Wearing vintage has been around for years. Since the stigma from wearing someone else’s old outfit was left in the mid-1960s, vintage clothing was looked down upon, as the people who wore it were not fortunate enough to dress in brand new clothing. Having recently endured WW2, the world was obsessed with consumerism due to the years of rationing and restrictions in the workplace. Thankfully the mods and hippies came along and revived cast off clothes in order to form vintage fashion.
Online stores have completely revolutionised the way we buy and sell items of clothing, from second hand suits to basically brand-new t-shirts, all at a reduced price that is easily accessible across the globe. There are thousands of vintage enthusiasts out there always looking for pieces that may not fit or you don’t want to have in your wardrobe anymore. Inspired by an inexpensive, improvised age of anti-consumerism, these vintage hunters thrive off of the chase for a new piece, driven by an honest desire of love of workmanship or the details presented on older garments.
At the moment, the vital point to being stylish is originality. The turn of 2017 has inspired a new area in vintage pieces, from button up shirts to retro jackets all made in the 1990’s. Brought about by the rise of skate culture in streetwear, fuelled from the owners of brands like Supreme, Off White and Palace who grew up in the late 80’s and 90’s. Brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and Gant to name a few have sky rocketed in price, and all have similar styled pieces that perfectly fit with modern streetwear. With big name pieces going for as much as $70 for a button up shirt and $200 fr jackets, it’s probably worth sifting through those plastic bin bags stored at your mum’s house full of old clothes.
With prices fluctuating constantly, there is never a set price for you to sell your clothes. Always be open to offers and as long as you follow these rules, you’ll do just fine.
The main priority when selling vintage is, “is the item still intact?”. Far too often are rare garments are listed way below average price because they have buttons missing or threads coming unwoven. Ensure your garments are washed and fully repaired before selling, as the item is always going to drop in price if not original.
Display measurements: Todays items are much larger than years gone by, so it is crucial to include all measurements when listing up an item. Included with this should be the fit that the garment is, be it slim, regular or a larger fit.
A detailed description. With this should come the age of the piece, original retail price, how worn it is out of 10, where it came from and quality, orderly photos. Be sure to include all imperfections as well as unique features to really outline yours as the best possible piece on the market and fall within restricted selling guidelines.
Use online payment sites rather than bank transfer. Sites such as PayPal and BCAS offer safe and disclosed transactions that will ensure buyer and seller safety. This purely ensures you don’t end up in prison and a criminal record for fraud and false representation. Positive buyer reviews will also help you out in the long run as more references means a safer service that people can rely on and that they are willing to buy your items rather than someone else’s.
Whether you’re looking to make a quick buck or become a vintage kingpin, these websites will allow you to do either:
Probably the website we recommend you use is DEPOP. This mobile app is easy to use, easy to navigate and has a large following when it comes to vintage items.
Super safe, easy to search and a trusted brand name that has a global reach. It features all the big names and will allow you to gather a price range for your item.
Incredibly useful and very specific, these groups are full of people wanting your old clothing. Here you can get appraisals, bids and buy now specifics. With thousands of vintage groups out there it’s a guarantee you’ll find a buyer, plus these groups are excellent for recommendations and positive seller reviews. Important, it should be noted that these groups can be dangerous if you dpnt have knowledge of PayPal.
Cheaper than eBay, with no hidden charges for listing items or advertising. This site is flawless for vintage items as commission is a lot less and you end up with more money in your pocket.
Whether it’s your own shop or you sell to bigger pages such as FriendsNYC, Procell or truevintageclothing, these larger sellers will happily snap up your product for a lower than average price.
Be sure to list your items on as many sits as possible in order to increase exposure and raise the chance of you selling clothing. Be sure to tag us in any vintage pieces you have so we can see what your selling. You never know I am after a 90s’ Hilfiger logo denim jacket.