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Brad Goreski on how to turn closet clutter into cash

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08: Brad Goreski

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08: Brad Goreski Hosts eBay "Selling Style Studio" and shows New Yorkers how to cash in on their fashion finds on June 8, 2012 in New York City. Credit: Getty Images

Brad Goreski broke onto the fashion scene as celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe's assistant on Bravo series "The Rachel Zoe Project", and he now stars in his own show for the network called "It's a Brad Brad World". Since breaking free of Zoe's command, Goreski has amassed his own high profile clients and also landed a spot as exclusive brand stylist for Kate Spade New York. Now he's traveling the country as a member of online marketplace eBay's new Chic Squad, but he took a quick break to give Newsday readers some tips on how to turn closet clutter into fast cash. 

What does the eBay Chic Squad do?

The Chic Squad is a group of fashion and celebrity stylists and top eBay sellers who are inspiring selling on eBay. We’re offering advice on what to sell and how to sell, so that style lovers can free up closet space and cash to buy more fashion!

And, the Chic Squad is hitting the road this summer with the Selling Style Studio – an interactive experience that’s popping up in cities coast to coast. Attendees are invited to bring handbags, shoes, sunglasses, denim and we’ll help them get started!  

Why did you decide to be a part of this? 

As a stylist, I know firsthand how many people have incredible, stylish clothes tucked away that they just don’t wear. Why not encourage people to cash in on these items so they can have the funds to buy what’s on their fashion wish list? I’ve sold (and bought) on eBay and it’s just so incredibly simple.

Why do you think selling on eBay is a good idea?

eBay just launched a new, simplified selling experience with just four simple steps to selling fashion:

SCRIPT: Fill in the information about what you're selling.

SHOOT: Snap a photo of your item.

PRICE: Set your price and select a shipping option.

LIST: List your item.

The eBay community is huge – nearly 100 million – and fashion is one of the most popular categories.  

What tips do you have for someone looking through their closet and hoping to sell online for the first time?

Certain items like denim and designer handbags are always in demand on eBay. In fact, women’s accessories sell every five seconds on eBay, a pair of shoes sells every 6 seconds and a woman’s dress sells every 6 seconds!

I just worked with eBay on a few “how-to” videos for first-time sellers. These go through the simple steps and give tips and tricks on what to sell and how to sell. You can find the videos at

What about for the buyers? What should they look for in an item and seller before buying?

As a buyer, I love the incredible selection that’s available on eBay. As with any purchase, it makes sense to read up on the product details…size, color, material, etc. Some sellers offer free shipping, which can increase your chances of securing a buyer.

What types of pieces sell really well? What's especially hot right now?

Designer brands are sought after year-round, and some hot sellers include:

Handbags: Balenciaga, Kate Spade, Lanvin

Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Stuart Weitzman 

Sunglasses: Betsey Johnson, Ray-Ban, Tom Ford 

Denim: J Brand, 7 for all Mankind, True Religion

Can non-designer pieces do well if they are in good condition?

Of course! You don’t have to have all designer items to be a successful seller on eBay. Think like a buyer and be creative when listing your items. As long as your item is in good condition and you are ready to part ways, list it!

Once we do clear out our closets and make some extra cash, what should we spend it on? 

If you have extra cash, try buying that perfect handbag, or a pair of shoes. They are my two obsessions.

What's hot for Women? Prints and Neon.

What's hot for men? Bold colors, and also prints.

Always keep in your closet? A great denim shirt (for both women and men)!

What can we expect to see from you next? 

Next for me…I'm working on Season 2 of “It's a Brad Brad World!” My client list is expanding and life is busier than ever. Some great things happening with Kate Spade and I’m styling lots of editorial projects!

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