Quality is key
Think about what you would be looking for if you were out buying second hand clothes. An off-white vest top from Primark isn’t going to excite people; a barely-used Topshop handbag from last season at half the retail price is! Make sure things are washed and looking as new as possible, and take the time to give pre-loved items a little TLC… if a button is coming loose, sew it back on etc. It’s the simple touches like these that can increase the value of the item you’re trying to sell. So take the time to think about what you’re selling and pay attention to the small details.
Pricing your products
Consider how much you originally paid for an item, and how much you would realistically pay for it if you were the second hand buyer. We advise you to price your items with a tag or sticker so that people have an idea of how much you are charging when they are browsing – if they have to ask you for the price of something and you’re busy with another customer, they may walk away. Do bear in mind that people may want to haggle, and as much as you want to make money it’s best to make something than nothing at all! So consider all offers. And last but not least, don’t underestimate our savvy shoppers, they will have an idea of how much you originally paid for an item so be fair and realistic in your pricing.
Style your stall
We want you to be able to sell as much as possible so think about the layout of your stall and what will entice people to come over and look through your clothes. A mirror, a clothes rail and products categorised into style and size are just a few ways to make your stall more presentable. As long as you keep things within your allocated ‘area’ you can do whatever you want! We provide a table but it’s up to you what else you bring along.
Don’t forget a float
You don’t want to lose out on a purchase if you don’t have the right change. So make sure you have some smaller notes and coins and will be able to give customers change when they make a purchase. You’re the shopkeeper!
Spread the word
Tell all of your family and friends about the event! The more customers we have through the doors on the day, the more you will sell.
Power in numbers
If you don’t think you have enough items for sale to set up your own stall for the day then join forces with a couple of your friends and run one together. You can share the cost and it will hopefully give your stall a varied range of products, especially if you are selling different sizes and styles.