How to Start a Second-Hand Clothing Store

If your goal this year is to find a new way on how you can successfully generate money for the future of your family, then a business that you need to venture into is the second-hand clothing business because this offers several reasons on how you can become an experienced entrepreneur.

This is a very in-demand business nowadays especially that the price of goods keep on soaring higher due to the instable economy of the world.

If you know how to classify original from imitation and you have great hunting skill, then this is the business truly designed for you. The first step in order for you to be in this kind of business is to develop a well-detailed business plan. If you think you don’t have the capacity to write a business plan which will impress lenders, then you can ask the assistance of a CPA. You also need to look into the costs for the store, business set up, supplies and staff as well.

Starting a Second-Hand Clothing Store

In order for you to ensure that you will be able to sell all your products fast, you have to select a store location that is situated in a low income or middle class area. If you plan to situate your location in an affluent area, that is not a good idea in this type of business.

You also need to decide on the way you wish to buy the inventory. Let us cite as an example some of the second-hand businesses which may purchase used clothing lines upfront. The following are the most common places where you can buy used clothing or footwear as well: online, flea markets and garage sales as well. In order for you to concentrate on a certain product, you have to choose on what types of clothing you are going to sell. This will also pave the way for your second-hand clothing business to be easily known and recognized by potential customers.

You can also think to sell on consignment by accepting a certain item for sale but not paying for it upfront. This is the kind of process used by many clothing businesses in getting their inventory. This is also an excellent way on how to cut down the start-up costs because you don’t need to pay for the items until they are sold. Upon selling the item, you will them give the money’s percentage to the items’ supplier. With this, you will be able to keep a percentage.

You also need to have a wide selection of clothing lines especially kids’ clothes. You can also have maternity clothing since more women prefer to spend their money practically on buying second-hand clothes than brand new ones.

Pricing is also an important aspect which you need to master because this will determine the amount of profit which you can obtain. You must examine each item carefully if they are new or old already.


  • ALLA AKHAYAN said on November 7, 2011
    I want to open second hand clothes market in ARMENIA ,Erevan.
  • maricel said on January 15, 2012
    i need help!!! i want to open second hand clothes. its a home business but dont know how to start.
  • lolo said on January 18, 2012
    i want to start a second clothes in mt darwin rural town. zimbabwe
  • vero said on January 22, 2012
    I want to start a second clothes business in Johaneesburg South Africa. I want to start selling from home and later open a shop in town, can you please assist me in how to start and where to get the clothes from. I'm also keen to go into partnership with anyone who is reliable and honest.
  • Rusaria Manetswa said on February 23, 2012
    Hatfield,Harare,Zimbabwe. I want to start a second hand clothing business.
  • Silvia said on March 28, 2012
    Hello , I want to start second hand clothes in Slovakia.I would like River Island customers, brands, nex, New Look, Zara
  • silvia said on May 20, 2012
    hi i see you want to start a business in slovakia, i have access to used clothes in england all named excellent condition. firstly what kind of prices sell for clothes shoes bags REGARDS IAN
  • tshidi said on December 11, 2012
    Hi I would like to start a second hand clothing business in johannesburg south africa first sell clothes from home and open a store when business go well I would like to sell clothes from america and uk anyone who can help me pls
  • Nokuzola said on January 20, 2013
    I want to open a second hand clothing shop @ orange farm,south of johannesburg, i wana sell in a black market stores
  • chriseldah said on January 28, 2013
    i want to open kids clothing shop @MAFIKENG RURAL TOWN SHIP IN SOUTH AFRICA I WANT TO START NOW.
  • mr Anis said on April 14, 2013
    i have second hand clothing in London ,i need customers abroad,to exported . and sell it to Africa ,east Europe and more... i can provide a big mix range of items for all ages and genders all weather..if you are interested please cal me on 00447442551120
  • Moeketsi said on July 6, 2013
    South Africa pretoria. I want to start a second hand clothing business selling wherever then later on open a shop
  • selloane said on August 28, 2013
    hey i need to start business selling clothes for woman second hands, i'm from freestate south africa
  • Celestine said on November 1, 2013
    Hi, I am from Harare and would like to start a second hand clothing business from home, is there anyone that could send me the bales from around the globe and I can sell for a small profit and or course pay you for your bales.
  • Alex sun said on December 6, 2013
    Hi guys, I own a second hand clothes factory in China,if anyone need help, feel free to contact me. EVEN you do not want to buy sth from me, I also would like to help you.
  • Keneuoe said on December 13, 2013
    Keneuoe from Lesotho, Maseru, i want to sell second hand clothes, i want to know where to find them
  • Keneuoe said on December 13, 2013
    Keneuoe from Lesotho, i am a graduated teacher without employment, so i want to sell second hand clothes, but i dont have capital to start this business, please help me.
  • Alex sun said on December 23, 2013 any problem about used clothes business, even you donot have enough capital, there is a way to help u.
  • nami said on January 6, 2014
    please e mail me i want to sell good clothes from england to johansburg..nami.
  • Cathrin said on February 12, 2014
    Hi, I would like to sell second hand clothes in Johannesburg. I'm looking for suppliers.
  • Shane said on March 5, 2014
    Hi I'm Shane and I'm in the business of supplying wholesale second had clothing and I'm always looking for new contacts/ buyers. I'm located in Australia and I only deal in high quality clothing. I'm willing to supply anywhere in the world feel free to email me at with any enquiries. Thanks
  • Makatleho mphomeli said on March 28, 2014
    I am selling second hand clothes in small quantities so i need help for my business to grow higher, i mean i want to sell in large quantities, plz help
  • Anelisa said on May 7, 2014
    I am selling good secondhand quality clothing at reasonable prices. I'm in johannesburg 0722153016
  • patrick chung ndifon said on July 3, 2014
    i am writing from Cameroon. i am the general coordinator of a charity called the Cameroon association of active youths. in order to raise funds for our projects and also provide a source of income to underprivileged youths, we wish to set up a micro enterprise for the sale of second clothes and shoe. we shall be very grateful if you can help us in any way. you can point us to similar projects, potentials partners and donors for the project. coming out with a business plan is also welcome. thanks for your help. patrick
  • Ekane Bridget said on November 25, 2014
    I am in the United State, and I want to start a charitable second handed clothing store in my country for the poor community back there to help empower women especially, who are sometimes the bread winners of their family. I just want to do the shipment to Cameroon and these women will be the main sellers for the different bails of clothes. If there is any help around I will surely be very thankful for every help. Thanks and stay bless.
  • Sergey Throshyn said on January 13, 2015
    Hello. I have sorting factory of second hand clothing in Scotland, If any one need supplier of good sorting SH, please contact.
  • KAWEESA ROBERT DAVID said on January 20, 2015
    Need to start business of spare parts in UGANDA for GRANDE JEEP CHEROKEE from U.K . P'se send me contacts urgently
  • manisha said on February 26, 2015
    I want to start a second hand clothes business in Mumbai, maharashtra, India. Pls help me . from where to buy clothes?
  • precious said on March 26, 2015
    I want to start a second hand cloth business in Zimbabwe, please help me where to buy second cloth.
  • precious said on March 26, 2015
    I want to start a second hand clothes business in Zimbabwe at my home place in Nkai district, please help me where to buy second hand clothes.
  • Precious said on April 5, 2015
    I want to start a second hand clothes business in Zimbabwe, plz help me .where from I buy second clothes.
  • Precious said on April 5, 2015
    I want to start a second hand clothes business in Zimbabwe Nkayi ditrict, pls help me where can I buy ?
  • Sandy said on May 12, 2015
    I want to start a second hand shop in masving. please assist
  • Nessy Bong said on May 12, 2015
    I need to startup a secondhand business in Papua New Guinea and am looking for someone to help me pls.
  • Eddie said on July 7, 2015
    @Precious - Zimbabwe, please contact me +27768415784 or
  • Vikter said on February 6, 2016
    Anybody in Johannesburg still keen on opening up a 2nd hand clothing business I'm here and well connected.
  • Ephraim said on February 9, 2016
    Hi am looking for a supply for second hand branded cloths I'm located at pretoria and u can contact me on 0780037155 or email me on
  • Keamogetse Abueng said on August 2, 2016
    write your comment with city, state and country.I want to sell second hand clothes in Botswana where can l buy
  • thomas said on August 12, 2016
    hi, I am looking to start a second hand clothing business in South Africa, Limpopo, Thohoyandou- need good stock at a good price please
  • Faith said on February 3, 2017
    Hi if you're interested in selling second hand and Brand New UK high street brands. I supply Quality used shoes and clothes for children and adults from the UK. Please click on the link to find us on Facebook
  • Prosper said on June 8, 2017
    I am a Ghanaian and a teacher by profession. Over the years, I have been struggling to acquire a deep understanding and knowledge in the second hand clothing until I was talked to a few weeks ago. Can I start with $1000. Where and how do I get my goods? I need an advice please. 0549495625/0205265540..
  • Adama said on September 1, 2019
    For those in Lesotho wishing to start up a business in used clothing. Contact me at +26659203245. I am a wholesaler located in Maseru Borokhoaneng
  • Mokgohloe Lekgau said on August 9, 2022
    I need help to start a second-grade clothing shop. I plan top-class clothes. To start selling from home and later get a shop. Where do I start?


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