♥ Welcome back to my blog! ♥
I hope you’re all well and safe inside from the snow! It hasn’t been too dangerous where I am in the UK but I still haven’t driven in a few days. A day off of work gave me plenty of time to type up my blog post for this week (hence the earlier upload this week!) and I thought some top tips for selling clothes online would be a great idea. If you’re like me and ‘accidentally’ spend most of your money shopping, it’s definitely a good idea to assess your wardrobe and decide which items really need to go. Selling them is a perfect idea because it means you can get some money back from clothes you’ve perhaps barely worn or still have their tags on but aren’t returnable.
I’m considering writing next week’s post about how to have a Spring wardrobe clearout and how to decide whether your items are really worth keeping. Let me know what you think in the comments down below!
My Do’s and Don’t’s for selling your clothes:
Selling your old or unwanted clothes online can take a little while to generate much profit, but when done right can make you plenty of money (in my case, to spend on even more on-trend clothes!).
I’ve been selling my clothes, accessories and unused beauty products online for years and, although it took some time to get going and become a successful seller, I’ve made hundreds of pounds on sites like Depop and Vinted.
Depop is pretty much an Instagram for selling. As well as a news feed to see the latest uploads from people you follow, you have an explore tab to see Depop’s recommendations, direct messages to communicate with buyers and your own profile (which literally is a copy of Instagram). Your profile features a short biography, the items you’ve liked and a spread of all the items you have for sale. When you sell an item, you have instant access to the money from your Paypal account.
The catch? Depop and Paypal will take a small fee from your earnings, so don’t price them too low.
If you’re looking to buy from other sellers, this is a great international app to use – people all over the world use it and some will be willing to ship internationally to you.
Vinted doesn’t have as many users as the famous Depop, however it’s still a great app to use and I’ve actually found that my items sell much more quickly on this one! Like Depop, you have a news feed and direct messages (one thing that makes it way more practical than Depop is that you can send pictures through messages without having to upload it as an item and then delete it). Your profile also features a short biography and your list of items for sale. Vinted is much more focused on communication between you and potential buyers. They are able to send you offers/accept your offers and users who follow you are notified every time you upload something new, or reduce the price of something they’ve favourited.
Although Vinted doesn’t require the seller to pay a fee when they sell (the buyer pays a tiny service charge instead), the one downside to using this app is that you don’t receive your money straight away. Your profit is held until the buyer confirms they have received their purchase and everything is ok. This can be frustrating when you don’t have a lot of money to hand and need to pay for all the postage, so there is now a Hermes shipping option where the buyer can pay for postage for you – all you have to do is print the shipping label and drop it off at your nearest Parcelshop.
So, if you’re keen to find some top tips for selling on these sites from an experienced seller, look no further:
DO: ensure that your photos are of high quality and aren’t heavily edited. If buyer is unable to see a well-taken picture of the item you’re trying to sell, they’re less likely to click on it and will scroll past. Furthermore, blurry pictures may give the impression that you’re attempting to hide an imperfection or any damage on the item and therefore buyers will be hesitant to purchase it. It’s also important not to edit your photos with crazy filters or tints because it may cause a buyer to think that the garment is a different shade or colour to what it really is. This could cause an issue even if you do make the sale; they may be entitled to a refund due to the fact you didn’t advertise the product appropriately.
DON’T: upload every item you plan to sell in one hit. Although, like me, you may have an overwhelming number of things to get rid of, it’s important that you stagger uploading them. This means that your page will appear on people’s feeds and searches at different times on different days – you’re likely to attract many more visitors. My recommendation would be to limit yourself to a maximum of 2 uploads a day.
DO: upload your items on more than one site (like Depop and Vinted). This means that they can be viewed by as many people as possible and are more likely to sell quicker. I personally found that clothing sold quicker on Vinted whereas my accessories and beauty products sold quicker on Depop. If you do this, though, you must monitor your sales and make sure that when an item sells on one, you delete it/mark it as ‘sold’ on the other. Multi-sales can get very complicated.
DON’T: attempt to swap your items unless both parties have contributed money toward the transaction first. Swapping without sending/receiving money can be very risky and, although things are usually fine, I’ve been scammed way too many times before learning my lesson. Some people are unfortunately not trustworthy and will agree to a swap with no intention of sending you their item, meaning you essentially give away your item for free. Always read up on the app’s recommended method of swapping.
DO: take as many photos of your items as possible. It’s best to include:
- A photo of the item on a hanger against a plain background/lying flat on a plain surface
- A photo of the item’s label showing the brand and size
- A photo of the item being worn so that buyers can see how it fits
- A photo of any details such as zips, pockets or buttons
- A photo of any imperfections or damage so that the buyer is well aware of them and can’t demand a refund
DON’T: expect to sell your items for the price you paid initially. Most people will shop on Depop or Vinted because they’re looking to find an item they want without having to pay the full price for them in a shop. A buyer is likely to make you an offer rather than buying your item outright – if the offer is acceptable then agree to it, don’t try and raise it too much otherwise they may be put off and change their mind. For example, the trousers shown above cost me £29.99 new (no longer available but find a similar product here) and I sold them for £19.99.
DO: include as much detail as possible in the description of all your items. When users search for things they want, it’s likely one of the words they’ve typed will match your description and therefore your item will pop up in their search feed. Include details about colour, material, extra features like pockets and zips, style (like whether it’s high waisted, a-line, 10ml etc.) and of course the brand and all sizes it will fit. (P.S. The item below is still for sale on my Depop and Vinted pages!)
To sum up, make sure you’re uploading items with great photos and descriptions and you’re providing great customer service! The feedback ratings you receive on you profile can make or break future sales.
Hopefully I’ve inspired you to begin selling your unwanted items online and you can start making some money from things you never wear or use! If you already sell using these apps, I hope my top tips have been useful to you and you can maximise your profits ♥
Thank you for reading this week’s post; comment below if you have any more tips from your own selling experiences, or if there are any other sites you use which have deemed successful. Remember to follow my blog to receive a notification each time I upload, so you never miss a thing!
See you next week!