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 500 selling my designer wardrobe during lockdown
Like many people, I tried my hand at new things during lockdown in a bid to stretch my creative skills. I say I tried, but mostly I failed: my sourdough loaf had the culinary appeal of a warm Frisbee and my children still haven't forgiven me for the haircut horror show I inflicted on them.
I did, however, succeed in one area of self improvement by way of an existential awakening about my wardrobe, which to me, became symbolic of the strange, suspended state of life in isolation. The sight of my clothes hanging languidly Designer Louis Vuitton Replica Handbags on the rails with nowhere to go reminded me of all the things I was missing: my friends and family, work events, the theatre, holidays abroad and dinners out. I felt a sense of wastefulness that I wanted to remedy.
To be clear, my room features two average sized wardrobes, so I'm certainly not "keeping up with Kardashians" in terms of my clothing collection. I do tend to hold on to clothes though, sometimes for sentimental reasons, but principally for those elusive "just in case" scenarios, even when they no high quality replica handbags china longer fit or suit me.
Since March, I have dressed simply in jeans and soft knits, which has left many of my "saved for best" pieces feeling more and more redundant by the day. I decided to do something radical: to sell the neglected treasures of my wardrobe on various designer resale websites. My goal? To raise funds, to recycle and to start afresh with a new attitude to shopping that is more conscientious and considered.
Day one of this mission was cathartic. I approached the task with the demonic gusto of Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest only without Perfect Quality Louis Vuitton Replica the frightened child and the wire hanger obsession I prefer a nice wooden one. I attacked the wardrobe in a frenzy, flinging out forgotten about dresses, jumpers, coats and jackets ready to sell. By day two, separation anxiety set in, followed by frustration.
Once you take stock of the money 1:1 replica handbags you've spent on this pile of stuff,you're faced with some shocking cost aaa replica designer handbags per wear failings, amplified, in my case, by the sight of too many price tags still swinging from the labels of so called bargain sale items. Eventually, I started the selling process with a never worn Self Portrait evening dress a bit of a Disney princess number with multiple layers and lashings of sequins; so not exactly quarantine comfort wear.
I chose to sell on Vestiaire Collective, the pre owned fashion websitefounded in Paris is 2009. With nine million users across 90 countries, it promises to get your items seen by as many prospective buyers as possible. Uploading my dress was simple: just five easy steps to complete, including the picture taking process, which should be performed against a white background it's important to add as many images as possible since going over and above what is necessary instils a sense of trust in buyers.
I'm all for product images, but I personally don't like to model my clothes; besides, users are savvy enough to Google search original model shots online (most of them are there, even a decade on), which are infinitely more enticing than my selfies.
To help buyers along then, be as specific as possible with the name of your garment, often, this information features on the care cheap replica handbags label and if the year and season are stated, add those to your description too, because true fashion lovers like to browse according aaa replica designer handbags to specific stylistic eras. For example, that old Cline coat of yours could just be a highly sought after Phoebe Philo original from autumn/winter 2010.
Popular luxury resale platforms like Hardly Ever Worn It, Vestiaire Collective and Rebelle allow you to set the price of your item; you can instantly see the commission they'll take, so you know exactly how much to expect when a sale is complete. Once the buyer receives their item, it takes about a week for funds to appear in your chosen account.
Most sites offer a concierge/VIP service for those who'd rather leave the hard work to someone else, but commission rates are predictably much higher, usually around the 35 50 per cent mark, instead of 10 20.
To my surprise, the Self Portrait dress sold for nearly the same amount I paid for it last year. I had quite a few offers too, which signifies, to me at least, a soupon of frivolity still fizzing under the surface of our Covid afflicted world. And certainly, if Fake Louis Vuitton Replica Bags you look at Vestiaire's recently sold items, there's evidence that people are snapping up party gear in anticipation of happier times to come.
Published data also points to a shift towards designer thrift: eBay by nature a more bargain driven marketplace which I use to sell more affordable high street wares recently revealed that sales of pre owned fashion were up nearly 200 per cent on the previous two years.
Cecile Wickmann, CEO and founder of Rebelle, notes a change in buying behaviour during the lockdown: high quality designer replica handbags wholesale "There was an uplift of about 40 per cent in the demand for the Herms Birkin Bag, though the price stayed roughly the same. Apart from 'safe bets', we also saw people investing in functional and replica louis vuitton practical items at a slightly lower price point."
Drawing from my own experience, it's true that classic, easy to style pieces fared better than standout items boasting bright patterns and embellishments, with the exception of the aforementioned Disney dress.
I had no trouble negotiating good prices for my block heeled black Saint Laurent boots (a touch too small); Isabel Marant cardigan coat (a touch too big); ruffled black silk shirt by Chlo (too funeralesque) and cream Dolce Gabbana lace dress (too burlesque). That said, the juggernauts of high luxury among them Chanel, Gucci, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Herms, Saint Laurent and Balenciaga, not to mention prestige jewellers and watchmakers like Cartier, Rolex and Van Cleef Arpels are guaranteed to galvanise interest. In fact, I sold a pair of silly pink Chanel wellies for twice their original cost. They perfectly encapsulated the spirit of a jellyfish: see through and fun to look at but excruciatingly painful.
Brands popular with the millennial crowd such as Acne Studios, Simone Rocha, Jacquemus, JW Anderson, Ganni, Vivetta and The Row, command high resale prices, especially if the items are in top notch condition. These brands are known for their fun approach to fashion and sometimes it's pieces like this that are harder to let go of.
replica louis vuitton bags from china Regrettably, I recently sold my baby blue Loewe mini elephant bag. I turned a profit (it came from a sample sale) but I do miss its charming presence on my cabinet shelf. I had never worn it but still, the irony is not lost on me: I don't want to talk about the elephant not in the room.

It stands to reason that classic items that comply with a gentler way of dressing are easier to sell right now than fancy occasion wear. It fake designer bags took six weeks to find a new home for my unworn Aquazzura heels; two pairs eventually sold on Vestiaire but only after I slashed the price down to 80 a pop. Did I feel a pang of sadness as I handed them to the DHL man? A little, but the optimist in me looks forward to buying many more impractical shoes under more practical circumstances. 

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