ashley's guide to thrifting + reselling clothes

  • Published: 28 June 2018
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    My best attempt at a comprehensive guide to the business of thrifting and reselling vintage clothes online - everything from what clothes to look out for at thrift stores and estate sales to how to model and take photos to a rundown of the pros and cons of various reselling apps like Poshmark, Depop, and Instagram.

    C H A P T E R S
    Because this is a long af video, here’s a chapter breakdown so you can skip to what you want to learn about!
    what is reselling?: 0:27
    how i got into thrifting: 1:38
    where to thrift: 3:53
    how to find good thrift stores: 3:57
    estate sales: 5:57
    what to thrift: 7:21
    profit margin: 9:07
    pricing: 9:56
    photography + modeling: 11:07
    description: 13:49
    shipping: 14:49
    selling platforms: 16:49
    poshmark: 16:59
    depop: 18:17
    instagram shops: 19:28
    websites/online stores: 20:57

    discounted online shipping labels:
    scale that i use for weighing packages:
    plastic mailers:

    F A Q
    what’s your name? ashley
    what’s your instagram? @best.dressed
    how old are you? 20
    how tall are you? 5'5"
    what’s your ethnicity? half british and half burmese
    what equipment do you use to film?
    ➭ camera:
    ➭ lens:
    ➭ vlog camera:
    ➭ mic:
    ➭ editing: final cut pro

    FTC: This video is sponsored by Audible.
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Comments • 454

  • I do what I want I'm Punk rock

    Anyone knows how I can find good thrifted stores in France or Switzerland ?

    • Lauren Ashley
      Lauren Ashley  4 days back

      such good tips!! 🍓 depop: @l_jan 🍓 selling minimal, cottage , and vintage pieces 〰️

      • Millie Pyman
        Millie Pyman  2 weeks back

        Is it only me that lives in Australia where ‘thrift stores’ are called op shops short for opportunity shops but still calls them thrift stores because I always here Americans say it. No. Just me. Ok

        • Gabriela
          Gabriela  4 weeks back

          Hey guys my depop is @gabbysscloset 😜 would love for you to come and check it out pls :)

          • Sarracorn :3
            Sarracorn :3  1 months back

            I think I’ve watched all of your videos now 😂

            • Alexander Wood
              Alexander Wood  1 months back

              eBay is good...just saying lol

              • Aninda Juni
                Aninda Juni  1 months back

                this is gave me enlightenment. thank you!

                • Kim
                  Kim  1 months back

                  Are you honest with where you found the clothes? I found a name brand sweater that is either sold out on most websites, or being sold for $80. I bought for $7 at Goodwill. If I don’t wear it and just resell it should I be honest? Or should I lie say, “original price is $80, but selling it for $30.”

                  • Katrina Warren
                    Katrina Warren  2 months back

                    What are the prices of clothing like at estate sales?

                    • Delanie
                      Delanie  1 months back

                      I'm on Instagram as blissfully_thrifted. Install the app to follow my photos and videos.

                    • Melissa Bennett
                      Melissa Bennett  2 months back

                      It depends on the sale. Some people want it all gone, and others are convinced their stuff is worth way more than it actually is.

                  • Allison Dodge
                    Allison Dodge  2 months back

                    Can we please be best friends. I truly feel that we would get along 😭

                    • cabery miller
                      cabery miller  2 months back

                      do you have a template for your pricing structure? I've been trying to get mine and order and would love some help :)

                      • Maridaniaa Ramírez
                        Maridaniaa Ramírez  2 months back

                        You are THE best <3

                        • Lola Montez
                          Lola Montez  2 months back

                          The Post Office flat rate boxes are only a bargain if your items are HEAVIER than what it would cost to mail them "regular mail". There are free priority boxes that are NOT FLAT RATE -- you have to look closely and read the print on the boxes! -- I've had boxes weighed and the cost to mail them flat rate was MORE than regular priority mail! I think this could very well be true for clothing if you are shipping 1-2 smaller items! The smallest boxes ($7.90 now! yikes! was $5.99 just a couple years ago!) could only hold jewelry or scarves. The MEDIUM box costs $14.50 --- way too much to ship a shirt or dress.

                          There is no doubt that rising shipping costs make BUYING vintage online less and less affordable....

                          • Lola Montez
                            Lola Montez  2 months back

                            Thrift stuff involves a lot of serendipity. There's no "sure fire" way to find things. That being said, more upper class neighborhoods will yield more designer brands. (But not millionaire neighborhoods: people that rich don't donate much to thrifts. And they don't need to have estate sales.)

                            It also depends on if you really mean "vintage" -- more than 40 years old -- vs. just slightly outdated designer brands. You've also left out rummage sales: they can be a huge source for interesting items.

                            You are a very tiny size -- 0-2!!! -- which means YOU look incredible in tiny designer clothes, but this isn't true for most potential customers. If you only buy in your own size (whatever that is), you are really limiting yourself. One of my friends is plus-size and only buys plus-size designer items -- this sell at a PREMIUM price. (Remember there are a lot more customers out there who are size 14 and over, than size 0-2. In fact, yours is probably the RAREST and most exclusive size there is!)

                            You also don't mention the various half-price days -- all thrifts vary in this -- estate sales and rummages sales have last day bargain prices (like $5 for a huge garbage bag of clothes!) -- you can get incredible buys this way. I mean like designer items for $1 or less!

                            You can't make a profit IMHO in buying stuff for $15 and selling for $30, even if the shipping is lower than on shoes. For some reason (probably that you live in a super-premium high cost region of the country), you are paying sky high thrift prices. Most thrift items in the Midwest sell for $3-$6.

                            • Rosie
                              Rosie  2 months back

                              Don't you have to have a registration for your brand and a license for reselling? Ashley didn't discuss the process for that.....

                              • Chloe Lohss
                                Chloe Lohss  2 months back

                                you should use paper mailers!!

                                • Vanessa
                                  Vanessa  2 months back

                                  I had to check the playback speed lol because you were talking so fast lol thank you for the advice though

                                  • Isaac Jimenez
                                    Isaac Jimenez  2 months back


                                    • Nomzilla
                                      Nomzilla  2 months back

                                      wtf, you're a godsend. <3

                                      • Mallory Radford
                                        Mallory Radford  3 months back

                                        Whoa whoa what are you using to keep track of your inventory, how long it takes to sell, etc? I just saw the checked boxes and started drooling

                                        • 060118 2102
                                          060118 2102  3 months back

                                          I also read nastygal, now I'm here

                                          • len len
                                            len len  3 months back

                                            I love being schooled by my favorite youtuber

                                            • Marina Kinninger
                                              Marina Kinninger  3 months back

                                              Hands down best place to sell clothes is Poshmark!! use my code MARINAKCA to get $10 when you sign up!

                                              • Kathy CR
                                                Kathy CR  3 months back

                                                Ahhhh you're from Maryland! Me too! My local thrift store is called Unique and I have found some good finds. Can you do a video one day about you going back to Maryland for a week? I would really love that and I love your style!

                                                • Ria Kartika
                                                  Ria Kartika  3 months back

                                                  Very helpful for me. Thanks!

                                                  • Youjin Jang
                                                    Youjin Jang  4 months back

                                                    KOREAN FASHION | DEPOP : @yuju_yuzu ​

                                                    • Ayesha Sha Sha!
                                                      Ayesha Sha Sha!  4 months back

                                                      All I'm saying is... get your money gurl. Own business, sponsors, the lot... you DESERVE IT. Your lookbooks are some of my favourites and you are SO good at explaining everything, and you're so relatable as well because you're young and of the current generation... yet you appeal to older people as well! So so pleased to see things working out for you!!!

                                                      • Christina Beatrice
                                                        Christina Beatrice  4 months back

                                                        2019!!!!!! Ashley changes a lot! :D I love her more and more, though!

                                                        • Reshmi Chetry
                                                          Reshmi Chetry  4 months back

                                                          ❤❤❤thank you so much

                                                          • Maria
                                                            Maria  4 months back

                                                            Omg her voice used to be deeper

                                                            • Roses and Strawberries
                                                              Roses and Strawberries  4 months back

                                                              no one:
                                                              ashley's hair: should i suppose to be tucked behind your fucking ear or nah??

                                                              • J Maddox
                                                                J Maddox  4 months back

                                                                are you on coke? haha oh the vid is sped up, Respect that.
                                                                Great informative video. Nice on the eyes too. The info is rad.
                                                                Thanks again for all you do.

                                                                • Lillian H
                                                                  Lillian H  5 months back

                                                                  @bestdressed for things over 1LB flat rate padded envelope is $8 for any weight as Long as it fits in side the envelope. I’ve shipped shoes and phones in this little package. I ask for $5 for the user and put $3 from my own earnings to make this option attractive for the user :)

                                                                  • Life is once. l like humour.

                                                                    All her earlier videos till this... is a different Ashley. Something just changed. All her videos after this... she talks/looks like the Ashley of the present🙄😅

                                                                    • Elizabeth Nahu
                                                                      Elizabeth Nahu  5 months back

                                                                      Definitely hit up school fairs/galas, espiecally ones in rich areas. In Mt experience they're even cheaper than thrift stores and just as good.

                                                                      • Genus Trifolium
                                                                        Genus Trifolium  6 months back

                                                                        Hold up, I live in Maryland, oh my gosh I want you to style me so bad!!

                                                                        • tofupattinson
                                                                          tofupattinson  6 months back

                                                                          would love a refresh to see what you've learned or would do better since you've been running the online store for a while now :D

                                                                          • K. Charrette
                                                                            K. Charrette  6 months back

                                                                            I'm thinking of getting into this since I live near tons of cheap thrift stores, my size fluctuates a lot, and a lot of people I know DON'T live near good thrift stores

                                                                            • stainthegemini
                                                                              stainthegemini  6 months back

                                                                              Ashley let’s be best friends!

                                                                              • Sara M
                                                                                Sara M  6 months back

                                                                                check out my depop if you’d like. Trying to declutter my closet ;)

                                                                                • Clara Park
                                                                                  Clara Park  6 months back

                                                                                  I've been thinking about this for a while and this video was probably the most helpful I've seen!! Thanks so much for taking the time to dishing all the deets :)

                                                                                  • Serena Swanson
                                                                                    Serena Swanson  6 months back

                                                                                    someone please tell me what she used to make that log to keep track of everything

                                                                                    • nicole emma stevens
                                                                                      nicole emma stevens  6 months back

                                                                                      Follow me on Instagram for CHEAP CLOTHES! Username: niftyclothing_

                                                                                      • Christie Veneti
                                                                                        Christie Veneti  6 months back

                                                                                        Me and a friend want to start selling secondhand and vintage pieces through instagram and your tips on modifications and packaging really help us develop a strategy❤

                                                                                        • TheMelodyStar
                                                                                          TheMelodyStar  6 months back

                                                                                          it'd be fun to thrift if my mom wasn't convinced that I'd get a skin disease from thrifting.

                                                                                          • Mimi Ngonhkeo
                                                                                            Mimi Ngonhkeo  7 months back

                                                                                            anybody know about printing your own shipping labels to cut down on costs?

                                                                                            • TheMrsHightower
                                                                                              TheMrsHightower  7 months back

                                                                                              Good info!

                                                                                              • Magali Correll
                                                                                                Magali Correll  7 months back

                                                                                                I live in Germany and the thrift stores are just like ugly grandma clothes they are just crap😫