How to sell your clothes online.
1: Have a good/accurate description.
I always try to find the description of the item I’m selling from the original retailers website. Google can be very helpful with this. I almost always provide a very detailed and accurate description of any item I’m selling. Having the name of the of the item that the retailer or designer gave it prong ally can help buyers when searching for your listing.
2: Take detailed photos.
Make sure you have multiple photos to show your buyer the item you’re selling. One picture is not enough. Make sure you show any flaws, if there are any. Get close ups and shots from different angles to show your buyer the details.
3: Package your sale nicely.
I shop more with companies that tend to package my items nicely and safely. I hate when I order something, and it hasn’t been wrapped or taken care of properly. For clothes and accessories I almost always put them in a poly bag to keep them clean, and/or wrap them in tissue paper. You can get free shipping supplies from USPS. So there’s no reason to not ship your item in the appropriate box. Always label your packages fragile if you don’t want them smashed, and wrap breakable items in bubble wrap.
4: Ship quickly.
I cannot stress this enough. Do not take forever to ship. Priority shipping with USPS is usually fairly quick. Once you make a sale, print the label immediately and package your sale. USPS also will pick up your item for free. I always ship my items same day or next day. One of the reasons I have such a high rating on both eBay and Poshmark.
5: Answer any and all questions in a timely manner, nicely.
Do not ignore messages or comments about an item you have for sale! Answer the question from the buyer to the best of your ability. Yes, some questions are repetitive, but you need to remember this is technically your business. The way you provide customer service will always affect your sales. Be nice, do not reply to buyers in a catty, rude, or snobby manner. This is not high school, you are an adult.
6: Rare items sell better.
I have found that the more rare the item you’re selling, the quicker the sale. People look for those coveted second hand items that are hard to find. If you’ve taken care of the item the better the sale.
7: Keep your rating up.
You can keep your seller rating up by providing good customer service in all aspects. Nice packaging, helpful answers, and timely shipping will give your closet more buyers and views.
8: Multiple listings in closet make more sales.
The more items you have for sale the more buyers you are likely to attract. No one wants to go to a store that sells one thing. With more items comes more sales, which in the end will boost your rating.
9: Always provide feedback.
Always follow up with sales and rate your buyer or reply to comments after the point of the sale. This will only help you with attracting more buyers and making more sales.
10: New/slightly used sell better.
No one wants to buy used ratty old clothes or clothes that say they’re new but in reality are not. Be fair to your buyer and give them the exact description on the condition of the item you are selling.
How did I start selling my clothes? One day I just started listing items on eBay. I tend to buy things that are one of a kind. I also take care of everything I own. All my clothes, shoes, and accessories are like new. This is because I take care of them. I rotate my closet quite often because I get bored with my wardrobe very easily. I’m always looking for the newest thing and keep up with trends. I cleaned (purged) my closet one day, and started listing items on eBay. That was over three years ago. It’s fairly easy to list items, so I thought why not. Who doesn’t want extra cash? Then I started making more sales so I started listing more items. I won’t disclose how much I’ve made on eBay but it’s quite a bit. More than I ever thought!
Then I discovered Poshmark. It’s an app where you can buy and sell clothes, shoes and accessories. You can list literally anything. From Target to Alexander Wang. It was super easy to list and sell, and Poshmark provides you with the shipping label. What I love about this app is that the seller fee is already built in. Also, more listings equals more sales. I’ve only been using this app for about a year but its such an easy way to make some extra money.
I’ve definitely thought about opening my own online boutique. I love selling my closet online. It’s so easy, and I’ve made quite a bit of money doing it. As of right now, I only sell my items on eBay, Poshmark, and Tradesy. I’ve also donated some of my clothes to The Fashion Project. You can cash in several items for gift cards to your favorite stores. In return your clothes help the charity of your choosing. If you’ve ever thought about selling clothes online, I’d say go for it! There are so many different apps and websites to help you do just that.