We invited Constanze from Trouvaille Vintage, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands to talk about how she sells vintage clothes online.
In general, I think there is no moment where I am not buying vintage clothes for Trouvaille Vintage. I am always “on” and on the lookout for pieces – I love to mostly buy stuff on vacation though, to make sure that my inventory is from all over the world.
When buying the items, I usually pay attention to that I can add a triple or quadruple margin to my items ( so the buying price will be 3 or 4 times more expensive than my initial cost), as I have to pay a lot of VAT here in the Netherlands and also income tax is very high. Usually, this means that blouses can’t be more expensive than 10 euros when I buy them, so I can make some profit.
I have I bought some items as “image pieces”, so I won’t make any margin off them, but I wanted them to shape the style of the shop and give an edge to it.
The amount of clothes I buy also makes me face a huge backlog at the moment. I just don’t manage to shoot them all, which sucks, but since I do everything alone that’s just how it is. I usually spend 3 hours per day on stuff relating to the shop. On the weekends it’s more (7-10 hours). That’s all next to my full-time job in advertising.
Then I have a spreadsheet with my customer information, that I make sure to save on my mac, not on Google Drive, to be safe with the GDPR.
Whenever an item gets sold I transfer it to my sales overview and calculate how much money I have to put aside to be able to pay taxes at the end of the year.
hmmm, I think that’s it 🙂
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