After a lovely visit from the postman, I am pleased to announce that I will be adding 6 super-gorgeous new dresses to the Cherished Dress Agency website later today! As excited as I am about this though, there should have been 7… however, one of the dresses that was sent to me isn’t in good enough condition to sell 🙁
In light of this, I thought I’d give anyone who is considering selling their clothes a few pointers, whether you’re selling to Cherished or selling on eBay yourself!
First off, describe your item honestly! I really can’t stress how important this is – whilst you might not think that it’s worth mentioning that a dress has been altered, for instance, your buyer is likely to think differently. Likewise with little marks and pulls in the fabric – they may not seem like a big deal to you and 90% of the time they won’t upset buyers either, but is it really worth risking losing money or receiving negative feedback for that other 10%? For instance, the dress that I just received was not described as altered and should have had a plain flat back… however, it had instead been poorly laced to enlarge the fit and the entire (very expensive) brand label was missing!
Secondly, make sure that your item is clean! This might seem like an obvious one, but you would be amazed at the state of some of the clothes that I have been sent over the years! Take a few minutes to clean off deodorant and make-up marks, and if you have pets who like to sit on (or indeed try on) your clothes, go over them with a sticky roller before wrapping them up (the dresses, not the pets)! Alternatively, you could always keep your furry friends nicely hoovered… Unmentionable stains, smells, fluff and cat fur are not what your buyers want to be faced with on opening their much anticipated parcels!
Next up, double check the label before you describe your item. Whilst it might look like silk or leather to you, you’ll be in a world of hassle if your buyer then finds that it isn’t. This is something that even I have been caught out with once or twice, and believe me, for the extra 30 seconds it would have taken to read a label it’s really not worth getting it wrong! If it doesn’t say on the label, just let buyers know this.
Finally, don’t think that you can get away with saying it’s from a high-end label when it’s actually high street! Amazingly, this also happened to me last week – not only did the seller say the item was brand new, they also said it was silk and was from Karen Millen… suffice to say that when I received it, it was clear that said seller was most definitely hoping that I was in some way visually impaired… not only was it not from Karen Millen; it was not silk, it was covered in marks, and had a very liberal coating of cat hair! o_O
The moral of the story is this – if you would be unhappy receiving an item from me with any of the above issues, spare a thought for the people that you are selling to… honesty really is the best policy, especially if you want to receive top dollar for your clothes! 🙂