Having an impressive sneaker collection can be a great experience. That said, not every sneakerhead has the space to store unlimited boxes indefinitely. 

There may come a time that you need to downsize a little, maybe to declutter if you’re moving home or to free up some cash.

This is where donating or reselling your collection can be good options. There’s a great market for premium sneakers in particular. Not to mention that you have the opportunity to make a positive difference in people’s lives with some generous donations.

We’re going to dive a little deeper into what you should consider when donating and reselling your sneaker collection.

Regularly Assess Your Collection

So, where to start? You have an extensive collection of sneakers, but you don’t want to just pick a pair at random and get rid of them. 

In all likelihood, each box in your collection has some significance. To keep your collection under control, it’s important to take regular stock of your items and use this assessment to drive your selling or donating.

Some aspects to consider include:  

Use: Perhaps the most basic point of assessment is whether you actually use certain pairs of sneakers. One of the traps many sneakerheads fall into is hanging on to unused sneakers for too long. Remember, they exist to be worn, even if you only wear them during special occasions. If you have pairs that you don’t intend to use, maybe it’s time to ask why you’re keeping them trapped in the box.

Condition: When you’re considering reselling or donating your sneakers, their condition needs to form part of your assessment. They don’t necessarily have to be unworn or like new. But the level of wear will affect their value if you’re reselling. Even if you’re donating, you should make certain somebody else will still get some use out of them.

These aren’t necessarily the only elements you should consider in your assessment. Some aspects may depend on your intentions. 

For instance, if you’re reselling, you may want to regularly assess current market prices. The point is to look at your collection with a reasonable eye and make informed choices.

Engage in Ethical Reselling

As a sneakerhead, you know that the reselling market is thriving. This means that you can make some money from your unwanted sneakers. 

In fact, some people develop this into a lucrative side hustle that can bring in upwards of $100,000 a year. That said, to ensure everyone gets the most positive experience, it is vital to take an ethical approach to reselling.

This should include:

Using reliable platforms: There are plenty of reselling platforms out there. However, you should choose to partner only with those that treat you and your buyers fairly. Sites such as Poshmark and GOAT tend to be popular choices and have protections in place for both buyers and sellers. Look at the reviews for any site you plan to use and talk to other sneaker sellers for advice. That said, if you’re confident in your abilities, you can also sell them privately to collectors in your network or at conventions.

Being transparent in your representation: The right sneakers in the right condition can draw in high prices. Nevertheless, it’s essential to represent your sneakers honestly. Get a thorough understanding of the sneaker grades — the way sellers describe the condition of sneakers — and apply these accordingly. Take clear photographs of your items that allow potential buyers to see them from every angle.

Ethical reselling isn’t just important from a purely moral standpoint. If you’re planning on pursuing reselling as a side hustle, it can also impact your reputation. 

Honest and considerate dealing can build trust among your buyers and even see them recommending you to others.

Donate to Good Causes

Another good option for your sneaker collection is to give some items to good causes. There are various charities you can donate unwanted clothing to. 

You’ll not only be helping to raise funds for projects in your local community, but your sneakers can see a new lease on life with someone who needs them. Not to mention that it’s a more environmentally friendly option than simply disposing of items you can’t resell.

Start by making certain your sneakers are appropriate for donation. Soles that have been worn down or items that have tears or rips are unlikely to be bought in a thrift store. 

If there are some light scuffs or dirt, see if you can improve their condition with some light cleaning and perhaps a new pair of laces.

From here, try to find an outlet that reflects your ethical views or social priorities. There are plenty of thrift stores representing different projects in most major towns and cities. 

In fact, if you have an extensive collection or relatively high-value items, you can work with your chosen charity to host an auction on their website. 

This helps to ensure your donation has the most positive impact on an issue you genuinely care about.


You’ve spent a lot of time, money, and energy on your sneaker collection, but every so often it’s good to rehome some items. 

Whether you’re reselling as a side hustle or donating, take the time to do your research and approach the process in an ethical way. 

Above all else, in a world in which fast fashion is an environmental concern, mindfully repurposing your sneakers is a climate-friendly action. 


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