Last night I sold 2 pairs of brand-new Levis online for $27. I paid $7 for both jeans initially, which allowed me great room for profit. When you can get quality clothes at a great price, your margin of profitable success opens right up- but here’s the issue- where the heck do you find quality clothes at a meager price so you can resell for profit?
Brand names speak volumes
Really, even clothing in fair condition sells online if it carries a popular tag. Forever 21, Seven for all Mankind, True Religion, Aeropostale, American Eagle, Hollister, Lucky (anything from the Buckle essentially), Express, and Levis- the list continues. If it’s a brand name you can get ahold of, then you will likely have no trouble selling clothing in any sellable condition, even if you do find it at thrift stores and yard sales.
Buy new clothing, but don’t pay new prices
Often, stores donate large numbers of clothing to thrift stores as seasons change to make room for new inventory. You then are able to purchase brand-new and tagged clothing at thrift store prices. Another great venue is a discount store that sells damaged or irregular items- stores like ‘Tuesdays’ or ‘Nobles’ (where I bought my jeans). You can buy brand-new items with tags at cheaper costs than you would used. Look for flaws before you buy, however. Usually clothing is just fine, it just happens to be bulk-cost cheap.
Used clothing sells- in bulk
Wanting to sell your own retired wardrobe? Fine. But your greatest profit will come from selling your clothing in bulk (2 or more items for a single price). If you have a name-brand pair of jeans that you want to sell, toss in a few no-name t-shirts to increase the appeal. If you are purchasing used brand-name clothing at thrift stores, remember this- the less you pay for these items, the greater chances you will make profit on them.
Yard sales are your best friend
Perhaps the greatest deal on quality clothes comes from yard sales during the summer. Why? Because these are items that people would just donate to thrift stores anyhow, and they are willing to let clothing go at a super cheap price (particularly if you buy in bulk) just to move it. Yard sales are not looking for huge profit- they are looking to get rid of their stuff. Making money is a bonus.
Always remember, you are not guaranteed ever to make profit selling clothing online, but your chances of success go up when you are selling quality, recognizable clothing that you didn’t pay a whole lot for to begin with. Do your homework, pay as little as you can for items that you know you can easily move, and don’t sit on clothing long. Get those pictures and get them online!