You probably read the title of this post and said, “WHHHHHAAATTTT?” because you had no idea that you could sell clothes on Facebook. Yeah, me neither! I just found out a couple months ago and my mind was blown!
I first heard about clothing buy/sale groups when reading other reviews of Stitch Fix. There would occasionally be a mention of selling the unwanted 5th item on the Facebook boards to get the discount for buying all the items.
My interest was piqued, so I went on Facebook and requested to join a few different Stitch Fix groups. Once I was approved, I started watching how other ladies would sell their items to figure out whether it was worth the time and effort. It seemed easy enough, so I posted two sweaters from my August Fix that I was sure that I didn’t want. I figured, if they sold before I had to check-out than I would keep the rest of the box for myself. If not, no big deal.
I was shocked that BOTH sweaters sold within 24 hours and I was immediately hooked.
Within the next few weeks I started cleaning out my closet of anything I didn’t totally love and watched my Paypal account grow larger and larger. I then joined a couple non-Stitch Fix groups and continued with my closet purge.
All in all, it’s been such a great experience that I wanted to share some tips with you in case you wanted to try it out for yourself!
Tip #1: Sign up for a free Paypal Account
If you don’t already have a Paypal account, click over and sign up for one. From what I’ve seen, every group seems to use Paypal for all of their payments. It only charges a small fee on purchases (which the seller pays) and the buyer automatically gets insurance protection in case the sale goes wrong.
When I sell an item, I go over to Paypal and immediately send the buyer an invoice by entering their email address, the amount of the sale, and a description of the item. As soon as they pay, I get an email letting me know the money is in my account. Easy, peasy!
Tip #2: Join Some Groups
I initially joined a bunch of groups, but then pared them down to a manageable amount. There are TONS of groups out there from general Closet Cleanout groups to specific store/brand groups. Use the Facebook search box to find out if there are groups for your favorite brands.
Tip #3: Read the Group Rules Very Carefully
Each group is run by its own administrator, which means that they all have their own rules. For example, some groups have specific rules on how you should word your post, how to call ‘dibs’ on an item and how quickly a post should be deleted.
Group administrators are sifting through a ton of posts every day (for NO pay), and they don’t tolerate rule-breakers. So, be sure to follow the instructions pinned to the top of the group page or you may find yourself kicked out of the group.
Tip #4: Do Your Research
When you are approved to join a group, take some time to look around at other posts before starting to do your own. It can give you a good idea on the format that works best for posting, what the typical prices are, and how sellers estimate shipping.
When I first joined the Stitch Fix groups, I found that a couple of the super popular items that were being sold for almost full price were living in my closet. I was able to see what the typical sale prices were and decided to go ahead and sell them since I wasn’t reaching for them very often.
I’ve also found that items sell a lot quicker if you take pictures of them on you, rather than just on a hanger. It helps the buyer see how it fits an actual body so that they can decide if it will be right for them.
Here’s an example of a sweater I recently listed for sale:
Tip #5: Treat a Buyer like an Actual Customer
When you sell your item to someone, make sure to treat it seriously like you were a store doing a transaction. Package your item nicely, mail it first class (or priority mail) so that you get the free insurance and a tracking number, send your buyer the tracking number and just be all-around courteous.
So, is your mind totally blown? Have you bought or sold clothes off Facebook before? If so, do you have any tips to add?