Tips for Selling Unwanted Clothes

The beginning of a new season is the perfect time to rid your closet of unwanted clothes. As you begin the new season by packing away your winter clothes and busting out your spring wardrobe, while you're reevaluating your wardrobe and putting aside the items you never wear, why not take the opportunity to make some money off of your used goods?

Clean and Repair Items

The items you are selling should look their best to secure a purchase. Buyers look for new and like-new conditions. If the items have missing buttons, stains or holes it will not sell. Quality is important, try taking your clothes to the dry cleaners or add a little starch to make the items look nice and crisp.

Photograph

Most people dissect the picture before they even read the description (I know I'm guilty of that) so the photo is the most significant part. A photo that says "buy me" will sell quickly. Here are a few tips to get the right photo, and you don't have to be a photographer to do it.

Take your photos during the daytime with natural light. Don't edit or use filters too much, buyers can tell and will assume you're trying to hide flaws in the item.

Keep the background simple. Photograph your items on a white or plain background. 

Attention is paid to details. Try hanging your garments on a nice hanger or lay them out on a bed or couch (nooooo wire hangers). This sends the message to buyers that you care for your things. Also, be sure to get multiple shots. At minimum, capture a full front shot, a full back shot, and tags. 

Create the Listing

You don't have to right an essay, but it should include all the necessary information. Give a nuanced description and add as much detail as possible, telling the buyer the brand, size, and materials. Be honest about the condition, include information regarding garments defects, alterations and laundering requirements. This will help prevent any extra questions.

The Price is Right

For pricing, check a equivalent item on the market you are selling on to get an idea of how much you should expect in return.  You don't want to scare off buyers with an overpriced item, they will feel like they're getting ripped off, but you don't want to set your price too low and loose out on cash. So pay close attention to how you price your items.

After the Sell

This is obvious, but ship the item as soon as possible. If you're going to be selling a lot of stuff, keep shipping packages on hand for convenience. Most online marketplaces will automatically populate the shipping labels. You'll pay shipping right on the app via your balance pending from the sell and be able to print the label right then and there. Easy right?!

 

Selling sites: Ebay, Poshmark, Tradesy, the Real Real