I just bought an adorable Victoria’s Secret dress on Poshmark. I was super excited to receive it, but when I did there was a problem.. the dress was very short. I mean, I know VS sells sexy peekaboo stuff, but this wasn’t cute. I turned the hem over and sure enough, there dress had been hemmed.
When you sell a previously owned item online, it isn’t enough to just state the measurements. Body shapes differ greatly, so length is often not enough of an indicator (the booty takes some of that length) If it has been altered in any way, this needs to be addressed.
Of course, if you have thrifted items, you can’t really know what the original owner did.
How to spot alterations BEFORE you resell an item
1. Check the Hemline
One of the most common alterations is the hemline. An altered hem may have different colored thread than he rest of the garment, and may be missing finishing details.
2. Look at the color and quality of threads throughout the garment
It is rare for a seamstress to have an exact match in color and quality for all garment threads. For alterations where the stitching is hidden, this is especially common. In my Victoria’s Secret dress example, the thread used was a very thin white colored thread. The original thread is blue and much thicker.
3. Search for Stock Information Online
If you know the style name or number, you can search for more information about the original measurements online. I’ve found many items with detailed information on sizing and fabric that is super useful.
4. Try it on
Of course, the garment may not be in your size exactly, but if it is you can use your own perspective to help explain the fit. Many sellers will model for their own listings, and then explain how the fit is in more detail.
Taking the time to double checks your inventory will not only help you to avoid return cases, but you will also seem a more knowledgeable and reputable seller.
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