How to resell your clothes online

There are a few things you should know about reselling your clothes on websites, such as Kijiji. Below are some tips on how you can make it work for you.

Out with the old and in with the new. After possibly receiving a few new clothing items over the holidays—and taking advantage of Boxing Day sales—your closet may be bursting at the seams. Before you go ahead and fill a garbage bag full of clothing pieces you no longer want or wear, consider making a bit of cash by reselling your clothes. After all, your trash is usually someone else’s treasure.

There are a few things you should know about reselling your clothes on websites, such as Kijiji. Below are some tips on how you can make it work for you.

1. Are your clothes even worth selling?

While your trash might be treasure to someone else, some trash is just that—trash. Don’t bother selling clothes that are extremely old and well-worn. If it has stains, holes, tears, loose stitches, or the material is faded and pilling, it’s time to donate it for free (in some cases, you might just want to toss it in the garbage). Only resell clothes that you’d likely find in a consignment store, items that are new or like-new. The only exception might be for designer items. After all, an old Chanel purse is still a Chanel purse.

2. Take good photos

Nobody will want to buy your “amazing coat” if they can’t see it. Along with a description of the item, you should include at least one photo. Make sure to take a decent photo of the clothes, meaning good lighting and with the item either properly hung on a hanger. The more photos you can supply, the better. If you’re trying to sell shoes, be sure to take a photo of the top, sides, and soles of the shoes.

3. Write a good description

This is where the salesperson in you comes out. Be sure to write enticing—but accurate—descriptions of your clothes. This includes the brand, size, colour, and how many times the item has been worn. If you’d like, you can say how much the clothing item retails for (or how much paid for it), so that buyers have an idea of its value.

4. Be fair about pricing

If you think about it, these were clothes you were almost going to throw out, so don’t expect people to pay retail prices for them (especially if they could just go out to the mall and pick up something identical). A good rule of thumb is charging around 50 percent of the retail price for new items that still have tags on them, and 20 to 30 percent for “like-new” and “gently used” clothes.

5. Dive in and start selling!

It will take you a few tries of selling different items to gauge what types of clothes and shoes will sell and which ones won’t. The best way to get familiar with the market is to browse the clothing section of Kijiji yourself and see what else is for sale. One more thing to keep in mind is the seasonality of the clothes and shoes you’re trying to sell. You might not have the best luck trying to resell a winter coat right before summer, and high-heeled sandals in the dead of winter.

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