What a day (or two)……

The last two day have seen some very significant finds. There’s not a lot more to say but to list everything I’ve found. Here we go!

  • Doriani jacket
  • Eskandar jumper
  • Alembika dress
  • Ralph Lauren down gilet
  • Marks & Spencer cashmere jumper
  • Pure Collection cashmere jumper
  • Privatsachen top & jacket
  • Privatsachen jacket
  • Comptoir des Cotonniers peacoat
  • Spirit of the Andes cardigan
  • Anne Fontaine shirt
  • Merinomink jumper
  • Chesca cashmere jumper
  • Diane von Furstenberg jacket
  • The White Company leather skirt
  • ME+EM t-shirt
  • Kew Fair Isle jumper
  • Whistles cashmere jumper
  • The White Company Fair Isle jumper
  • Equipment shirt
  • Avec ces Freres sweater
  • Agnona cashmere jumper
  • Carven dress
  • Theory dress
  • Yacco Maricard coat
  • Yacco Maricard shirt
  • Sweaty Betty coat
  • Marks & Spencer cashmere cardigan
  • White company top
  • Zoe Karssen trousers
  • Hush leggings
Avec ces Freres sweater

Cashmere!

It takes a bit of practice but you can learn to identify cashmere by feel so that you can quickly go through shop rails and find those cashmere sweaters.

Don’t worry too much about bobbles – pure cashmere (or any fabric that’s not a mixed fibre) should brush up quite well using a bobble comb. As long as you’re not going to resell the item, it’s easy to fix snags and holes using a couple of stitches, they soon blend in.

Yesterday I bought:

  • Shirin Guild shirt
  • Max & Moi cardigan
  • AllSaints shirt
  • AllSaints top
  • RVCA bomber jacket
  • Pure Collection cashmere jumper
  • COS jumper
  • Mint Velvet top

Buy it Now or Auction?

I’m a huge advocate of auctions. In most cases you will achieve a higher price by auctioning an item than you will by setting a fixed price. I’m no psychologist but I think buyers get caught up in the competitive, almost gambling nature of an auction and will often nudge their budget just a bit higher in order to ‘win’.

I also like setting auctions to start from 99p. This encourages lots of lower end bids. When a buyer sees that an item has attracted several bids already, it makes the item seem more attractive. Of course if you can’t afford to let an item go for less than a certain amount, then don’t risk it!

Today I just popped into one local charity shop and picked up the following:

  • American Vintage t-shirt
  • COS dress
  • Patagonia shirt
  • M&S cashmere jumper
  • Baum und Pferdgarten dress

Things are picking up again…

No big hitters today but things are picking up again!

Today I bought:

  • Essentiel Antwerp jumper
  • vintage Karrimor jacket
  • Mint Velvet trench
  • Annette Gortz jacket and top
  • OSKA silk top
  • Peruvian Connection cardigan
  • Save the Queen dress

I will keep you posted with how well the Karrimor jacket does – I’m never sure but hopefully I can tap into the the youth Y2K market.

Don’t forget the sale rail!

Iris & Ink jumpsuit

Today I bought this Iris & Ink ‘Alexa’ jumpsuit for just £1.00!! Although sale rails can be a bit daunting, and there isn’t always much to be had, it’s always worth a look. Even if you find some Zara jeans or a Gap sweater, that’s not bad for £1.00 (or at least half price). I once found a Victoria Beckham dress on a sale rail.

I only managed to pop into one secondhand shop today but as well as the jumpsuit I found:

  • The White Company long cardigan
  • Joyce Ridings skirt
  • & Other Stories dress
  • Scotch & Soda shirt
  • Joules scarf

Stay seasonal

Although it’s tempting to buy unseasonal items, do so with caution. Some brands will always sell but in winter you’ll find it hard to shift vests, tees and shorts no made what the label is. If you have the space and the cash flow, keep items until the weather makes them more appealing.

Today I found a good range of items:

  • Luisa Spagnoli jumper
  • Icebreaker jumper
  • Hansel from Basel jumper
  • Hartford coat
  • Peruvian Connection cardigans x 2
  • Carven skirt
  • Elisa Cavaletti dress
  • Hanne Bloch tunic
  • La Bottega di Brunella top

Should you buy vintage?

By vintage I mean true vintage, not just secondhand. It’s a difficult question to answer but I generally find that items still need to be designer, even if they are vintage. You may have more luck on platforms such as Depop with high street vintage but I don’t think there’s that much money to be made.

With some care, you can do well from vintage Laura Ashley (the real ’80s stuff), and some Benetton styles are sought after too. Outdoor brands like Patagonia, Karrimor etc. can fetch a good price for their vintage items. As always, check sold prices on eBay before buying. I’ll try to write a longer piece on this topic at a later date.

Today I did pretty well and bought the following:

  • Eskandar dress (particularly thrilled with this, a bit of a secondhand holy grail!)
  • Joie jumper
  • OSKA jacket
  • Jaeger coat
  • Vintage Laura Ashley jumper
  • Vintage Macy’s cardigan
  • Zadig & Voltaire top
  • Max Mara skirt
  • Cath Kidston dress

High street finds

Some lovely high end high street finds today, nearly all from a single shop. Some of these things can fetch just as much as a designer garment so they’re worth buying. If you don’t want to sell them they can be great additions to your own wardrobe.

Today I found:

  • Whistles floral blouse
  • Anna Sui Anthropologie blouse
  • Mint Velvet sweater
  • & Other Stories dress
  • Whistles wool jacket
  • Mango suede jacket
  • Oliver Bonas top
  • Cafe du Cycliste t-shirts x 2
  • Orlebar Brown t-shirt
  • Desigual Christian Lacroix cardigan
  • Hush star jumper

Nothing really designer but but still really nice things and nearly all under £5 each.

More menswear (and know your labels!)

Not many finds today but I did discover a couple of great menswear items: This Missoni cardigan and a butter soft leather Farhi Harrington jacket.

I also found a The White Company long merino cardigan and a lovely vintage Ghost embroidered black blouse.

It’s worth familiarising yourself for the different tags used by brands through the years. Most will be more valuable the more recent the tag is.

There are some exceptions such as Ghost, where the brand used to be much more exclusive, and Issa. The older, original Issa dresses were nearly always silk and are still highly sought after. The newer versions that can be bought in House of Fraser are usually polyester and virtually worthless secondhand.

A great mix of high value items

I thoroughly enjoyed shopping today and came away with a really nice selection of high end items.

Today I found:

  • Harmont & Blaine trainers
  • Baum und Pferdgarten trousers
  • Band of Outsiders trousers
  • Icebreaker jacket
  • Finisterre jumper
  • ISCHIKO dress
  • Akris cardigan
  • Rochas top
  • AllSaints jumper (new)
  • Onjenu top

Really exciting to find the Rochas top as it’s a brand that I’ve never found in a charity shop before, however I expect the Icebreaker jacket will sell for more than any of the others – it’s hugely popular and it’s a great time of year to sell it. I’ll let you know if I’m right!

I did spot a Belstaff reefer jacket today and at £20 it looked like a bargain, but for me the lining was a bit tatty so I gave it a miss this time.