Seller Stories: How I went full-time as a Depop seller



Could you turn your selling experience into more than just a side project? There are lots of full-time Depop sellers and resellers on our platform who make a consistent living from selling all sorts of preowned products in their online shops. Whether you’re aiming to grow a fashion empire in the future or you simply want to fund your next vacation, it’s possible to earn a living from a career as a Depop seller. You just have to get a few things right to be in with a chance. In the following blog post, we’ll go into more detail about this possibility and give you some real-life seller stories for added inspiration. Discover more details below for how to be successful on Depop

From Part to Full-time

Want to take things up a level and become a full-time reseller on Depop? Well, with continued sales, a great eye for hot trends and excellent customer service – there’s nothing to stop you. You’re free to upload a wide variety of different items to you store. So if you’ve got an idea of what people are looking for and can offer it in a range of colors, textures, sizes and fits then you’re halfway there. Uploading new products regularly is key. It’ll keep people interested and may encourage them to become a follower – and repeat customer – of your shop too. Keep engagement high and try to respond to inquiries the same day whenever possible. This care and attention can boost customer trust and confidence which is crucial if you’re wanting to go full-time with your store. You can maintain this level of customer service at the after-sales stage too. Why not include a thank you note or unique discount code for your buyers? Thoughtful touches like this can go a long way to supporting your seller success within our community. Here are some real-life seller stories to give you more of insight about great strategy in action:

how to be a fulltime reseller

Please note: Whilst we are able to share our top tips for growing your Depop shop on the basis of our experiences and the feedback we get from our sellers, we do not make any guarantee or representation or accept any liability in relation to the sales or revenues to be gained as a Depop seller.

Case study 1: From University to Career

@avenuevintage is an Australian Top Seller who has gone from selling secondhand as a hobby during university to working full-time as a Depop seller. Sam tells us about how he made the change and moved his business up.

How I started

I have been collecting and selling vintage and secondhand clothing for most of my life. But I’d never really sold online before, nor had I given my hobby the time and energy required to turn it into a career. While at uni, I needed some extra cash and a friend suggested I should give Depop a go. So I just started using it intermittently, selling the odd item from my collection here and there.


Scaling up


Having items featured in the Explore section or being featured in the Meet The Sellers section by Depop was crucial in helping me gain a substantial following. Having good quality, well-styled stock and photographs, as well as posting regularly is the best way to get noticed and featured by Depop. Quality and consistency are extremely important, but perhaps the most important ingredient in becoming a successful seller is to be yourself; be unique; be creative; and don’t be afraid to be different or try new things. Depop celebrates individuality and I believe that many Top Sellers, including myself, can attribute that to their success.



When I knew it was time


After a lifetime of working crappy jobs that I hated and getting paid minimum wage, I worked a REALLY terrible and stressful job that I kind of broke me. I woke up one day, quit that job and decided that I had to follow my passion and make a living as a creative and a full-time vintage seller. I left myself with no choice other than to succeed. I never looked back and I never will.



What happened next


Quitting my day job was one of the most important steps as it gave me the time and freedom to source stock; shoot and edit photos; and make listings/manage my social media around the clock, seven days a week.



With time, repetition and lots of trial and error, my photos and styling have and continue to improve. I have experimented with countless backgrounds; multiple angles and poses; and various lighting conditions. I am also constantly experimenting with different styling options like accessorising, layering and trying to mix things that wouldn’t typically be worn together.

Case study 2: Partnering & Learning for Success

@shoplynx is a US Top Seller who specialises in custom sneakers and rare streetwear.

Big steps

Connor and I decided the best thing for us to take Depop to the next level was to dive right in head first. We both quit our corporate jobs and lowered our living expenses by moving from New York to Florida and using a budget for groceries. We eat a lot of rice and beans! Connor took on a part-time job where his working 20 hours a week was just enough to cover our basic living expenses.



I worked full time on the business and he helped when he was off work. This added pressure meant we literally had no choice but to succeed on Depop if we wanted to start saving for the future and elevate our standard of living (afford fancy foods, nights out, new tech, travel).



Business mindset


We listened to a bunch of audiobooks about customer service, creating a brand, and marketing. We even attended seminars by SCORE (a free business mentorship by our local small business administration).


Show you’re serious

We formed an LLC and started meeting with an accountant to track our profits and losses. I think so much of our success was from taking our Depop shop as seriously as if it were any other startup business, rather than just a hobby. It helped us create a niche and determine what products brought us the most profit, while also creating loyal customers who appreciate those products (and leave us beautiful/inspiring reviews).



Case study 3: Turning Hobbies into Opportunities

@pink_ink is run by Tabitha Darling, a UK seller who focuses on true vintage and unique items that are in line with the trends of right now.

From hobby to side hustle

Growing up in Belfast, I was always buying vintage in charity shops and built up quite an extensive personal collection. A friend mentioned Depop to me and from then on I was hooked as it's such a great way to sustainably recycle your wardrobe.



After I finished my degree I sold my art alongside selling on Depop for a year and then went on to work as a curation coordinator at the Depop office in London. I then decided to make the leap into having an online vintage business full-time, which had always been a dream of mine from the very start.



Laying the groundwork 


It took me time to build up my shop while I was working and to really know what I wanted to specialise in selling. I had to lay the foundations before making the leap as well as educating myself on how to run a business.



Finding a niche


You have to be patient as it takes time and it can be intimidating at the start but if you put in the work it can happen. You have to have confidence and faith in what you do and most importantly love what you sell. Curation is key to your shop’s success, you need to refine what you sell giving your brand identity.



Constant innovation


Pink Ink has been very successful selling not only to the UK market but globally, with multiple platforms of selling. I think it’s important to constantly evolve and innovate my brand; currently I’m focusing on creating a collection of one-off custom-made pieces, created entirely out of recycled vintage.



Depop is a great concept. I loved it from a sustainability aspect as well as how easy it was to connect with my customers. I think that’s very important if you have a shop - I want to get to know my customers and give them a great experience, and Depop made that accessible.