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I made £110 in 24 hours on Vinted – the five essential photos you have to take if you want to sell items quickly

If you have a wardrobe full of clothes, but always feel like you’ve nothing to wear, Vinted might just be the place for you.

Not only can you buy reasonably priced high-quality secondhand clothes, but you can list anything you no longer need or want in minutes.

The Sun’s Rose O’Sullivan shares her top tips on how to sell clothes on Vinted
Vinted is an easy-to-use secondhand selling platform (and app) where you can buy and sell items in minutes

I am a notorious shopaholic, over-purchasing every paycheck and leaving beautiful outfits in my closet collecting dust.

Like many other women, I also get the notion of buying items a size too small, hoping I’ll fit into them and eventually forgetting I bought them in the first place.

But after hearing all the hype about Vinted, I thought it was time for a proper Spring clean-out and get rid of anything gathering up space in my wardrobe.

And with some luck, and research from past Fabulous articles, I sold £110 worth of clothes in one day, without breaking a sweat or overthinking it.

Vinted is a dream for secondhand sellers who want to post and ship off items quickly, but there are some tricks you can use to help your clothes fly off those shelves.

Set the scene

Most of the clothes I wanted to sell didn’t fit me to begin with, therefore I couldn’t post pics in them.

So I dressed my bed in nice creamy cotton sheets and laid the clothes down gently.

I positioned and moved them around, even steamed or ironed dresses that needed a little extra TLC, just to get the best shot.

And in doing so, I ended up with quite aesthetically pleasing pictures, detailing the colour, fabric and skitch well.

I was shocked by how easy and intuitive the app was to use, especially considering its alternatives such as Depop and eBay can be a bit of a minefield.

All in all the process of photographing and listing nine items only took me 45 minutes.

Pretty good considering I made £110 worth of sales in just one day!

How to get the right shot

Rose listed nine items, including this gym set, on her Vinted account
Rose sold three items for £110 in just 24 hours
By taking clear, bright and detailed pictures of her clothes she had an easier time selling them on

Photos are difficult to take, whether you’re in front of or behind the camera.

But the right photo on Vinted could be the difference between you selling something in 24 hours, days or even weeks.

Well-lit space

Find a well-lit area, preferably natural light, to showcase your clothes.

Avoid harsh shadows or dim lighting that can blur out the finer details.

Clear background

Keep the background clutter-free to draw attention to your clothes.

A plain wall, a clean floor, or a neatly made bed all serve as suitable backdrops.

I sold £110 worth of clothes in one day, without breaking a sweat or overthinking it

Rose O’SullivanVinted Seller and Sun Staffer

Any distractions or mess will drive focus away from the clothes.

Angles and close-ups

Experiment with different angles to highlight key features of the clothes.

Include shots from various perspectives to provide a good overall view of the item.

Detailed shots

Take close-up shots of any flaws or imperfections, such as stains or loose threads, to maintain transparency with potential buyers.

Include images of labels, tags, and brand logos, these can be extremely helpful especially if the clothes can only be washed at certain temperatures or need to be dry-cleaned.

What photos you should upload

High-quality and clear images will help your items stand out on Vinted amongst a vast array of items available on the platform.

Here are the five essential shots I include:

  • Picture one: A clear shot of the front of the dress, gym set, trousers, etc
  • Picture two: The back of the outfit
  • Picture three: Photograph sleeve or pant length
  • Picture four: Close-up of the stitching, or if any flaws on the item include zoomed-in shots of this too
  • Picture five: If they are trousers, take pictures of lining, zips or buckles

I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy one, but if you have one handy, a tripod could also be helpful when taking more detailed photos.

What to write

Detailed descriptions including the brand name, colour and size make it much easier for a buyer to make an informed decision
Keep your descriptions short, neat and to the point, buyers want the facts and lengthy bios can be off-putting

Whenever listing a description I try to be as clear as possible.

Describe the colour, where the outfit can be worn and for what occasions.

Include the size, what the fits like and why you are selling.

I am a notorious shopaholic, over-purchasing every paycheck and leaving beautiful outfits in my closet collecting dust

Rose O’SullivanVinted Seller and Sun Staffer

If you’ve never worn it and have removed the shop tag, list it as new without tags.

‘Smoke and animal-free home’ is a popular phrase I have seen used on Vinted recently and a good one to include for nervous first-time buyers if applicable to your garment.

And finally, include how much you purchased for and how much you are willing to sell for.

Stick to your pricepoint

One of my top tips is to be patient.

If you purchased a dress for £100, never wore it and are selling it with the tags – don’t list it for £20.

If you know the dress is from a reputable brand, worth more and in beautiful condition, price your item fairly and stick to your guns.

Patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet

Rose O’SullivanVinted Seller and Sun Staffer

Be polite to the potential buyer and explain how much you purchased it for and that you won’t go lower than maybe £5 or £10 less.

Don’t waste time haggling as another person on Vinted will purchase it at the price you originally listed and understand its worth.

As the saying goes, patience is bitter but its fruit is sweet.

Happy vinting!

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New Vinted rules to be aware of

IF you fancy clearing out your wardrobe and getting rid of your old stuff on Vinted, you’ll need to consider the new rules that recently came into play.

If people are selling personal items for less than they paid new (which is generally the case for second-hand sales), there is no impact on tax.

However, since January 1, digital platforms, including eBayAirbnbEtsyAmazon and Vinted, must share seller information with HMRC as part of a crackdown.

You’re unlikely to be affected if you only sell a handful of second-hand items online each year – generally, only business sellers trading for profit might need to pay tax.

A tax-free allowance of £1,000 has been in place since 2017 for business sellers trading for profit – the only time that an individual personal item might be taxable is if it sells for more than £6,000 and there is a profit from the sale.

However, firms now have to pass on your data to HMRC if you sell 30 or more items a year or earn over £1,700.

It is part of a wider tax crackdown to help ensure that those who boost their income via side hustles pay up what they owe.

While your data won’t be shared with HMRC if you earn between £1,000 and £1,700, you’ll still need to pay tax as normal.

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