Monday, 9 April 2018

3 Tips For Selling Your Clothes Online

3 Tips For Selling Your Clothes Online
I finally did it. After planning it for weeks and continuously talking myself out of it, I finally sorted through my wardrobe yesterday. I hate myself for putting it off because every time I finish doing it, I can't believe that I didn't do it sooner. Alas, it's finally done and I can go about my spring not worrying about the monstrosity behind those sliding doors. 

Truth be told, I didn't actually have to let go of an awful amount of things. Mostly because my clothes actually fit me for once - hallelujah - but also because I like to have these clear outs at least once a year to make sure I'm not hanging on to things that I don't really need so over time, there's less and less to toss. 

Since a lot of the things I'm choosing to let go of are worthy of a second home, I thought I'd share some tips for selling your clothes online whether it's through Facebook, eBay, Depop etc. 

Considering the quality Before I choose an item to sell online, I always ask myself 'Would I be happy to receive this?'. If the item is in good condition with no stains and it just showing minimal wear and tear then sure, I'd be happy. On the other hand, if items have holes in, are starting to wear away and are covered in stains then you really need to consider the fact that if you don't want it, a buyer probably won't either. In these cases it's far better to recycle rather than just throwing it in the bin or wasting time trying to sell it. 

Take good photographs I can't even tell you how many savvy sellers are upping their photo game on the likes of eBay and Depop these days - Gone are the times of snapping  your items on a hanger hooked over the door. These days, it's all about making the items look as appealing as possible. In some instances, sellers will model their items but, if you look anything like me, you'll probably want to find a mannequin torso to make those items as appealing as possible. These can also a great investment if you're buying second hand yourself in case you want to make alterations or customisations. 

Keep the description to a minimum Being totally honest, when I first started selling my clothes online, I used to write out incredibly long descriptions listing everything from where I purchased the item,  to that it was coming from a smoke free/pet free/damp free household. The more I did it, the more I realised people don't actually care. If there's anything that a potential buyer wants to know, in my experience, they'll ask the question. Keep the description short and to the point. Think along the lines of what it is, how old it is, the quality and the size. Brief but effective descriptions are the way forward - Buyers don't need to know that your Aunt Sal bought it from BHS a few years back but you only wore it to your mates house party. 
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With all of these tips in mind, I'm probably going to have a sort through my clear out pile and see what I can actually sell and what is in desperate need of recycling. I hope you've found these tips useful. I'd love to know what you do to get the most out of selling clothes online.

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