A while back I posted about trying a new selling site Depop. I’m afraid I didn’t have much luck there, it was too much of a social site. The news feed style and poor search function meant the few potential buyers weren’t seeing the items. I made one sale shortly after listing an item but I think that was pure luck.
So then I tried Vinted. Initially I’d been put off this site because of the escrow style payment system, but I read some good reviews from other bloggers that indicated good sales potential and I also read into the payment system and it seemed fairly robust.
So I decided to try it. The sales platform and search facility is much better as well as the social aspect. You can follow brands you like so your news feed shows up things you’re likely to want.
And now even better news ! They’ve linked up PayPal so payments can now be instant and as they would be on any other online store.
You can check out what I’m selling here:
So I am feeling pretty shocked right now. I just did a critical analysis on my wardrobe and took out everything that wasn’t handmade, secondhand, vintage or by an independent label. This is what I was left with:
I honestly thought I had more secondhand than that! Here’s the lineup from L2R:
2 x GBSB basic tunics – handmade
Pair trousers – handmade
60s inspired dress – handmade
Silver beaded dress – 2nd hand upcycled
Turquoise dress beaded neck – 2nd hand upcycled
Gold beaded bolero – upcycled
Fox print skirt – by GetCutie
40s green dress – Collectif
Rocha green top – 2nd hand
Brown trousers – 2nd hand
Purple dress – 2nd hand
White blouse – vintage, reworked
So needless to say I haven’t culled the rest of my wardrobe quite yet, else I’d look ridiculous. It does show me quite how far I need to go though.
And while I didn’t cull it all, I did ditch quite a bit for the next ebay round!
Ok, so over the last few weeks I’ve been mulling over some ideas, and I’ve now decided to set myself a challenge.
1) To make a garment a month from now on, until I run out of ideas/budget/wardrobe space
2) To not buy any new high street clothes unless it’s unavoidable (eg. bridesmaid dress which I don’t have the skills to make)
3) To gradually sell off pieces from my existing wardrobe that I replace or no longer wear
For quite some time now I have struggled to buy high street. Either I don’t like the fit, the style, the quality or the material, or all of the above, and that stays my hand at the till. The only new clothes in my wardrobe have been bought for me (Christmas, birthday) and although I do love and wear them, that doesn’t change my outlook.
Aside from the serious manufacturing practice ethics in play, I am also a great advocate of reuse and recycle. I genuinely love vintage fashion but even if I didn’t, I think I would be an advocate of vintage and second-hand shopping (whether that’s Brick Lane or eBay). We waste far too much as consumers and I very much disagree with “fast fashion”.
So it’s either make or buy second-hand from now on!
All of these ideals and ideas have culminated in my challenge above. I know it’s possible, but it will take determination.
I’m going to be blogging my challenge and posting youtube videos of my makes, but I’ll start out with a couple of intro posts. The next one will be on my new sewing machine, an investment that should enable me to make clothes with more finesse than my clunky Brother machine would have, and the follow-up will be a capsule summary of my current vintage / handmade wardrobe.
Wish me luck!