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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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!)
Well, the time has arrived. I knew it would happen eventually, and I have finally hit the point where selling on four platforms is just not feasible. For a while, I have been on eBay, Mercari, Depop, and Poshmark. I have decided to pull my inventory completely from Depop and most of it from eBay for now and will focus on Poshmark and Mercari for making sales.
Since I’m selling on multiple platforms right now, it’s important for me to spend my time wisely. I took time to revise my Depop shop this week. Depop was actually the first platform I used for selling, and I started there as a buyer.
What I like about Depop:
You can post video! This is great for really showing the special features or issues with an item.
Shipping is reasonable for small items, and you can choose your own shipping costs. You have the option to ship with Depop for flat fees, or organize your own shipping. You can also ship Internationally. By choosing your own shipping.
What I think could be better:
I would love to be able to post more than 4 photos. Some items really ask for more than a few angles, and I also like to include pictures of tags.
Bundles are a thing on Depop, but these still have to be requested and listed as custom orders which is labor intensive for both buyers and sellers
What’s have I sold in my Depop shop?
Feedback from Happy Shoppers
What’s for Sale in My Depop shop?
Right now, I have only been listing smaller items in my shop like jewelry and accessories. This is because of shipping costs. With the small size shipping at $4.50, I am able to offer free shipping to my customers occasionally. While I can provide the shipping for everything, I like being able to offer the Free Ship across all items I have listed in Depop and it just wasn’t economical to keep all of the clothing stocked. I may change my mind and list more broadly in the future, but for now, this works for me.
I’ve been reselling online for a little under 6 months. I started with things I wasn’t going to keep when I moved across the US, and now I do some additional sourcing along with that regular purging.
I am currently using 4 main platforms for my selling. I use eBay, Mercari, Poshmark, and Depop. Some items I will crosspost on different platforms because they tend to attract different types of shoppers, and the shipping costs can vary between platforms.
Selling on multiple platforms can be a bit of extra work, but I have found it to be worth it many times. You never know where people are looking for things online.
If you are a reseller too, I’d love to hear about your experiences with these and other platforms. Feel free to leave me a note in the comments below this post!