At Dinki Human we encourage our customers to pass down their Dinki Human pieces when they're finished with them. We hate the idea of our products ending up in landfill and contributing to the massive amount of textile waste dumped each year. We believe in a circular fashion economy, where good quality, well-made clothing can be made ethically and in an environmentally friendly way, can be cherished and looked after well, can be repaired if necessary and can be handed on to someone else and given a new lease of life. We are so happy to be a part of the Dotte Resale Collective, we have partnered with this fabulous resale platform to offer exclusive rewards to those who sell their Dinki Human garments on Dotte.
Do you, like me, have a pile of gorgeous baby clothes your child has outgrown? Mine is currently piling up in the playroom, however I have been able to reduce the pile significantly over the past few weeks listing lots of items on Dotte. I wanted to make sure I had thoroughly tested the platform as a user (and busy mum) so I could give you my honest opinions. I love it! It's so easy to list items, very easy to use, intuitive and quick.
When clearing out kids wardrobes many parents naturally turn to eBay or Facebook Marketplace - I myself have done this many times. But wait! Before jumping straight into these huge platforms you need to see how much better it is to list on Dotte where every customer is on the look out for the same thing - good quality, well looked after, beautiful and cool kids clothing. There's no faffing about with irrelevant categories, all the main coveted brands are listed AND for brands like Dinki Human who make up The Dotte Resale Collective there are fab additional rewards.
When you sell a Dinki Human product on Dotte you get a 20% discount code off your next purchase from our store. Sell your old kids wares in exchange for money of brand new wares. It's win win! Your Dinki Human pieces can have another life, they can be loved again and they can make you some cash.
I've got a few tips to help you get the most out of buying and selling your pre-loved kids and baby clothing.
1. Make an investment. Approach buying pre-loved kids clothing as a way to own premium branded pieces at a reduced price. Buy items that will be cherished and loved. Prices will be higher than buying new from many high street stores but consider the quality and the likelihood the item will be far more likely to hold it's value and can potentially be sold on again.
2. Consider the condition. Review photos in detail to ensure you're confident in the condition of the item, if there are any damaged areas make sure the seller has been adequately descriptive. Feel free to ask for any additional images of specific areas if necessary.
3. Remember how much sizing can differ across kids brands! What might fit your little one from one store will be a poor fit from another. Feel free to ask the seller for measurements if necessary.
4. Check you're happy with the postage method. Is the seller sending the item in a way you're confident with? Do you want the item recorded or tracked? Communicate with the seller to negociate terms you're both happy with. Most sellers will happily send in a way the buyer requests as long as costs are covered.
Now, go forth and buy pre-loved!
1. Honesty is the best policy! A thorough description with an honest account of the condition gives potential buyers the confidence to spend with you. Your honesty gives them reason to trust you as a seller. If it's in great condition but there's little worn areas in the knees it's likely that that won't put a buyer off - it's to be expected in second hand clothing. Likewise, if the item is immaculate it's going to justify the price you've listed it at, if it's like new then a buyer will happily part with more cash.
2. Good quality photography. Good lighting, high res imagery, the best interpretation of the colours/prints, and close-ups of details will all help to entice a buyer. I always like to include photos of branding, and trims details. Also make sure to take good photos of any damage or worn areas, again, honesty is the best policy here.
3. Make sure your items are clean! This may seem obvious, but it's important to think about how you would like to receive items to dress your loved ones in. You want them to be folded neatly and smelling fresh. Before listing your item make sure you've searched for stains and removed them.
4. Check for any damage. Is there a small hole you can repair? Is there a missing button to be re-attached? Don't list items that are beyond repair, these should be recycled, and this is another fantastic service Dotte offers.
5. Packaging. Think about the packaging, again consider how you would want to receive the item if you bought it for a loved one. A bit of protective tissue paper doesn't go amiss! Stuffing a piece of clothing into a small bag is likely to ensure it gets to your buyer with plenty of creases, which would be a shame. Can you re-use any postal packaging you have lying around? Or you can buy dotte postal bags.
6. Price accordingly. If you bought premium kids clothing that retails for £60 and your child has worn it once, don't expect to get £60 back! Consider the age of the garment, how many times it's been worn, the size and brand when pricing your items. When listing on Dotte the price needs to be inclusive of post and packaging costs. This is something I really like about Dotte, there are premium brands and great quality items and so it's possible to get a great price for your items and it filters out the really cheap items that are easily available in bundles on Facebook marketplace etc. Shop on Dotte for brands like Mini Rodini, Bobo Choses, The Bright Company and Dinki Human.
7. Could the item be part of a bundle? You can sell bundles on Dotte, so perhaps you could save yourself some time by selling 3 bodysuits together? A well-considered bundle of similar style/size/colour pieces could be highly desirable for a buyer, and it saves you both time!
8. Accept the sale promptly. When you sell an item on Dotte you will recieve a notification and a request to accept the order. Make sure to accept it so your buyer has their purchase confirmed.
9. Be willing to answer any questions a potential buyer may have. It's the nice thing to do!
Now, go forth and resell!
I hope my guide has helped you out. These tips come straight to you from a busy working mum with piles of out-grown kids clothing, and a passion for good-quality, beautiful kidswear. I have at times, felt really overwhelmed by the "ebay pile of doom" and I can assure you using Dotte has been so easy and stress-free. I'm really looking forward to seeing pre-loved Dinki Human pieces being bought and sold and having their life cycles extended, it's actually a very exciting thought!