Have you ever wanted to sell your old clothes? I have. I've tried too. But it wasn't as easy as I'd hoped. And knowing where to start was certainly the hardest part.
But it's definitely something I think we should all do more of. Clothing resale is not just a way to turn your unwanted pieces into some spare cash, it's also much more environmentally friendly than throwing your things away or leaving them in your closet to collect dust. If you're due for a closet clean out, it's definitely something to consider.
We spoke to Bianca and Jenna at Trading In Style for their tips on exactly how to sell your unwanted fashion pieces - especially when you're new to the game.
When selling your unwanted fashion pieces, how can you get started, especially if you’ve never done it before?
At Trading In Style, this is what we do. We're here to help and guide you through the resale process easily and seamlessly. Offering virtual consignment appointments in the comfort of your own home, or physical appointments at our HQ in Clovelly or liaise through our quick response Instagram platform.
Simply show us your items by sending images directly to our Instagram or let us preview them via a private appointment. We will guide you as to what we think will sell or hold resale value.
Then the rest is up to us...drop or post your items, leave them with us for six weeks, and let us sell them quickly for you through our highly interactive community; online and in store. Every three weeks funds will be transferred into your account for the sold items.
With an 80% sell through rate within the first 24 hours of posting, items get snapped up within minutes, and the process becomes addictive. And it makes your next purchase guilt free.
What pieces are generally best for the resale market? Can you give us some examples?
In our experience, these are the pieces that sell best.
Luxury Handbags: particularly Gucci, Chanel, YSL, Hermes, Celine, Loewe.
Accessories: Hermes, Gucci, Lucy Folk, Balenciaga.
Mid to High-End Shoes: Golden Goose, Gucci, Valentinos, Saint Laurent.
Jackets and Coats: Burberry, Max Mara, Celine, Moncler.
High-End Logo Tees: Gucci, Saint Laurent.
Dresses; Zimmermann: Ganni, Bassike, Lee Mathews.
Blazers: Camilla & Marc, Balmain.
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How can you tell what has resale value and what doesn’t?
It all comes down to brand, style and condition. At Trading In Style we pride ourselves in carefully curating pieces that are current, on trend, classic and/or wardrobe staples that every woman wants.
What are your tips for anyone looking to sell their unwanted fashion items?
There are a few things you should keep in mind and a few things you should remember if you are considering resale now or in the future.
Keep authenticity, receipts, boxes, dust bags for higher end pieces.
Don't wait too long for the trend to pass, so that the item still has value.
Make sure they are clean and in excellent condition. Dry cleaned prior to consigning if possible.