Wednesday, 7 January 2015

6 easy ways to re-sell your unwanted clothes

It's that time of year - we're raiding our wardrobes and ushering in change. We're also looking for a bit of extra cash throughout dry, long January. 


I pretty much spend most weekends sorting through old stuff, selling things myself or my husband no longer wear or use. Here are my top ways for re-selling.

Disclaimer: NOT getting rid of this pile...
Tictail - I'm not actually sure how this site makes money because it's free to join, free to list and they don't take commission. but let's not complain, shall we? It's super easy to list, just take a photo (or if you have a blog, you might already have a photo which works even better!) and you set the price. Buyers pay through Paypal and transaction pretty much over. It's a sales platform so there is no time limit on the listing and you can take it off at anytime (in case you change your mind, or fancy just getting rid at a carboot instead). Currently, this is my favourite way to sell clothes (see my Tictail here).



DEPOP - I haven't actually used this site before but have been recommended it by numerous friends. Similarly to Tictail, you can start following people whose style you like (famous fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni, for example sells her wares here). The best thing about this is that it's a really easy to use Mobile App so you can sell on the go, and people can follow and 'like' your products etc. They do, however, take 10% commission on sales.

Blogger and designer Charlie May's DePop online shop


Vestiaire Collective - if you have good designer pieces (especially ones the eBay customer doesn't 'get'), then I would recommend selling them here. The website looks chic, is easy to browse and its customer knows its brands (more obscure, fashiony brands i.e Toga are more likely to sell for higher here than on eBay). They charge between 15% and 33% commission, but it's also one of the only sites allowed to sell brands like Chanel or Louis Vuitton. Remember my green Chanel bag I acquired as a hand me down...? I sold it here and paid off a huge chunk of my credit card debt - no regrets.



COVETIQUE - Nicola McClafferty (below) launched Covetique just over 2 years ago with her business partner Bobby Devins but it's only recently been on my radar (maybe it's because the whole of the Red mag office is selling on it!). It only sells designer pieces BUT they pick up your wares from you (for free!), photograph, list and ship for you (the first pre-owned e-tailer to do this). The dream? They take 37.5% commission to take the hassle off your hands - but definitely worth it if you've got something good to sell - and it goes down to 30% once you've sold 20 items. (I also just peeked on the site and they have a pair of Valentino Rockstud shoes for £260!).


Nicola McClafferty, CEO of Covetique.com
eBay - it wouldn't be a piece on re-selling if we didn't include the original auction site. I still love eBay and use it regularly, especially the mobile app - I often sell things whilst watching TV in the evenings. Known brands like Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin sell well here, and you take less of a risk with 'Buy It Now' options. The best tip I was ever given? Make sure the auction finishes on a Sunday evening - that's when the highest amount of bids take place.


"Where's my white collarless shirt from Fred Segal?"
Carboot Sales - I love a good old-fashioned carboot sale. I love the banter, the adrenalin rush in the first 30 minutes and the feeling of clearing out my flat in one go, whilst also up-cycling. See my pick of the best carboot sales here.


At my stall over the summer

7 comments :

  1. I LOVE Covetique, I found a beautiful Balenciaga top which I adore. I also sell with Fashion Bloodhound who have a lot of my bits at the moment. Nothing like good ol' Ebay though! xxx

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    1. I like Fashion bloodhound, too - although Covetique wins in the 'chic' stakes...

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  2. This is great! We are in the process of moving house... I had no idea how much stuff we had managed to hoard in a studio flat! It's definitely time for an overhaul.

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    1. I must admit, it's like a second full-time job but so worth it...

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