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I love to shop, especially for my kids. There are two things that I always keep in mind when I’m purchasing clothing; Will it wash well, and will I be able to get anything for it if I try to resell? I loathe having yard sales and you’ll generally only get pennies on the dollar for most items. Everyone expects a newborn to move through sizes quickly, but my 8 year old just skipped from size 8 to 12 before we even got the tags cut off! A few months ago a friend introduced me to websites and Facebook groups that allow me to sell our gently-used clothing. I’ve found that they’re often an equally great place to buy. Today I’m sharing how to get started selling gently used clothing online, with some tips for helping to prevent wash wear like using Member’s Mark® Ultimate Clean Fresh Clean Detergent from Sam’s Club to help increase resale value.

how to get started selling gently used clothing online

The key to getting the most money back out of your used clothing is to make sure that it’s in good condition. It all starts with properly washing your clothing. I use a variety of products to pretreat any stains or spots, and then I carefully wash them in the proper detergent. We live on a working farm and our son plays multiple sports, so we do a lot of laundry. I use Member’s Mark® Ultimate Clean Fresh Clean Detergent from Sam’s Club because it helps keep our clothes clean and fresh, and it’s also very budget friendly. I set my washing machine on a wide variety of cycles and even adjust the settings so that the soak time, rinse time, and spin speeds are appropriate for the fabric that I’m washing. All Member’s Mark laundry formulas have recently been improved for even more stain fighting and whitening/brightening power and from 12/27/17 through 1/28/18 you can find instant savings in the Sam’s Club Instant Savings Booklet for $2 off regular price. It helps to remove stains the very first time.

 

how to get started selling gently used clothing online

How do I get started selling gently used clothing online?

If you’re selling clothing online, you’ll need to set up a Paypal account. It offers you protection as both a buyer and seller, and allows people to pay you hassle free. The money can be quickly and easily transferred back to your checking account.

Once you have all your gently used clothing washed and sorted, you’ll need to figure out the condition and price. If you sell on a website, many of those websites will have set pricing guides to help you price things fairly. If I’m selling from a clothing resale group on Facebook, I will search for the brand and try to find a current market value. You can find many of those groups by using keywords such as ‘boys name brand resale,’ or ‘buy, sell or trade.’ There are groups dedicated to specific brands of clothing, which is great when trying to sell items purchased from boutiques. There is a new trend on Instagram and many individuals create “closet” accounts to list items that they would like to sell from their closets.

You’ll want to lay out your clothing in direct sunlight and photograph the entire piece. It’s also helpful to buyers if the seller includes multiple photographs including tags and/or flaws. You don’t need any special equipment. I use the camera on my cellphone for the photographs and lay them out on a white or solid color background.

how to get started selling gently used clothing online

Here are a few terms that you should know when reselling clothing online:

NWT- New with tags

NWOT-New without tags

EUC- Excellent used condition No wash wear, rips, stains, or loose seams. This includes washed unused items, though feel free to state washed not worn.

VGUC-Very good used condition Used item still in quality condition, but some wash wear or minor issues that would not prevent you from sending your child somewhere nice wearing them, or other problems that can be easily fixed. You must disclose all faults.

GUC-Good used condition Used item you would still let your child wear, but more obvious faults. You must disclose all faults.

Play– Clothes only fit for play. This includes but is not limited to larger than pin size holes, easily visible stains, and obvious fabric thinning.

Smoke free– That you don’t smoke in your home or around the clothing (some people have allergies)

Pet friendly or pet free home– Again you need to disclose just in case someone has allergies.

You’ll want to label clothing by condition, brand, size, smoke free and/or pet friendly, and I even disclose the type of detergent that I use for washing our clothing. My son has allergies to lots of things and I would want anyone I buy from to honestly disclose.

I label the condition with extreme  caution, and I try to look over garments carefully for stains, snags or holes. I want everyone buying from me to be happy with their purchase. Paypal will allow an unhappy customer to return merchandise and they will refund their money. If you repeatedly sell merchandise that isn’t in the same condition than you stated, you’ll likely receive bad seller ratings.

You’ll need a few supplies to ship sold merchandise and I suggest ordering most of it online.

  • A scale for weighing packaging;
  • Shipping labels (preferably the peel and stick kind;
  • Poly mailers for shipping. They’re significantly cheaper to order online; and
  • Packing tape

how to get started selling gently used clothing online

how to get started selling gently used clothing online

I weigh everything ahead of time and include shipping in my estimated cost. Shipping and supplies will eat up your costs if you aren’t frugal when purchasing them. I always double bag my items just in case the poly-mailer gets a hole or snag.

It’s also good to know that it’s always cheaper to pay shipping costs through Paypal than it is to purchase at the Post Office. An item shipping first class weighing less than 8 ounces will cost roughly $2.70 but the same item will cost $3.00 at the Post Office. The .30 may not seem like much now, but it quickly adds up over time, and that eats away at your profits. When you purchase through Paypal it also automatically adds tracking information to the receipt so that the buyer can track their packages and you can monitor its delivery. If the item is valued above $50, I suggest adding insurance. If the item is lost by the Postal Service, you will be still be responsible for refunding the buyer if they don’t receive it.

I love to dress my children in nice clothing and since I’ve discovered how to sell gently used clothing online, I have much less remorse over what I spend. Many higher end brands will resale for half of the original retail if still in very good used condition or better. If I can find those same brands on sale when I originally purchase, I only lose a small portion of my investment.

Don’t my kiddos look cute? Pretty soon these well loved outfits will make their way to new owners, and I take pride selling other parents/caretakers affordable and adorable gently used children’s clothing.

I hope you found this piece about selling gently used clothing online helpful. If you have any questions or if you’re curious what specific groups that I buy, sell or trade in, please feel free to leave a comment below or send an email. Remember that using a good quality laundry detergent not only helps keep your clothing looking its best while you’re wearing it, but it also helps with the resale value. The next time you’re in Sam’s Club check out Member’s Mark® Ultimate Clean Fresh Clean Detergent.

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Millions of American’s each year celebrate Memorial Day, and too often people forget the real reason why they get the day off. It is often confused with Veteran’s Day or some people find it difficult to think about losing a loved one during military conflict. Unfortunately, since 2001 almost 7,000 military service members have died in military service. Over 1 million servicemembers in total have died during U.S. military conflicts. Memorial Day was meant to honor all of the servicemembers who died during active military service. I’m sharing just a few of the many ways to celebrate Memorial Day and honor those who have lost their lives during military service.

Ways To Celebrate Memorial Day

What are your plans for Memorial Day this year? Many people hold holiday cookouts or get-togethers. I’ll be honest; despite the fact that I’m a veteran and I come large family of veterans, often we don’t celebrate Memorial Day like we should. My family has been exceptionally fortunate that we haven’t lost any immediate family members during military service.

Here are a few important facts that I would like to share about veterans:

  • Each year nearly 400,000 military servicemembers will be discharged and return to civilian life, according to the Department of Defense. Many of those individuals will have difficulty transitioning back to civilian life and utilizing services that are meant to help them find work.
  • There were nearly 450,ooo unemployed veterans in the United States according to the Department of Labor. The majority of those individuals were between 18 and 44 years of age. Unfortunately, not all military training is relevant in the civilian world, and veterans have to return to school or seek vocational education before finding gainful employment.

Here are a few ways to celebrate Memorial Day:

  • Consider a donation to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). The TAPS organization offers assistance to families who lost a loved one on active military duty. This year Walmart is giving a $100,000 donation to the TAPS organization so that they can help surviving family members through Casework and Emergency Assistance Programs.
  • Consider donating your time or financial assistance to another organization that supports surviving family members of military members who died in the line of duty.
  • Visit a wounded veteran, veterans hospital, or veterans nursing home (always ask any Veterans facility about their visitation or volunteer policy). I’ve taken my son to the local veterans nursing home to help pass out fresh flowers and flags. Some veterans receive very few visitors and appreciate something as simple as conversation. We’ve played checkers or other board games, and I enjoyed it as much as the veteran did.
  • Make a care package for a military service member or veteran that you know.
  • Consider donating time or financial assistance to one of the following organizations that assist military members, military families, or veterans:

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You can help military families find resources available to them.

Here are a few programs that Walmart has to offer:

  • Walmart’s Military Family Promise guarantees a job at a nearby store or Club for all military personnel and military spouses employed by Walmart and Sam’s Club who move to a different part of the country because they or their spouse have been transferred by the United States military.
  • In 2014, Walmart doubled a $20 million commitment to support veterans and their families with assistance for programs that provide job training, transition help, and education, through 2019.
  • Walmart seeks to support veterans and showcase the value they bring to the workforce and our communities through initiatives such as Hiring our Heroes, Greenlight A Vet, and the Coalition for Veteran Owned Business.
  • Four years ago, Walmart introduced the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, which guarantees a job offer to any eligible, honorably discharged U.S. veteran who was within 12 months of active duty, with a goal of hiring 250,000 veterans by the end of 2020.
  • As of now, Walmart has hired more than 170,000 veterans, and more than 22,000 have been promoted to jobs with greater responsibility.

Ways To Celebrate Memorial Day

Ways To Celebrate Memorial Day

What do you have planned for Memorial Day? Does your family celebrate the same way each year? I hope that you’ve found these suggestions for ways to celebrate Memorial Day helpful and I’d love to know if you have any suggestions of your own.

 

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