How to sell second-hand designer clothes

Selling your unworn designer clothes is a great way to make some extra cash while decluttering your space.

After all, if you’re not going to wear it, why not sell it to someone who will enjoy it more? Here are six steps to successfully selling your old clothes online.

Take Stock of What You Have

Go through your unwanted clothes and categorize them by style and brand. Designer clothes that sell well on consignment are classic brands like Celine, Chanel,  Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Yves Saint Laurent. These brands also keep their value, so you can be sure to get top dollar for them. Contemporary brands that do well on the second-hand clothing market are Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, and Stella McCartney.

Create a Description

Write an accurate description of each piece you’re selling, including the item’s size, colour, cut, and style. Keep in mind that sizing can vary from country to country, so include the garment’s exact measurements in your description. Clear, crisp photos are a must when selling used apparel online. Consider having a friend model the clothing so potential buyers can get a better idea of how the item will fit. Provide photos from various angles, and take close-up images of any interesting details.

Be Honest

Provide an honest description of the item’s condition. It is brand new with the tags still on? Gently worn? Make sure your photos show the actual item, and identify any stains, loose threads, tears, or missing closures. It’s a good idea to include an image of the label; this will prove that the item is an authentic designer piece and justify its expensive price. Remember, the more accurate your description of the clothing, the less likely you’ll need to deal with an unhappy buyer later on.

Be Realistic

Before listing your clothing for sale, do a quick search around the web for similar items in similar condition to see what they’re selling for. Designer purses have the highest resale value when compared to clothes and shoes. Keep in mind that your goal is to sell the items; don’t overprice them.

Choose a Payment Method

Unless you’re only selling to local buyers, you’ll need a way to collect your money. A 2008 study found that most people who shop online prefer to use PayPal to process their web orders. Signing up for a PayPal Canada account is free and lets you collect payments without providing your personal informations to buyers.

Respond Promptly to Potential Buyers

It’s important to be available for any questions potential buyers may have about the items you’re selling. Be sure to respond to requests and emails promptly, and be honest when answering questions about the item, your shipping methods, or anything else relating to the sale. Think of yourself as a professional; the more efficient, responsive, and transparent you are, the faster your used designer clothing will sell.

Whether you bought a few too many items at that sample sale or just need a little extra room in your closet, reselling your unwanted designer clothes is a smart way to pare down your wardrobe while putting some cash back in your pocket. The above tips will help you sell the clothes you don’t want so that you can make the room for something you’ll enjoy.

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