Hey, look at me writing a post about fashion. Now that’s something you don’t see very often. As someone who has, at most, a passing interest in clothes, and who has stocked a lot of her wardrobe from local charity shops, having three teen and tween daughters has come as a bit of a shock.
You could fit every hand bag that I have ever owned into a reasonably large suitcase. This, I am reliably informed, is not normal. It seems that one pair of boots in the winter and one pair of flipflops in the summer is not sufficient. Who knew? And, finally, my fashion sense is borderline hippy. Thank you very much, girls, I shall take that as a compliment. My fashion education has commenced.
I do understand that fashion plays a big part in raising self-esteem. When you look good, you feel good. I can also appreciate the aesthetics of the situation. What I can’t stand is the waste. Why you would want an item of clothing and then discard it after a few months is beyond me. I’d like to say that this stems from my concern for the planet but it’s probably because I’m the one who is paying. Or perhaps my head is just full of other things.
To a limited extent we have found a way around this. Our three girls are now similar sizes and so a certain amount of clothes-swapping and donation takes place. I am also a similar build to them and so some items make their way into my wardrobe. Needless to say, absolutely no-one is interested in my stuff once I have finished with it. Or, for that matter, before I have finished with it!
But what about the clothes that we need to get rid of? Fear not! There is a route out of this dilemma. We have discovered fashion resale apps. These may be very useful for teen boys as well but as I don’t have any sons I would not be an expert. If you do, let me know!
Fashion resale apps
If you have a teen who needs to sell some clothes you may want to check these out. My teen daughters have their own accounts and the apps are easy to use. We managed to sell a never worn ball gown (don’t ask, it’s a long story!) for just £10 less than we paid for it so it’s worth giving them a go. This could even be one way for your teen to make some cash. Here are the ones that I have found for you to check out. Good luck!
- Depop – smartphone app, also sells music, accessories like skateboards and even art. Fee is paid when you sell.
- Vinted – you can sell, buy and swap pre-loved clothes. List for free. Smartphone app. fee is paid when you sell.
- Ebay – website but can be used on an app. Sells everything, not just clothes. Fee is paid when you sell.
- Try #forsale on Twitter – you don’t get the safeguards that you get with an app but don’t pay fees when you sell either.