In order to achieve your dream capsule wardrobe there will be a lot of junk that needs shifting.
At least you think its junk, that shirt you’ve been hiding away for years could be somebody else’s everyday staple piece.
I would advise that you either sell or give to charity before even considering chucking it.
Here are my top tips for selling your clothes on my favourite little pocket shop, Depop.
Make sure all the clothes you are selling have been washed and ironed. This will give you the opportunity to notice any marks or flaws on your items which you can later point out to your customers.
I would strongly suggest investing in some sticky back wallpaper which peels and sticks onto any surface, this is a great backdrop idea and makes your pictures look tidier and also increase your chances of being featured on the depop explore page. You can pick these rolls up from Wilko’s for a fiver. Other items such as flowers, fairy lights or art work also make great pictures.
This is the most time consuming part and equally the most important.
First tip is to take the pictures using the square frame on your phone. Depop will not feature an image on the explore page if the square frame is not full so don’t waste your time making fancy image collages.
Natural daylight makes the best pictures. Buyers usually want to see the item worn so i would recommend taking clear pictures wearing the item. If it is a designer brand make sure that you take pictures showing the branding and close ups of the fabric texture.
For items that cannot be worn you can take blogger style pictures to make them look more appealing so for example, a key ring, you could hang it over a pretty picture frame or lay next to some flowers. Again, make sure this is in natural daylight and fits the full square frame on your phone.
No matter how many items you have to sell, don’t upload them all on the same day. I take all my pictures on the weekend and upload 1 or 2 a day throughout the week. This ensures i am constantly popping up on the newsfeed every day.
Once you have your pictures, select the best 4 and upload them to your shop. Use the strongest image as the first one so that one gets seen first.
I don’t recommend editing your images too much as it can alter the colour of fabrics.
Pick a price for your item, if you start high you can just lower it each week til it sells.
Be as descriptive as you can for each item as this will greatly increase your chance of a feature. Do not hashtag irrelevant words just because they are popular. If it is a Topshop dress do not hashtag any other brands as your item may be removed. Do however, hashtag relevant words. I would even write down the fabric and washing instructions for extra points.
When you sell your first item the battle is half won… the next hurdle is to make that customer happy enough to give you a review. Reviews are key, everyone will read your reviews before buying so keep them positive.
The minute you sell an item you need to send the buyer a private message thanking them for their purchase and tell them when you will be posting. Do not make promises you cannot keep, if you can’t make it to a post office for 3 days then just tell them that. It is not fair to keep them waiting or give them false hope of an early arrival. Honesty is the best policy.
To save time I would order a load of large delivery bags off amazon, you can get 50 for £4.00 as opposed to £6.00 at the post office for three!!! Also order some brown tape and if you’re in this for the long haul you could get some tissue paper to wrap your items in. Don’t go over board though, the whole point of this is so you can earn some cash, always ensure that you will still be making a profit.
Familiarize yourself with visiting the post office so that it doesn’t seem like a big effort, do your research and find your nearest one.
Unfortunately, like everywhere there are scammers on depop as i learned the hard way.
I sold my beautiful prom dress untracked and the buyer put a claim in saying she did not receive it. There was nothing I could do so i lost the claim. However, i learnt an important lesson which is to always send your items either tracked or signed for. Especially on higher priced items and if the buyer has no reviews.
When you get into the swing of depop you will be hooked, its so much fun playing around with your shop and exploring other pages for cool ideas.
Hope this has helped you guys, I remember looking for tips a couple of months ago and struggled to find any so i hope what i learnt by myself can help some of you. 🙂
If you need any help you are welcome to ask me in the comments and feelfree to check out my depop shop @holliver90 if you are stuck for ideas.