From wardrobe to wallet: The art of second-hand selling

Turn your clothes into money!
Image credit: Sandy Rushton

If you would like a bit of extra cash this summer - and let’s face it, we all would- then look no further than your own wardrobe. A clothing clear out usually ends in a trip to the local charity shop but if you find some barely-worn gems amongst the too-small t-shirts, hold onto them for a bit longer. Selling your second-hand clothes online is an easy and effective way to make some pocket money.

The most popular website for selling used goods is eBay, but there are lots of other options. Websites such as Asos Marketplace, Etsy, and Gumtree, and apps like Vinted and Depop are alternative places to sell clothes. Be sure to check the Terms and Conditions before you start buying or selling so that you are informed about commission fees, rules about postage and whether you are obliged to provide refunds.

When selling online, there are some easy things that you can do to encourage buyers. Price your items competitively: have a browse, see what people are charging for similar pieces of clothing, and then match or beat their prices.

If there is a social media aspect to the website/app that you are using, raise your profile by commenting on other people’s items and following other users. Put descriptive words in the title or tags for your items (size, colour, brand, style) so that they come up when people do a search.

Photographing your clothes can be a make or break when it comes to selling online. Luckily, you don’t need any fancy equipment to make your photos stand out. Using a phone camera is totally fine, just make sure that you have good lighting. Try to take your photos in daylight against a light coloured background, and make sure that they are not blurry. Avoid flash at all costs!

Hang your clothes up when you’re taking a picture of them by hooking a clothes hanger over a door or curtain rail. This looks way better than laying clothes on a flat surface like a bed or the floor.

If you can get a photo of the item on an actual human person, do it! Selfies are okay if you have no other option, but see if you can rope in a willing friend to snap some pictures of you wearing your clothes. This gives buyers a much better sense of how the item fits and also makes your photos look more professional.

If you can, take some detail shots of the items you’re selling. It is always a good idea to take a photo of labels showing the brand and the size of the item. Make sure that you document any flaws that the item might have, and take pictures of them. This might seem like it will stop the items from selling, but you don’t want any angry buyers giving you grief after you forgot to tell them about the little chocolate stain on those white jeans.

Follow these tips, cross your fingers, and keep hitting that refresh button!



All image credits: Sandy Rushton

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