As the idea of living more sustainable and green lifestyles continues to grow, we are having to consider our fashion choices and how that can change. Fast fashion is a massive problem – with cheap fashion brands such as Boohoo and Nasty Gal engaging in behaviours which exploit workers and damage the environment.
Now, I’m not going to preach to you about staying away from fast fashion brands as I know how hard it can be as a plus size person to find clothing that fits your budget. However, a way you can avoid these clothes going to waste is by re-selling them on pre-loved sites where someone else can get enjoyment from them. Another great thing to do is to donate old clothing to charities such as Smartworks so that your clothing can go on to help another person.
For over 25 years, eBay has been a popular place to sell and purchase second-hand items (as well as new products from small businesses). I have previously sold a variety of my pieces on the site and they have sold pretty well. For instance, I have made over £300 in just a year from selling my second-hand clothing on the site. From my experience, I find the purchase process on eBay also much easier than on other sites. It’s not often that customers contact me asking to bring the price down or send me more information, which often happens on Depop.
I find that Depop tends to have a younger demographic who are likely to spend more money on items. For example, I often see second-hand designer items on there and personally, I’ve bought things like rollerskates for £70 from Depop. This is my favourite place to buy and sell my pre-loved clothing. However, I do find that you often get time wasters. Lots of people message me asking for more pictures or to bring the price down and then don’t even buy what they were looking at, which can be quite frustrating.
3. Facebook Market Place
Facebook Market Place has recently emerged as a favourite amongst people looking to sell their second hand items. It is often used for things like furniture but I have had a bit of success selling my clothing on there – particularly items like jackets and accessories! I would recommend it if you are struggling to shift the clothing you have put on Depop or eBay.
What sites do you use? Share them below!