I received a great question on my Instagram account the other day that I thought deserved a longer explanation here. (P.S. – If you’re on Instagram, follow me at @thriftflipper, or click the link on my sidebar on the blog!)
Laundering and shipping. From a newbie stand point I would to see what you do to get your items ready to ship and how you package them for shipping.
The shipping part I address here, but I want to go over the laundering part in this post.
Per eBay policy, all used clothing must be “properly cleaned and the listing must clearly state that the item is used.”
I usually wash and dry my clothing before photographing it, since it’s possible that a garment might look slightly different after being washed. I usually pre-treat any dirty spots with Shout (as long as it’s not a delicate fabric), wash on cold, and either tumble dry on low (if it’s cotton or synthetic) or lay flat to dry (wool, silk, or anything that might shrink).
A few tips:
- Color catchers are a great extra precaution if you’re washing colorful garments. Throwing one in the wash will soak up any leaked dye that might ruin your other clothes. (This is especially helpful with dark-wash jeans.)
- For “Dry Clean Only” clothes, you have a couple options: hand wash or use an at-home dry cleaner kit. I gently hand wash sweaters and some silks with a mild detergent, rinse, roll it up in a towel to remove excess water, and lay flat to dry. I’ll use a dry-cleaning kit on something like a blazer or a sturdy dress. I’ve been happy with both the Woolite and Dryel kits. I do NOT recommend using the kits on silk, though. I’ve done this before with a Kate Spade silk top, and it left splotchy grease marks all over it. (The horror!) Thankfully, a trip to the actual dry cleaners got the splotches out, but I won’t be taking my chances again!
- I do not recommend using heavily scented detergents or dryer sheets when cleaning clothing. Some people are especially sensitive to fragrances, so it’s best to stick with fragrance-free products when possible.
I do love getting questions from readers. Please feel free to ask away, if there’s anything you’d like to know!