I’m guessing the ladies reading this will be feeling especially excited at the moment and rightly so! Have you ever walked around a clothes store and picked all the items you want to buy, took them to the changing rooms and realised you absoloutely have to have every item you’ve tried on? Only then you look at the price tag and come to the conclusion that credit cards are for emergencies and this isn’t one!
Keep that in mind for a moment and consider the following question.
Have you ever sold clothes on eBay?
For the longest time I used to buy clothes, wear them until I was tired of the style or fit and then donate them to charity, hand them down to relatives or just bin them.
Even when I began selling things on eBay never did I think someone would have considered buying my used clothes. Fast forward a few years and used clothing is not only something I look out for, but something I actively consider when purchasing new clothes! I don’t mind buying a designer shirt, looking after it for a season and then selling it on eBay, sometimes even getting more than I paid for it new!
Consider the following example, I haven’t been to a wedding in a few years and come 2013 I found myself shopping for wedding attire a few days before the vows were exchanged. Unfortunately for me I’ve put a bit of weight on since the birth of my daughter, sympathy weight I think, and I haven’t managed to loose it. So the standard “wedding clothes” in my wardrobe were too small!
So in need of clothes but not wanting to spend a fortune on a suit I would wear only once I decided to buy smart. I looked through charity shops and didn’t find any suits in my size. Then I looked through the bargains rail at TK Maxx, bingo, I found a pair of Levi trousers which looked for all intents and purposes as though they were suit trousers. Reduced to £20, in my size! Bingo! In the basket they went.
To go with it I got a Next shirt I was able to pick up from a charity shop for £2, I paired this with a jacket I already owned (but couldn’t fasten ). I didn’t look too bad. This is the only photo of me I can find from that wedding! Yes there were llamas there!
I had a blast at the wedding and was careful not to spill alcohol down my shirt or get cake on my trousers and when I returned home, had them cleaned and listed the trousers £35 or best offer and the shirt £25 or best offer. A fortnight later and the trousers sold for £25 and the shirt for £17.50 for a pre-fee profit of £20.50.
Not too shabby. I now go out of my way to buy branded clothes which I know people search for on eBay, while before I wasn’t overly concerned about labels and brands and would be happy wearing non branded goods.
I don’t know if this makes me a label snob or not but it means that when it is time for me to clear out my closet I can make some money back to buy new clobber. I don’t always make a profit, but if I can get even 50% of what I’ve paid for something back after wearing it for two years I’ll take that any day.
So next time you are out buying clothes, consider what the resale value might be once you’ve worn them a few times and got sick of them? You may even make a profit if you buy smart!