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Making Money Off Your Worn-Out Clothes Is Easier Than Ever

Nina Bahadur

Want to clean up from cleaning out your closet this spring? You’ve got options.

Resale platforms like Poshmark, Mercari and DePop can be lucrative if you’ve got the time and patience to maintain your own storefront. Services like ThredUP let you mail in unwanted clothes and get paid for what’s accepted. Or you can see if a local consignment shop wants your closet castoffs. And if you have luxury clothing and accessories, TheRealReal will consign well-maintained items on your behalf (if they pass their evaluation).

Still, getting a good price for your unwanted clothing can be time-consuming and frustrating, even when your stuff’s brand new or highly sought after. ThredUp accepts less than 40 percent of what it gets, for example, and consignment stores are notoriously picky about what they take. (Plus, resalers generally take a commission, which lowers your profits.)

Don’t want to deal with any of that? There’s another option. Many retailers now offer cash or discounts in exchange for used items, too—and it’s often not limited to their own brands. Take these seven.

Eileen Fisher

Bring back worn Eileen Fisher or Eileen Fisher Renew items, and you’ll get a $5 rewards card for each piece that you can redeem in-store or at eileenfisher.com.

H&M

Donate old clothes—no matter the brand or condition—at an H&M, and get a coupon for 15 percent off a future, in-store purchase. H&M partners with I:CO, a recycling company, which collects the donated clothes and transports them to sorting plants.

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At H&M’s sister brand, you can drop off any unwanted textiles: Their site says “old socks and tired towels are welcome, too.” In exchange, you’ll get a 10-percent-off coupon that’s valid for three months.

Levi’s

Bring in clothes or shoes (from anywhere) to recycle and score a voucher for 20 percent off one regular-priced Levi’s item, in-store only.

Madewell

Got any old jeans to toss? Drop off denim from any brand at a Madewell location and get $20 off a new pair. Madewell sends the donated jeans to Blue JeansGo Green, which recycles used denim into housing insulation.

The North Face

Contribute to The North Face’s Clothes The Loop program by bringing in unwanted clothes and footwear from any brand, in any condition, and you’ll get $10 off your next purchase of $100 or more.

Patagonia

Sitting on well-maintained Patagonia gear you no longer use? Trade in clothing and garments in good condition at a retail location in exchange for a Worn Wear Merchandise Credit of up to $100.

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