What Should I Sell Online? Tips for Choosing your Niche

Do you want to sell stuff online, but can’t figure out what you want to sell? You are not alone. In fact, this is one of the first questions many people ask themselves when starting an online sales business, and this is a good thing! There is nothing wrong with an open mind at the start, but it can also be frustrating to take action without that known direction. Here are a few ideas that may help to inspire you in finding your sales niche.

Sell what you have

Look around and find those things that you want to part with. Anything you are not using and is still in good condition is likely sellable on some platform. Consider listing your clothing, shoes, and jewelry on Poshmark and non-fashion items on Mercari.

Start with your style

When you are first starting out, you may make some poor investments. If you start sourcing things that you like and fit you well, at the very least, you will have some things you can wear before donating.

Sell your hobby 

Are you into a certain type of hats, or jewelry? Focus on those items that make you happy. You are much more likely to stay motivated when you have a personal interest in what you sell.

I also think it is beneficial to spend some time browsing potential sourcing spots BEFORE you commit to buying anything. Do not rush into investing in products for the sake of excitement. You will make more money in the long run if you learn how to do research comparisons and market your listings early on.

 

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Are you Reselling Altered Items on Poshmark? Read this Post!

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.

The altered hemline of the dress I bought on poshmark
The altered hemline of the dress I bought on poshmark

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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More Than Just Old Things: Terms You Need to Know as a Reseller

Something I have been noticing on many listings when I browse on Poshmark and eBay is that there is a relaxed use of some terminology related to the age of an item. I am guilty of this myself, when I know something is old but not the exact date, I’ve used vintage. I mean, even knowing the correct doesn’t make it easier to describe an unknown. But words like “vintage,” and “antique” are more than just synonyms for “old,” they actually carry more meaning.

For example, in the field of archaeology (my college major), something is considered to be “historic” when it has reached the age of 50 years old. This means every year new items are considered to be a history. Similarly, something “Antique” is generally agreed to be 100 years or older in age.

“Vintage” is probably the most incorrectly used term in fashion reselling. Turns out it is not as much of a catch-all term as we think. The use of vintage in fashion is actually much more correctly used as it is with wine. The value of vintage fashion really comes from knowing the full context of what has been produced. This means when listing an item as vintage, it is best to know the exact era. Bonus points for maker, fabric, or any other relevant information. This differs from “Retro,” which is anything that resembles a previous style, no matter how much time has passed. 

The word “Estate” refers to property that was previously owned by a person. It may sound morbid, but some people actually prefer buying items from estates. These items are considered property assets and need to be sold off to liquidate the estate. Estate items may also be considered to be vintage or antiques, but could also be a brand new with tags handbag they never used. The point here is that you are telling your buyers some of the contexts of how the item was procured.

Using these terms in the right way can help you to target buyers that are looking for specific types of fashion. Accurate listing descriptions means more sales (and fewer return requests!)

3 for $15 Jewelry Sale in My Poshmark Closet!

I’m adding a ton of adorable jewelry pieces into my closet. Many vintage and new boutique items are on promotion for 3 for $15 (plus discounted shipping!)

These earrings are part of the promotion. Click to shop my closet and see more.

Want to know the best part? You can combine this promotion with other items or build a bundle and receive the shipping discount on your entire order.

3 for $15 and discounted shipping?! Yes!

Come and shop my closet to find more styles! I’ll be adding more to the sale daily!


Is this your first time downloading Poshmark? Use my code ARCHAEO_CHIC and you will receive $5 toward your first purchase.

List all the Books!

We have been jumping on the Konmari train and cleaning out a lot of stuff. One step in the process is specifically designated for books. I cleared out the bulk of my academic books before moving to New York, apt so most of these are archaeology textbooks from Jeff that I listed in my eBay store. There are also some comic books listed. You can click here to check them out!

News from eBay! New Updates are Coming for Sellers

I just got an email from eBay about a new seller update!

What’s in the Update? Among other things, there will now be an offer to buyers feature. Now, sellers will be able to send an offer to users who are watching items. There are some restrictions, and not all listings will qualify right away, but the potential for sellers to initiate offers is a nice update.

Depop Just Launched Their Bundle Feature!

One of the platforms I sell on just added a new feature. It’s called “Bag,” and it allows buyers to add multiple items from the same seller to one bag before checking out.

The view from inside my empty bag

This is huge for Depop. Until the Bag feature, buyers would have to message sellers asking for a custom listing. This put a lot of extra work for both parties on just one sale.

I can’t wait to see how this new feature works out!

Flash Bundle Sale in my Poshmark Closet! Come and shop with me.

I’m having a flash sale in my poshmark closet! It will run through this weekend.

Come and visit my closet to get your 15%off and discounted shipping!

If you are new to the Poshmark app, you can also use my code ARCHAEO_CHIC and you will receive a $5 credit.

Lots of Listings Day! Rae Dunn, Travel Bags, and More!

Today has been a very productive day for listings. I’ve been focusing on eBay today, since I’ve got a 200 free listings promo on my selling account and I need to take advantage of those before they expire in a couple of days.

I am excited to share with you a few of the fun and useful things I was able to source this last week.

Rae Dunn Paper Plates and Napkins

Did you know Rae Dunn has paper plates too? I always stayed away from it because I’m scared of breaking in transit, but paper is much less likely to break on the way. Aren’t they cute? These would be perfect for family picnics and parties.

Travelon Packing Squares

If I have a weakness, it’s organizer bags. And after watching Marie Kondo’s show, I just may keep one set for myself. These are great for house organizing, purse or backpack, crafts, etc. So versatile.

Disney Beauty and the Beast Figures

These were something I’m not entirely sure about for reselling. It can be hard to find the right buyers for collectible toys, but the price was too good to pass on. I haven’t even seen the Emma Watson version of the film.

Bic Razors

Alright, so this one is kind of funny, take a look at these razors and tell me if you can spot the the difference:

Do you see it? The two packages cost different amounts and while I was in the store I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why. I finally saw it when I got them home to take photos and list. It turns out the razor handle and lades are almost identical, but one pack has 4 cartridges and the other has 5! It was the “5 flexible blades” that threw me off. Oh well, they are both listed!

Want to shop for these and more? Check out my eBay store!