Where to Buy the Best Souvenirs in Oaxaca

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So you’re planning a trip to Oaxaca…

IMG-5467Great, GO. I recently returned from a 2 week vacation in Mexico where I visited Mexico City and Oaxaca – each absolutely beautiful and enriched in culture. If you haven’t been to Oaxaca than you may not know it is quite smaller than Mexico City…roughly 8 million people smaller. The town center is about a 6 x 6 block radius and filled with vibrant architecture and many artesanias (cooperative craft shops). So with six days in a small town known for its crafts…we had time to shop. As a Chicana and the first in my family to return to Mexico, I had a list of demands on what souvenirs to bring back for my Tias, Grandma, Mama, etc. Here is my suggestions on where you’ll find the best souvenirs to splurge on your family or to treat yoself.

Blouses

IMG-5875The place where I purchased 4/6 of the traditional Mexican blouses I brought home is La Casa de las Artesanías de Oaxaca The employees in this shop are not only willing to help you find whatever you are looking for, but do it with a smile. Not to mention the quality of the blouses I chose for my family were higher than most I had seen in Oaxaca – and the prices were extremely reasonable, with prices ranging all the way from $200 pesos (roughly $10) to $2,000 pesos (roughly $100). Don’t be fooled by the $100 blouses being sold on the Zocalo – while they are appealing, the quality of these are not as high as some you’ll find at a bit higher price.

 

Crafts

IMG-5873One of my favorite artesanias to shop in Oaxaca, Huizache Here you will find, in my opinion, the best priced and most unique crafts in Oaxaca. This co-op is two stories and filled to the brim with beautiful items to bring home. We came here three times and each time I discovered something different. My boyfriend bought me a beautiful red, tooled-leather wallet, I bought myself two pairs of earrings, and pottery for my in-laws, all for under $40 US dollars. While in Oaxaca, don’t forget to purchase their famous, silky smooth black clay pottery (barro negro)! Not only is it sleek and modern, bound to make any room look hip, but its one of the things the region is known for!

 

Art

IMG-5496Oaxaca is an artist’s dreamland. With picturesque streets and inspirational culture, it’s no wonder artists from all over the world flock to these colorful, cobblestone streets. My suggestion for purchasing any art in Oaxaca is support local artists. You can find local artists selling original, one of a kind pieces in Parque Labastida on any given day, each with a different style. You’ll also find artists selling in the Zocalo – that’s where I purchased two prints for my cousin and I, each for only $100 pesos (roughly $5 dollars). Additionally, when exploring the quaint town, you’ll probably come across small screen printing shops where they’ll invite you in with a smile. Go in, you wont regret it.

 

I hope you found these suggestions helpful but above all I urge you to explore for yourself! Get lost in the streets and find your own beautiful souvenirs. Have a suggestion? Please comment below ~ xoxo

Where to sell your clothes online?

So you want to sell your clothing online. Great! The world needs more people like you, wanting to give that shirt you’ve had in your closet for a year and never worn a chance at a second life rather than just throwing it away. On average, the U.S. throws away approximately 13 million tons of textiles a year. So I’m so glad you’re here! Not only is re-selling and recycling your clothing good for the environment, it is also a great way to get some side cash. I’ve sold clothing online for over 3 years, on multiple websites and have found my favorites. So, here’s my list of the best places to sell clothing and why.

#1 Poshmark

I’ve chosen Poshmark as my #1 selling platform poshmarkbecause it’s a great place to sell name brand, vintage, and new clothing. The platform is easy to use and they have great social connection services that help expand your clientele. User’s ability to share listings can expand your listing to hundreds, if not more users than other sites, and the more you share your own listings, the more visibility they will gain on search results. As the seller, you use Poshmark’s flat rate, prepaid shipping labels which minimizes the chance for mistake on shipping weight. Also, I’ve only had one customer grievance made against me and Poshmark 100% sided with me. As a freelance seller, it is great to know that you have support. Unfortunately, Poshmark takes a bigger fee than most other platforms I have sold on. Here’s what Poshmark’s website states, “When you make a sale, we deduct a fee from your listing price. For sales under $15, the fee is a single flat rate of $2.95. You keep the rest. For sales of $15 or more, the fee is 20% of the listing price and you keep 80%.” But don’t let this push you away! There are no listing fees here.

If you want to sell that Calvin Klein dress that’s been in your closet that you’ve never worn, still with tags, or that vintage blouse you’ve had for ages, Poshmark is for you.

 

#Etsy

etsyMy longest relationship with a selling platform has never disappointed. I’ve chosen Etsy as my #2 selling platform only because it’s limited to vintage clothing, which in my case is perfect, but it’s not for everyone. There are many great qualities about selling on Etsy but by far my favorite is it’s customer base. Etsy has been around for over 10 years and has many loyal customers. I’ve had less than a handful of unhappy customers, and am usually able to sort things out personally, but only once has Etsy got involved and they took favor in my shop, which is great for brand loyalty.

As of today, I’ve sold over 449 items on Etsy and have nothing but good things to say about the platform. It’s easy to list and they will make suggestions on how to make your item more viewed. Each listing costs only 20 cents and they take 5% of what you make off each sale. I know what you’re thinking, listing fee and transaction fees? Yes, but it’s totally worth it.

The only complaint, and its not really a complaint, I have about Etsy is that you have to market yourself well on the platform. Natural lighting in listings, thorough seller policies, detailed clothing descriptions – you have to make yourself stand out and look as professional as possible. If you’re ready for this commitment, then get out that vintage dress you’ve owned and get to listing!

 

#3 Ebay

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Out of all the selling platforms I’ve used, Ebay is by far the most outdated. It’s website can be difficult to navigate as both a customer and seller. But, I’ve chosen Ebay as my #3 selling platform because I absolutely love its auction feature. As a vintage seller sometimes you make mistakes by buying an item you think will absolutely sell, and then it sits on your shop for three years. I’ve even brought items home and realized they have a huge stain down the front of them. So, I put these on Ebay. I start the auction at a really low price, much lower than what I bought it for, and someone out there will always be interested. On the other hand, I’ve seen users list really rare, expensive items at very low prices via the auction feature, getting more than $400 for an item!

Another great feature about Ebay is that listing is incredibly easy and less time consuming than platforms such as Etsy. When you sell on Ebay, you get 50 free listing fees a month (I’ve never went over) and if you go over 50, it’s 35 cents a listing. However, one of my least favorite things about Ebay is that I can never understand what percentage of transaction fees they are taking from me. I do know it’s low, hardly noticeable, but as a seller I need to track my expenses perfectly and am unable to do so with Ebay.

That aside, if you have something in your closet that you’re unsure of how to price it, even after research, head on over to Ebay and auction it to the highest bidder!

 

#4 Depop

I’ve debated even putting Depop on this list, thumb_75268610902331ec436d3399336692d9b81cfd57_bof_company_logo_headerbut I ultimately decided to help my readers in any way that I can. I’ve placed Depop at #4 because it’s by far my least favorite selling platform. I’ve heard of Depop users making thousands of dollars through the platform and even gaining exposure and popularity through selling with them, but I cannot figure it out. Am I too old for the platform? 

I was on Depop for about six months and only sold one item. It was even at a time where I was unemployed, so I was marketing my shop vigilantly. Depop’s interface feels like an off-brand Instagram, only users are selling their clothing. It’s all about which hashtags you use and how many followers you have. Even though this is challenging, it is do-able (so I thought). But why I ultimately decided to delete my depop account is because it is app only. There is no website interface, which limits the consumers who purchase through the app tremendously. If you aren’t getting bites on your items, the chances of new members coming in and following you are low.

So, if your market is a little bit of a younger crowd, or you’re already Insta-famous with a large following, then I suggest selling your clothing on Depop.

 

 

Which platform is your favorite? Which one did I miss? Which one should I try out? Leave a comment below! Thanks so much for reading ~