WHAT IS IT?
Lets start with “Fast Fashion” – a term used by retailers and designers to describe when companies imitate styles from the runways at fashion week, recreating them at a much lower price and quality to sell to the mass market. These mass-produced garments are often such inferior quality that they just don’t last very long and end up having to be thrown away – take Primark for example, now don’t get me wrong, I love a good Primark-haul, but I can’t say I’m able sell-on much of their garments after me or the kids have had wear out of them (except for the likes of coats, they usually last).
At the other end “Slow Fashion” is the movement of designing, creating, and buying garments for quality and longevity. It encourages slower production schedules, fair wages, lower carbon footprints, and (ideally) zero waste. The hope is that consumers (i.e. us) will begin to understand what is required of producing a well-made garment.
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HOW DOES IT BENEFIT US?
Slow fashion items are better made, more robust, superior quality and thus should last much longer…
Yes, they may cost more to purchase new initially but there are 3 main ways this can benefit us, the consumer, and SAVE US MONEY:
- By purchasing NEW quality clothes we are able to SELL THEM ON once we’ve finished wearing them
- We can BUY USED, preloved, secondhand (whatever you want to call them) clothes – they’ll be cheaper to purchase and will last well as they’re such good quality to start with
- Even better is to DO BOTH!! BUY preloved, wear them to our hearts content and then SELL-ON!
I’ve personally been buying/wearing/selling preloved clothes for years now, mainly via eBay – I get a real buzz out of finding, for example, a gorgeous used Boden dress, which I enjoy wearing for a few months/years, then once I decide to sell it on I often manage to sell it for pretty much what I bought it for! Occasionally for even more!
The ultimate in recycling I say! 🙂
You’ll be suprised how many bargain, quality, clothes there are available on eBay, take a look:
SO WHAT IS EBAY?
eBay has been established as an online auction site since 1999 in the UK and is well respected. I use it as much as Amazon as a shopping resource – it’s much more than just an auction site now, many items are ‘buy it now’ price so you can just click & purchase instantly, like a normal shop.
I’ve been buying and selling on eBay since 2001 – I love it! 99% of the time I’ve had positive experience with buyers & sellers, obviously as with everything, you get the odd negative one, but eBay are pretty good at stepping in to help if needed (they do tend to side with the buyer).
HOW DOES IT WORK?
So, about earning money through eBay – it’s a great platform to sell things from, you name it, from clothes (my specialty), to kids toys, antiques, books, cars, etc etc, the list is pretty endless.
Simply list your items for sale, add photos, measurements, condition details etc etc and wait for someone to buy it! The choice is yours whether you list it as an auction or at a fixed price.
TIP: Research what items are worth by searching for your item and filtering this by ‘completed items’, ‘used/new’ etc to gauge an idea of how much you can expect yours to sell for.
Sorting out old clothes etc and putting them onto eBay is not only a good way to bring in some extra cash, it’s also highly satisfying just having a clear out and decluttering, win win really!
If you’re new to eBay I would recommend building up your feedback score a bit by buying a few items first, this will give your future buyers more trust. It’ll also give you a feel of how the whole thing works too.
Register for your free eBay account here. There’s also an app available which is easy to use – sell from your phone!
Back in the day we had to pay for items using old fashioned cheques and the postal service! Nowadays PayPal seems to be the norm for both buyers and sellers – I would highly recommend you get yourself an account – join here. It’s useful for much more than just eBay too.
WHY USE THIS?
eBay for me has been a great source of extra income AND a way to save money buying clothes. I’m constantly adding things for sale and it tops my bank account up nicely. It’s all controlled by me too – the more time I can spend creating quality listings on there, good photos etc, the more chance I have of selling.
Once your listings are live you can just sit back and wait for a sale! Don’t be disheartened if some things take a while to sell – either just sit tight or think about slowly reducing the price, depends on how quickly you want it sold really.
Don’t forgot, eBay is also a great source for BUYING preloved clothes – look out for the auction items starting at 99p, quite often you can grab a bargain at a very low price, especially if nobody else bids on it! 🙂
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my Slow Fashion/eBay post and it’s inspired you to get involved – I’d love to know how you get on?