Fashion: 5 Clothing Resale Tips

Clothing resale has jumped in popularity over the past few years- this has caused many stores to be more strict on the items they take in. Here’s a few pointers on getting the most out of your clothing resale experience.

1. Don’t confuse resale with Goodwill. Does your item look new? Are there any visible signs of wear? T-shirts shouldn’t have wavy collars or colors that have faded. Trim off stray threads, wash and iron each piece (unless it’s new with tags), and neatly fold items into a laundry baskets. Bags can cause wrinkles making the clothing look shabby. Be realistic- if it’s been well loved, it probably needs to hit the donation pile.

2. Know the audience. Buffalo Exchange pays a premium for original band tour shirts and stylish vintage pieces. Their audience is the younger, hipster crowd. Plato’s Closet and Name Brand exchange target a teenage audience and prefer thriftier brands (think: Abercrombie and H&M instead of Dior and Prada). For higher ticket items, seek out higher end consignment shops like My Sister’s Closet.

3. Style trumps label. Just because something bears a sought-after label, doesn’t mean people will pay for it. Don’t hold on to items until they go out of style. It’s the buyer’s job to stay on top of trends and to know what sells, and it’s not just fancy brand names.

4. Sell to the season. It might be appealing to unload your sweaters when you’re not wearing them- but resale shops buy what’s in demand. It’s best to sell spring/summer items starting in February and fall/winter items starting in August. Keep an eye on the websites of the places you plan to sell. Often they will list the specific items they’re hard up for.

5.Consider store credit. Most places will give you more value in store credit than cash for obvious reasons. Take a look around the store before you decide. If it’s a shop you frequent anyway, it might be worth taking the credit for the bump in value. It’s only worth it if you’ll use it- so if you don’t usually shop there, go for the cash.

  • Keesha

    I had an experience where “store style” influenced what they purchased from me. For example, I had a 2 pairs of Miss Me jeans. One had lots of rhinestones on the pockets and the other was a more simple pattern. The store only purchased the pair with the rhinestones. I was really surprised since they were both name brand.

    As I was walking out, I noticed all the sales clerks had “fancy pocket” jeans on. :)

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