Living for less: Making money through depop


Depop charge a minimum of 50p per each item sold, with the general rule of thumb being a charge of 12.5% (unless that percentage works out to be lower than 50p).

What I personally like about Depop is the very upfront nature about it, I found with Ebay I was getting monthly bills at inconvenient times, with charges I hadn't even known I would be paying. 

As an example; it cost me about £3.64 in fees to sell a pair of Jeans for £12 with free postage. Even worse, I received this bill after I'd spent the earnings.

Here are a few ideas for what you can sell on Depop:

Clearing Out Your Wardrobe:

The saying goes one man's trash is another man's treasure - and it's true. Of course I don't advice selling anything in poor condition - stay integral - think: would I be happy to receive this myself? Last season's clothes, a coat that's too big/small: someone, somewhere will want it.

Cosmetics & Other Products:

Keep in mind what I said about remaining integral; I personally could never sell a used lipstick to someone, but I have seen that being done. (Herpes guys! It lays dormant in 60% of us!) A foundation that's been swatched however, or a luxury skin cream that's been used once or twice I feel is completely fine - just remain conscientious and don't just pile items on your shop to try and get a few quid. Unwanted PR gifts is another thing (but of course complete the assignment first!). I sometimes consider selling a few of them, but just end up using them up - so it's pointless.


Growing ever increasingly popular is thrifting; the practise of rummaging through Charity Shops and Car Boots, finding items that could prove popular to sell and making yourself a bit of profit in the meantime.

I've found quite a few things in the five weeks I've been doing this for; a good example is an Elle top I purchased not long ago. I noticed it in my local Shropshire Cat Rescue and noted how unique it looked - the crop, the scallop sleeves and the 'Elle' brand label sewn into the neckline just made it appeal to me.
Running a sale at the time, the shop charged me 50p for the top, which I then listed for £5.60 + £1.20 P+P. It sold within the night and I earned enough to buy myself a coffee and a cake.

I can't help but feel as though I could've priced it for a few pounds more; but it made a customer very happy and gained me a 5* review; which always looks very appealing to shop viewers.

Making your own merchandise: 

As I've already discussed in part one of the Living For Less Series 'Custom Tees', making your own heat transfer garments is as cheap as chips and has a lot of potential for income. You can take it in whatever direction you want and bring something new and unique to the fashion industry (no matter how many garments you sell, you've still made an impact) whilst earning pennies for coffee and eyeshadow palettes in the process.

A one off pair of Snorlax inspired printed pants being sold for £3.50.

Some ideas could be;

  • Fanart 
  • Quotes & Slogans
  • Drawings
  • Custom orders (hen do's/stags, group trips and parties)

Pictured: Pokemon inspired handmade stickers. (Eeveelutions) being sold for £4.

Currently, my boyfriend and I are currently making stickers to sell. We're hoping to take this into a designing direction too!

A quick note about copyright: Designs are to be drawn out in future (like the eeveelutions) so as not to infringe on copyright laws.

Very soon, once I've got the sewing machine on the go and after a bit more experimentation with different patterns,
I'm going to making a few of these  to sell on my depop. 

Artist or photographer? You could even potentially sell your work on the app.

A few tips:

  • Bump your items back up the hashtags by clicking the edit button and updating it. (You don't need to put anything new)
  • Clear photos in good lighting, if possible one with the item on. (Only necessary if you need to show shape of a product more e.g a dress.)
  • Tag your images! You needn't bother with the little '#' just type your tag and leave a space between them in the bottom of your description.
  • Follow other craft and vintage shops for ideas and inspiration; what to make, sell and how to price.
  • Like other items too!
  • Clearly describe faults and have a clear returns policy (No returns/refunds or return within 14 days etc).

A note: 

When you sell an item, mark it as shipped, once it's been posted, and the money will be available in your depop wallet 14 days later - this is to ensure the item gets there and that it's in the right condition. It's to protect both you and the buyer. Obtaining a proof of postage receipt from your post office when sending your item may be helpful; just in case.

That's all for the living for less series at the moment. I'm hoping that this post series has maybe helped to give you a few more ideas on how to save pennies here and there - it's definitely helped put into picture just how much I'm saving by doing all this.

Until next time, 
Beth x

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