The Style Fair – My first go at selling

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!

My tips…
– 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!)!


The clear out!!


The bags are packed and we’re ready to go!


The stall is set – Jude is ready to sell!


Clothes hung and priced…


A quick tidy!


Avril from School Gate Style found some goodies to buy!

So I’m home a little lighter and a little wiser – see you at the next fair!

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6 Comments on The Style Fair – My first go at selling

  1. School Gate Style
    August 6, 2013 at 9:12 AM (5 years ago)

    Aw..look at us! I love my new bag – thank you. And I want to come with you and Trea to the next one. Would be great fun. Hopefully if it’s not clashing with the Souk it will be busier. Lovely to meet Jude too – at long last! Isn’t it a small world? xx

    • silverbrogues
      August 6, 2013 at 10:58 PM (5 years ago)

      Oh great! We should do a stall together, fun! There’s another Souk in September, no date confirmed for another Style Fair though. Will discuss;)

  2. avenue57
    August 6, 2013 at 9:37 AM (5 years ago)

    What a fab idea – second hand clothes sale – I wish I were closer, I’d have been to take some of your rejects off your hands!
    Good to see Avril pop up there!


    • silverbrogues
      August 6, 2013 at 11:00 PM (5 years ago)

      It was a great experience – and cleared a bit:) Was good to see Avril too!

  3. Sue
    August 6, 2013 at 4:11 PM (5 years ago)

    This looks like fun and isn’t it strange how we value our clothes and price them? Same applies to Ebay when I put an item on. I price higher if I like the item and if I really don’t like it, it goes straight to charity because my mental head thinks that because I don’t like something, neither will anyone else.

    Nice to see Avril there!

    • silverbrogues
      August 6, 2013 at 11:02 PM (5 years ago)

      I think you need to think about your price that way too. I sold a coat recently on eBay for much too cheap which taught me a good lesson for the fair:)