Starting a Used Clothing Business

Starting a used clothing business is quite easy provided you have the knowledge of clothing fabric. But you need to know as how to start a used clothing business.

You can start it from your home or if you want you can open a shop also. Another good option is to start your own online clothing business.

People the world over use various types of clothing, after wearing them they are likely to just throw them away or give it to someone. It is here that the used clothing business starts. It is regarded as one of the universal and lucrative business. There are a number of ways in which you can proceed with this business.

What is needed to Start Used Cloth Business

Starting a used clothing business doesn’t require a very heavy investment. It may start with just $500 also if you want to give your shop a great look otherwise a lesser amount of money will also do. You need to have a good transportation system to collect the clothing and a few people who are ready to work with you. The other things required will be clothing racks, hangers, labels and price tags. You will be needing storage boxes for small items like baby socks, scarves, ties and belts. You can easily earn a profit of $10 on each clothing you sell.

Skills Required to Start Clothing Business

Remember, to give all your clothing in laundry before you begin to put them up for the final sale. But before you begin you need to have a good understanding of the clothing fabric. You should also be aware of stitching techniques whether the torn clothes can be properly stitched and set for sale. You should also have a good knowledge of stain removal in order to remove any kind of dirty spots from the clothes. Apart from this, if you are opening a store then you should be good at customer service skills as well. You should be able to interact well with the customers either on the phone or in person and thereby satisfy him to buy your clothing.

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You should also try to keep a wide variety of clothing this includes clothing of all-men, women and children in this way your profits will increase all the more. Don’t forget to put the price label on each clothing. It is important that you advertise the store very well. You should get posters, billboards put at various shopping outlets to let the people know of your shop. You can open a website and get your clothes auctioned at e-bay. Try to inform all your friends and co-workers and ask them to popularise your business. Ask them to buy the clothes on a discount. Hire a good staff that is well aware of clothing and customer requirements. Get your business registered at the first moment. Try to open your shop in an area which attracts the maximum number of customers.

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  • Anurag Sharma said on January 23, 2010
    please tell me the locations in which i can sell the merchandise of second hand in maximum price i.e villages, cities etc and how i can get the merchandise of second hand from the people. Karnal, Haryana, India
  • Parag M Barot said on May 19, 2010
    dear sir/madam, my name is parag barot i am a education consultant but now i want to starting a used or second hand clothing business in my city Anand state Gujarat country India let me know how will you help me about this. thanks for give me your time. thanks, parag
  • Mahesh said on June 25, 2010
    Hi Parag: Please contact me at Email address and I will help you with the business. Thanks
  • Amber said on September 13, 2010
    circleville, ohio. I worked for a well known thrift store in my area, it was my first time working in retail, but I loved it. After I learned things like pricing, sorting, and merchandising I started having a lot of ideas on ways to improve the business and increase sales, my manager either took credit for the ideas, or wouldnt even listen to me. I lost my job for no reason and now dont want any other kind of job, i think if i could open my own thrift store i could be successful. what things should i research on the business end?
  • Bhavesh said on September 28, 2010
    hi i am bhavesh. my business second hand (used) clothes sell. so please contact no. dealer or dalal second hand clothes. Bhavesh Joshi - rajkot - Gujarat.
  • Wendy Abone said on October 18, 2010
    Hi, I live in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. I really want to get into Second clothes retailing as it is of great demand regardless 3-4 main dealers in the city. Please assist on how to set up in terms of Order, Shippment etc.
  • JAGJEET said on October 21, 2010
    hi, i am based in bangalore. please guide me some good retail or wholesale business from my house or i can try to take a shop too. it will be great help. regrds, jagjeet
  • myrna said on January 12, 2011
    I live in PEI and have wondered about opening a second hand clothing store do most stores by in bulk and how do you find the reputable ones?
  • suresh said on March 12, 2011
    Hi, I am from Imphal, I am looking forward to starting a second hand clothes business.where do you find a ' Used garments wholesaler' in India where you can buy them in bulks. Any suggestion or help on how to crack on with the business would highly be appreciated.Please contact me at
  • Miriam Morea said on March 21, 2011
    Hi,I live in Miri Sarawak Malayisa. I really want to get into second hand clothes retailing as it is great demand regardless 4-6 main deals in the city where i stay. Please assist on how to set up in terms of order, shipment ...
  • S kumar said on April 20, 2011
    We are in to wholesale business of used garments like shirts, trousers, shorts, sarees, jeans, tshirts, all other kind of cotton garments. Please do contact on for expanding your business and associating with us. Most competitive price guaranteed.
  • Lima said on June 3, 2011
    Hi i'm a housewife and want to start a used clothing business..even willing to take up a secondhand clothing franchise. I'm living in Tuli, Mokokchung dist.NAGALAND, INDIA
  • Deep said on June 18, 2011
    Hi dear, could you please let me know the process of starting used clothes business ...What are the requirement for step up and which country cost cheap to import used clothes in india.. thanks
  • biswajit senaboya said on July 12, 2011
    hi, iam biswajit,from arunachal pradesh,india.I want to start a cloth business retail shop in my own native place 'mahadevpur' which is developing from a village to a town.Give me some idea,how should i start...? Also,give me an idea about the minimum investment in it..??
  • Terry Recks said on August 11, 2011
    Hello, I am a supplier of second hand clothing, bedding, towels and electrical goods including kitchen ware. I am currently supplying to Papua New Guinea(Port Moresby and Lae)from Sydney Australia and would be able to assist anyone wants in there business of second hand supply. Send me an email( this interests you and we can see what we can do for your business.
  • June Carpina said on September 2, 2011
    I'm here in papua New Guinea looking for supplier of second hand clothing in australia. pls contact me
  • Jacqueline Fu said on September 7, 2011
    Hello, I am a supplier of secondhand clothing, bedsheets, curtains, towels, etc. Our supply comes from Japan, Korea, Australia, Europe and Singapore. For any assistance, you can contact me at Look forward to hearing from you.
  • Tony Ei K.C. said on September 10, 2011
    We are supplier of used/secondhand clothing based in Malaysia. For more detail information, write to us at, we're more than happy to assist you with your queries. Thank-you & have a pleasant week.
  • Seena Khan said on November 18, 2011
    Hi everybody i am seena from bhopal Madhyapradesh India i am interested in used cloth business, but i have no experience in this field. Please give me an idea to do this.
  • Albert said on December 6, 2011
    My name is Albert living in Australia I want to start cloths business by making balers myself and export those so I need to get cloths baling machine to improve my business but where that please find one . regard
  • Robert Potit said on December 13, 2011
    hi everyone my name is Robert and i am interested in starting a second hand cloths business here in Papua new guinea and i am looking for a bail trader of clothes outside of my own country that i can do business with of good price. if anyone's interested ill be more happy to do business with you.
  • Rosella Makai said on January 12, 2012
    Hi all, My name is Rosella and I am very much interested in starting up a second hand business here in Papua New Guinea. I am looking for cheaper way to ship used cloth from australia up to start my business. If let me know if any one is interested in doing business with me.
  • Maureen Ribauw said on April 24, 2012
    Hello my name is Maureen and i am from Nauru Island. I am very interested in starting used cloth business, I am looking for a supplier from Australia, please email me at and send me more information on price list and shipping details.
  • Arubison udeagha said on April 24, 2012
    Hi there,my name is Arubison udeagha i am in the city of Aba here in Abia state of Nigeria.I would want to starting up a second hand clothes business but lack fund.I was wondering if there is any used clothes export companies that can help me to start this business.such offer will be highly appreciated.
  • Dhaval mistry said on April 25, 2012
    hi ir, i want to start used cloth business in gandhinagar & i have best location. this is my mobile no-9722516005
  • Devi priya said on April 27, 2012
    Hi i'm a housewife and want to start a used clothing business in home based. i am interested clothes sale business and more ever fancy items like jewellery items, ladies items etc.. guntur ,andhra pradesh. at present we are staying in pune these 2 places i want to start the business. please suggest me my number is 9158486714
  • suleiman said on April 29, 2012
    hey, i want to start up a second hand cloth(used), but i dont know where to get the stock and by how much. form mombasa, kenya.
  • Tracey said on May 13, 2012
    Present I'm residing in Ireland and I have been searching the internet looking for second hand and used apparel clothing to start my business. Please can you suggest where I can get the cheapest offer.
  • Barbra Nake said on May 19, 2012
    Hi I am Barbra Nake based in Kimbe Papua New Guinea and I looking for a supplier who can supply me with used clothing, say A grade Summer wear. I am also interested in wholesale Handbags, shoes and earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Please provide FOB price per piece, and minimum order. You can email me:
  • Darlene Huerto said on June 3, 2012
    Hello. I'm from Australia and I'm working for a big Reverse logistics company in Melbourne. We have a huge inventory of customer returns. Our stocks are from good working condition to classified "faulty" item coming from top retailers here in Australia. We do container export. Please email me if you're interested so we can discuss further. Thanks. . . my email address is
  • hellen said on July 12, 2012
    we need a supply/exporters of second hand issues.thanks
  • Tracy said on July 12, 2012
    I am Tracy i will like to know where to get cheap secondhand cloth in nigeria
  • Monica said on July 18, 2012
    I am a Ugandan, I already started the used clothes business it was going great when I was operating it myself but when I decided to get someone to work with, the business is now going from bad to worse. It is actually collapsing I need help What should I do to revive it? My business is in Kampala the capital of Uganda.
  • Salome Vunagi said on July 23, 2012
    My name is Salome Vunagi, and i want to start my business as a used clothing business. Please i need your great assistant to help me find where to find the best and cheapest supplier. Thanks Salome.
  • Arnaldo said on July 24, 2012
    Dear all, my name is Arnaldo from Vilanculos-Mozambique, I would like to start a used clothes business, I need an exporter/importer to my country. Email
  • Roshan said on August 2, 2012
    hi i am roshan my business second hand (used) clothes sell. so please contact no. dealer or dalal second hand clothes. Roshan Patel my cell no -919328953861. and email id dist mehsana - (North_Gujarat
  • MR JOHNLINK said on August 6, 2012
  • EMMANUEL AGWU MBA said on August 14, 2012
    My name is Mr.Emmanuel Agwu Mba, the director Ets.Notex Associates, situated in Lome Republic of Togo, we are interested in the importation of fairly used secondhand clothing and shoes. We need sincere business associates. our
  • samuel wange said on August 20, 2012
    hi, i'm staying in Daru Island Western Province Papua New Guinea. where will i import second hand clothes to start up a second hand clothing business
  • Monty Bank said on August 29, 2012
    we act as go between some very good suppliers of second hand clothing in Australia. Interested party can also contact me on my Mobile 612448830177.
  • Hello!i'm Lovelyn said on August 30, 2012
    Hi, i'm lovelyn, i stay in Enugu Nigeria. i want to start up fairly used clothes business but i dnt know how to go abt it. plz i need ur reply urgently. tnx
  • ganesh ramamurthy said on August 30, 2012
    navi mumbai i am interested ladies clothes of western look korea japan top and dress cotton and silky kindly help where i can find
  • fagbenro folakemi said on September 7, 2012
    nigeria,lagos lagos state
  • fagbenro folakemi said on September 7, 2012
    i have interest on buying wears for sell in my area i live in lagos nigeria please help me
  • ravendran said on September 14, 2012
    hi! i live in toronto, canada, i like to start used clothes sale business any body can you give me your support to begin the business. my cell #647-669-9520
  • Beatrice Kandie said on September 19, 2012
    Hi. M Beatrice from Kenya and wish to start a second hand business. where can i get good suppliers?
  • julie said on September 20, 2012
    i would like to start up a boutique for used up second hand clothes for children in kampala but can 300,000/= ugandan shillings be enough as start up capital
  • ravi said on September 27, 2012
    hi! anybody in toronto pls call me we can do used clothes business my#647-669-9520
  • shikha gupta said on October 4, 2012
    hi kandie, I am doing my second hand clothes business. i am purchasing the fabric from Mr Gaurav of Chandigarh (india). his contact number is +91 8288886425
  • Mrs Nonye Anigbogu said on October 6, 2012
    Pls i want 2 start fairly used cloth business in my country nigeria. How do i get it.
  • Eric Messimato said on October 7, 2012
    Hi, I'm interested to import quality used clothes bales from U.S.A and sell them in Papua New Guinea which is located just north of Australia. I'm looking for a good quality used clothes distributor from U.S.A. Pls contact me on my email address:
  • Juvi said on October 12, 2012
    Dear all, am interested in buying secondhand/used ladies western wear,used bedsheets and used children's clothing in bulk/wholesale.I am based in Mumbai, India. Kindly contact me at my email: Suppliers and distributors based in india preferably. Thank you.
  • Sam said on October 16, 2012
    Hi All, I am from Haryana, India and want to setup business of used quality clothes. Please guide me how to step in it. how much investment is required. I am totally new for this business and want to get into any business which can give me good profit and so that i can monthly earn Rs 60 to 70 thousands per month. Users please reply me if you have some other plans as well. my id is
  • lawrence said on October 18, 2012
    i want 2 buy second hand clothes in bulks so as 2 start a business. My contacts are +254729565564. Anybody who wants 2 partner with me is welcomed 4 business.
  • govind said on October 18, 2012
    hi. i just wanted to know in case importing used shoes into india is allowed. if yes then what are the requirements to be fulfilled. i know that importing used clothes into india is allowed only in the special economic zones.
  • mrs ronke said on October 24, 2012
    Hello, I stay in inland town onitsha, am new in the area,I have keen flare for clean fairly used cloth business, capital is no problem but I need a sincere supply from uk who could import to nigerians, thank my email again, till I hear from u
  • png fashion statements said on November 2, 2012
    Hi. I'm a first timer in this industry and I'm looking for a second hand clothing supplier located in Australia, who is able to sell not-so-expensive bales of used clothing to me and also offer a reasonable price for shipping to Papua New Guinea :) Email me if interested: Have a lovely weekend.
  • appi said on November 7, 2012
    hi i want to sell old clothes in india. plz mail me at if anyone is interested...
  • EDWARD UFERE said on November 8, 2012
  • saubhagya said on November 9, 2012
    I want to buy used jeans pant and shirt, But I am fully unknown about market where the same garments are selling
  • KIT said on November 11, 2012
    Please send me details of used clothing suppliers I want to start a business in South Africa. Thank you.
  • sunil said on November 13, 2012
    Hi everybody i am Sunil, i am interested in used cloth business import from korea, Taiwan etc to India, but i have no experience in this field. Please give me an idea to do this.
  • MR JOHNLINK. said on November 21, 2012
  • Thabiso said on November 21, 2012
    I am in Botswana and would like to start up the business. help on how to start
  • dabhi dharamdev said on November 23, 2012
    hi i am dabhi dharamdev i interested in your business so plz connect me and give me more information about your business. my mobile number : 9601950001
  • musa perpetua chichi said on November 23, 2012
    pls my business location is in port harcourt, rivers state , Nigeria, am already into a second hand business, but i seriously need a dealer here in nigeria, if possible in Aba, Abia State, where i can get a clean bale @ a cheaper rate.... Am interested in both, children, adult unisex wear, ur opinion, will appreciated, my facebook chichi perpetua, or musa joseph perpetua...tanx
  • Krishna Kumar said on November 25, 2012
    Hello, I can supply Used Mixed shoes Grade A and Used clothing also. Interested parties contact me for more info, or 647 881 5454.
  • rajesh kumar said on December 1, 2012
    i am interested in dealing Japanese imported winter used cloth and used shoes in india kindly give me the details about the source immediately
  • Naveen kumar said on December 1, 2012
    Hi friends this is naveen kumar frm singapore i dont have exp in cloth business but i have interest to import cloth from india singapore do u want any mens wear or ladies indian traditional dress you just mail me i will help you and all kind of designs etc....
  • nancy said on December 3, 2012
    Hi, i am looking for someone who can supply me used cloths in bangalore.
  • Perpetual said on December 7, 2012
    i am Perpetual from Nigeria, i am o' level holder. i am selling electrical spare parts at 106 okpe road Sapele, Delta state Nigeria. but now i want to start used cloth business. please i need your help in making this business easy for me.
  • Neelesh Amin said on December 15, 2012
    i like to do this business tell about more of place to purchase it
  • Donald Isip said on December 18, 2012
    I am Donald a Nigerian residing in Manchester United Kingdom. We have got a shop in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and we want to deal on used clothes. Please we need suppliers from any part of the world @moderate rate. I could be reached on +447424229726. Your assistance will be highly appreciated, Thanks.
  • Gaya Prasad said on December 19, 2012
    I would Like to open a second hand clothing business in Fiji. Please give me any hints or ideas as I have funds ready to invest in fiji. Kind Regards Gaya FIJI, Name:Gaya Prasad, email:
  • Emily Okuto said on December 19, 2012
    Hi, i would like to import second hand clothing especially children's from Canada, Australia, USA and Britain. Please give me ideas because this is my first time and i need genuine suppliers. My business is in Nairobi, Kenya. You can contact me on Name Emily Okuto.
  • sangte said on December 21, 2012
    i'm in mizoram i'm planning to start a business in used clothes of korean and japanese. can anybody help me where i can buy in india. pliz contact me at+9862689469
  • nikhil goyal said on December 22, 2012
    i am in haryana india, am planning to start business of foreign used clothes plz contact me 09354976797
  • pablo said on December 31, 2012
    hello my name is pablo and iam from denver colorado USA I started a bussines on a second hand high brand clothing if you are interested on import a good quality cloth or any type for cheap contact me on thanks
  • imo micheal e said on January 3, 2013
    I'm mr micheal imo, a nigerian from oyo state, ibadan. I want to start up used cloth business in my country mainly in ibadan oyo state. But i don't know where & how to get the best even any, please can you just help me out. And it base on unsex, help me. Thanks, God bless you. .
  • yusuf a sabo said on January 5, 2013
    Pls I need contact on how to engage in fairly used clothing & shoes from TOGO or BENIN to Nigeria. Where can I get cheap products. +2348053308870
  • sweety tandon said on January 6, 2013
    hi, i belong to Lucknow Uttar Pradesh, India. willing to go for second hand (Used clothes and footwear business). kindly suggest how to start up it with.
  • dele said on January 6, 2013
    i have a fully loaded van with clothes both used and new majority of the items are still with tags quality grade including thousands of pairs of shoes and ladies bags, beddings cuttings,bras underwear, jeans adults and children. my consignment is already in nigeria, i am from nigeria but i live in uk, if you are interested, contact me on this e-mail thanks.
  • Udoye Francis said on January 9, 2013
    Dear sir./Madam I want to start up all-men first grade used clothes business here in Nigeria but i need a supplier from cotonou who can sells in a cheaper rate, also address on how to locate the person am in Niger state suleja my mobile no. +2347035560265. Tank as u help....
  • jesus said on January 12, 2013
    i'm from north east india. can anyone tell me where i can buy korean and japanese used clothing in indian markets. pliz very urgent-9862689469
  • cindy said on January 14, 2013
    i started a used clothing business 5 years ago. i live in illinois, in the last year 67 shoppes have opened in sangamon county. my business went from great to very slow. i have a warehouse of clothing to sell, i have posted many items on craigslist but most of the time people dont show up after they say they are interested in buying those items. i have tried garage sales, but still too many clothes. looking to sell hundreds of jeans, tops, dresses, suites, mends suites, ties, some kids clothing still available.
  • Meci said on January 15, 2013
    How can i get varieties of these used or unused wears either from U.S.A or Cotonou to nigeria @ affordable wholesale prices. Frm: Lagos nigeria
  • Matthew said on January 15, 2013
    I am located in the state of Wisconsin, U.S.A. My business specializes in purchasing whole sale product, reviewing, documenting (pictures) – sale and distribution (domestic/international). Business is always welcome. Please re-post if interested.
  • lulzim said on January 16, 2013
    Dera Sir, I am planing of opening of second hand clothes shop. I don't have own shop so I have to pay a 300€ rent monthly. I live in Prishtina Republic of Kosovo. Are 10.000€ enough for starting?
  • Vesca said on January 19, 2013
    Hi, am Vesca from Dar Es Salaam - Tanzania, would like to start second hand cloth business. I need varieties of these used or unused wears either from U.S.A or Australia, but please I need AAA Premium grade only, for women, men and (children aged 5-16). with affordable price. my email is
  • jezzele said on January 22, 2013
    hi i'm from taichung, taiwan i am looking a wholesale used clothes here in my country who can served me an items thank you.!
  • JEFFLINE NYAME said on January 22, 2013
    C J Bells Fashions . I buy shoes bags clothes and sell in ghana
  • Ekta shah said on January 24, 2013
    Hi i am fashion designer and i want to sell my designs which is on paper. It is wonderful and definitely you love it. Please guide me for where can i sell my designs? And if anyone need the design then contact me on my number +91 8511834519
  • Shahed khan said on January 24, 2013
    Hello , @JEFFLINE NYAME please provide your mail id .... I will send u all details for used cloths ,shows and bags my id
  • Ama said on January 24, 2013
    Hi All, I am a European based exporter of Quality AAA used clothes (Women, Men, Children,babies) from UK , USA and Europe to Nigeria,Ghana, and other parts of Africa and Asia,contact me for orders my email is
  • Sara said on January 29, 2013
    Hi, i'm from Bali Indonesia and hope to find supplier for used clothes rejected goods of apparel and accessories. since i will start it from my own garage so i'm not financially sound. please help if you can supply goods and be paid by credit/installment. Skype: dayoez whatsapp: +6281999011139 thanks!
  • Ejiro said on January 30, 2013
    I live in Switzerland and I have been searching the internet looking for used clothes and bags to start my business. Please can you suggest where I can get the cheapest offer. email address
  • Dorothy b said on January 31, 2013
    Plz I really want to start my own I need to find exactly where the contacts are...plz help me
  • RAJESH KUMAR said on February 2, 2013
    hi i am rajesh kumar i wants starts a used cloth used shoes my mobile no 09990580044
  • unittra rao said on February 3, 2013
    hi am interested in starting up a second hand clothing business in Fiji. since i will start in my own garage so need supplier with cheapest offer. my email
  • kajal said on February 5, 2013
    Dear All, Good day I am kajal from fashion action international this garments export oriented buying house. pls send us your inquiry & we will give to you good price & service. Thanks, kajal, 01918904432


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