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question about seling clothes


Stylish Dinosaur
Sep 28, 2004
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I've never sold any of my clothes. Now I want to get rid of 2 pair of church shoes (pre-prada) and one pair of trickers. they are in pretty good shape, but they're all like 7 years plus old.

I don't really follow the threads about selling clothes or shoes - what kind of money can I ask for a pair of shoes like that? do people typically sell shoes that old, or just newer shoes that they don't want?

another question - ties, like BB, Andrews ties, etc - not your high end stuff, the kind of tie that retails for 50 bucks or so. what is a reasonable asking price for it?

and, last question - I have a lot of stuff to get rid of, suits and shirts. I don't want to throw it away, or even give it to a charity that won't find a good home for it. I am talking about pretty nice stuff, bespoke for somebody 5 foot 4 and 300 pounds. if anybody knows somebody who can put these clothes to good use, drop me a pm.


Stylish Dinosaur
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Apr 21, 2005
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People do sell well-worn shoes, but the prices depend on condition and maker. Generally, they command a very small fraction of retail. Sometimes you'll see a desirable color of shell, or an attractive model from a top maker, command a decent amount, even if very worn. But most well-used shoes, of decent to very good quality, sell for less than $100, and many for significantly less than that, if they sell at all. Condition and your photography skills are key.

Brooks ties are tricky. Find the right buyer and you can get up to $25 out of them, if they're in good condition and you can photograph them well. Often they go for $10-$15 in the Trad thrift exchange. They don't do very well on eBay, so you're better off selling them on the forums.


Stylish Dinosaur
Mar 10, 2006
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For cheap items like old ties and shoes that probably won't get much, but just want to clear out and don't want too much effort with, I find the easiest route is to put them on eBay with a 99c starting price, no extra promotional options and the cheapest shipping that won't lose you money. If they get bids great, you've made a few bucks. If not, you're not out anything much and can then just give them away to charity and cut your losses. Just make sure you list in the right category, advertise your auction in the B&S forum and use the right keywords in your auction title.

For moderately pricier items like suits and potentially shirts, you're going to need to research past completed auctions and decide on a starting price that reflects the value. Either eBay or the B&S forum here will do for these.

For higher end items like nearly new or new suits or anything NWT, you're better off listing on B&S with a fair price that you can cut progressively if no-one's interested. And if still no bites, go to eBay.

Decent photos are important, as are measurements (esp. for suits). Nothing world-beating in terms of snaps, but decent enough to give the buyer a fair impression. Also, if you plan on selling regularly, get a mannequin.

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