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There are plenty of places for women to make a buck off gently used threads, but ever wonder where men can do the same? 

Well, we have a list of places for you. Here’s a list of both online and brick-and-mortar men’s consignment stores that we found.

Online Men’s Consignment Stores

No physical location, no problem.

1. Grailed

Named as a nod to the Holy Grail — i.e., something priceless but hard to find — Grailed bills itself as “a curated community” where “each piece is sourced directly from the closets of like-minded fashion-conscious individuals.”

If you’re a luxury wearer, the Grailed marketplace is the place for you. 

But even if you’re not, you could sell your items in its other sections, which include streetwear, avant garde, vintage, tech wear and minimalist.

Grailed offers PayPal buyer and seller protection, as well as its own appeals process for any disputed PayPal claims. It also offers a unique spin on the eBay bid site model: In addition to setting an asking price and accepting offers from buyers, you also have the option to accept multiple offers at once and ship to whoever pays you first. 

Grailed takes a 6% cut of any profits after PayPal fees — by far the lowest commission of any other company on this list. That said, you set the price for your items, which may mean they take longer to sell than they would on a site that sets the price for you.

2. The RealReal

As its name implies, The RealReal prides itself on authenticity. While all of the sites on this list forbid replicas and knockoffs of brand-name items, The RealReal takes it one step further by employing trained professionals — from gemologists to apparel experts — to ensure every item it offers is the real thing. 

Your item must pass a rigorous inspection before the site will list it. 

The more you consign with The RealReal, the more you earn:

  • At the VIP level, you’re selling at least $10,000 a year and you’ll get 70% commission. 
  • At the Icon level, you’re selling $1,501-$9,999 a year and getting 60% commission. 
  • At the Insider level, you’re selling $0-$1,500 a year and getting 55% commission. 

Learn more about the rewards program commission rates and item commission rates here.  

3. Menswear Market

Menswear Market touts itself as taking some of the guesswork (and legwork) out of reselling your items by offering services like photography and inventory management.

Menswear Market may sell your pieces on its own website or through its selling account on eBay.

Menswear Market offers free item pickup in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, or prepaid FedEx shipping for out-of-state sellers. You will receive 50% of the net sale price via a monthly check over your collection’s selling period.

4. Linda’s Stuff

Don’t let the name fool you; Linda’s Stuff isn’t just for women’s clothing and accessories. It also has a sizeable men’s section with everything from jeans to shoes to swimwear.. 

This company strives to sell your luxury items at a price that will net you the most money and interest the most buyers. The team does most of the work itself, from photography, to research, to pricing, to authenticating.

The company’s inventory team determines an item’s fair market value based on its age and designer, as well as its style, condition and designer. The company lists items for one year, but if they don’t sell in that time, it is the consignor’s responsibility to initiate the return process.

Linda’s Stuff pays sellers monthly and takes a sliding commission based on how much you sell: 20% of sales over $5,000, 25% of sales between $1,000 and $4,999 and 40% of sales under $1,000. 

Brick-and-Mortar Men’s Consignment Stores

Prefer an in-person experience? Check out these stores.

5. Well Suited

From the same people who brought you women’s consignment site My Sister’s Closet and home furnishings consignment site My Sister’s Attic, Well Suited has retail stores in Arizona and California. It also allows shoppers to browse items online and place orders by phone. 

You can stop by a store with items you’d like to sell or follow these instructions to ship them to the company.

To qualify for resale, your items should meet the “three C’s” My Sister’s Closet originally set forth:

  1. Cute (or, one could argue, “handsome” in this case): brand-name designer items, whether classic or trendy, that retail for at least $50
  2. Clean: in like-new, ready-to-wear condition
  3. Current: stylish and no more than 4-5 years old

You can receive 45% of the item’s sale price in cash or 55% in store credit.

6. Plato’s Closet

Plato’s Closet focuses on teen and young adult clothing and accessories — for guys, this means clothing in the 28-40 waist size range in “current styles that are still in the mall.” 

Check here to see if there are any locations in your area. If there are, you can stop by with your items and your ID, and a sales associate will review your stuff while you browse the store’s racks. (Plato’s Closet doesn’t have a ship-to-sell option.)

Unlike other consignment stores that pay you when your items sell and take a cut as commission, Plato’s Closet buys your items outright and stocks them for resale — so once you receive and accept its quote, you walk out with either cold, hard cash or store credit. 

According to consumer reviews, you may only get $2-$5 per accepted item, unless you have high-demand items. But if you’re looking for a quick, easy way to unload your unwanted stuff and get a few bucks, Plato’s Closet is worth checking out. Choosing store credit could get you a little bit more, too.

7. Buffalo Exchange

Like Plato’s Closet, Buffalo Exchange buys acceptable items upfront and pays you in cash or store credit. You can either drop your items off at one of its physical locations or send them by prepaid UPS shipping.

Buffalo Exchange lists what each location is looking for here, but as a rule, it focuses on “designer items, popular mall brands, athletic war, current trends, everyday staples, vintage, and one-of-a-kind pieces.” You can call ahead to find out what your local store is looking for if you’re selling in person or go here to see its biggest sell-by-mail needs. 

Accepted items typically net you 50% of the selling price in store credit or 30% in cash.

Kelly Gurnett is a contributor to Codetic.

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