Marrkt sale: Finding a good home for my second-hand clothes

Friday, October 11th 2019
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Few things annoy me more than waste. 

I know there are more important reasons to support the selling or donation of second-hand clothes: sustainability, accessibility, the environment and so on. But it's waste that irritates me. 

I've said before (and been berated for saying) that I dislike it when brands send unsolicited product. It might seem like an extreme first-world problem, but it's frustrating to be given something you don't want, and then have to dispose of it or search out a good alternative home. 

It was with this dislike of waste in mind that I welcomed the approach of Lewis of Marrkt.com recently. 

Lewis owns the Real McCoy's shop in London and runs Superdenim and other businesses - he gets menswear, basically. And he set up Marrkt to give an online marketplace in London for old samples, vintage, and second-hand clothing from McCoy's and related brands. 

At Lewis's suggestion, last month I tried selling a set of my second-hand clothes on Marrkt. It was only mentioned on Instagram, but all sold within a few days. 

These were not those unsolicited samples from PR companies. They were mostly my own clothes, loved and worn, which for various reasons I just don't wear anymore. 

A bespoke linen suit, for example, that I ill-advisedly put patch breast and hip pockets on. I thought I’d wear it, but I don’t. Better for it to go to someone that likes the style. 

Or knitwear that seemed appealing in its chunkiness and traditional pattern, but again just never came out of the closet. There will be someone somewhere that will adore it. 

Following the success of that sale (and of course the small one we did in the pop-up last year, with Douglas Cordeaux and James Girdwood), I’ve given Marrkt a new batch of clothing, which is now live on the site here

Highlights of that include a beautiful black-leather jacket from Dunhill, which I bought in the sale - tempted by the steep discount and sumptuous skin - but was never really my style. 

There are two pairs of JM Weston shoes, which I was never quite sure about and as such had both patinated to change their colour. But still they weren’t worn. 

And there are some Nigel Cabourn trousers, in the stiffest, heaviest cotton canvas I’ve ever felt in trousers. They’ll wear in so nicely, but they’re big in the leg and high in the waist. They were never really me. 

I dearly hope that these pieces go to good homes. I frequently give other pieces to my brother, brother-in-law, and friends that I know are the same size as me - and it’s so nice seeing how they wear and value them. 

I’m not going to pretend that this sale is motivated by some high ideals of accessibility or environmental responsibility. It’s not. It just feels really good to sell things that I do not use and are therefore going to waste. 

And of course the cash is always welcome. It will help fund a better buying decision next time. 

The pieces are all photographed and sized on the Marrkt.com site here

I have also added some text of my own, to highlight things that I think are particularly attractive, or explain why they didn’t work for me. 

A reader contacted me last time, for example surprised that I was selling a shirt. I explained that I’d actually bought one size, worn it several times, and then decided I needed the size up. So I was selling the smaller size. I still loved the piece itself. 

Orders are largely shipped the next day, and can be returned within 10 days. All details on returns and refunds here

I'm sure I'll do another sale in the future, perhaps every three months or so. If I do, it will likely be announced on Instagram. Follow me at @PermanentStyleLondon.

Happy hunting. 

 

 

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Ben

Punchy pricing on that deerskin hat!

Ben

It’s very nice indeed, but it was £19,500 when first listed! Glad it’s found a good home.

Anonymous

It’s really a good way to digest the clothes or shoes we no longer like, I’m always doing it, then the wordrobe can welcome the new ones.

Anonymous

May want to check the G&G description… headline states colour Burgundy but then the copy states they’re black.

Anonymous

Similarly, the copy in the description of the Choppin & Lodge states that it is navy but the headline colour information says grey.

G Mitchell

I feel your pain,,, I have shedloads of old top quality stuff that I want to give away or sell but to sell in Africa (for reasonable price) is near impossible and to pay postage to sell internationally would cost more than I make on the sale. I am happy to gift, but, and here is where I sound wrong, it irks me to give top quality things away to people who say “oh a pair of jeans” and don’t get, or care the make/quality/history (writing that down makes me sound like a total git but I prefer to gift things to people who can appreciate what they are) So, if anyone wants to come visit; bring an empty suitcase

Paddy

Simon,
with the black leather jacket, I am tempted but am pondering on the shoe choice. I don’t own any black clothing so does brown boots go well with something black up top like this jacket?
and vice versa?
I keep reading black and brown dont match…..

Anonymous

Unlined gloves, huzzah

Anonymous

Simon,
Bought the gloves but the finger lengths seem all over the shop! One index finger longer than the other, incredibly long thumbs, etc. If I took them to cromford or somewhere else would they be able to shorten? I imagine it is quite an easy job for unlined gloves?

Philip

I hate to be a party pooper but there is something hypocritical about your hating waste so much. I am fairly sure that you ‘waste’ money on a huge number of items of clothing. I don’t believe that you can wear all of the clothes that you have, in one lifetime. If you are thinking in terms of what to do about waste, why not buy fewer clothes and give away the money you would have spent? Instead of selling on luxury items, why not give the cash to those more needy and perhaps more worthy?

VSF

Apparently Philip has forgotten that clothing, style, and writing about the subject is your job. So, the cycle of new commissions, new clothes, new articles and more sales and giveaways will continue, and properly so. Perhaps forgetful Philip will remember your vocation the next time he considers complaining about your charitable habits. By the way, it’s none of his business anyway.

Anonymous

Simon you must be heartened to have somebody like VSF fighting your corner.

For me, the idea of wearing somebody else’s clothes is abhorrent.

If I were hard up it might be a solution, but I find it beyond weird that some (VSF perhaps) might go down the pub and say “these were Simon Crompton’s trousers”.

Euch!

VSF

Well anonymous I can assure you, you’re snarky comment aside, that if I bought any secondhand clothing, shoes etc that I would not announce it at the pub, or anywhere else. Like you, I don’t buy secondhand clothing for a number of reasons. However, if I did, Simon’s clothing sales would be a great resource as I would know that they were well taken care of and excellent quality. By the way, Simon doesn’t need me, or anyone else, fighting in his corner. He can take care of himself.

Anonymous

Some of us are, indeed, hard up…

Matt

Obviously most of us prefer new, but I also think that most don’t feel quite as strongly about avoiding used clothing. If anything, it is your view which is strange.

Scott

Well said Matt

Phil S

After unsuccessfully trying to offload Trickers shoes ( too big ) and a Lardini jacket ( too jazzy according to my wife ) plus other odds and sods on ebay, this may be the answer

Anonymous

Haven’t checked yet. Hoping to cop the Cucinelli Belt. Please still be there, please still be there! 🙏🏾

Richard

I had never heard of this consignment service until your post. I love the product photography they’ve done for each piece! So much more care has been put into the presentation than what you see for places like TheRealReal, whose goal seems to be to make everything look as ugly and distorted as possible, or other DIY sites where it’s mostly a seller’s iphone pics. The commission also seems quite reasonable compared to other full service consignment services as well.

I am sad to see you didn’t get more wear out of your G&H travel blazer. I had one commissioned from a local bespoke tailor after your post, with similar and improved features based on your learnings, and it has been my go-to travel sport coat for commuting flights for the last however many years.

Anonymous

This is a promotion hiding within article. It starts with a statement on waste then invisibly moves to a solution, Marrkt. I state that as there is no balance to the story (it’s not even a review) and little transparency as to the commercial relationship (as Marrkt also appeared in your ‘Instagram stories’). What percentage of the sale do they keep (it’s 35%), is there a transaction fee charge (it’s 3%), most importantly do they or the seller set the price (important as they can set prices lower than perhaps the buyer might wish). Also do they have a bar on certain brands/types of wear and an acceptance on others. The last three points are not covered on their site. Addressing these points would have been helpful to the reader and allowed, at least, for a comparison to other similar sites such as Vestiaire, e-Bay and Preloved. Not knocking recycling or your well argued response to Philip but this subject should have been approached with a little more transparency and greater levels of information.

VSF

Are you interested in getting good information or just being a gadfly? This comment, along with others you’ve made, would suggest the latter. The readers of PS are trying to learn about quality clothing and how to wear it and enjoy it. If that’s your main focus that’s great and you’re one of us. However, if that’s not you main goal, but rather just stirring the pot, then perhaps this venue isn’t for you.

Philip

Many apologies for my outburst, Simon. It was uncalled for an added nothing useful to the discussion. I must learn to think before I write. I’m sorry for any offence caused.

Peter K

How does Marrkt compare to EBay, where you have also sold clothes Simon?

I appreciate you and others who sell clothes they don’t wear as I have found several excellent things on EBay and in thrift stores. I have a pretty complete wardrobe and do try to resist the urge to buy more clothes. When I do need something I find it rewarding to find it slightly used and so not contribute to excess consumption.

Given my limited budget it also means I can buy better quality clothing.

Anonymous

Hi Simon,

I’d be curious as to why you’re getting rid of your Weston shoes. Was that based on style, fit or make?

Also, what did you replace those beautiful Lavabre Cadet gloves with?

Anonymous

I do often wish that the people that come to your comment section to moan would stop complaining about what and how you write and perhaps create their own blog since they think that they can do a better job. I, and I’m sure most of Simons readers, followers and subscribers don’t care what Mrkkt commission is, if you want to know go and do your own research.

(Deep breath)

Now, Simon do you have any more Brunello Cucinelli pieces, if so please let me know I missed out on that beautiful belt

Paul

Thank you, Simon. Please let me know when you make your Huntsman tweed suit available.
🙂

Thompson

How tall are you Mr. Crompton?

Anonymous

Hi,
When will everyday denim shirt restock in your web shop ?

Gable

Hi –

On a related note, does anyone have any recommendations where I can sell bespoke clothes/shirts and also a few brands (APC/Smedley/Anglo Italian/Trunk/Camoshita). I’ve looked on Grailed but it seems like a different audience.

Winot

Hi Simon – where does a seller deliver their products? Is it possible to drop them by hand rather than by courier? I’m sure this is answered when you sign up to sell but I’d like to know the answer before I do that.

Thanks

Anonymous

You’ve chosen not to post my comment on disclosure, however, I think it reasonable to ask what the nature of the ‘Instagram Stories’ element is. They are asynchronos to the PS Instagram feed and thus have a purpose – of the last 8, 6 seem to be curated as subtle adverts. The same type of subtle ads that Facebook and Pinterest run, nothing wrong but the CAP code does argue for transparency. Facebook identifies ads within the content stream as ‘sponsored’ Pinterest identifies as ‘promoted by’. If ‘Instagram Stories’ is an ad spot then later running articles related to the content is, indirectly, a form of sponsored content. If companies provide payment or ‘benefit in kind’ for featuring in ‘Instagram Stories’ then in fairness to readers this should be identified as such. Just asking for proper clarity for the reader/ad consumer…

Anonymous

Thanks for the clarity on ‘Instagram Stories’.

Russ

Perhaps I’m missing something, but having had a look at the website, I cannot see any explanation as to how our unwanted secondhand clothes are to be delivered, whether there are any brands that the site does not want, and what the commission rate is. Please forgive me if I have missed a web page or comment that explains. As these people appear to be based in York, which is not too far from me, I would certainly use them regularly if I had more information.

Lewis Hull

Hello Russ, Please feel free to drop us an email for any specific information to [email protected] – The essentials are: We take a 38% commission, we consider all products but tend to stock quality workwear and classic niche branded menswear. We assist with delivery to our warehouse, although if you live nearby you are welcome to visit.

Russ

Thanks Lewis, will do.

Richard T

Are you aware of any alternative to Marrkt? I want to sell some clothes and after an initial contact I’m struggling to get a response from them.

Raphael

Hi Simon,

Don’t know where else to put this, so here:
Where would you recommend to sell bespoke pieces? I have had some bad experience with eBay and am looking for alternatives.

andrew

whats the italian size of the black cord berg berg trousers currently on marrkt? it says 31?