The 6 Best Apps for Re-Selling the Crap Your Ex Bought You
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you may be thinking of gifts from V-Days past.
And there’s a good chance that even if you were fine with wearing that basic-ass pink Kate Spade purse in front of your ex to make him think you liked it, you two have since broken up and you no longer have any use for it.
But thanks to the wonders of the internet, you no longer have to let those Tiffany necklaces and Juicy tracksuits gather dust. Instead, you can sell them to buy newer, better stuff!
If you’re still hanging onto the gifts your ex gave you, negative memories and all, why not turn them into cash? These 6 apps and websites will help you do that.
1. For the Girl With the Broke Ex: Vinted
This is my personal favorite, only because I’ve been using it successfully within the past few months.
The app seems to be a favorite of younger girls, which means that your old Juicy Couture pieces will be a hit. With an app and a website, it’s really easy to list your items that you don’t wear anymore, the biggest effort you need to exert is simply taking photos of the item from all angles (items sell faster if you take photos wearing them).
Although you can sell pricier items on Vinted, the majority of items I’ve sold are more in line with Forever 21, Pacsun, and the like. You may not be making big bucks with the sale of a single item, but every dollar counts, not to mention that it’s super easy to sell things in bundles with Vinted due to a special feature they offer.
2. For the Girl With the Rich Ex: Poshmark
Poshmark is the go-to app when you want to get rid of the Jimmy Choo pumps that your ex got for you.
The app has an Instagram-like feel, where users can follow each other and comment on each other’s items. The difference is that instead of trying to sell detox teas and waist trainers, girls are selling barely worn Michael Kors flats and Marc Jacobs dresses.
When selling, you have to accept that you’re never going to get full retail value on your high-end items, but getting $200 is way better than taking up closet space with those ugly David Yurman earrings that your ex bought you.
3. For the Lazy Bitch Who Wants to Get It Over With: Thred Up
If you’d rather save time than money, Thred Up allows you to ship out your items in one package rather than individually listing them on an app.
Once you sign up, they’ll send you a big bag with a prepaid shipping label. After filling up the bag with your used clothes and shoes (or that never worn tacky sweater your ex got you), all you have to do is drop the package off at the post office. Soon enough, the team at Thred Up will tell you which items they accepted, and credit you the money earned to your account.
The upside to using Thred Up is you get rid of stuff quickly and it’s a one-time transaction. The downside that I found is that it takes a while to get your money (it ended up taking over a month for me), and they give back significantly less money than you would earn on the aforementioned apps.
4. For the Girl With the Weird Ex: Ebay
Most dudes tend to buy girls jewelry, clothing, lingerie, and if you’re lucky, shoes. But some guys think that the way to your heart is a scented wax frog, or a piece of crappy artwork. Luckily, good old Ebay will take care of reselling that junk for you.
Now that Ebay has an app, it’s easier than ever to sell stuff. Just be careful to make money and not get warped into the never-ending black hole of awesome junk for sale on Ebay.
5. For the Girl Who Feels Guilty: Etsy
Some people might think it’s a bit déclassé to sell gifts. But if you take the gifts and repurpose them into, like, an earring rack before selling them, then it’s no harm, no foul, right? Some might argue you’re making the world a better place.
Take that fug necklace your ex got you and put it on a leather strap instead of its regular chain. Instant choker for sale. Then take the chain and see if it fits around your wrist twice — way to go, Martha Stewart, you just created a bracelet. And some schmuck on Etsy will totally drop $50 on it if you photograph it just right. Wins all around.
6. For the Girl With No Shame: Facebook
If public humiliation is your thing, then you should definitely use Facebook to sell your old gifts. Advertise to your entire social circle that 1. you and your boo broke up and 2. you didn’t actually like what he got you.
The only downside: the humiliation will also extend to you, because you’ll look like kiiiiind of a psychopath creating a post to sell the Balmain dress to the same friends and bystanders you were just bragging to about your relationship three months ago.
Lastly, if you’re not sure how you feel about getting rid of stuff your ex gave you, ask yourself this:
Do you still wear/use the item?
If the answer is no, get rid of it. You don’t need reminders of an ex cluttering up your space or your head. Not to mention that some extra cash can be used on your V-Day gift to yourself.