It’s now been over six months since I started selling my clothing cast-offs online. Once I got going with it, I experienced some initial success, but then went into a lengthy “dry period” of about three months, when I sold only a few items. During that time, I pondered quitting the whole project, as my efforts weren’t being rewarded and seemed futile. I ultimately decided to keep going, and I also listed another batch of pieces for sale over the past few weeks.
In today’s post, I share how I’m feeling and what I’ve learned after selling clothing and related items online for half a year. I last gave an update on my online sales project back in December. In that essay, I recapped what had sold by that point and on which platforms. I also highlighted my reasons for preferring eBay over Poshmark, and finished with a few observations and lessons learned regarding online reselling. What I’m sharing today won’t be a repeat of that post. Instead, it centers around other aspects of the reselling experience and why I might not be doing a lot of online selling in the future.
A Question of Time
The biggest reason why I might slow down or halt my clothing reselling efforts relates to the sheer amount of time involved in the process. Here’s a list of all of the tasks that need to be completed before an item can be successfully listed for sale:
- Take photos of the item (the more the better for photos, so this can be time-intensive)
- Take measurements
- Crop and edit photos
- Source stock images and crop those (technically, we’re not supposed to use stock photos without permission, but most people seem to do it anyway)
- Write the item description
- Review similar items currently listed or recently sold to determine an appropriate price
- Set the sale price
- Create the listing (this is a lot faster on Poshmark than eBay, but the other steps take the same amount of time on both platforms)