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How To Start Selling Second Hand Clothes Online
Marie Kondo has taken the world by storm with her ‘decluttering method’, and it can definitely come in handy when preparing to sell your clothes. With that said, her method can be overwhelming and time-consuming. If you’d rather not have to deal with mountains of clothes all at once, you can use the reverse hanger hack to help you figure out which clothes should go.
Preparing Your Clothes
Once you know which clothes you want to keep and which ones you want to sell, it’s time to prep them for selling. Clean them and fix any minor issues such as loose buttons and tiny tears. Basically, you want to make sure that your clothes are in the best condition they can possibly be!
Making Your Listing
Your listing should have the following:
Make sure to take photos of your pre-loved clothes in good lighting, and don’t be shy about taking plenty of photos with different angles. It’s also a good idea to include selfies of the clothes when worn on you – it will give buyers a better idea of how it might look on them!
The caption shouldn’t simply say “buy my clothes” it should be honest, informative, and enticing. A few well-placed words can spell the difference between a virtual window shopper and a sure-fire customer. You can also include any issues that aren’t that obvious in the pictures, such as the frequency of use (maybe it’s even unused!) or that the zippers tend to get stuck.
It’s important to be honest when selling anything online. Your reputation as a seller can easily get tanked by negative reviews, which are usually due to unmet expectations.
Best Places To Sell Clothes Online
It’s time to start selling! The beauty of online selling is that your listing can reach people all over the country. You could be from Sydney, and your potential buyers could come from Melbourne, Brisbane, or even as far as Perth! Here are some of the best places to sell your second-hand clothes:
Gumtree describes itself as Australia’s favourite local marketplace. It’s quite an active community, and with thousands of ads being posted every day, it got big enough that eBay acquired it in 2005.
Using Gumtree requires you to create an account on the website. They’ll walk you through the process, from setting your profile up to posting your first ad. You can also use Gumtree from your phone: their app is available both for Android and iOS.
Posting ads on Gumtree is free. But due to its sheer size, your listing might end up drowning under all the other ads. In this case, Gumtree has paid features that you can use to get your ad back on top.
If you have plenty of unique and interesting clothes (even DIY ones!) and fancy yourself a creative, Depop may be the marketplace for you. Depop has become wildly popular, especially with millennials and Gen Z fashionistas, with over 13-million users. It’s so popular that even celebrities are on it!
To be part of the Depop community, simply download the app (available both on Android and iOS), create your account, and start posting. Because it has a very visual feed, you should make sure that your listings are Instagram-worthy to catch buyers’ attention!
It doesn’t cost anything to make a listing on Depop, but once you sell something, they’ll take a 10 percent commission. There are also fees when it comes to actually withdrawing your cash depending on the mode you choose. There aren’t any paid upgrades available, but it’s easy to set up bundles or sales in your store to attract more customers.
Carousell’s goal is to make online shopping and selling as simple as possible. It’s quite similar to Facebook marketplace, where transactions are done almost entirely via chat. Despite being relatively new to the scene, Carousell has already amassed quite a following.
One of the most attractive features of Carousell is that there are no fees at all when it comes to selling! Once you’ve set up your account and made at least one listing, you then chat with interested buyers. From there, it’s up to you how you want to proceed: meet up or ship; Paypal or cash on delivery.
Once you come to an agreement with your buyer, you just have to follow through, and that’s it! Using Carousell costs absolutely nothing, so you get a hundred percent of your sales profit. To lessen costs, mention in your description that you prefer buyers “near me” for meet-ups instead of shipping.
Too busy to manage listings for your clothes? You’re in luck! Yordrobe is the usual online consignment store with one very cool feature: the drop. Like the popular thredUP (unfortunately only available in the US and Canada for now), you just ship your second-hand clothes to them and they take care of everything from taking pictures and setting up listings.
To do a drop, you have to let Yordrobe know what items you want to send and get them approved. You post your stuff to them, and they’ll set everything up. You won’t have to lift a finger, but Yordrobe will get a 50 percent commission from each item of yours that they sell.
Yordrobe is super convenient if you short on cash and short on time; just ship it off and wait for the cash to roll in. Like other apps, you can still create listings for your clothes on Yordrobe as per usual. Another option is to swap clothes with another user for a minimal fee.
Selling clothes online is an awesome way to make some money out of clothes that you don’t wear anymore. It offers more space in your wardrobe, more cash in your wallet, and less stress on your mind. Make sure to always buy good quality (and ethically-made, like Cloth and Co) clothes so that if you decide that they aren’t your style anymore, you still have the option of getting a good resale price.
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