Originally Posted by catside
One would think the people who make their living out of this would be reluctant to advertise their business model in return for a 15 sec. fame to people who would never take a second look to thrifting thread of styleforum even if they stumbled in a google search.
Oh well. Carry On.
Develop a feel for labels, brands, materials and current styles. this is a helluva lot harder than it looks unless you work in the fashion industry, or are actually willing and able to put in the research.
Spend 10+ hours a week visiting filthy, reeking shops, populated by flashers in tights, 80 year old women with an odd fascination for ironing, and aggressive resellers. Some days, you are lucky - but usually you find things like a refrigerator magnet in the shape of a piece of sushi.
Note, unless you live in a mindlessly consumeristic city, you may be driving as many as 400 miles a week to make your rounds.
Then, take what you have found and launder it to remove signs of urine, sweat, and other biological hazards.
Now, you finally have an inventory, time to spend 40-50 hours photographing and listing items, as well as communicating with your potential customer base.
You pay a significant commission to your selling forum, and then you spend time packing, shipping ect. Hopefully you have protected yourself from consumer fraud. Hopefully.
Are you ready to start following that business model?
It sounds lovely in Spoo's article (congratulations Spoo!) but reality is - I can only think of a half-dozen cities where it's a viable full-time business. Even in those cities, you need a highly educated sense of taste.