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It’s so refreshing to have a good wardrobe clear out. If you’re a bit of a clothes hoarder then there’s potentially a stack of cash hanging with those unworn and unloved pieces.
Rather than bagging them up and dropping them to the charity shop. Or driving around with the bag in your boot for the best part of a year…just me? Here are the places where you can try selling them first.
If you have read my blog before, you will know I am a big fan of eBay– I even wrote a post with tips for selling your clothes on eBay. It might not be the quickest and yes listing can take some time. The fees are steep and you have to package up your items when they sell and post them. But I believe that listed in the right way, eBay is where you’re going to maximise your potential return for your clothing.
There are various pieces of advice out there regarding when is best to sell etc. Some people say you should list items on a 10-day auction finishing on Sunday. Some say start at a low price to encourage bidding. And this might work for you – try it out and get a feel for what you think is best.
Personally, however I prefer to list using Buy It Now (with best offer) and asking for the price I want and preparing to accept 10-20% under the price I have set. You can search through sold listings to see what similar items have sold for to get an idea of how to price, or you can you the method I have detailed in my tips for selling your clothes on eBay post.
Don’t be put off by fees though. You have 1,000 free listings per month to use as a private seller. Utilise these and then you won’t pay fees until the item sells. Don’t waste your time (or money) with listing upgrades (subtitles, extra photos etc. – these just eat into your profit). When the item does sell eBay will take 10%, (including 10% of your postage charge which I think is naughty
but it is what it is) and PayPal will take 3.4% (plus 20p transaction fee). Yes, that’s quite a lot of charges. But eBay is the biggest selling platform out there and is where the most people are going to find what you’re selling.
Recently I also started experimenting with 99p auctions – I trialled this on the items I would’ve otherwise given to charity so didn’t mind if they actually sold for only 99p. In the first week, I sold 18 items and made £75 after fees – not huge money, but much more than I’d have gotten for these clothes elsewhere. If you’re happy to let things go for 99p it’s worth a shot – one bikini actually sold for £17! I had only asked £8 for it when I’d listed it BIN!
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I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook Marketplace. I love that you can list an item and get it sold, collected and have the cash in your hand all in the same day. Better than that, there are no fees so every penny goes in your pocket.
It is a simple process to create an advert and it’s the quickest and easiest way to get rid of unwanted items (provided they’re priced at a realistic level). You don’t have to faff with postage and packaging as the buyer collects from you and you don’t have to wait around for auctions to end or for payment.
My bugbear with Facebook is time-wasters; the amount of people who will message interested in an item and then never reply to your message. People who agree to buy something and then don’t turn up to collect it. And then the plain rude people who turn up to collect the item but then haggle the price when they do despite accepting the price you listed at.
Clothing wise bundles sell particularly well on Facebook – but you’re probably not going to get a lot of money.
Boot sales are a great place to sell your unwanted items but again you have to price realistically. When I buy from a boot sale, I do not want to be spending more than £2 for an item of clothing. Some buyers expect things for less than that and will cheekily try to haggle you down. If you have a certain expectation of what an item is worth, then stick with eBay. Boot sales are really one of my last avenues after trying eBay and Facebook first as you really aren’t going to achieve a good amount.
That said, it’s a good place to get rid of items in bulk particularly if you just want the stuff out of your house but want a little something for it (something’s better than nothing, right?).
Finally, if you have exhausted eBay, couldn’t shift it on Facebook and the boot sale wasn’t fruitful, then as a last resort I would bag it up and take it to Cash4Clothes – have a search on google for some near you. They don’t pay a lot (usually 40/50p a kg) but it’s more than what you’d get for just donating them.
Of course, if you are not money motivated and just want the stuff gone by all means donate them to a charity shop. But I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that I’d rather get something for them.
There are a number of other places you could try to sell your clothes online. I don’t personally have a lot of experience with these. But they’re definitely worth a look as other people have a lot of success with them.
I tried using Depop a few years ago and didn’t sell a thing so I quickly gave up on it. But I’m seeing more and more people use it to sell clothes lately, so it could be worth a look.
I sold a few bits on Vinted a few years ago but haven’t used it recently. I have been hearing a lot of bad press lately though, so do your research and approach with caution.
Like with Facebook, Gumtree is good for local sales. Equally, I think the bundle approach is the route to go down with this one.
Another that is gaining popularity and could be worth a look.
There’s not much selling happening in my area on here though, so I haven’t bothered with it.
Have I missed anything? Have you managed to sell your clothes successfully elsewhere? Let me know!
You might also find my resources page useful – I’ve listed my selling tools (the products I buy and use for eBay) and there’s also a free hints and tips printable.
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