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 • 411

  • Lillian H
    Lillian H  2 days 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 :)

    • Zene xavier
      Zene xavier  1 weeks back

      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  2 weeks 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  3 weeks back

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

          • tofupattinson
            tofupattinson  3 weeks 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  4 weeks 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  4 weeks back

                Ashley let’s be best friends!

                • Sara M
                  Sara M  1 months back

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

                  • Clara Park
                    Clara Park  1 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  1 months back

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

                      • nicole emma stevens
                        nicole emma stevens  1 months back

                        Follow me on Instagram for CHEAP CLOTHES! Username: niftyclothing_

                        • Christie Veneti
                          Christie Veneti  1 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  1 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  2 months back

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

                              • TheMrsHightower
                                TheMrsHightower  2 months back

                                Good info!

                                • Magali Correll
                                  Magali Correll  2 months back

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

                                  • Coleen Loréd
                                    Coleen Loréd  2 months back

                                    I love your style but, i stayed because of your personality. I don't know, I just feel like you are super honest on all your videos. And to everyone criticizing how you speak so fast. I think they are just haters, because the way you talk entertains me. ( a lot of people maybe) I love how you are bubbly and energetic. I love that! 😊 Maybe that's your asset than other youtubers/ vloggers, you could be a host because you talked so good. So rock it girl keep slaying!!!! ❤❤❤

                                    • Lynda Vel
                                      Lynda Vel  2 months back

                                      I have a thrift store that is a 15 min walk from me. I'm a pro thrifter, I stopped because I was learning about minimalism and only buying what I need. So, I think this is the right side hussle for me. I have dresses for low as 90 cents. The good thing about the thrift store by my house is that the workers there don't know brands very well. They would put Forever 21 in the white tag (nicer, pricier clothing) while putting some name brands in the regular price area. They also have half off day sales and everyday 3 color tags are half off. I have gotten J Crew for 2 dollars. Thank you for this video, Ashley!

                                      • Edward R. Badilles
                                        Edward R. Badilles  2 months back

                                        Hello Ms. Gorgeous i just or is it ok if i picking some of your ideas, im also making an article o video vloger for short haha is it ok Ms. Gorgeous? and i've been watching all d time...

                                        • Redus Reuse Recycle
                                          Redus Reuse Recycle  2 months back

                                          I went to a consignment store and I got a $300 for like $30 lmaoooo

                                          • Lynda Vel
                                            Lynda Vel  2 months back

                                            I love consignment stores. I've only been to one. But I got Marc Jacobs shoes for $ 5.00 dollars. They had these deal of buying 3 pair of shoes for $ 15. I didn't matter what brand they were from. I would never in my life be able to afford Marc Jacobs at full price.

                                        • Ava!
                                          Ava!  2 months back

                                          This video was so helpful! Thank you!

                                          • kookie butter
                                            kookie butter  2 months back

                                            Ashley is just my most favorite awkward youtuber like - is there anyone else?? LONG LIVE YOU QUEEN ❣️

                                            • Donnaclaire101
                                              Donnaclaire101  2 months back

                                              What is your Depop?

                                              • zoe Pedigo
                                                zoe Pedigo  2 months back

                                                My Depop is @zoepedigo

                                                I sell from New Zealand. I sell clothes that are almost completely new. Check out my shop if your interested✨

                                                • espresso maskin
                                                  espresso maskin  2 months back

                                                  There is a problem bout this: not everyone have the same pretty body shape as you

                                                  • Faith Almighty
                                                    Faith Almighty  2 months back

                                                    I started a virtual thrift store on Instagram and I love it! I called it girlwho_thrifts and I think the hardest part is gaining ENGAGED followers. Not just bots or spam accounts, other than that I’ve really enjoyed and think I just have to stick it thru 😁

                                                    • Olivia Smith
                                                      Olivia Smith  2 months back

                                                      Woah just watched this video and you’re so much more different now 🤣🤣❤️❤️❤️

                                                      • Gabrielle Altman
                                                        Gabrielle Altman  2 months back

                                                        what's your depop?

                                                        • Carley Herman
                                                          Carley Herman  2 months back

                                                          ‘Chipmunk ass human being’ 😂

                                                          • Kailey. Lynn
                                                            Kailey. Lynn  2 months back

                                                            I found ecwid to be the best free marketing website builder, you don't have to pay tons of money towards other website builders with "subscriptions" so I love that

                                                            • Lab Villagomez
                                                              Lab Villagomez  2 months back

                                                              Please do another video about reselling. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

                                                              • Iced Lemon Tea
                                                                Iced Lemon Tea  2 months back

                                                                I’m lucky enough to live in a community where there are high listing prices, and the goodwills are so good 👌
                                                                I found a real goo playboy jacket, and a good quality pair of cargo pants.

                                                                • Maddie G
                                                                  Maddie G  2 months back

                                                                  where is she keeping that log?????? what program. im having a garage sale in a few weeks and i neeeed that program

                                                                  • fab madeleine
                                                                    fab madeleine  2 months back

                                                                    your voice used to be so low omg

                                                                    • Tee S
                                                                      Tee S  2 months back

                                                                      Hell yes. There is literally an estate sale every other weekend here in the same neighborhood as my job. I will be looking for treasures soon! Thank you, gorgeous.

                                                                      • sportluver98
                                                                        sportluver98  2 months back

                                                                        I still wanna know what part of Maryland you’re from !!!!

                                                                        • LRFLekk
                                                                          LRFLekk  2 months back

                                                                          I've been carefully taking notes of this. I don't know a lot about clothes but this video is very helpful. Ashley, thank you so much for your time and effort, this'll be of great help to me in the near future.

                                                                          • Catta Bonata
                                                                            Catta Bonata  2 months back

                                                                            her channel is so so so underrated ugh! 💘

                                                                            • amy lr
                                                                              amy lr  3 months back

                                                                              If you have Netflix, I 100% recommend watching Girl Boss which stars Britt Robertson and is based on Sophia’s story- it is such an incredible show and I watched it within a few days! It’s fun, wacky and so interesting to see the way she began her business. After I watched it, I started noticing Nasty Gal adverts on the TV and it was just like ‘wow’- she’s just so incredible and empowering!

                                                                              • Alex Tanana
                                                                                Alex Tanana  3 months back

                                                                                Thank you for this!!!!

                                                                                • JMin37
                                                                                  JMin37  3 months back

                                                                                  $3-5 USD first class USPS premium shipping 😭😭 Australia post which is pretty much only option here charges....minimum....$9.55 AUD for 1 pound so about $7-8 USD. It’s so expensive that a lot of buyers are turned off 😥

                                                                                  • Landy07 S
                                                                                    Landy07 S  3 months back

                                                                                    Awesome, thorough and helpful advice! Thank you very much for sharing!!

                                                                                    • Alicia McLean
                                                                                      Alicia McLean  3 months back

                                                                                      Taylor thanks! She is actually from the suburbs of Maryland but living in California.

                                                                                      • Marina Kinninger
                                                                                        Marina Kinninger  3 months back

                                                                                        I highly recommend reselling on the poshmark app!! They make shipping simple and I have made a decent amount of money compared to eBay use my code MARINAKCA to get $10 in the app :)

                                                                                        • Ashley
                                                                                          Ashley  3 months back

                                                                                          Your advice was so helpful! My friend and I have decided to start out our business on Instagram but make sure to support us and give us a follow so we can start a website soon!! @triple_thrift

                                                                                          • Tia Monet
                                                                                            Tia Monet  3 months back

                                                                                            Wow Ashley I really needed help getting started on this reselling business:) thank you for your help<3

                                                                                            • La Monse
                                                                                              La Monse  3 months back

                                                                                              I made my website yesterday and will start posting clothes soon 😁 I'm so thankful for this video and I'm excited. Only thing is idk if I should create a business PayPal account or a personal would be fine... Any tips on this? If anyone wanna check it out it's on my Instagram @kindlythrifted :-)

                                                                                              • hey im hannah
                                                                                                hey im hannah  3 months back

                                                                                                I'm 14, would it be weird if I modeled the things that I sell on poshmark?

                                                                                                • Ariana Vinh
                                                                                                  Ariana Vinh  3 months back

                                                                                                  i dont think it would be weird! im 13 and model my clothes on depop i just crop out my face