Teen Businesses Taking Spotlight in Quarantine

New ways teens are making money with their new time at home


As the lockdown continues on, many DHS students have started online clothing accounts to sell their clothes. These accounts make it easy to resell clothes that they don’t want anymore. This is a great time to make some money during quarantine, also a great way to clean out your closet. 

Selling clothes on Instagram has never been this easy, Its as simple as taking photos of your clothes that you would like to sell, setting a selling price and then washing the item and dropping it off. This is an easy contact free approach to making money, and it is easy to do. Venmo and other payment apps also make this process very easy, the buyer can send money right away with the press of a button. Junior Julia Pombar says that “The clothing accounts give people the opportunity to buy clothes at a cheaper price”. While most of these clothes are used, they are washed and offered at cheaper prices than originally bought. Not only are these clothing accounts on the rise for DHS students, but they have also connected people from around Fairfield County who are buying and selling clothes.

Rather than dropping them off yourself, these websites give members the ability to sell clothes nationwide. With these apps, students can upload images of their clothes to sell and receive payments online through the program. Apps like Depop and Poshmark make it easy to sell your closet and interact with other sellers. Poshmark is described as a place where you can set your own prices and negotiate with buyers. Manish Candra, the CEO and founder of Poshmark describes the process after selling an item, “Poshmark emails you a prepaid shipping label—the buyer pays the shipping—and you just print it out, slap it on any box and have your mailman scoop it up”. This simple process makes it accessible to almost anyone, not only is it a great way to sell, but also a great way to shop at more affordable prices. Many DHS students find these apps as a great way to buy clothes, as they are “Much cheaper than in stores” says junior Taylor Benoit.

Poshmark is a very popular option for those looking to sell clothes, as seen here, sellers are able to package and send their items right after they are purchased.

These clothing accounts are not the only way students can make money, they are also starting many online businesses, with social media like Instagram and Snapchat.  Homemade jewelry, baked goods and artwork are also items being sold on Instagram and other apps by students. A great way to do so is through Etsy, Teen Vogue describes that there is about 1.7 million sellers on this app making it easy to find ways to get creative. With only an additional fee of 20 cents, Etsy makes it easy and fast to sell your own items.