The new year is always a good time for reflection. Whilst many people set resolutions to lose weight, travel more, or make general changes to their lifestyle or mindset, others take the opportunity to declutter their homes.
For many folks, this includes re-evaluating their wardrobe. To see what clothes they don’t wear anymore and to make some extra room for the coming seasons.
Whilst it is always good to donate clothes to charity, an increasing number of people are cottoning on to the fact they can generate a little extra cash from selling their clothes.
If this is something you hadn’t previously considered, there are several ways you can make money from your wardrobe.
In this article, we will highlight some of the most popular of them.
Why Sell Clothes Online?
As well as making money, there are several other compelling reasons why you should consider selling clothes online.
For a start, it is good for the environment because it lessens waste and reduces the number of clothes dumped into landfill. By selling your clothes to someone else, you also enable them to add to their wardrobe whilst reducing their carbon footprint.
In addition, selling your clothes taps into the trend for op shopping which is a prevalent trend globally. For many people, scouring the racks of an op shop for pre-loved clothing is a very fun thing to do. Not least because it provides them with the thrill of trying to find unexpected gems for their wardrobe.
By offering your old clothes for sale, you are giving them a different way to enjoy that experience.
Another thing that selling your clothes can do is allow you to enjoy a less is more approach. Whilst it might seem an attractive option to have a closet full of clothes, it follows that the more clothes you have, the less likely you are to wear them. Which in turn means you have essentially wasted money buying them.
By reducing the volume of clothes you have, you can set about building a collection of quality pieces that can be worn interchangeably with other garments.
Best Ways to Sell Your Clothes
There are several ways you can sell your clothes. But these are the most popular.
1. Market Stall
If you find yourself with several items of clothing that need shifting – in addition to other personal items – then consider running a market stall. It is one of the best ways to sell a large volume of clothes because the foot traffic at these events is substantial.
On any given day, a market stall will take place somewhere in your local area. So you are unlikely to have any trouble finding somewhere to set up your stall.
Depending on how many items you are trying to get rid of, you might even consider procuring a portable card machine. We personally recommend that you consider the Smartpay mobile EFTPOS machine to enable you to take payments safely and securely.
2. Pop-Up Shop
If you have an ABN, you could even consider opening up a pop-up shop for the day.
It is an unfortunate sign of these economically uncertain financial times that most retail areas have vacant shops. So it might be worth contacting the landlord or real estate company responsible for them to see if they will let you trade there.
Although it will come at a higher cost than running a market stall, you will probably get significantly higher foot traffic. You may even be able to display your clothes more attractively as well.
3. Facebook Marketplace
Facebook Marketplace is an excellent resource for selling pretty much anything. But it is especially good for clothes. It is free to use and an increasingly popular way of finding new clothes. So your chances of a sale are high.
To further enhance them, consider joining one of the many groups that feature on the platform. Alternatively, if your privacy settings are open, you can post them on your feed with the hashtag #forsale. For other tips and tricks to get sales on Facebook Marketplace, check out this guide here.
With more than 15 million regular users, Depop is another popular online marketplace to sell clothes.
When it launched, it was initially just a place where people could buy or sell clothes. However, it has become a massive platform where would-be designers can create their own brands.
The beauty of this platform is that you don’t have to be in the same geographic location as other people to buy or sell an item to them. All you need is to have an account.
Operating in a similar way to Instagram, Depop has profiles and photos and profiles, as well as a feed they can browse through. Once a sale has been finalised, you can post the item to the buyer.
Despite it being a phenomenally successful site, many people are still surprised at how easy it is to make money via eBay selling clothes.
Admittedly, it does require a significant investment in your time as sales are always instant. But if you have a wide range of clothing items you want to sell, then it can work well for you.
The process of selling is easy. Once you have created an account, all you need to do is take a photo of the clothing item you want to sell, upload it to eBay and type in a description.
You can set up an auction-style listing for seven days or select ‘Buy Now’ if you want to make a one-off sale.
It may surprise you to discover that Etsy has been around for close to 20 years. A global marketplace, it has over 54 million items available for sale at any given time.
Many people have enjoyed a lot of success selling their second-hand clothing for a fixed price on the platform.
If you are to sell your clothes on Etsy, be aware of your competition. There are lots of people selling clothing items that are virtually brand new. So you will need to make sure your items are sellable.
Good photos are critical to sales success on Etsy. So make sure to take top-quality snaps of them to accompany your listing.
7. The Closet
Perhaps the one thing putting you off from selling your clothes is the hassle involved in culling your wardrobe.
If that is the case, think about giving THE CLOSET a go. A popular clothing site that positions itself as a thrift store for online fashion, you can sell or buy everything from clothing, hats and handbags to swimwear, sunglasses and maternity clothing.
Arguably the best thing about this site is they do everything for you.
For a start, they collect your clothing items from you via courier. They also take the photos for you, list them on their marketplace on your behalf and send you the money made in sales.
It could come as a store credit or a bank transfer and is a seamless process.
Instagram is another excellent way to sell your clothing, particularly if you have a sizable collection to get rid of.
The process can be as straightforward or involved as you want it to be. So you can choose to upload one photo every week until you have sold everything. Or you can set up a more professional-looking shop via a website.
Once you have created an account to sell your items, you can offload new and second-hand clothing on the platform.
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