10 Easy Tips for Selling Your Clothes Online

10 Tips for Selling and Sorting your clothes onlineOur wardrobes are jam-packed – the average closet holds 100 items, 22 of which are never worn. The average woman has over $1000 worth of underused (only worn once) or unworn clothing items (tags still on) sitting in her wardrobe. Whether you want to move a few things to make room for the new season’s purchases or go on vacation this year, but your bank balance is telling you ‘NO WAY,’ look inside your wardrobe and consider selling your clothes online.

Before you start, there are three things to consider. Firstly, you have to be clear what you want to achieve – how much money do you need to make? This understanding will keep you focused, and if necessary, ruthless when tackling your wardrobe. Secondly, the selling won’t happen overnight: expect a two-month turnaround. Thirdly, only sell what you can see yourself without; selling then regretting is a horrible experience. Here are my straightforward and easy to follow tips for selling your clothes online.

Ready to sort and sell? Let’s go:

1. Focus on one section of your wardrobe at a time.

Trying to tackle the whole wardrobe at once can be stressful so initially focus on 1 area at a time: summer/winter, work/play, bags/shoes. This process creates some order to process and not leave you feeling overwhelmed.

2. Give yourself enough time.

I’ve done one section of a clients’ wardrobe in 3 hours, but this includes re-styling the clothes as well. Set a stopwatch for 30-minute intervals and see how many items you sort in the time allotted. Understand that this process may take more than just a weekend.

3. Be prepared.


Steps to selling your clothes online

Lay out clothing bags on the bed and label them ALTERATIONS, SELLING, CHARITY. You may come across a designer gem of a dress, but the hem has dropped: put this in the alterations pile. A small outlay to get the hem fixed is worth it in the long run to get your dress sold.

4. Be honest with yourself.

Those items we don’t wear anymore but can’t bear to part with, need to be considered. You can’t wear memories so if you are keeping hold of dress because you had a particularly good night out wearing it, find photos of that night out instead and sell the dress.

How much have you used and worn your clothes? If an item still has the tag on, this shows you didn’t love it enough to cut it off and wear it. Items with tags on sell well; on eBay, they are described as BNWT (Brand New With Tags) which gives you license to price them higher than a second-hand item (no tags and which you have worn).

5. Keep in tune with the seasons when you clear out.

Winter sweaters for selling online
Coats and knits sell great on eBay from November through to February. Summer listings start to creep in around March. Don’t forget festival season as well – headbands, jean shorts, crop tops – all essential festival wear.

6. What labels do you own?

Mid to top-end high street labels like Zara, J Crew, Reiss sell well on eBay, as does suiting and plus sized clothes. During the three years, I have been running The Wardrobe Angel I have found that jeans don’t sell well, however blouses, tops, jumpers and coats do. Any vintage clothing should be taken to a specialist vintage dealer.

7. Designer labels less than two years old sell well.

designer handbags for selling your clothes online
Sites such as Vestiaire Collective offer a haven for second-hand designer clothes. That said, classics will always sell: Channel bags and jackets and Louise Vuitton bags for instance. Call local resell shop to ask what labels they stock and what their turnover stock is. You want to move your clothes on as quickly as possible, so you need to make some decisions – sell on a designer clothing website (may sell immediately or not at all), sell at a resell shop (could sell in 6 weeks) or put on eBay (could sell in a week)? All have pros and cons.

8. Always check a similar item on eBay before you list your item

This check will give you an idea of how much you can expect in return. Don’t forget the charges! eBay and PayPal both charge you for using their sites as do brick and mortar and online resell shops. As a rule of thumb, whatever your items sell for you will get 50% of the sale price.

9. Take clear photos and list with precise descriptions

photo tips for Selling your clothes online

Buyers want to be sure they are buying something they will like and will fit. Take clear and well-lit photos of your items, so there are no surprises after purchase. If possible, find the original image from the store you bought the item from, take a photo of yourself in the article, and one of the item alone. Be sure to include a description of the price for the buyer as well.

10. All clothes should be clean and in a saleable condition

No holes, stains or alterations, ironed, crease free and on a hanger. Designer bags sell better with their dust bag so dig that out and press it. Place the clothes for the vintage dealer and the designer clothes for the dress agency on wooden hangers and package them in a garment bag. Present your clothes like presents.

 

Present your clothes like presentsWebFor more help on selling your clothes, contact Stephanie Roper at The Wardrobe Angel and be sure to check out her Ebay page for some great finds!

Guest Post by Wardrobe Specialist, Stephanie Roper – The Wardrobe Angel

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Sherita Rankins

Detroit born, NYC based Model, Actress & Host, is the Editor-in-Chief of Busy Wife Busy Life. This fashion expert and former finance professional loves to travel and is a total foodie. When she is not staying “busy” she loves to cook, play tennis and relax on the beach.

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22 Comments

  1. June 12, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    Love these tips! I always make sure to declutter my wardrobe every three months and generally sell on Depop, didnt think there was a market for my worn clothes on Ebay bt I’ll be checking that out nw!

    Ama / Albatroz & Co
    http://www.albatrozandco.com

    • July 28, 2019 / 7:12 am

      So glad my tips for helpful for you! Yes, Ebay can be a great way to sell your clothes!

  2. May 7, 2018 / 4:37 pm

    I love buying preloved items because they are affordable and because there are items that they have that can’t be found in stores nowadays which will make me look unique. However, I came to wonder last night about the preparations they do to make sure that their items get sold. And I agree that using a clear and well-lit photo of their item is a must so that the buyers will not get surprised. Thanks for the information!

    • May 27, 2018 / 12:41 pm

      Millie, there is an art to being successful at selling your clothes online. I hate surprises when buying online so it is so important to show the item in its best light!

  3. September 17, 2018 / 3:33 am

    Great tips Sherita. But according to me we can also list our product on leading local classified websites of that area.

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      July 28, 2019 / 7:13 am

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    • Sherita Rankins
      July 28, 2019 / 7:14 am

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  7. April 11, 2019 / 7:09 pm

    I find it helpful when you suggested that a person who is planning to sell clothes should take note to sell coats and knits from November until February. Since you said that one should sell summer clothes starting in March, I will recommend my sister to a local online commerce expert this weekend. That way, she can get help setting up her temporary store so that she can clear her closet and earn enough money to pay for her credit card debt.

  8. April 18, 2019 / 4:54 pm

    I have a friend that is thinking about getting help from a listing service. She would love knowing that you can take clear photos of your clothes for the best results. Making sure that the area is well-lit when you take it is a great idea.

    • April 23, 2019 / 3:00 pm

      Lighting is everything!! People want to see what they are buying and having great photos will help your items see so much quicker.
      Xo Sherita

  9. May 2, 2019 / 4:35 am

    Thanks for the tip that I should focus on one side of my wardrobe at a time, so I’ll base it to find wholesale women’s clothes for boutiques to open a fashion line in my town. I’ll make sure to give myself enough time as well so that I won’t have problems when I’m finally ready to open shop. I think being prepared is the best advice I’ve heard so far so I’ll keep that in mind and search for the best clothing I can find from wholesale distributors.

  10. June 17, 2019 / 9:36 am

    I wanted to thank you for this advice for selling clothes online. You said that vintage clothing should be taken to a specialist vintage dealer. I’m interested to learn how someone could specialize with particular articles of clothing or if there could be stores dedicated to these.

    • July 1, 2019 / 2:52 pm

      Hi there Taylor
      This was a guest post on my site, however I know that that certain resellers have experience with particular types of clothing. These resellers will give you what your item is worth because they have more experience with the resell value. This also goes with high-end designer clothes and handbags. Hope this was helpful.

  11. July 11, 2019 / 1:05 am

    Amazing content i have ever read, its very informative and its good for those people they have grow up business in online, thanks

  12. July 16, 2019 / 3:08 am

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  13. July 16, 2019 / 5:23 am

    Few times ago i have open our online business but i have not understand how to managed it. so this blog its very useful for me obviously i have follow this tips. Thanks for share .

    • Sherita Rankins
      July 28, 2019 / 7:15 am

      You are so welcome Shane!

  14. July 26, 2019 / 12:18 am

    This is a smart blog. I mean it. You have so much knowledge about this issue, and so much passion. You also know how to make people rally behind it, obviously from the responses.

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