There’s a handful of ways you can sell your secondhand EGL, just make sure to wash it first!
If you’d rather listen to the podcast audio, check it out here, I go a bit more in depth: https://anchor.fm/laceandcupcakes/episodes/Selling-Your-Used-EGL-Clothes-ehu1oj
Where to Sell/Pros and Cons
- Lacemarket: a lot of work, especially if you don’t have good access to a PC with internet but you’ll get the most money per sale and it’s the first place many people look
- Ebay: full of knockoffs and is generally not trusted. If you’re already calculating shipping for Lacemarket, however, it can’t hurt to add it here, too.
- Poshmark: easy to sell from your phone but they take a hefty cut. The ease of listing is worth it to me, and I don’t have to worry about calculating shipping!
- Mercari: I hear it’s like Poshmark but I’ve never tried it.
- Wunderwelt: supposedly like a Buffalo Exchange but you have to be a resident of Japan.
- Closet Child: from what I’ve read, same deal as Wunderwelt.
- Swap Meets: the most fun, an excuse for a meetup and to go shopping. Also, the perfect event for newbie lolitas to see and feel garments in person and often to try them on!
Why Not Donate?
I personally opt to rehome as much as I can instead of simply donating it- the latter runs the risk of not being bought and subsequently thrown away. With a niche fashion like lolita fashion, reselling contributes to our community’s very circular economy. Arguably, EGL might be the most circular fashion out there(perhaps beaten out by vintage… maybe); we actually wear the clothes, we share care tips and generally do take excellent care of our wardrobes, and we resell them when we fall out of love with a piece. A single quality EGL garment can last many years and many owners and much love and wear. EGL fashion also has a way of retaining a portion of it’s cost to resell, making it worth that extra bit of effort.