Selling your unwanted clothes on eBay

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Posted on 4 January 2017
Selling your unwanted clothes on eBay

As you properly know I am very conscious of how wasteful the clothing industry can be and how I am keen to encourage clients to choose more timeless items that will give them more than a few seasons wear.

A cluttered and overcrowded wardrobe can damage clothes as well as hiding them from view, so often my clients ‘discover’ perfectly good unworn clothes during the wardrobe edit session which have been lost under a pile of ageing items.

It is during this session I encourage clients to edit items from their wardrobe that no longer reflect their personal or professional achievements, or are perhaps too small or too big for them.

This process helps to bring order to their wardrobe as well as ensuring clothes can be looked after correctly and are not lost, then forgotten!

So what to do with all these excess items…?

As part of my handover report for a wardrobe edit I explain 5 easy ways to recycle these items: clothes banks, charity shops, reselling online, passing on to a new home and repairing.


eBay is something many clients ask about, often having had previous bad experiences with. 

It can be a long process to list items which can then only sell for the starting bid of 99p - what’s the point?!

Here are a few easy tips to help maximise your opportunities of selling through this online auction site for a fair price:

  • Branded items are most commonly searched for by prospective buyers, always ensure the items brand name appears in the title along with a brief description: colour, size and style.
  • The iPad and iPhone apps are incredibly easy to use. The step by step process to upload an items includes photographing the item using your devise.
  • If you have a tape measure include basic measurements like sleeve length, inside leg length, waist and neck to hem length. These are common questions buyers ask and it will save you time and speed up the selling process if they are already acknowledged.
  • Up sell the item in the description box, if you need inspiration look at Mr Porter or Net-A-Porter as how they may describe a similar item to make it sound more desirable.
  • Don’t auction items, instead list them at a ‘buy it now’ price, this will ensure you get the money you want for the item and not for the starting bid price of 99p!
  • Typically single items of clothes can be sent 2nd class as a ‘small parcel’ via the post office for £2.80. To make the item more desirable do not charge postage but acknowledge that the item will be sent this way.
  • Acknowledge any marks or faults with the item and ensure they are clearly photographed, this surprisingly doesn't always discourage buyers.
  • When you list the item request the longest selling window (30 days) and that it be re listed if it doesn’t sell, this means you can sit back until it a perspective buyer finds it.

 If all this still feel like too much phaf, drop them off at a local charity shop or clothes bank!