depop australia selling guide

6 Depop Sellers’ Best Tips For Turning Your Clothes Into $$$

While many of us probably haven’t been trawling Vinnies shops on the weekend for a while, there’s no denying that secondhand shopping, collecting vintage pieces and thrift-flipping is on the rise. Secondhand shopping is a nice one-two punch for sustainability. Clothes are given a second life and kept out of landfills or problematic charity donations, plus, secondhand shopping is a small stand against the overproduction and overconsumption that characterises the majority of the fashion industry. And when it comes to who’s leading the charge in this space?

Gen Z on Depop, ofc.

According to ThredUp’s 2020 report, the secondhand market is set to hit $64 billion USD in the next five years. That’s a lot of potential Depop drama memes, you guys. We’re big fans of the re-selling platform and *casual* users ourselves and we recently went behind the scenes with Depop Australia’s curator for her take on why the app is so popular. After learning about out what makes Depop so successful, the next logical step was a deep dive into being successful selling your old threads.

From artists to content creators to dedicated resellers, this is how some of Depop’s seasoned re-sellers are sharing their wares.

Rowi Singh

How long have you been using Depop and how much clothing do you think you’ve sold?

I’ve been using Depop for just under a year and I’ve sold 177 items.

Can you describe your personal style?

My style consists of staple basics like flared jeans and crop tops mixed with bold and eclectic pieces. It skews edgy but softened with lots of fun florals and other patterns.

Can you explain your Depop selling process?

My Depop is purely a home for my preloved goodies. Since I work closely with a wide range of fashion brands, I’m gifted a lot more clothing than I need. Whilst I understand the repercussions of working with fast fashion brands, passing my clothes to another home is a small step I can make towards sustainable fashion.

Do you advertise your Depop anywhere?

Instagram is always the way to go! I’ll give notice before I do a drop on my Instagram stories and a few days later, most pieces are sold.

Have you had any unexpected or surprising interactions on Depop?

Nothing too surprising! But I do find it interesting when people try to haggle the price down by $1 or less.

Find Rowi on Depop, Instagram and TikTok.

Sammy Alver

How long have you been using Depop and how much clothing do you think you’ve sold?

I’ve had an account for a few years but more so started using it in the past couple of months!  I sold around 50-ish items of clothing.

Can you describe your personal style?

I think my personal style is quite girly—think pink, frills, sparkles, puffy sleeves. But I love to change it up every now and then!

Can you explain your Depop selling process?

I’ve accumulated a lot of clothing over the years from loving fashion, op shopping, and also I’ve received a fair amount of clothes from Instagram and TikTok collaborations. So I use Depop to clear out my wardrobe and give it to someone who could give it some more love! I don’t go out of my way to find clothes to sell on Depop but I might in the future! I base the prices of my items from how much I bought them for and how worn they are.

Do you advertise your Depop anywhere?

I use my Instagram and TikTok to help me sell my clothes on Depop.

Have you had any unexpected or surprising interactions on Depop?

My most surprising interaction would have to be being asked to answer questions for this hehe! But other than that everyone has been really nice to me so far, I don’t have any funny stories to tell!

Find Sammy on Depop, Instagram and TikTok.

Claudia Shaw

How long have you been using Depop and how much clothing do you think you’ve sold?

I’ve been using Depop for just under a year now and I’ve already managed to sell over 100 items of clothing!

Can you describe your personal style?

I love thrifting clothes and switch from very fancy dressing to also grunge clothing and streetwear. I love all styles of clothing and am very experimental with it. I love changing my personal style regularly to explore new fashion trends and find what I can in op shops that appeal to me, so my Depop is full of variety with a lot of different types of clothing styles–old and new trends in fashion.

Can you explain your Depop selling process?

My Depop selling process is usually thrifting items from shops such as Savers, or The Salvos in Melbourne, as well as reselling my own preloved items as I’m a heavy believer in recycling clothing. My item descriptions are normally quite simple, but I spend a lot of time photographing my clothing as I studied photography for many years and love creating appealing images to attract buyers. My prices always depend on the quality and value of the item.

If it is a well-known item of clothing that I can look up the retail price for, I usually sell it for half of the retail price, however, if I am thrifting items I come up with my prices by focusing on quality and seeing what other sellers set their prices at. My prices are always pretty affordable. I sell items on Depop as a little side job as I don’t currently work so I do get most of my income from it, and it is an incredibly easy way to resell.

Do you advertise your Depop anywhere?

I advertise my Depop on my social media accounts. I have almost 20,000 followers on my instagram and 260,000 followers on my TikTok account (@claudiashaw) and often make small videos of items I’m selling to reach a wider audience. Being able to share my depop off of my social media success has really helped my small shop grow and has allowed buyers from all around the world to interact with me.

Have you had any unexpected or surprising interactions on Depop?

Most of my interactions on Depop are lovely! I’m always surprised when people recognise me from TikTok when I buy items, and they’ll send me a personalised note or an extra present to thank me. This experience has made a positive impact on me as it really shows how lovely and respectful the Depop community is.

Find Claudia on Depop, Instagram and TikTok.

Tommy Blake

How long have you been using Depop and how much clothing do you think you’ve sold?

I’ve been using Depop for roughly two years. It was introduced to me by my close friend! I’ve sold over 40 items, all over the world!

Can you describe your personal style?

My personal style is very street style; I love unique pieces of clothing that stand out and love to mix and match pieces together. My Depop shop contents are similar! I also create cute custom clothing—the more unique the item, the better.

Can you explain your Depop selling process?

My Depop process varies daily. Sometimes I’ll find an old jacket, shirt or pants that I haven’t worn for a while and decide to sell them. Sometimes I take in my friends clothes that they don’t want and turn it into (what I like to call) #teddyxblake merch! I got teddy bear patches custom made to put onto clothes to add that extra little unique aspect. Recently, I’ve been working on some cool items, my mum and I love art, so we’ve been looking for ways to incorporate art into clothing to sell on Depop! Big things coming!!

Do you advertise your Depop anywhere?

I advertise my Depop on my social media—Instagram, Tiktok and sometimes Snapchat.

Have you had any unexpected or surprising interactions on Depop?

Getting verified on Depop was a dope little victory for me!

Find Tommy on Depop, Instagram and TikTok.

Rubi

How long have you been using Depop and how much clothing do you think you’ve sold?

I have been using Depop for about a year now! I think I’ve sold around 300 items.

Can you describe your personal style?

My style is pretty flexible and really dependent on my mood. Overall, I would describe it as casual, colourful and relaxed. At the moment, I am definitely having a moment with pastels and also my forever favourites are vintage Levi’s jeans, Nike sneakers and cute cropped ’90s style tops. I like to explore a lot of different aesthetics because it’s super fun to do so and I also don’t like to put myself in a box when it comes to my style. I’m open to trying new things and switching styles up whenever I feel like it!

Can you explain your Depop selling process?

For Depop, I am either selling pieces in my closet that I no longer wear or I will thrift items specifically to resell. Thrifting is honestly one of my favourite things to do, I love finding cool and unique pieces to share with others.

I model the clothes and do a mixture of shots taken with a tripod and mirror selfie shots. At the moment, I don’t rework items but it is definitely something I want to do in the future.

For my descriptions, I will try to make it as descriptive as possible with details about the specifics of the piece. I also sometimes include styling advice on what the piece can be styled with in the caption. For the price, I try to charge a fair price for the item based on the quality and condition. I’ll also, of course, consider how much I’ve paid for the item so that there is a margin on top of that. When you’re first starting out, looking at prices that others are charging for similar items will give you an idea of the market price.

Usually, I will post things out once every 2-3 days so I will bulk organise, pack and label all the parcels at once so that it is well organised and I can do it pretty efficiently. I do treat it more like a job so that I keep things pretty organised but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun!

Do you advertise your Depop anywhere?

I talk about my Depop store a lot on my YouTube channel, especially if I am doing a thrift haul video where I will list a fair few of the items for sale on my Depop after the haul video has been uploaded. I also use my Instagram and TikTok to promote my Depop!

Have you had any unexpected or surprising interactions on Depop?

Some of the messages I have received since starting Depop have been pretty funny. People love to lowball on Depop even when the price for an item is pretty reasonable so you just have to laugh when that happens. Others like to come up with elaborate stories about why you should hold the item for them (even if you’ve stated no holds) or try to convince you to drop the price. It’s all pretty amusing.

Find Rubi on Depop, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok.

Tahlia McVie

How long have you been using Depop and how much clothing do you think you’ve sold?

I downloaded Depop years ago, but I only started properly using it at the beginning of the year. I’ve found it’s the most effective way to sell my clothes because the Depop community is so active. I’ve sold almost 70 items now which is awesome!

Can you describe your personal style?

I would describe my personal style as minimal—I love wearing, black, white and neutrals. My Depop shop typically contains trends that I have previously loved. For a few months my Instagram was colour themed, but I have decided to change it back to neutral colours, so my Depop contains a lot of colour right now.

Can you explain your Depop selling process?

I do content creation, so I promote a lot of clothes on my Instagram regularly. I’m not much of a hoarder, so I would rather keep the pieces I love and sell what I don’t think I will wear. It’s such a good feeling hearing girls tell me that they love the clothes they bought from me and that they wear them all the time! I try to keep my Depop looking nice and aesthetic by colour coordinating my page, and also by ensuring that all of the images are high quality and show off the product well—especially the first image. Depop is just for fun for me, I definitely don’t think of it as a job.

Do you advertise your Depop anywhere?

I have my Depop link in my Instagram bio and post on my story when I have uploaded a heap of new items. I’ve found it increases traffic to my Depop shop and generates some sales, which is great.

Have you had any unexpected or surprising interactions on Depop?

I think some positive, unexpected interactions on Depop are when some girls message me simply to tell me I look nice in a photo or that they love my outfit/style. It’s a great way to put a smile on someone’s face! I really appreciate girls who lift other girls up.

Find Tahlia on Depop, Instagram and TikTok.

Monisha is a writer with a background in publishing and digital media. A chronic Pisces, she’s into trying to be a better person and sparkling water.