According to Asos Marketplace, the average female customer has almost £1,000 worth of clothing sitting in their wardrobe that they’ve not worn in over a year. After all, you can only wear one outfit at a time, right?
Imagine selling your unwanted clothes for cash to the sum of £1,000. What would £1,000 mean to you? or is it simply an added benefit of having cleaner and clearer wardrobe.
One of the very first things I did in my quest for minimalism was create a minimalist wardrobe. It’s super simple and very empowering. However, what do you do with all those leftover clothes?
Well with an estimated £1,000 in cash just hanging there it’s probably time to learn how to sell your unwanted clothes for cash.
Believe it or not, when I first cleared out my wardrobe I gave everything to charity or the rag bank. I couldn’t imagine that someone would want my old Jack Wills shirt or Super Dry jacket. Almost three years on and Helen and I do that very thing for a side hustle (how times change). So, let me share with you how to sell your clothes for cash…
Probably the easiest and quickest way to sell your unwanted clothing for cash is at your local car boot sale. However, easiest and quickest means that you’ll be lucky to get more than £1 per item. Fine if you’ve items from the likes of H&M and Primark, but not if you’ve some real designer gems to sell.
Car boot sales can be tough, be prepared for people to haggle with you on your prices (regardless of how low they are to start). If you’ve not been to a car boot sale before then bring a friend along, perhaps share the experience together.
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The best way to sell clothes at a car boot is on a clothes rail. Simply dumping them on a table or on a sheet on the floor isn’t going to add to the appeal or make it easy for people to browse. Have set prices in your head or write them on an A4 piece of paper – and make it simple (£1 for shirts, £2 for trousers etc…)
It’s unlikely you’re going to get rid of everything at one car boot, so think ahead about what you’re going to do with the remaining items – perhaps donate to charity?
eBay is very, very different to selling at a car boot. The person who’s purchasing your item can’t hold it, can’t feel it, and can’t admire it from every angle. Because of this, it’s important to take a good look at all your items.
If they’ve major signs of wearing, rips, tears, stains etc. Then you’re going to have to make a decision to either list and highlight (and highlight well) or sell / dispose of elsewhere. Ask yourself “Would I be happy to receive this item?”
Don’t be put off by brands. We’ve sold items from H&M and Primark for more than RRP, so list anything and everything. You’ll probably be surprised at what things go for.
Next up, photographs. Remember that age old saying – ‘Pictures speak a thousand words’
That’s not to say ignore the title & description entirely. However, one photograph of a crinkled up t-shirt probably isn’t going to sell it.
Instead, iron your clothes. Look at how others have displayed and photographed their items and take multiple photos. You’re allowed up to twelve photos per listing as part of any eBay listing – make use of each and ever single one of them.
Finally, be sure to title your item appropriately. Think about what people will search for to find your item and use that in the title – it’s no good having 12 amazing photos if you’re items not showing up in search results.
Shpock labels itself as the online car boot sale app. At first, I wasn’t convinced but over the course of the past six months or so I’ve used Shpock to buy and sell a number of items including clothing.
It doesn’t cost anything to list your items on Shpock and they don’t take a commission on any sales. Instead, they profit using small adverts and upsells on the application and website.
Shpock mainly connects local buyers and sellers so the person you sell to is likely going to come and collect the item from your home.
Much like eBay, photo’s matter. People, aren’t going to physically see the item until they come and collect so you want to impress the buyer.
This isn’t selling… well… not exactly but hear me out.
Earlier this year both Marks and Spencers and H&M launched initiatives to get you to recycle your old clothing.
H and M
Take any bag of unwanted clothing into an H&M shop and you’ll be given a £5 voucher to spend. None of the items you trade in need to be of the H&M brand. There’s a £25 minimum spend with the voucher.
Marks and Spencers
Take any bag of unwanted clothing into a Marks and Spencers shop and get a £5 voucher to spend on clothing, home or beauty. One item must be labelled M&S and you must use this voucher in the same month.
So, what’s that got to do with selling? Well, it’s not. It’s more repurposing.
Instead of using the voucher to buy yourself new clothes. Use it instead to buy gifts for upcoming birthdays or Christmas.
Rag & Bone Man
I can’t help but feel that this article wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the rag & bone man. More commonly in the clothes industry, these are now known as clothes for cash companies, and there are hundreds of them.
Using the internet you should be able to find either a local pop-up shop to drop your clothes off or arrange a collection using an online service.
This is really a last resort for any clothes for cash programme as you’re likely to get as little as £0.50 per kilo.
If you liked this post, then I’m sure you’ll love reading about how I bought no clothing items for an entire year back in 2015. It changed my life more than I can ever explain and is well worth a read if de-cluttering and simplifying your life.