My wardrobes and drawers bulge. I have far too many clothes, but part of my problem is that I stash away the pieces that I once loved, just in case. I also have a basket of clothes that I love, but they don’t fit – whether too small or too big, they are there for the day when my weight changes!
So the first thing is the clearout! For me, this takes a good day to do. I start with skirts and trousers as these are the hardest things to change in and out of, so I want to get this bit out of the way. Firstly, I eliminate anything I haven’t liked or anything I’ve questioned for a while. Then I try things on – generally you know straight away if you like the item or not, however you may have to try it as an outfit to really know what a single piece is like. Sometimes, you may still be in doubt – so don’t throw it out! I have a rule that if I’m not sure, I keep for a year (or until I get to my next clearout) so I can properly decide. If it’s something I really loved when I first bought it, it generally stays in the wardrobe for a while longer…
Recently I followed my own advice, and filled a spare room with clothes. The aim is to sell or swap these items, with the first step being a rail at The Style Fair in Holywood. As this fair encourages high end items or designer wear, I had to sort again. Thankfully my friend, who wanted to sell some of her designer wear came along. I filled the high end/high street category!
Again, I sorted – from my huge pile – what was coming to the Style Fair, what could be sold elsewhere and what went to the charity shop. Suitcases packed, and off to the fair we went!
This was a great experience, I have talked about selling clothes before but you never think your own clothes are good enough! It was hard to know how to price, and I expected people to barter. Unfortunately the footfall on the day wasn’t great, but we both still made enough to cover our costs and a little more too!
– Know your rough prices – what’s an item worth to you as well as how much others would pay. I priced my favourite items a little higher because I didn’t mind if they didn’t sell – one of these items was the first to go!
– Be willing to barter!
– Present your items in a way that makes it easy for the buyer to see and you as seller to keep organised.
– Greet your customers, let them know you are available, but don’t overcrowd or ignore them!
– And finally, be brave – one person’s wardrobe reject, is another person’s wardrobe update (thanks for the quote Ruth, tired brain after a long day at school!)!
So I’m home a little lighter and a little wiser – see you at the next fair!