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Women's Clothing on eBay: 20 Brands that Will Sell!

Updated on February 03, 2015
BKE denim.
BKE denim.

Advice From a Top-Rated Seller

I've been an eBay seller for years and recently became a Top-Rated Seller for all of my hard work. I focus primarily on the sale of gently used women's clothing.

When I first started, I researched endlessly to find the best brands to sell on eBay. There are a few articles out there, but none that really narrow it down. Sure, Hollister might sell, but for how much? People might buy Eddie Bauer, but can you make a profit selling it? These were the questions I was asking myself.

Eventually I decided to use the trial and error method. After selling a couple dozen of my own used clothing items, I ventured into thrift stores and garage sales in my area. What I found, after months of research, was that brand is important, but so is purchase price. J Crew might sell, but if you find a J Crew tee shirt for $10 at a thrift store, you're probably not going to make much profit selling the item.

Remember, you have to pay eBay fees, PayPal fees, and the cost of any shipping materials you may use. I'd average all of that out to about 10% of your sale price. An average J Crew tee might go for $14.99. So for all of the work of finding the item, photographing the item, and then shipping the item, you end up with about $3.50 in profit for about a half hour of your time. You can do better!

Below is a list of the brands that sell, the items that sell within those brands, and how much you should pay for them when thrifting.

Brand
Top Items and Price on eBay
Maximum Price at Thrift Store
1. Diane Von Furstenberg
Dress: $45
$20
 
Tops: $20
$8
2. J Crew
Sweaters: $40
$18
 
Jeans: $25
$10
 
Cardigans: $15
$4
3. North Face
Jackets: $40
$18
4. Tahari
Suits: $35
$15
 
Dresses: $20
$8
5. Theory
Jackets: $30
$12
 
Dresses: $30
$12
6. Miss Me Jeans
Jeans: $30
$12
7. Lululemon
Pants: $30
$12
 
Tops: $15
$4
8. Bebe
Dresses: $25
$10
 
Tops: $20
$8
9. Victoria's Secret
Dresses: $25
$10
10. Eileen Fisher
Tops: $25
$10
 
Skirts: $25
$10
11. Under Armour
Tops: $25
$10
 
Bottoms: $25
$10
12. BCBG
Dresses: $20
$8
13. Big Star Jeans
Jeans: $20
$8
14. BKE
Jeans: $20
$8
 
Tops: $15
$4
15. Columbia
Jackets: $20
$8
16. Anthropologie
Any: $20
$8
17. Banana Republic
Dresses: $20
$8
 
Pants: $15
$4
18. Seven for All Mankind
Jeans: $20
$8
19. Free People
Bottoms: $20
$8
20. Anne Taylor
Skirts: $12
$3
Top-selling women's clothing brands on eBay; the top-selling items made by those designers, and the most you should pay for them at the thrift store in order to make a profit.
Banana Republic denim capris.
Banana Republic denim capris.

A Guide to Selling Women's Clothing on eBay

Some things to remember:

  1. This list is for gently-used items. If you find something that is brand new with tags, then you can probably add another $5 or $10 to the resale price, and another $4 or so to your max purchase price.
  2. If you find an item that is stained or torn, it's best not to buy it. If you want to chance it, knock off about $5 to $10 from your maximum purchasing price to determine whether it's worth purchasing for resale.
  3. These brands are not always a guaranteed sale. Remember to use your fashion sense. If it is out of style or looks outdated, don't buy it.
  4. On the other hand, if the item looks like it might be over 30 years old, you may be able to sell it as a "vintage" item for more money. But do so at your own risk.

J. Crew pink tweed skirt.
J. Crew pink tweed skirt.

A Few Words of Wisdom

This is not an all-inclusive list. Brands outside of this list can sell and make you a profit. It's a matter of having an eye for what is fashionable and profitable. It's also about photography and marketing, but that's a different article.

Remember also that designer brands like Tory Burch, Gucci, Chanel and the like will sell. These are much more of a rare find, but keep an eye out for them. A bargain deal on a Tory Burch dress can make you around $100!

Finally, don't forget that trends change. The Banana Republic Martin Fit Trouser used to sell for over $20, and now only six months later, I'm lucky if I can sell it for more than $12.99- and that's with shipping included!

Trust your fashion instincts if you have them. And if you don't- well, use the list!

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    • AJ 2 years ago

      Thank you for writing this article, it's very helpful

    • Trningwheels 18 months ago

      good information

    • Ana 17 months ago

      Very helpful

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      Terry Chestnutt 17 months ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Thanks, real nice. And for free. You are a good one, for sure. I have sold used women's clothes on eBay belonging to my girl friend but I did not get much for them. And they had to be real sharp to sell. But your brands list might be a game changer for me in that it is market tested. Can't thank you enough. Be blessed, my good one!

    • BIGFOOT99 6 months ago

      Just the info I was looking for. Thank you!

    • one sianang 4 months ago

      Nice stuff

    • sara 4 months ago

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    • Chris 3 months ago

      I sell women's clothing on EBay and do very well with Victoria's Secret and Frederick of Hollywood bras. Other heavier articles of clothing struggle because of shipping costs. This goes for jeans and such because jeans are a heavy item clothing-wise and cannot be shipped first class mail like a bra, Teddy, panties or a camisole can. So to ship a pair of $20 jeans to California can cost upwards of $11. People will just go to the store.

      Sell wisely and always keep shipping in mind as well. That pair of jeans you paid $2 for at a yard sale and are selling for $9 + $10 shipping won't sell when you can go to Walmart and get them new for $14.

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