure your gently-worn clothes are passed on to people who will really wear them and get the most possible use out of them? There is, and it’s selling them online! The advent of the internet created an incredible virtual space wherein small business owners and individuals alike can buy, sell, and exchange goods.
Selling used clothes online is also better for the environment. The rise of fast fashion has created an enormous excess of cheap clothing that is easily discarded and can’t be recycled, thus adversely impacting our planet. Selling and shopping second-hand are unquestionably the most ethical habits that business-owners and consumers can cultivate.
Online sales of clothing are one of the most popular e-commerce markets of 2021. 1.92 billion people bought clothing online in 2019—that’s more than a quarter of the global population. The profit margin of clothing retail is generally between 4% and 13%, which sounds small, but is actually an impressive figure for retail.
So why not Marie-Kondo your life? Tidy up your space and get rid of anything that doesn’t spark joy. Then, take those joyless items and sell them for a profit online. Plenty of platforms exist online that you can sign up for and utilize easily. Check out Poshmark, Mercari, Closet Obsession, Etsy, and eBay to get started.