Since I broke up with fast fashion, something I am still struggling with as the world reopens I have gone down the rabbit hole of selling my clothes online.
In all honestly I could never be bothered before. When I decluttered I had tonnes of items and the idea of them lingering in my house for a moment longer made me anxious and annoyed at their existence.
But with my slow transition into slow fashion I find I naturally have fewer clothes and a very small turn over. Meaning my lazy brain can no longer think of an excuse to NOT try selling my clothes online. I made the decision to not get overwhelmed anymore by heaps of clothing. But to set aside a bag on the back of my door that has the items I am selling in. If the bag gets full I can’t declutter, if the bag is empty I can look through everyone’s draws. It works well because the one little bag isn’t in the way, its easily hidden and I don’t feel stressed at the idea of it cluttering up our small room.
So…which app do you choose ? We are spoilt for choice on the amount of apps that are designed for us to sell our unwanted items. Below is a list of the apps I have tried and I share my opinions for each.
- Ebay is the grandfather of online reselling and I tried this many times over many years. It is a platform in the minds of many and my family love winning a bidding war. But that was why I struggled with the app. Having the items on for a specific amount of time annoyed me along with figuring out postage and payment transfers. After only selling a few items I tried another.
- Depop. I loved depop. Everyone loves depop. It is great for modern clothing, cool local businesses and supporting people the same age and style. It is easy to use and I enjoyed the platform. Unfortunately one bad egg spoilt my association with the app and when I wanted to buy an awesome very specific faux leather jacket, was left out of pocket with no jacket and depop did nothing to help me I quickly found a sour taste in my mouth. I am sure depop is everyone’s go to and that there are more amazing buyers and sellers than bad ones but that experience alone was disheartening as I had very little disposable money at the time and the lack of assistance was frustrating.
- Facebook market place is used by mums and millenials alike. It is great to grab a bargain and so for a while I put a few items of clothes on there. It is easy to use, everyone is aware of its existence and the element of local selling was a bonus with collection since I really hate going to the post office. My family have had amazing luck selling old furniture (because somehow my mother had three sofas sitting in the old barn just taking up space). I found it easy to use and like the different way of delivery, but I found lots of people go on there wanting everything to be ‘free’ I had lots of cheeky messages for crazy discounts or to give my items away and it made it hard to gain the motivation to sell anything. This should not dissuade you, if you have had luck selling items or don’t mind the occasional message then go right ahead I really do recommend it.
- Gumtree. So in all honestly I didn’t really consider gumtree, I think that’s because it is mainly designed or used for selling furniture, a little like facebook market place. Other friends have used the platform but for my needs of selling clothing I found the software to bulky and annoying. Sorry Gumtree.
- VINTED. So I caved, I fell for the numorous adverts and downloaded vinted. I am so thankful I did. Vinted is a quick one stop place to sell your clothes fast and cheap. If you are here to make any real money then please turn to Ebay or especially Depop for rare gems. But Vinted provided me with a quick platform to upload my items and see how they sold. All my items remain in my ‘wardrobe’ and the app even has a holiday mode where all your things will be hidden until you return, meaning you don’t have to create an annoying out of office advert for selling your clothes or deal with unwanted sales while your away. I have sold SO many things already and can’t wait for my next declutter (is that bad). The app helps you price items in relation to other people selling on the app, allows you to edit your photos and has a very helpful option for postage. It has a small, medium or large system that you click and the app creates the postage. It also allows the buyer to choose Hermes (there partner delivery service) or the post office. If they pick Hermes then all you need to do is pack the item and print a label and send it to your local currier. If the post office then you need to package the item, write the label and then take it to the post office the old fashioned way and get it weighed. Then you need to photograph the postage recipe to prove you have delivered. I love this system, as a buyer your away right away your items are in transit. As a seller it makes me accountable in an easy manner. The unusual thing is that your money is held back until your item has been received, meaning you have to wait till everything is given the all clear. This can be frustrating, but the app has an inbuilt system that after a certain amount of time it will unlock your money. So no one is left short.
But how do you get things to actually sell ? Well I price things at a very cheap, charity shop price. I have the philosophy that I take good care of my clothes but I would have only donated them to a charity shop in the first place. I want my items to sell so I price them very cheap and hope they don’t hang around too long.
I style my photographs through a simple well lit room, on a specific part of the room and photograph the heck out of each item, taking multiple shots and showing all labels. I do the photographs in bulk and make sure everything is in focus. After that I upload my items and take time to write their condition, actual sizing and any other hints about the item. I would suggest having a signature place to shoot your items and take most of them hanging up/ on the floor and leave one photo of it physically on towards the end. I don’t think seeing it on a person is essential anymore, especially if they are brands you buy frequently and can assume to fit and style. I then send each item through the wash they day it gets bought and then package them quickly. The post office have handy large padded envelopes I use a lot for tops or bulky items. But I have actually used several bags for life wrapped around and sellotaped to death that work perfectly well.
I hope this is a helpful run down of the different selling options, some hints on how to sell and a general discussion on how to not be overwhelmed with the selling process as you try to be eco friendly.
Here are some other worthy recommendations that aren’t for selling clothes and my cheat sheet.
- Ziffit- An online book selling app, partnered with World Of Books (who I have bought from a lot and the reason I still use the app). You scan your barcode and see if they want to buy. If you have over £5 worth you can process the transaction. If you have a small box you need to post it at the post office with there sticker, if you have tonnes to send you package it and they arrange a courier service! So easy, you wont make much but I like to think it is helping the planet as they only really buy books they have a demand for.
- MusicMagpie. Very similar to ziffit, they take a wider variety but I didn’t find them as user friendly.
Clothes : Vinted // Ebay // Depop
Furniture: Facebook Marketplace // Gumtree
Books: Ziffit // MusicMagpie