DD Perez has experience buying used clothes and selling them via eBay.
Advice From a Top-Rated Seller
I've been an eBay seller for years and recently became a Top-Rated Seller. I focus primarily on the sale of gently used women's clothing. When I first started reselling, I researched endlessly to find the best brands to sell on eBay. I found almost no helpful information, and what little I did find was quite vague. 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 to which I really wanted answers.
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 the 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
2. J Crew
3. North Face
6. Miss Me Jeans
9. Victoria's Secret
10. Eileen Fisher
11. Under Armour
13. Big Star Jeans
17. Banana Republic
18. Seven for All Mankind
19. Free People
20. Anne Taylor
A Guide to Selling Women's Clothing on eBay
Some things to remember:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 If it is out of style or looks outdated, don't buy it.
- 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.
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!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
HandPickedCCMC on December 02, 2018:
Lucy on August 01, 2018:
JuliMM on May 09, 2017:
Great advice. In regards to the measurements, I'm using Sizely to list all of my measurements on eBay.
Heres the link: http://Size.ly
MayJ on March 13, 2017:
Thank you for useful info! Nice of you to share.
Chris on September 25, 2016:
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.
one sianang on September 12, 2016:
BIGFOOT99 on July 18, 2016:
Just the info I was looking for. Thank you!
Terry Chestnutt from Cleveland, Ohio on August 09, 2015:
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!
Ana on August 02, 2015:
Trningwheels on July 05, 2015:
AJ on July 03, 2014:
Thank you for writing this article, it's very helpful