Originally published on Hussh. Co-written with Chloe Papas.
Selling your old clothes, shoes and accessories is a great way to make a bit of extra, fast cash– and getting involved with the vintage buy and sell community!
There are heaps of ways to sell your preloved gear, and we’ve put together the best places to do it below.
Round She Goes Fashion Market
Round She Goes is a fashion event selling women’s preloved designer clothing and quality vintage fashion, handmade jewellery and accessories. It happens four times a year and features heaps of incredible brands and one-off finds.
Here are some top tips on selling at a fashion market from Round She Goes organiser Emma Morris:
- Make your stall look pretty: put some effort in with tablecloths, hangers, price tags on everything – and put your most eye catching item at the front of the rack.
- Don’t bring everything you own: bring your best stuff! Make sure you don’t overload your racks, and think about having a bargain bin for people to rummage through.
- Be friendly: Stand up if you can, jooj your racks and clothes, chat to people and smile. Don’t ignore the customer or get stuck on your phone!
- Price everything: but, be prepared to negotiate because it’s a market! Fast fashion doesn’t retain its value, so don’t expect to get back what you paid for the item in the first place.
Where: Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell Street, Coburg 3072.
When: The next Round She Goes Fashion Market is on Sunday 5 June.
(image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gylo/449528417)
Melbourne Frock Swap
Despite the name, Melbourne Frock Swap isn’t exactly a way to swap your old dresses – but it is a place to sell them! Melbourne Frock Swap is a market held three times a year where any average punter can rent a stall and sell preloved clothes, accessories, shoes and more. It’s $60 for a 3×3 stall, and you need to bring all your own gear: table, racks, chair. This market is for the ladies only!
Where: Seaworks ,82 Nelson Place, Williamstown 3016.
When: The next market is Saturday 29 May.
Camberwell Sunday Market
The Camberwell Market is held every Sunday in – you guessed it – Camberwell, selling just about everything you can think of: as long as it’s handmade or preloved. There are different stalls every week, and it’s easy to book one to sell the clothes that are sitting in the back of the wardrobe. A stall is $60, with a bit extra if you want to rent tables or racks.
Where: Market Place, Camberwell 3124.
When: Every Sunday morning, 6.30am – 12.30pm.
(Image source: The Fashion Market)
The Fashion Market (at the Queen Victoria Market)
Held every second Saturday in the iconic Queen Victoria Market building, The Fashion Market combines independent designer clothing with preloved goods. Their rules are a little stricter than your average market: preloved clothes must be respected labels or from high street brands. So get your designer goods out and book a stall! They start at $85, which generously includes advertising, a trestle table and a chair.
Where: Queen Victoria Market, 513 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne 3000.
When: Every second Saturday! The next market is on Saturday, May 28.
Melbourne Buy Swap Sell
The Melbourne Buy Swap Sell group boasts over 43,000 members, and is a mini marketplace for all things preloved. Clothes, accessories, furniture, electronics- whatever you can place your mind on, someone is probably trying to sell it on this page!
Visit the group here.
Buy Swap Sell- Bentleigh
If you live around Bentleigh, by the bay or in surrounding areas and are a ‘have nothing to wear and the event is in an hour’ sort of gal- this group may be a saviour to you. Selling mainly women’s clothes, this group is a touch more exclusive– you actually have to seek permission to enter the group. But once you are let through the virtual walls of this community, you’ll discover oodles of clothing that has only been worn once or twice (as claimed). If you’re selling, this group subtracts some guilt from only wearing an outfit once (because you refuse to repeat #fashion) and knowing you can easily sell it after. The only downside, a large portion of what is advertised on this group is women’s size 10 and under.
Ask to join the group here.
Inner West Buy/Swap/Sell group – 27,000 members
This group isn’t merely a marketplace, but it serves as a mini information service on sales events going on in the inner west, or just to chat about how to sell something, whether to sell it and so on. Along with buying and selling items you can also TRADE (fun)! Again, you must seek permission to enter this group, or be invited by an existing member.
Find the group here.
This Tasmania-based website may hold your future wedding dress (if you don’t believe in forking out the big bucks for a day which zooms by). Created in 2004, I Do Gowns is a selling and buying platform not only for wedding gowns, but bridesmaids dresses, formal wear, flower girls and page boy wear, clothing accessories, mother of the bride wear and venue decorations. You could organise your whole bridal party’s attire here!
Visit the website here.