Selling Vintage Items Online

We always recommend you get a valuation to make sure you do not under value your item and miss out profit but after that there are several tricks of the trade that can help you make sure your item is sold.

Fashion & Vintage

Vintage clothing has always been a popular collecting field but in recent years it has grown exponentially. In 2013 a hoard of vintage clothing was discovered  when clearing an elderly women’s estate worth £100,000.  One designer dress was even found up the chimney in the woman’s house.

 You never know those clip on earrings your mother bought in 1952 or that dress you wore in 69 may have now doubled or even tripled in price.  So how do you make sure you get the most out of your vintage clothes when selling? Below our fashion maven Charlotte outlines seven of the easiest ways to get more bang for your buck when selling fashion online.

1.    Show your clothing on a mannequin or model
This allows potential customers to get a better idea of how the piece would lay on their own figure.  Also make sure to get a front and back image.

2.    Include the measurements
If clothing included the sizes printed in the dress and the year if possible as sizes have changed over the years, for instance a US 4 UK 6  in 1960 would not be a size 4 in present day. Sizes also vary between designers so it’s important to include that as well, even if the designer is not a well known.

During the summer, it is best to avoid the obvious winter items such as furs, gloves, and hats. Vice versa for the winter, bathing costumes, sundress and sunhats.

6.    Include them in a theme sale

Theme sales helps to make sure the buyers that are regularly drawn to your piece get the notification.  Serious buyers have set up varying alerts for these types of sales and know where to buy.

7.    Make your listing stand out
You make your items seem personal by saying things such as “this is the dress I wore when I met my husband- I hope it can bring such luck to some one else” or “ Every time I wear this I get noticed and so will you”.

And dont forget to stay tuned for more helpful tips and interesting finds from Charlotte and the rest of the VMS team!

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