If you’re an online clothing seller like me you’ll discover that there are some things that will help run your business as smooth and efficient as much as possible. I recently discovered a new dry cleaners near me who are very affordable. Who gets excited for affordable dry cleaning? This girl right here.
You see the only dry cleaner company I knew charges a lot per clothing item. It was nearly $8 to dry clean my husband’s jacket. While it was for a special occasion ( our wedding ) it was a lot considering other dry cleaner’s usually charge $3 to $4 dollars. What encourage me to actually search for one? Well I found not one but TWO Giorgio Armani blazers in MY size. Very rare because most designers do not make anything larger than a sz 10. They were a beauty! I was excited. It’s so long that I found a blazer that fit me like a glove. Except that they needed to be dry cleaned. Was I ready to pay $16 to dry cleaned? Not yet my friends. Most dry cleaners near me received bad ratings which prevented me from visiting them. I decided to bite the bullet and visit the closest one near me. I’m kicking myself for not doing this sooner because they were half of what I would have paid at the fancier one and they did an excellent job on the jackets! They were also ready the next day. Now before I head out to do errands I pile thrifted clothing to the dry cleaners regularly.
This helps my business because I can buy thrifted high-end items and sell them as dry cleaned. To be honest you can not do the same with an at home dry cleaning kit. I can also price my items much higher because of this. This brings to mind what other things or resource helps my business. Here are some things/tools that I use for my business:
1.Fabric Steamer: I love my steamer (Given to me from my husband) so much that it’s literally part of our dining area. I use it so much I don’t bother to put it away. So often thrift stores never realize a wrinkled clothing they priced for a few dollars easily sells for $50+ on eBay. Mine runs between $50-$70 retail price but sometimes you can find them at discount stores for less than $50.00.
2. Lint Remover: I buy these by the packs. Before I photo/ship an item I run a lint remover to the clothing to make sure it ships cleaner, and photographs better.
3. Small Sewing Kit: Even though I spot flaws on clothing much better than the average shopper, I still miss a hole in a seam. I do mend them myself if I know it will take less than 15 minutes. I always keep thread colors, white, black, and tan in stock.
4. White Tissue Paper/Tape: As a buyer of used clothing as well I get a little turned off when I receive something just folded and stuffed in a poly bag. I received an Etro blouse this way and felt the seller could have done more in shipping. I felt the poly bag was too small and tissue should have been folded in between to prevent wrinkles. I spent nearly 10 minutes trying to steam wrinkles out. I figured that’s how the average buyer feels so I make it a point to pack every clothing I sell as well as I could. I stick to white because I’m paranoid the colored papers might accidentally stain the fabric during shipping.
5. Reliable Dry Cleaners: Because I felt I only needed one of those Giorgio Armani jackets I decided to sell the other. It definitely photographs so much better and I was able to price it at $499.00. I probably have high expectations to sell it for that price so of course I added a best offer option. I know it will sell for at least $100. I sold another Armani silk jacket (when I was a trimmer size 8) to someone for $120 that I only dry cleaned not too long ago.
6. Cloth Tape Measure: A staple for when measuring clothing to be listed.
Happy thrifting and selling!