Trendy on a Budget: Best Apps for Closet Purging

We all love a good retail pick-me-up every once and a while, but that doesn’t mean we can always afford it. Likewise, with many brands immoral ethical codes being highlighted, many see thrifted or secondhand clothes as a much more humane option for fashionistas. But what if thrift store merchandise isn’t your style? What if you’re drawn to Forever 21’s latest launch, but can’t bring yourself to support their franchise?

What if you could have the best of both worlds?

There are many iOS apps available for you to shop for modern, trendy second hand clothes. These community apps also give a selling option, so they’re a perfect way to clean out your old closet staples!

Want to know more? Here are a few thrifty apps that you can use to find cute and trendy clothes without breaking the budget or your moral compass.


1. Vinted

Available on iOS and Android, Vinted is a community selling app that boasts 20 million members. Members have the option to both buy and sell approved items on the app/website. If you choose to sell items, you will be compensated through “Vinted Wallet”, an secured in-app service that allows you to transfer your earnings to your bank account. In regards to sellers fees, Vinted charges 5% of the price of the item plus a .70 fixed fee (USD).

2. Depop

One of the more popular apps, Depop allows users to sell all kinds of merchandise on their online market for a 10% of earnings selling fee. Instead of an in-app service, buyers are compensated through PayPal.

3. Poshmark

 Unlike other iOS app marketplaces, Poshmark offers a unique warranty service called PoshProtect. If the item you purchase never ships, or doesn’t match the description, the company will send you a full refund. Poshmark also compensates sellers through an in-app service, which one can then transfer to their preferred banking system.

For all sales under $15, Poshmark takes a flat commission of $2.95. You keep the rest. For sales of $15 or more, you keep 80% of your sale and Poshmark’s commission is 20%.

4. Mercari

 With over 20 million downloads, Mercari is definitely one of the leading community marketplace apps available. The app pays its sellers through a Direct Deposit bank payout.

An excellent benefit of using Mercari is that the app does not take commission from items sold. However, if the seller is trying to deposit less than $10, Mercari charges a $2 processing fee.

Any more apps that you’ve successfully tried? Let us know in the comments below!

Cover Image by: Lauren Roberts

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