You can find me rummaging through a pile of vintage clothing at my local thrift store on most weekends. Finding an original 1970s patterned shirt or a lush embellished waistcoat is so rewarding compared to purchasing a piece from a high-street store that 100s of other people will have. I certainly still buy products off the high street but thrifting is sustainable fashion and often more affordable. And it’s even profitable with the use of the Depop shopping app.
WHAT CAN YOU BUY ON DEPOP?
From vintage, vinyl and books to art, home decor, pre-loved and new clothing, depop is like a combination of eBay and Instagram. It’s less junk and more joy with a focus on the aesthetics and quality of the items for sale.
With around 2 years experience on Depop and 300+ purchases and 5 star feedback, I’d like to think I know a few things about buying and selling on Depop. My Depop username is oliviasm if you wanted to have a nosey look on my page.
BUYING ON DEPOP
Charity shops can sometimes be a hit and miss so if you’re looking for a particular vintage piece or you want to buy something unique you can simply pop it into the search bar on Depop.
1. BE SPECIFIC
If you want a pair of floral embroidered denim jeans then funnel your search by using just the key words “embroidered jeans”.
2. MAKE AN OFFER
If you really want an item then why not bargain for it by using the private messaging to come to a deal with the seller.
3. FIND THE ARTISTS
Depop also has a lot of niche artists who make a variety of handmade products. From commissioned illustrations to art prints and birthday cards. You can find so many unique gifts too.
4. SEARCH DAILY
New items are uploaded every single day so don’t miss out on finding what you want. And if you don’t know what you’re looking for then browse the explore feed for some of depop’s featured picks.
5. RESERVE OR BUY NOW
Some sellers are happy to reserve items for buyers to buy later but items can be sold quickly or not at all. If the item has a lot of likes it is likely to be sold in a few days rather than a few weeks so make sure you save what you like and snap it up quickly.
SELLING ON DEPOP
1. UPLOAD GOOD PHOTOS
An image can really sell an item so get inventive. If it’s clothing then style the item with photos of it on. Or if it’s a book or a CD then make sure the background is clear of make an aesthetic flatlay shot around it.
2. KNOW HOW TO DELIVER IT
Once you’ve sold an item then pack it neatly and securely and send it via an affordable but safe postal system. I use Royal Mail’s online ‘Price Finder’ to estimate the postage price to charge the buyer. And provide proof of postage such as a receipt or tracking information.
3. DESCRIBE YOUR ITEM WELL
Just as with buying items, you need to make sure your item is visible on hthe search feed. Use key words to describe the style of the item as well as mentioning the condition of it and any defects.
4. DON’T BE AT A LOSS
When you’re accepting offers from buyers make sure that you account for packaging and shipping costs and the 10% Depop Fee.
5. FIND YOUR BUYERS
Sometimes buyers don’t always find the cheapest or best item that might be on offer on your page, so learn to attract your buyer. Follow people who have liked similar items to what you are selling or message buyers that have liked multiple items on your page to offer them a bundle deal.
You could be the next Nasty Gal ‘Girl Boss’ of Depop or just clear out all of your old belongings and make it someone else’s treasure.
What are your tips for buying or selling on Depop?