The Best Online Sites to Sell Your Stuff and Make Extra Money – Reselling 101

Whether you have been intrigued by the idea of reselling for years or a recent upheaval in your life has got you looking for a way to make some extra money from home, flipping stuff online can be a great side hustle (or even main hustle!).

When I started reselling…oh back in 2006ish…the main options for places to sell your stuff were pretty much Ebay, Etsy (if you had heard of it and had handmade/supplies or vintage things to sell), Amazon (early days were mostly just books and media) and local options like Craigslist. 

Oh how things have changed!!

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Websites and apps have made it easier than ever to make a few extra bucks selling your castoffs or even to support yourself with a reselling business. 

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the popular selling sites and apps and their details for using them such as criteria and fees. And maybe a few you haven’t heard of! I’ll add a few thoughts of my experience with the site (if I have any, of course). 

Note: Fees and rates are as of August 2021. Marketplaces are constantly changing so check details for yourself if there’s a site you’re interested in.


There are 2 ways to sell on Amazon: Merchant Fulfilled- shipping items yourself from your home or Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) – sending a shipment of goods into an Amazon warehouse and letting Amazon “fulfill” the order, shipping it to your customer. 

Click here to see the details about the fees on Amazon. 

In short, though, there is an Individual plan and a Professional plan. Under the individual plan, you pay $.99 per item and with the Pro plan it’s $39.99 per month no matter how many units you sell. Obviously, if you’re selling more than 40 items, it makes sense to sign up for the Professional plan. 

That’s just the beginning though. There are also referral fees which can vary from 8% – 15% depending on the category, fulfillment fees – depending on whether you are Merchant Fulfilled or FBA, plus some additional or optional fees such as storage fees and advertising. 

One thing to be aware of is that Amazon limits sellers from selling in certain categories unless they’ve had a lot of experience selling in those categories and are grandfathered in or if they can become “ungated” or approved by Amazon to sell in those categories. For example, I cannot sell in the Music category…so no CD sales for me. 

My thoughts: I have sold on Amazon in the past. I only ever sold Merchant Fulfilled. I’ve sold some books, some discontinued items and sewing patterns. I recently stopped selling there. It was not a major source of income. Amazon has  recently increased the categories and brands that they’ve restricted so it just wasn’t worth it to me.


There are different levels of store subscriptions on Ebay. However, you do not need to sign up for a store subscription to sell on eBay. 

There are basically 2 fees on Ebay. An insertion fee (when you list an item) and a final value fee (when you sell an item).

Fees will vary depending on store subscription level and category. It’s fairly complicated and too much to go into here, so check this link to see all the details. It’s safe to say you can start without a store subscription and you’ll get 250 “free” listings (no insertion fees).

Tip: Keep in mind that eBay restricts new sellers with how much they can list until they can prove themselves with shipping on time and being reliable. You can usually call and request more listings as you go.

My thoughts: eBay has been the main source of my reselling income since I started. There have been many changes – major and minor – over the years but I usually just roll with it. eBay has a huge audience of buyers and I’ve never had serious issues with selling on there.


Things start to get a little simpler from here on out. 😉

Many people think Etsy is just for handmade items (due in part to the majority of their marketing focusing on that) but they also allow you to sell craft supplies and vintage items (20 years old and older). 

Etsy charges $.20 to list an item and that listing lasts for 4 months. You can choose to auto renew your listings and at the time of renewal, you are charged another 20 cents. 

Once an item sells, Etsy charges 5% of the total sale price including shipping. 

They also charge a Payment Processing fee which varies by country. In the US it is 3% plus $.25. 

TIP: There are also some other optional fees including Etsy Ads and Offsite Ads. Pay particular attention especially to the Offsite Ads. They are defaulted to ON and you have to opt out if you don’t want them. They are only charged when an item sells but can be significant.

My thoughts: I have been on Etsy for many years- since about 2007 and have always enjoyed it. It’s my second highest source of income but I love vintage and it’s been a good fit. I’ve written about Etsy over the years on this blog. If you’d like more information about selling on Etsy see these posts:

How to Sell on Etsy


Mercari is a selling app great for all kinds of merchandise. You can list and sell totally on the app on your phone but you can also use it on desktop.

Mercari is a very simple app to use. You take some photos of your item, add some description, figure out what shipping you’d like to use and list. There are no listing fees.

They charge a 10% selling fee when an item sells. Plus a 2.9%+$.30 payment processing fee. Everything is spelled out for you at the time of listing, which is nice.

You can use Mercari’s shipping options – just choose based on the weight of your packaged item – or you can charge “free shipping” and use your own shipping service, such as Pirateship. Make sure to upload a tracking number if you choose the second option.

You will not receive your payment for the item until the buyer receives and accepts/rates the item or 3 days from the delivery date – whichever comes first. Some buyers are super fast at rating, some never do it – so Mercari will release your funds for you.

My thoughts: Like I said, Mercari is super easy to use. I’ve sold about $1600 worth of items on there. I mostly use it for selling personal items I don’t need anymore. I use it as an online yard sale. But it does not need to be limited to that. Many sellers have been using it as their main selling site. My husband has made quite a bit of extra cash on Mercari selling Lego.

You can use my link to sign up if you’d like to try it. You can get $10 off your first order (I’ve bought more than I’ve sold on there, lol) and $20 when you make your first $100 selling on Mercari.


Many people think of Poshmark as a clothing selling site and that’s how it started. They have added more categories including Home and Pets so many things can now be listed there.

Poshmark is also an easy site to list on. App or desktop. To me this is really the lovely part of listing on apps. So much faster to get things listed for sale than eBay and Etsy.

Fees are also fairly simple on Poshmark. For sales under $15, Poshmark takes a flat $2.95. Over $15, they take a 20% commission.

Shipping is also very simple. Poshmark charges a flat shipping rate to all customers for items up to 5 pounds (including bundles of items). When you get a sale, Poshmark emails you the shipping label. You print it out, use it on your package and drop it off! It’s a Priority label so you can use free Priority mail shipping boxes and envelopes for your shipment.

Again, you receive your money when the item is delivered and the buyer rates it.

My thoughts: Poshmark is easy to use and I’ve increased my use of it in the past year. I’ve made about $2300 since I started. There are aspects to it that are a bit different that I don’t have time to go into here, such as the social aspect of it – the sharing, etc…Not my favorite part but necessary if you want consistent sales.

You can use my code MODCATTREASURES to save $10 off your first purchase.


Depop is one of the newer apps I’ve started using. There’s a heavy emphasis on vintage on the site with the most focus being on 80,s 90s and Y2K items. The audience (buyers) are a younger demographic. The more unique the better. Funky photos and backgrounds definitely have a place on this site.

Again, no listing fees and just a flat 10% selling fee when something sells. Depop uses Paypal to process payments and Paypal has its own fees hovering around 3%.

My thoughts: I’ve only sold a handful of items on Depop and I definitely have not given it much attention. I pretty much ignore it unless I have something funky or that screams the 90s.

Facebook Marketplace

Facebook Marketplace is one of the new kids on the block in the sense that they started adding shipping options to sellers’ accounts fairly recently. You can still use it fee-free to sell locally but many people have had the option to sell to a wider audience added to their account.

FBM is probably one of the cheapest selling options as they currently only take 5% of every sale. Again, you don’t get paid until after the item is delivered. They have one of the longest payout systems – they claim you receive a payout 15-20 days after you mark the item shipped.

My thoughts: the jury is still out on this one. I’ve heard of people having amazing success with FBM. I’ve heard of many glitches as well. There is not a lot of protection for sellers from what I’ve heard. I have sold a handful of items through FBM and had no problems…but now my items get no views when I list them. I’ve read of many others with a similar issue. So I think it has great potential if the bugs can get worked out. Just my experience with it.

Ruby Lane

This summer Ruby Lane made some drastic changes to their fee structure. It was so impressive, I opened up shop again.

Ruby Lane is for vintage and antiques – but they do not have to be high end. They do have to approve your first 10 listings to make sure the quality of your listing matches their overall standards.

Basically, there is no setup fee and no listing fees. There is a $25 maintenance fee charged at the beginning of each month (except your first month, that’s free). But here’s the kicker: If you list at least 15 items each month…you’ll get a $25 rebate. It encourages shops to stay active.

When you sell something, Ruby Lane charges a 9.9% service fee which is capped at $250.

My thoughts: I’ll probably expand on this in a future post but so far I’m really enjoying selling on Ruby Lane. It takes a bit of time to get established but that’s fairly common on most sites. I’ve been open since July and I’ve only been able to list 80 or so items. I’ve sold 12 items so far. If you’re a vintage seller, I’d definitely recommend it. If you want to see my shop, it’s here.

Click here if you’d care to use my referral link.


Now we get into some apps and sites that I don’t have any experience with. One of these is Kidizen – a site for selling kids clothes, maternity and women’s (mama’s) clothes.

It looks like the marketplace fee is 12% + $.50 on sold items. You get paid when your item is shipped and scanned by the USPS.

(Interesting to note that you can opt in to have your items automatically also posted to Facebook Marketplace. You can read more about that here.)


A couple more apps for selling pre-owned clothing are Grailed and Heroine. They are owned by the same company – one is for menswear, the other for women.

The focus on both definitely seems to be streetwear and higher end designer fashion.

The fees on Grailed are 9% and they use Paypal to process payments so there are Paypal fees as well. Heroine is slightly lower at 6%.


Another pre-loved fashion selling site is Vinted. Vinted takes a unique approach with no listing fees and no selling fees!

This unique approach continues as Vinted charges the buyer a small fee to cover the costs of providing the shipping label and payment processing. Pretty much every other selling site charges the seller for such things.

They also have optional listing upgrade charges that the seller can use to gain more exposure for their items.


I almost forgot about Bonanza! This one has been around awhile as well…back when I sold there, it was called Bonanzle. Anyone remember that?

I’m sure there are many sellers who use it differently, but many sellers I know take advantage of the import feature to import their listings from Ebay, Amazon or Shopify. They view it as extra exposure for their items and are happy for whatever extra sales it brings.

There are no store or listing fees on Bonanza and they charge 3.5% on the final sale. Specific details on this can be found here. There are additional optional advertising fees as well. It looks like they use either Paypal or Stripe for payment processing, so there would be those fees as well.


TrueGether is another site with no fees! No listing or selling fees. There are advertising fees that can be added on.

TrueGether uses Paypal and Amazon Payments which charge a processing fee.

Along the same lines as Bonanza, you can import your listings from other sites or manually add new ones.

A few others to mention..

Chairish – an online consigment store focusing on high quality furniture and home decor.

GoAntiques – Antiques marketplace similar to Ruby Lane.

Craigslist, Offer Up and Next Door – for selling locally, in person.

Shopify – build your own website

Discogs – for selling music in different formats.

eCrater – similar to Bonanza, TrueGether

Curtsy – seems to be similar to Poshmark, without the sharing


The list of online sites where you can sell your items is still growing. You may know of even more. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that there’s no ONE absolute recipe for success. Certain platforms match your personality and habits better.

Many sellers have turned to listing their items on multiple platforms at once. They use cross-listing software (I will talk more about this in future posts) and are diligent about removing items that sell on one platform from the other platforms.

Other sellers choose one platform, are very loyal to it, and really work on building up that one platform.

And then there are sellers like myself that do a little of it all. I have several shops on a few different platforms and dabble in a bit of cross-posting.

If you’re just starting out, I’d pick just ONE platform and get really comfortable with it before branching out.

Have any questions? Feel free to reach out. Another suggestion is to search the help pages of the platform you’re interested in. Most sites have FAQ pages or seller handbooks with all sorts of great info.

Happy selling!

What’s Been Selling on Ebay and Etsy!

Hey, just a quick pop in to let you know of 2 videos I just put up on YouTube! The first one is just catching up on some things that have sold from the other Reseller Reports….

You can find that video here:

What’s Sold on Ebay and Etsy

Then after that…another video with some of the things I’ll be listing this week…mostly sourced from my MIL. You’ll want to hear about the thrift-mobile…and the story of this fab paint by number!! That video is right here:

Reseller’s Report #5

Feel free to go ahead and subscribe because I’m planning to share more of these types of videos….stuff I found and sourced and the stories behind them…plus the SOLDS! That’s the good stuff, right? That’s how we know what’s worth picking up.

Thanks so much!!

G is for Graniteware ~ Selling Vintage A to Z

Welcome back to my favorite series! The letter G was a tough one. The words or topics I thought of were either too broad or too narrow so I settled on graniteware. Hope you enjoy it! You can see the collection of former posts (A to F) by clicking here. This post contains affiliate links.

What is Graniteware?

First, let’s establish what we’re talking about when we use the term graniteware. Graniteware is a type of enameled metal cookware and kitchenware…known more commonly as enamelware. The grey, granite-like look of the pieces gave it its name.

However, the terms enamelware and graniteware are often used interchangably. Strict collectors may only refer to the grey, early pieces as graniteware but you will often see listings of enamelware of all colors use the term graniteware as well.

Graniteware berry pail.

For our purposes today, we’ll use the term graniteware to refer to vintage enamelware. Other names that get used are agateware, speckleware, glazedware and enameled ware.

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How to Overcome “Listing Lethargy” in Your Reselling Business

Or as I like to call it, how to keep going when your get-up-and-go…. got up and went!  (This post may contain affiliate links. You can read my full policy here)

In the reselling community, I’ve been hearing a LOT about a lack of motivation. A listing lethargy if you will. And it’s not really surprising.

I was reading an article online about anxiety or stress (sorry I can’t find it now – but you can Google ‘symptoms of anxiety’) and it definitely brought out that one symptom of anxiety is a loss of concentration or lack of focus.

I’m sure we can all agree that there is no shortage of causes for anxiety in the world today. Being distracted by the news and social media and then the resulting worry about how those happenings will affect us….sometimes there’s not much brain power left over for our reselling businesses.

Anxiety can be all consuming.

Another factor (for me anyway…maybe you experience the same) is that I miss thrifting! With thrift stores closed…and then being aware of my backlog of items that need listing (profit pile)…means the longest stretch I’ve gone in 10+ years without thrifting. Thrifting was always my motivator. Even if I didn’t need to go…it was a mental break. I’d find something new and exciting and that would get me listing again.

For others, the change in routine is what has thrown them off. Spouses are home. Kids are home. They are facing having to “school at home” for the first time ever. It can be too much.

Of course, this listing lethargy hasn’t hit all online resellers. For some, they have more time than ever to devote to their reselling business and have dove into it with laser sharp focus. They are having great results and which in turn, motivates them to do more.

Others are relying on their reselling business income more than ever. And that is a HUGE motivator. Those bills keep a’coming.

I think I fall somewhere in the middle. My motivation seems to ebb and flow. What about you?

Here are a few things that I’ve been doing or using to help me get over that listing lethargy:

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The Reseller’s Report – A New Feature on YouTube

Hey everyone! Just a quick note to let you know about a new feature that I’m starting up on YouTube, called The Reseller’s Report! (This post may contain affiliate links. You can read my full policy here)

This was actually my husband’s idea. I’ll tell you the story real quick and then the video is down below. I think you’ll be able to watch it here..but feel free to go into YouTube and subscribe to my channel as well. Thanks!

So Hubby and I have been watching Antiques Roadshow (through Britbox on Amazon Prime) while we’re home hanging out. The original British one…the one we realized has all the really OLD stuff. It’s fascinating.

What we love about the show really are the stories. Don’t get me wrong, the values are cool too. But the stories of the great, great, great grandparents and the car boot sales and all of that…is so fun!

It’s what I love about thrifting and selling as well…especially the vintage. The thrill of the hunt…the stories of the finds…but also the stories behind the items themselves. And the research! I love the research.

So we decided to share some of the stories with you. We’ll see how this series goes. We pulled a few items that I plan to get listed soon and I’m sharing their stories with you. Let me know what you think.

Oh and please excuse the quarantine hair. 😉

Tips for Moving a Reselling Business

Well we done did it. We’ve moved our family and businesses over to our new state of Montana. Still working on some of the paperwork and some things have to wait until offices and businesses open up again. (This post may contain affiliate links. You can read my full policy here)

Big Sky Country!

Having moved my reselling business a few times over the years…twice across the entire country…I can tell you that there’s no ONE right way to do it.

A lot depends on how far you are moving, naturally. Will your inventory be tied up for a week or more? Or just a couple of days?

Another factor is your level of organization. And how much warning or notice you have about the move.

So having just undertaken the fairly daunting task of moving a reselling business and not lost or broken anything….AND having continued to make a bit of money through the whole process….I thought I’d share a few of the things I learned.

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Reselling in Turbulent Times

I think I have mentioned before that we were thinking of moving. We recently went on a trip to our moving destination of choice…Montana (see picture above! Hubby took that one on our trip) and things happened very quickly. (This post contains affiliate links. See our full policy page for details)

We have a duplex on hold for us and the idea is to get the keys and officially rent it by April 1st. Yes, THIS April 1st. We returned home with an overwhelming sense of how much work we had to do!!

When we left for that trip…talk of epidemics and viruses was just a murmur. But the whispers grew and in just the week since we’ve gotten home…have become a roar.