So I recently discovered a lovely little place called Lace Market. It’s like ebay (*gasp* should I even give it credence with that kind of comparison??). But it IS a comprehensive website that showcases previously owned Lolita items that you purchase, very similar to the aforementioned auction site.
It IS an auction site, so the item will of course be given to the highest bidder. I quite like the layout, and it seems like the new place to go to in lieu of using the Livejournal Comm sales. I’ll confess I haven’t used Lace Market yet, but I do intend to very soon. I just wanted to share my initial enthusiasm for this new Lolita fashion marketplace.
And don’t forget, kids, support indie designers and sellers! Be responsible when saving up for brand! And do your research in properly taking care of your expensive pieces. Cherish them as collector’s items so that they may last for years to come, and be acceptable for the next lucky owner of your pretty things.
When selling your items to others, please take a few simple steps for the garment to be in an acceptable condition.
1) Try to iron your garment as best as you can, according to the instructions for the particular fiber content the piece may be made of.
2) Be honest and declare any stains or defects when describing the product. Honesty about such things may help to sell the product better, as well as help your reputation in being a responsible and honest seller. And if there are issues like tears or holes, there are handy Lolitas they may be able to accept the product to purchase and fix it as well. So be honest and don’t be discouraged about tears or stains.
3) Also, for stains (especially for that terrible underarm area), I have found that the OxiClean Max Force pre-treater gel stick works wonders. Any OxiClean product works really well for stains when treating the spot directly. Oxiclean is also great for odors. My husband smokes cigars, and I have strict rules about not bringing it into my studio (if you knew who my husband is, then you’d understand it’s impossible to get him to stop – heh). If you don’t want to use chemical laundry detergent to remove odors, you can also use vodka! Ha!
4) Be honest about having pets. I have two cats. I have rules about them not climbing over everything, but they are cats. And so being honest about being a household with cats (or dogs) is important. People can have serious allergies, and this should be respected. Luckily, I have a friend who is allergic to cats who I used to test my things on after I’ve thoroughly washed and deodorized them (again, with the oxiclean). So far, so good.
5) And I see this one a lot – price your items reasonably. I mean, really. I don’t know how people think they can get away with asking ~$150 for a Bodyline anything.
6) If I ever sell to you, and you have a problem with anything about my product that I sold you, I promise I will try my very best to be as understanding and flexible about the issue. I also expect you, the buyer, to do the same. So basically, this rule is to be civilized adults, which should stand for living life in general. But I suppose it doesn’t hurt to repeat in a while.
So I think we should support this new thing. I would be curious about what comments you have on this website, your thoughts on your experience if you’ve purchased from there, maybe ideas on how we can improve it. Please share your thoughts.