How to Start “Okrika” business in Nigeria


“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society” – Mark Twain
A store featuring clothing items
A store featuring clothing items
The booming business of Okrika popularly also known as “tokunbo” (over the seas),”bend down select” or fairly used wears (shoes, cloths, and other personal items) has grown in leaps and bounds with high yield in profit.  Though not all the wears are previously, though most are as they are cast offs or donations to charity organizations, but others are fairly new as they  can be sold at high discounts by shopping malls to get in new merchandise or traded off. 

Note: Throughout this post, the term ‘clothing’ or “wear” refers to clothes and fashion accessories such as  underwears, bras,belts, ties, scarves, gowns, tops, blouses, shoes, socks, shirts, dresses, trousers and… anything you can also think of!

In this present time, even with the government’s prohibiting used clothing as contraband, (there are arguments for and against this, but that’s s later discussion), the multi-billion dollar clothing market in Africa continues to grow and there are lucrative opportunities that lie within it. We also look at factors such as affordability, brands, quality and taste for local and foreign fashions that determine the choices Africans make about their clothing. For those of you who are considering doing the business, I want to take time to discuss with you the beauty, business and challenges involved for you to decide if the sale of used wears is the best for you . Like, I said in a previous post, Okrika is one of the few businesses you do not need an advert for and requires little capital. 
 10 Reasons why selling second hand clothes is a profitable business
bale of clothes
  1.  Its cheaper, many  can practically get a designer item for a fraction of its price if they  don’t care if it has been worn before or not and many are not bothered.
  2.  Its popular among the upwardly mobile youths and middle-age population who are living with tight budgets ( especially with constant increase in rent and transport fare in big cities)  but have to look good or the fashion conscious who are willing to spend money in acquiring more clothing items.  Moreso the population keeps increasing and70% of Nigeria’s Population are youths( students, self –employed, young parents, housewives,teens e.t.c)  which also means the need for clothes is increasing
  3.  Fairly Used wears are more durable than fake new ones ( as suggested by many)
  4. Power of choice, you have different selections to choose from and according to your pocket as there are different grades and prices.
  5. Requires little capital and less /no advert. They are easily recognizable and attracts attention anywhere they are displayed.
  6. Its has added advantage of a mobile market, that is one can move the goods from area to another(churches, schools, offices,roadsides, cars) to sell them faster.
  7. Ready market, you cam resell to indiciduals either online or physical contact. it has been proven that there is high demand for clothing items. Lots of Boutiques and individuals also buy these products to resell, just visit the shops in Ikeja, Yaba, Oshodi, Dugbe , Aleshinloye, Surulere and many others , many have a mix of the real and not so real deal.
  8. High turnover especially during festive seasons, second to food, clothing is the next profitable business and necessity in a human’s life.
  9. Requires little or no education but will to succeed, extra efforts and perseverance. Infact it can be an alternative source of income while still keeping your main job. Taking time to study fashion trends and customer’s buying patterns  also helps in determining future market’s needs. 
  10. The sale of clothing items is already a money spinning business for many, and has great future prospects, you can evolve to invest heavily in the clothing and textile industry in the country as you progress, and when that happens, you would have had adequate experience and information about the industry.
    Clothing items packaged for sale
    Clothing items packaged for sale
    Men jeans
    Men jeans

How to sell  to have high yields

  1.   You can get a shop to display your goods , do a mobile market or sell from home for the main time, the most important thing is to consider your location, prospective client base and how much time or resources  you are willing to spend in marketing your business.
  2. Okrika products are sourced online at eBay or Alibaba or bought from major distributors who in turn obtained them from charity organizations, auction houses, clothing merchandise willing to clear their racks to make space for new products or individuals who continually buy all year round when sales are cheap  or heavily discounted. The clothes are then carefully selected, packaged and baled to be exported. Have  a reliable source of supply to always meet up with demands and avoid disappointing your clients . 
  3. Put in place a laundry and mending service to wash, iron and restitch  any dirty, stained  or torn clothing for it to be in a good shape and have a clean smell.
    Female wears
  4. To have high turnover at the start of the business, dont compete with high end markets, except you are sure of your clients base and patronage. For example, if you buy a bale of chiffon tops at N90,000, there is possibility you will get 300 extra quality out of 500 or more, say you sell at N500 each thats a sum of N150,000, excluding transportation, delivery and rent costs, you can make a tidy profit of N30,000 on each bale, which is enough gain , imagine you get to sell 5 bales in a month.You can plough back this gain to reinvest in the business and get more goods unlike keeping and holding on to stock just because you want to obtain higher prices for them and you manage to sell 2 or 3 bales, the market wont move and your turnover will be low. So be wise. 
  5. Have good customer relations, to make your clients keep coming back and increase your referrals, talk to colleagues, friends and family members, they are your first marketers. Put posters, fliers in conspicuous places and other shop outlets if you have them to increase your business’s visibility. Give discounts to customers who make repeated purchases. Satisfied customers means repeated businesses.  
  6. As you improve on the business or right from the start, differentiate your own products by adding uniqueness and class to the packaging of the fashion items. Store them in airy,well lit,ventilated spaces to prevent bad smells caused by stuffiness or mildew. Get hangers, racks, packaging boxes to prevent water spills, insects , place price tags and labels to give  good presentation , reduce haggling and attracts client easily.
  7.   Keep a record of all sales, items in stock profits and loss, be accountable for your business, pay your taxes, start a savings plan. Hire professional staff to help with the running and daily activities of the business as it grows.Separate friendship from business,discourage selling on credit and people owing you especially if your goods are reasonably priced. Have time for the business, especially in the first year of starting it to enable you have a good idea of what the business involves as this period is still a learning process. The first year will determine if you can continue and succeed in the business, but with adequate determination, it should be an easy journey.
    Bale of clothing ready to be exported
    Bale of clothing ready to be exported 
Tip: Bras, chiffon tops and gowns , baby wears are the fastest selling items.

Specification  and packaging of used wears

Okrika is sorted and graded based  on the following features: Quality,size,gender, neatness, grades (A,AAA,B,C, higher grades are costlier), Designs, weight,  Intended user(adult, women, men, children). Bales(large bundles) are packaged containing tops, blouses, shirts, gowns, trousers, sweaters, bump shorts, socks, scarves, ties, belts, bras,  shoes, bags, mix(combination of different wears), baby wears, with each bale containing over 500 to 1000 pieces in it depending on the weight (55kg- 120kg).

The other things required will be clothing racks, hangers, labels and price tags. You will be needing storage boxes for small items like baby socks, scarves, ties and belts. You can easily earn a profit of N100 /N200 on each clothing you sell.

Average prices of used wears in Nigeria
  • N30,000-60,000 
Socks, Sweaters, Skirts, Bedsheets, Men’s Jeans, Men Shorts(Three Quarter), Night Gowns
  • N70,000- N90,000
Children Mixed (55Kg), Female cotton tops, Children Jeans, Children Gowns, Men Chinos Trousers, Ladies Jeans (200 pieces), Duvet, Track And Joggers,  Men’s Jeans, Night Gowns 
  • N100,000-N200,000
Chiffon Gowns (1000 pieces), Children Mixed (0-12years, 100Kg),Ladies Leggings(1000 pieces, Chiffon Tops, Cotton Blouses, Men’s Jeans, Dinner Gowns,Children Complete wears

London bale:55 kg- 200-250 pieces.  Female tops (85k) ,chiffon tops or gowns,Children mix.

Korea bale:100 kg- 350-400 pieces. Female tops (85k) ,female trousers (55k),chiffon tops or gowns (130k),Children mix (100k),
Combats long (75k),Combats short(100k) Shirt long sleeve (75k), shirt short sleeve (85k), Track suits (75k).

  • Individual items 

Bags (From N1200/each) , shoes (Ranges from N1500 to N3500/pair), underwear (girdles,body shapers, waist trainers, butt pad, bras, body magic starts from N400 to N3000 each).If you want to be a supplier or a retailer of quality clothing items, 
Please leave a comment in the section below first, then sms 2348038454123 or send an email to typearls@gmail.com
Place your orders as soon as possible, clients are served on first pay first served basis as there are limited quantities and a waiting list. Delivery services available across the country.

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Go and be ye successful!
P.s: Please reread the post carefully before making inquiries, most of your questions has been answered. To make orders, complete payments must be made first before delivery. Goods will be sent via transport companies to your closest garage.

Update: Due to numerous calls, messages and whatsapp chats , thi supdate is necessary to answer your frequent questions.

1. How much does it cost to start okrika business? 
Minimum is N70,000  to buy any correct bale of clothing item and make reasonable profit.

2. Do I still sell and can you trust me?
No, I have moved on to other businesses but still give advice on profit making business. I am fully involved in the events planning and beauty industry. Nigerians are skeptical of dealing with business owners online, the effort to verify, track down and convince consumer takes its toll, but it is rewarding as it helps consumers trust you more. Most existing clients can actually testify that items bought from Typearls are always in good condition. 

3. Best market to visit to buy second hand items? 
Katangwa market, along Iyanapaja-Sango road in Lagos. But get a good and reliable dealer. Saves you the cost of traveling to Cotonou, Ghana or other neigbouring countries and less Customs' hassles. 

4. Is it better to share bale?
No, Your best option is to buy a full bale and sell them yourself, sharing can cause unnecessary quarrel or arguments, what if the best clothes are on top or below and the lucky one goes with the half that has the best items, but having   a full bale, gives you more more control, you can "cream' (sorting)  the bale depending on the quality of each item and set the price for it. 

5. Are bale prices constant?
No, dollar price keeps fluctuating, keeping okrika prices unstable , so a bale that cost N70,000 this week can go for N100,000 the next. Study the forexmarket and make your best buy when exchange rate is low. 

Also read:
Hottest products that sell without adverts
Products to sell online
10 unconventional places to sell your products

-Christina

Comments

Miz Osa's said…
Hello Christiana I love your blog! please I would love to start how much is the lowest price....... orobedos@gmail.com
I just stumbled on this and am so interested..i need to keep myself busy and make some money while waiting for a Job.i will contact soon and also share this to my friends.thanks
Thanks for loving the blog, its all stated in the post. N40,000
olivia oboh said…
I LIKE UR BLOG,DO U HAVE BALE FOR SCHOOL BAGS
Anonymous said…
TY do u have bale for Chiffon gowns, children clothes. pls contact 08058381030

@Olivia oboh. No I dont have any.
@Anonymous, do add me on whatsapp 08038454123. thanks
Anonymous said…
what grade do you sell? also whats the content of grade A like esp for kids mixed wears.
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Ayisa said…
This post came just when i needed idea on how to start dis biz. Christiana tanks for giving me more tips on ur watsapp.
thankgod okon said…
how can i order for it
Do whatsapp me on 0803845123 for details.
Thank you so much I was soon going to order bulk clothing used now I am saved. Such awareness is so much important.well done .God bless you!!!
Jeff cheddy said…
MEGA BONUS FOR MY OLD N NEW CUSTOMERS (HIGHEST PROFITABLE BUSINESS AS YOU KNOW OKRIKA)

Jaylinksclothings wishes our customers a merry christmas and a prosperous new year ahead.
We have decided to reward you, regular and prospective new customers with a free delivery to any designated location in nigeria. (offer lasts till 10th January). Jaylinksclothings thank you sincerely for your patronage in the past years and would continue delivering the best to you as we continue to do business.

The stock available and prices are below with a little discount: Weight 55kg.(OKRIKA LONDON GRADE AAA CCR BALES)
1. Chiffon Tops 250+ pieces N80k
2. Chiffon gowns 250+ pieces N115k
3. Cotton gowns 250+ pieces N90k
4. Poly gowns 250+ pieces N130k
5. Ladies tops 250+ pieces N70k
6. Men fitted polos/T-shirts 250+ pieces
7. Hand bags 250+ pieces N65k
8. Corporate skirts(high waist pencil etc.) N60k
9. Children's mixed CCR - 250+ pieces - N90k
10. Children's outing gowns 0 -5 years N53k
11. Children's male/female shoes 0-5 years N 70k (250 + pieces)

Interested persons should contact
Phone: 0708 853 8811
Email: jaylinksclothings@naij.com
Jeff cheddy said…
MEGA BONUS FOR MY OLD N NEW CUSTOMERS (HIGHEST PROFITABLE BUSINESS AS YOU KNOW OKRIKA)

Jaylinksclothings wishes our customers a merry christmas and a prosperous new year ahead.
We have decided to reward you, regular and prospective new customers with a free delivery to any designated location in nigeria. (offer lasts till 10th January). Jaylinksclothings thank you sincerely for your patronage in the past years and would continue delivering the best to you as we continue to do business.

The stock available and prices are below with a little discount: Weight 55kg.(OKRIKA LONDON GRADE AAA CCR BALES)
1. Chiffon Tops 250+ pieces N80k
2. Chiffon gowns 250+ pieces N115k
3. Cotton gowns 250+ pieces N90k
4. Poly gowns 250+ pieces N130k
5. Ladies tops 250+ pieces N70k
6. Men fitted polos/T-shirts 250+ pieces
7. Hand bags 250+ pieces N65k
8. Corporate skirts(high waist pencil etc.) N60k
9. Children's mixed CCR - 250+ pieces - N90k
10. Children's outing gowns 0 -5 years N53k
11. Children's male/female shoes 0-5 years N 70k (250 + pieces)

Interested persons should contact
Phone: 0708 853 8811
Email: jaylinksclothings@naij.com
Uba Babs said…
Great and very informative blog,I will love to partner with your blog on business ideologies and initiative.
@uba babs, thanks for commenting, you can come on board, send in your articles or ideas to typearls@gmail.com
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Anonymous said…
Hello typearl. Thanks so much for this info. Just when I thought I wild go into this business. Now I see this. I would definitely keep in touch as I see we have a lot in common. God bless you.
ukay said…
I've not seen any posts on this blog this year. Hope you are still in the business. Can i meet you one on one before I can commit my money?
Iferibaby said…
Hi! I want to start the business. How much cand how much is 1st grade london bale for kids?
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Anonymous said…
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Anonymous said…
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Courage Njioke said…
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Anonymous said…
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peace olorunda said…
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yettypie said…
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Orowale Omolara said…
My people, don't transact any business with Mrs Courage. She is 419. She collected waybill money and blocked my number. Her real name is :Agbon Esezobor Courage acct no 6013881050. She duped me. Her gsm number is 09035999570.
My people, don't transact any business with Mrs Courage. She is 419. She collected waybill money and blocked my number. Her real name is :Agbon Esezobor Courage acct no 6013881050. She duped me. Her gsm number is 09035999570.
Unknown said…
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Unknown said…
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Anonymous said…
Mrs.Faith
Season's greetings my business partners/customers ,do not make the mistake of buying rubbish bales from the wrong source .MAKE A WISE CHOICE THIS SEASON AND SMILE.NEW GOODS IN STOCK FIRST GRADE (A ) IN ALL KIND OF CLOTHES AVAILABLE call on:08115722372
sandra benald said…
Mrs.Faith
Season's greetings my business partners/customers ,do not make the mistake of buying rubbish bales from the wrong source .MAKE A WISE CHOICE THIS SEASON AND SMILE.NEW GOODS IN STOCK FIRST GRADE (A ) IN ALL KIND OF CLOTHES AVAILABLE call on:08115722372
Faith said…
Mrs.Faith
Season's greetings my business partners/customers ,do not make the mistake of buying rubbish bales from the wrong source .MAKE A WISE CHOICE THIS SEASON AND SMILE.NEW GOODS IN STOCK FIRST GRADE (A ) IN ALL KIND OF CLOTHES AVAILABLE call on:08115722372