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Step Into Spring With Apps for Buying and Selling Pre-owned Designer Clothes

As temperatures slowly begin to climb, it’s time to start planning your warmer weather wardrobe. Looking for a real buy? New apps have made bargains on pre-owned designer items accessible right on your smartphone. Here’s three such apps for you to consider.

Vinted allows users to buy, sell, and swap as many items as possible. The app (for Apple and Android) is free and listing your clothes is free. Vinted makes money by taking 19 percent of the final sale price, which is a little lower than other similar apps. It’s for women and girls. And don’t worry about getting ripped off – sellers don’t get money until buyers get their purchases in the mail.

Another online clothes marketplace is Poshmark. This one is for girls and women.Just take a picture, click a few categories – such as what the item is and the brand – and your item could sell at anytime. Listing is free and a major be benefit of Poshmark is that you don’t have to worry about postage, since pre-printed labels are sent to sellers automatically. Poshmark also has safety measures in place to protect both buyers and sellers.

Finally, there’s ThreadFlip. This online marketplace also is aimed at girls and women, boasting the availability of more than 300 brand names. ThreadFlip works like a traditional consignment shop – you send them your stuff, they decide what’s worth selling, and do it for you. Or you can list items yourself. Sellers should know ThreadFlip also takes a 20 percent cut of sales. Free for iOS and Android.

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Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.