Within the liquidation industry, wholesale designer clothing is probably the most sought after category of merchandise for those who resale through eBay and at flea markets. The daily availability of this clothing is astounding. As I watch loads come and go quickly I would estimate that on any one day, $5-10 million in surplus designer clothing is available secondary market purchase.
What is your definition of wholesale designer clothing? Some liquidation buyers are specifically looking for certain brand names sold through the Macy’s chain of department stores? I would consider this quality of clothing and labels as better than average, but how do you get you hands on brands sold through Bloomingdale’s and Nordtsroms? You must have the right contact information and you better be ready to spend at least $5,000 to upwards of $15,000 per job lot. There are a couple of wholesale liquidators who will sell designer brands to small resellers; they allow custom lots of specific brands and sizes. It costs a lot of money per item to order lots like this, but if you want to specialize in one or two labels, this is your only choice.
Most of the designer liquidation clothing found within the liquidation industry is customer returned, meaning the clothing could be damaged in some way. Clothing that has been returned to the catalog company or retailer could have been tried on and show sign of wear and damage. The damage ratio of any one pallet purchased will vary, and obviously, will affect your overall profit margin.
I have a client who has purchased our guide and has been sending email updates as he makes liquidation purchases. He has offered details about his sales through eBay, and is claiming an average gross margin of 70% on his purchases to date. He is ecstatic about his opportunity to replace his wife’s income reselling customer returned designer clothing. Way to go!
Our 2017 Liquidators Guide chronicles 12 years of wholesale product sourcing experience and includes my personal black book of direct source contacts! As an industry expert, I'll share the success I've enjoyed along with the mistakes I've made buying and reselling liquidation merchandise.
If you are thinking about buying pallets of liquidation merchandise from a liquidator, broker, or direct from department stores, you need to check out The Liquidators Guide