Tuesday, 3 February 2015

8 EASY Ways to Sell Unwanted Clothes

I am constantly buying new things. I work at Topshop for God's sake it's almost impossible to leave the store after a shift WITHOUT something new in my hand. However, due to the absolute bane of my life rearing it's ugly head recently (COUNCIL TAX), plus the fact I have two holidays booked for this summer, it's time to go out with the old, and in with the new!

Me attempting to sort out my 'keeps' from my 'get rid-of's'

I love eBay. I have managed to snag some absolute bargains on there. I remember the gold/black lurex body-con dress I wore on episode 1 of Sorority Girls, eeeeveryone was tweeting me/posting on discussion boards/etc asking where I got it from, and it was actually a 99p steal from eBay! I loved it so much, and I was so surprised about how much the rest of the world loved it too that I said it was from a boutique so nobody else could get it. LOL. It was actually a Topshop number from 2002.

Selling on eBay can be quite confusing and daunting if your pretty new to the concept, so I have put together some tips to make sure that you don't end up being the unfortunate soul having to post a dress you once bought for £80 for the grand total of £3.50.

1. TAKE GOOD PHOTOS. Fellow bloggers will understand this already, a good picture is EVERYTHING. Try not to use the photos from the website, potential buyers want to see photos of the ACTUAL items to make sure it's legit. If there are any imperfections, make sure the include them in the description, or include a photo. Believe me, missing them out is way more hassle than it's worth. The buyer can open a dispute, post the item back and you are forced to refund. Time-consuming, EFFORT, and eBay will give you a black mark against your name.
A good selling technique is to upload a photo of somebody wearing the item. The buyer can see what it looks like on, they get outfit inspo, and it makes the item look so much more pleasing to the eye, as opposed to it just hanging awkwardly off your doorframe. (But remember to include that as well.)

Which would you be more likely to bid on?

2. CHOOSE AN ACCEPTABLE TIME TO LIST. The time you list the item, is the same time the auction ends. I usually list mine for the full amount, which is 7 days, but you also have the option of 3 or 5 days. So if you list it at midnight on Tuesday, it will end at midnight the following week, and chances are not many people are going to be up and awake and bidding at that time. Unless you happen to be my friend Jess, who sets her alarm for 4am to bid for something she wants! Such an eBay Warrior. The best time to list items is on a Sunday. I read that in Sophia Amoruso's #GIRLBOSS, and it really is true.

3. ONLY LIST THINGS THAT HAVE ACTUAL VALUE. Nobody wants that purple vest you bought for £3 from H&M in 2007. And even if they do, is it really worth posting an item you sold for under £1? I suppose if you sold quite a few it would add up, but personally I would rather not treck to the post office with 20 items that only add up to about a tenner. Topshop always sells well. 

4. PROVE IT IS GENUINE. This only really applies to designer goods. When selling something expensive like a handbag or piece of jewellery, try and include a photo of the receipt or proof of purchase. Do you still have the dust bag or the certificate of authentication? Potential buyers are more likely to bid on yours instead of anybody else if you can guarantee it's real.


5. SELL ALL AT ONCE. I will accumulate a pile of clothes over an amount of time that I am ready to get rid of, so I try and upload them all at once. I find this way I manage to sell the things that usually I wouldn't get many bids on, because the really good things to counter out the crap. When a buyer clicks on one of my items, they have the option to click the 'see sellers other items' button and check out what else I have to sell. If you get a message asking about two or more items, offer combined postage at a reduced price and the buyer will be more tempted to take a couple of things off your hands.

6. USE KEY WORDS. Words like 'vintage' can really boost the views. (Only use appropriately though!) Try not to use 'stylish' or 'sexy' as these sound really out-dated and cringe. Describe every possible thing ever in the title to really boost the SEO. 'Topshop top' isn't really enticing me in to click on the item, however 'Topshop monochrome stripe print cami top 10 BNWT' is much more informative and is bound to come up in more searches. If the item is still on the original stores website, use the exact description.

7. KNOW THE LINGO. These are the most common.
'BNIB' means BRAND NEW IN BOX (mainly applies to shoes)

8. POST ON TIME. I used to be terrible at this! Sometimes when I was packaging up ready to post, I decided that I actually liked it and would keep it without telling the buyer! Then when the negative feedback started to build up I realised I need to stop being such a hoarder and learn to let go!

Once you get the hang of it, eBay is fab. It is an easy way to make a bit of cash at the same time as clearing out your wardrobe! I try and sell my old stuff so I can save the money and put it towards my holiday, but I always end up using it to buy more things! It's not too bad though, in effect it's just like a massive swap shop, and I am only using the money I have earned off my old stuff. (Desperate attempt to justify my spending there!)

Good luck!


  1. #1 is SO true. I fell out of love with eBay when they increased their selling fees, I need to get back into it because I have so much stuff to shift!

    Tara x

    1. Oh my god i didn't realise how much they were until now! Just got hit with a £42 bill :( xxx