For as long as I can remember, I have always loved fashion. I loved how a piece of fabric can drape over your frame and subtly affect your composure and posture, and how that in turn influenced how you were perceived by others. All this third-party analysis without an utterance of a single word – such economy of language! Now only if we could replicate this thriftiness/parsimony in the fashion world, we’d be on our road to sustainability.
The idea to advance sustainable fashion sense evolved over time for me. A lot of the pieces you see me wearing in my posts (and in life) are borrowed/inherited from family members or bought secondhand or thirdhand. My outfit is rarely head-to-toe, brand-spanking-new. And I encourage you to do the same! Not only does the reuse/reycyle/borrow philosophy allow for “more fun for less money” in fashion, but it also helps save the environment. I am not saying that all of the pieces we wear should be secondhand/used, but how about making a personal goal of 1 or 2 items per outfit? Whenever we have the chance, let’s think about ways to prevent waste. According to The True Cost, we purchase 400% more clothing than we did 20 years ago, and in the U.S. alone, we throw away over 11 million tons of clothing. So when you do get tired of your clothing, donate your clothing to charities, or even take the time to set up online accounts on platforms like Poshmark, Tradesy, eBay, or Mercari to sell your clothes and pass them on to others. What you consider to be trash is another person’s treasure! Clothing can then have a renaissance and have a second, third, or even a fourth life! And by elongating the life cycle of clothing, we can reduce waste. In addition to being eco-friendly, selling old pieces online is a great way to earn some side money.
I have compiled a quick guide on how to sell your clothes online. I would recommend Tradesy for more upscale items and Poshmark and Mercari for your basic clothes. eBay is your standard platform and has a great wide reach — you can sell your dresses and even your old DSLR camera –however, between eBay and Paypal (all eBay payments and pay-outs go through here), they nickel and dime you for EVERYTHING, so beware of those little hidden costs that can really add up. Also, eBay is not very user-friendly and you can waste a lot of time trying to figure out what shipping methods to use. Commission fees can range from 10% on Mercari to 12.7% on eBay (+ other small charges that seem to vary all the time) to 20% on Poshmark. Let’s get down to business!
1) Have about 10 pieces you are sick of in your closet that you want to sell. This can range from clothing, to hats, to bags, to jewelry.
2) Make sure to wash all clothing – stains are a no! If you have rips, this is the time to mend. Also, if you are selling jewelry, make sure all of the clasps work and no beads or rhinestones are missing. If a few are missing, that’s ok. Just make sure to note it on your description.
3) Set up your account! This is the easiest part. Come up with a witty username 🙂
4) Take photos of the pieces you hope to sell. Best if modeled so ask a sibling or a friend to take pics. If you want to do solo, just take selfies in front of a long-mirror. Good lighting is also key and will further entice your buyers. Sun-saturated flat lays in the style of fashion blogger Instagrams work great, too!
5) List the items you want to sell. Deciding on a reasonable price is often the hardest part, but people typically sell their worn pieces for 50% of the original value, or if your pieces are not in great condition, mark them down even more. If you are selling a piece you have only worn once or twice, or a piece that is new with tags, you can sell the piece for closer to the original value.
5) And wait for the right buyer to come. This is the boring part, but be patient! It often takes awhile unless you are selling highly-coveted pieces like H&M collaborations or Kylie lip-kits (which sell like hot cakes) but don’t give up. Someone will eventually buy your pieces!