Selling on Velvet Garden

Anyone can sell on Velvet Garden! Please download our Seller Form to get started! 

*Note: If you have trouble working with .pdf  files, please email me to receive a Word version of the form.


The Seller Form will ask you to fill in the following information about your item(s):

  • Title - Each item should have a short but descriptive title. It is not necessary to list the size or quality in the title, but brand names are sometimes helpful.

  • Price - The price should be a fair estimation of what you think the item is worth. If it doesn't sell at your asking price, you can always lower the price later.

  • Photos - Please DO NOT USE OTHER PEOPLE'S PHOTOS WITHOUT PERMISSION. You may send images only as .jpg attachments. Usually 1-3 images per item is sufficient, but you may send up to 6 images per item. Each photo must be a minimum of 600x600 pixels and a maximum of 1000x1000 pixels. Photos smaller than 600x600 pixels will be rejected. If you need any help with photos, please email me.

  • Description - Occasionally, photos do not capture an item fully, so please try to include a brief description of exactly what you are selling.

  • Size - Please include the tag size (if possible), and/or measurements in the form of: inches, centimeters, or millimeters (for jewelry). Items without a tag size or any basic measurements listed on the Seller Form will be rejected. 

  • Condition - Please describe the condition accurately and make mention of any rips, stains, fading, missing buttons, etc. It also helps to take photos of these defects and include them in the listing. Velvet Garden uses the following system to indicate the condition of an item:

    New With Tags - New Without Tags - New (Handmade) - Like New - Gently Worn (with explanation of any defects)

  • Shipping Costs - How much will you be charging for shipping and handling? If you're having trouble with this, you can look through the Velvet Garden site to see what others charge for shipping on similar items.

  • Quantity - It is important to specify if you have more than 1 of a particular item for sale. The posting fee covers the sale of a single item only. If it sells quickly and you have more stock on hand, we will be happy to help you sell those on Velvet Garden as well, but a posting fee must be paid for each. 

  • Form of Payment - Please list what forms of payment you accept, such as: PayPal, money orders, checks, concealed cash, etc. Please also indicate whether or not you will take 'Best Offers'.
    *Velvet Garden is not responsible for any payments that might be 'lost in the mail' or for any un-fulfilled payments by the Buyer.

  • Country - Please specify if you are NOT located in the US.

Posting Fees

After your item(s) are approved, a small posting fee is required to sell your items on Velvet Garden. 
Items are kept on Velvet Garden for 1 full YEAR, (but they typically sell long before then.)

The posting fee is 10% of the asking price of your item. Example: If you are selling one item for $30, then the posting fee would be $3. 

There is a minimum posting fee of $1 for each item - so if you want to sell something for $8, the posting fee for that item would be $1 (rather than 80 cents).

Posting fees are paid in-advance and are non-refundable.

PLEASE NOTE: New items are posted every week on Sunday afternoon / evening. You must email your items to me by Friday at midnight for them to go up on Sunday. If they are received after that time, they will be posted the following week. 

Benefits of Selling on Velvet Garden 

  • Effective Advertising - Your item will be advertised to over 8,000 individuals on the Velvet Garden Mailing List as soon as it is posted! You can't get that kind of targeted marketing on auction sites where buyers have to search for your items. Auction sites do not compare to this service!

  • Generous Timeframe - Your items will be listed on Velvet Garden for one full YEAR! Auction sites typically only give you 1-2 WEEKS and then charge you re-listing fees.

  • Fast Sales - Because there is no bidding, items often sell very quickly. Popular items will often sell the same day they are posted.

  • No Re-Listing Hassles - If a buyer doesn't send payment, your item will still be listed on Velvet Garden, so you won't have to deal with re-listing hassles or pay any extra fees.

  • Less Stress - Since this is not an auction site, you can name your own price and wait for a buyer to agree to it. Sellers know exactly what their items will sell for, and buyers know exactly what they will be paying. You can also name your own selling terms, (such as your return policy). There are no "one size fits all" selling terms on Velvet Garden. 

  • Website Integrity - Velvet Garden is incredibly well-established. It has been online since August 1998 (over 15 years!) and has an amazing customer base. 

  • Free Image Hosting - All images are hosted on our servers. Once you send the images in, you don't need to worry about them.

  • No Hidden Fees - You never have to give out your credit card number, or worry about hidden fees. The posting fee is paid once - up front - and there are no other charges or closing fees to worry about.

“Velvet Garden is a very smooth-running machine which offers an excellent alternative venue for the buying and selling of Gothic what-nots. The level of communication between sellers and store owner/diva is a much-appreciated change from the Ebayesque ambiance of other auction sites/online stores.”
— Morbid Outlook