If you’re seriously going to start selling on eBay, you need to invest in some equipment. A decent camera is essential – a phone camera generally won’t cut it. I’ve also found the the camera needs to be lightweight, heavier ones can be quite cumbersome.
Unless you can do all your photos during the day, make sure you get some white studio lights. A mannequin isn’t essential but good for showing clothes at their best.
I couldn’t run my store without my steamer! So many garments are delicate and hard to iron – a steamer takes just moments for them to look like new.
Now’s the time to look for bargain designer swimwear, vests and shorts in the secondhand shops. All the items that have been put by over the winter are now coming out onto the rails so grab the best bits while you can!
I’ve had a much more productive couple of days and bought plenty of fab items including these beauties:
In addition, I bought:
Sarah Pacini dress
Zadig & Voltaire jeans
Joyce Ridings cape
Susy Harper jacket
Margaret Howell men’s jumper
Hush leather top
Phase Eight coat (I don’t normally buy this brand but it’s a very nice coat!)
I’m delighted to have found these stunning (if a little high!) Sophia Webster shoes. I haven’t found a great pair of shoes for ages and it’s also a brand that I haven’t found secondhand before. Today I also found:
COS men’s top
COS dresses x 2
Max Mara dress and jacket
Sarah Pacini jumpers x 2
Susie Watson throw
The White Company Jumper
Uniqlo down gilet
Rohan Icepack gilet
So today makes up for yesterday and I’m feeling happy!
When you’re looking for designer brands but aren’t very clued up on labels, look at the seams of a garment first. Expensive brands will always have beautifully finished zips and seams and no wonky stitching.
Remember that many designer label prices are upwards of £500. A garment should be finished in such a way that it’s worth the money (to some people!).
As I’ve been away for a week I was really hoping to buy more today but unfortunately bargains were scarce.
I did find a really beautiful Realm & Empire pea coat, a vintage Orvis dress (these really do sell for some reason!) and a nice COS patterned dress dress. I also found an O’Neill softshell jacket which I think I’ll keep and a really pretty vintage Bolam top.
Tomorrow I’m off to one of my favourite hunting grounds so I’ll keep you posted.
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!)