Being fat limits my fashion options, but it doesn’t prohibit me from having a shopping addiction as there are more and more options available in plus size.

On a bad day, I cannot find anything to wear that doesn’t make me feel like a frump. I know this is more about my state of mind than the reality, but often I hope that if I have something new to wear it will make everything alright.

I use clothes to cheer myself up, and the process for shopping is so easy. I can use my phone or my laptop. It can arrive the very next day, and I can always send clothes back if they are not right.

Of course, what feels right one day, doesn’t always feel right the next. I find myself back to where I started – despairing that I have nothing to wear and that I look awful in everything.

I have a habit of thinking I deserve these new, bright things to brighten my mood. There is always something else to be had that will make me happier than I currently am. It is a cycle of behaviour which has its highs and inevitable lows.

And then my depop shop happened.

Like e-bay, you can sell your unwanted clothes online (via an app). However, it works more like a community and is used by a lot of people like me. Fat and spendy.

It isn’t the answer to everything. It can be slow to sell, and although depop have made the process straightforward, the process of selling is always tedious. From creating your listings to finding the time to pack and post. As someone with dyspraxia, time management and organisation is not a strength. Getting myself to work on time is a struggle…but it can work if you prepare.

Screen grab of my depop page
Screen grab of my depop page

My depop tips

  • Get self-seal mailing bags in two sizes and buy these in bulk. Get one the same size as a large letter: 10 x14 inches. You will mostly be sending one item, and so long as it isn’t bulky, you can carefully fold and save time and money. This is something it took me a while to work out…
  • You will sell multiple items and thicker items. I get 14 x 19 inches and this usually does the job.
  • For bulkier items, I would package at the post office and box up. This will cost more and so factor into the price. There may be a more cost-effective way of doing this, but I’ve rarely needed to.
  • Ship your items quickly and give good customer service to ensure tip-top reviews as trust is everything
  • Be descriptive – sizes can mean something different depending on the shop. Is it true to size or do you think it runs large or small? Answer questions from potential customers.
  • People like to haggle so give yourself some wriggle-room.
  • Post on the weekend for the best traffic.
  • Bump your items by editing them and re-posting (I think this still works…).
  • I use pictures of the clothes from the website they were purchased – this is not the best way, but it is all I can be arsed to do. People like to see them on, but I hate taking full body pictures of myself (mainly because I struggle to do it and need someone’s help – dyspraxia woes). So if you can do a selfie of you wearing the clothes, it will help.
  • I’ve also seen lots of hipster depop listings where clothes are neatly folded around other items, usually on a wooden floor next to some other fashion items and some flowers, or a camera or some other aspirational nonsense. So if you have time to make your unwanted clothes appear more appealing by laying neatly on top of some mid-century furniture, you absolutely should.

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