How to Sell Maternity Clothes for Extra Cash

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Maternity clothing can be expensive and it's only worn for a few months at a time. As long as there are babies, there's a need for maternity outfits. If you're a new mom with clothing you no longer need post-baby, selling your gently-used maternity wear can make you some extra cash.

Where to Sell

You can sell maternity clothes locally or online. If you want to sell locally, consider sites like Craigslist or social networks, such as Facebook. If you sell on a Facebook page, you can create your own store page or sell casually on a local moms' page or "swap and shop" page. You can also sell your clothing on eBay in the maternity category, auctioning it off to the highest bidder or listing items at a set "buy it now" price. If you have designer maternity clothing, consider selling on a site that specializes in designer brands, like Tradesy. Online consignment shops that buy pre-owned maternity clothing include Belly Go Round, Motherhood Closet and Swap.com.

Clothing Lots and Individual Pieces

First-time pregnant moms are often in need of a whole maternity wardrobe. Consider grouping pieces together to create outfits or selling multiple garments in the same size as a clothing lot. You can also sell several shirts or pairs of jeans together. Some women are specifically looking for tops or just bottoms. You'll be able to unload the items more quickly and the buyer will generally get a better deal if you sell them in lots, but if you have high-end designer or boutique pieces, you may make more money selling them individually.

When to Sell

There's no right or wrong time to sell maternity items, especially online. Due to weather variations across the country, a mother-to-be in Florida might be searching for exactly what you're selling in December. Staple pieces, such as jeans and simple dresses can be sold locally or online any time of year. You may want to sell seasonal items before the new season begins, just like department stores begin rolling out autumn clothes in July.

Measuring the Clothing

Although designers specifically create maternity clothing to fit a growing belly, there's still some variation among clothing sizes. A size medium in one brand won't necessarily have the same measurements as another brand's size medium. First-time moms may not know that experts recommend buying your pre-pregnancy size, so offer measurements to help your buyers find clothing that will fit. If you don't want to measure each item, provide the designer's size chart to show the measurements for a size small, medium or large. For example, a medium in Gap Maternity is a size 6 or 8 with a bust of 35.5 to 37 inches and sleeve length of 32 to 32.25 inches.

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