Welcome to #HerStory: a monthly installment of stories highlighting the personal journeys that led your fellow Vinties to sell, buy and swap on Vinted.
#HERstory - meet Archel!
- Name: Archel @archel
- Currently killin' it in: Los Angeles, CA
- Vintie since: October 2014
Ever since high school, I’ve made clothes and fashion a big part of my life. It all started with the private school uniforms. My move from public to private school meant that weekends were the only time I could express my personal style. To fill that void, I started flipping through fashion magazines after school and just fell in love with all the different clothing brands.
Fast forward to college, best part: no more uniforms! I went shopping every chance I could get. Being able to put together outfits everyday of the week gave me that little push to try harder to look my best. I started taking outfit pictures and featuring them on my blog. People started asking me for fashion advice and where I got my clothes. Fashion became my hobby, which also meant shopping became my hobby too.
With a year left of college and my last time moving to a new apartment, I started cleaning out my closet. I realized I had so many pieces I never wore or rarely wore, and I needed to get rid of them asap. I started selling on a ‘Free & For Sale’ group for my college, and I’ll admit it, it was kind of addicting. I studied Business Economics and some Marketing on the side so making money related to fashion felt like a huge accomplishment. Even though I was selling, that money I earned probably went to more clothes. My fashion blog grew just like my closet size.
Graduation time came and I had to move back home, which meant I couldn’t use the selling group anymore. One of my followers on Instagram asked me if I sold on Vinted. I told her I’d check it out and let her know if i decided to make an account. Finding a platform that integrates social media with fashion and business, felt like I struck gold. Two of my passions put together into one site, what more could I ask for.
HERjourney to Vinted
Whenever I go into my real closet and say “I have nothing to wear” it usually means I have way too many clothes and I desperately need a closet refresh. Vinted has been my solution for buying and selling, I’ve found so many great steals while also sending my clothes to a new home. When I need something specific or just need to do some retail therapy, I always open up Vinted first. I’ve become a smart shopper.
I used to take pictures with my phone, but I invested in a highquality camera that takes clear and crisp photos. You can tell the difference when you look at your closet as a whole.
Give people reasons to leave you positive feedback. Everyone loves mail day, and it’s even better when your order is packaged creatively and well.
Interact with your buyers, answer when asked. Always have a conversation instead of just dropping one worded answers. People will note how nice you were when they leave some feedback! Respond as soon as possible, it lets people know that you are serious about selling to them.
Also, I recommend using other social media outlets to advertise your Vinted closet. It raises awareness amongst friends that haven’t used the site before. For me I like creating #ootd's with items that I'm selling, and posting them on Instagram, Facebook, and my blog.
Always hashtag with relevant tags and also include vinted specific hashtags: #vinted (for items you're selling), #vintedtreasures (for items you scored), and #fromvintedwithlove (for your cutest packaging).
My personal style is clean, minimal, whatever I’m most comfortable in. I love neutral colors with a hint of gold or silver to make any outfit stand out. Of course, you never go wrong with black.
- Forever 21
- Brandy Melville
- LA Hearts
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