Our guest blogger is today is Shannon from The Recycle-ista Blog and Ebay store, The Recycle-ista’s Resale Shop. She has extensive knowledge in the clothing reselling niche, and I think you are really going to enjoy (and learn a lot) from her post! Thanks Shannon!
Selling clothing and shoes online can be very lucrative and not as scary as it first seems! I avoided ReSelling clothing for a long time, thinking that the number of dissatisfied customers and return rate would be too high. When I was finally forced into it (I moved across the country and my new Thrifts were full of CHEAP clothing and not much else) I was pleasantly surprised.
My return rate is not any higher than it usually is, and when something IS returned, it’s rarely clothing. I continue to be amazed at the number of people who buy pre-owned shoes online, sight unseen. And love them!!
Here’s a few tips:
- Include measurements in your listings. Even on shoes.
- Make sure your items are clean, in good condition and free of rips, stains, tears, etc. Check the underarms!!
- Stick with higher-end, popular brands. People generally know what size they wear in their favorite brands..and the higher quality means this will be fairly consistent.
Speaking of good brands, here are some clothing and shoe brands that I look for while out thrifting. Keep in mind that there is usually a lot of information behind these items and that I make no guarantees about your sales! Size, condition of the item, etc can all affect the success of your sales. I’m still learning.
Coogi (think Bill Cosby sweaters)
Ralph Lauren (especially look for Vintage Ralph Lauren sweatshirts, sweaters
and Rugby Shirts!!! (from the 90s) Or anything Indian Blanket)
Nike Dri Fit
Life is Good
LL Bean (some are better than others)
Jamie Sadock workout apparel
The North Face (look out for fakes)
Harris Tweed – men’s blazers
Dale of Norway
Bloch dance shoes
Then there are things like cashmere, alpaca, and camel hair. Brands won’t matter too much on high end materials like that. Cashmere sweaters especially can be great sellers.
This is just a list to get you started. Most of this I learned from trial and error. Take a look at what’s available at Thrifts and yard sales near you. Buy low. Most of these items will not be HUGE moneymakers but they are solid. Research completeds on Ebay to see prices. That will help you decide how much to pay.
Clothing is easy to store and best of all…easy to ship!