When it comes to detoxing your wardrobe, successfully selling those pieces you no longer wear is essential. They’ve come up with the 10 golden rules to help you sell your pre-loved pieces - after all, the faster they sell, the sooner you can buy this season must-haves!
Be brand savvy
Some brands never go out of style. On Vestiaire; Hermès and Louis Vuitton are forever popular, so will always sell for a good price, no matter what the season. Some brands however may be hot property for a season or 2, so it’s good to buy and then re-sell them quickly, as you may be able to make 100% of your money back… It’s about knowing what’s hot and following demand.
Use Social Media to your advantage
Instagram is a great way to keep an eye out for brands of the moment and micro-trends. This summer saw the rise of baskets and Realisation Par dresses, which meant they were selling like hotcakes on Vestiaire… This season, look out for Simon Miller and Rouje.
If you want to sell your pieces quickly, make sure to sell them at the right time. Right now, their community are looking for leather jackets, jumpers and ankle boots - so why not sell your must-haves from last year + use the money to buy a new piece to take you through the season.
Adopt the serial seller mindset
Some items are so identifiable that you may only want to wear them once… Totally fine with them! Selling on Vestiaire is a great way to keep revamping your statement pieces, whether it’s your wedding wardrobe or your party pieces. Why not buy pre-owned, wear once or twice, then sell on again after the event to make your money back.
Presentation is everything
Fact: the better your pictures are, the faster your items sell! Always make sure to photograph your clothes at the right angle and in the best light possible. Photograph all of the little details and flaws, and why not include a picture of the item; it will help sellers get a better feel for how the piece hangs.
When describing your item, it can be tempting to omit small imperfections in a bid to sell your piece faster. Don’t fall into this trap though, it’s always better, to be honest about imperfections to avoid stalling the process at a later stage.
All sold items are checked by their team for quality and authenticity. Any unmentioned imperfections will be noted and called out. Depending on the discrepancy, they’ll either offer the buyer a lower price or cancel the sale altogether. Honesty really is the best policy!
It’s all about balance. You want to get the most money for your item possible, but at the same time, you also want to ensure it sells. Check out similar items on Vestiaire before listing your piece and make a note of those that have sold and those that haven’t.
This will help you to gauge an appropriate price for your specific item. You can also use their resale calculator to get a better idea of the correct price for a specific item, such as a specific size and model of a bag.
Be an active seller
Once your item’s online, make sure you stay responsive. Answer any questions you receive from potential buyers and be open to offers should you get any. The more you engage, the higher the chance of your item being seen by the community, so the more chance it will sell!
It’s the little things
The best way to make your money back when you sell is to look after your items carefully. Wear and tear are inevitable, but follow these tips to keep your pieces in the best condition possible. Store your clothes away from light to avoid colour fade, keep handbags in dustbags and shoes in boxes, and fill them with tissue to keep their shape.
Finally, don’t forget to dry clean your pieces before you sell them. Spending £10 on dry cleaning a dress could earn you extra money if it takes your item from ‘good condition’ to ‘very good condition’!
Use the App
If you haven’t done so yet, it’s worth downloading their App for easy, hassle-free selling. List your items in minutes, easily track the interest in your pieces and engage with potential buyers whilst on the go. Download today to become a selling pro this season!