Scarves etc.

Luella scarf

Don’t forget to take a good look through the scarves and belts in secondhand shops. They’re often really cheap and good ones can sell for twenty times what you pay for them.

Over the last couple of days I have bought:

  • Luella scarf
  • Patchouli scarf
  • Caroline Charles jacket
  • Sweaty Betty trousers
  • Artwork jumper
  • Jaeger jumper
  • Nicole Farhi dress
  • Hoka One One trainers
  • Helmut Lang sweater
  • Mint Velvet top
  • Winser London dress

Heaps of lagenlook!

Yesterday I visited a single secondhand shop that had been given a mountain of high quality lagenlook clothing in plus sizes – keep an eye on my listings if that’s something that interests you.

On top of all that lagenlook clothing I also found the following:

  • Peruvian Connection jumper
  • Peruvian Connection cardigan
  • Another Peruvian Connection jumper
  • Raoul top
  • Mulberry trousers
  • Icebreaker top
  • Ischiko top
  • Winser dress

A few new brands

Back to buying ways over the last couple of days including a couple of brands I haven’t found secondhand before – Biya and Maticevski. Altogether I’ve found the following:

  • Massimo Dutti down coat
  • Biya jacket
  • Maticevski top
  • Amanda Wakeley jumper
  • Surplus Raw Vintage shirt
  • TOAST jumper
  • Brora jumper
  • Joseph Ribkoff top
  • Brora Liberty blouse
  • East Artisan with Anokhi dress
  • Sahara dress
  • Out of Xile dress
  • Elisa Cavaletti shirt
  • Favourbrook shirt

No big hitters

I went to a town today where I don’t normally expect too much from the charity shops, so not surprisingly I didn’t buy any big hitters. Having said that I did get a few nice bits and pieces.

  • & Other Stories blouse
  • & Other Stories jumper
  • Paule Ka tank top
  • COS sweater
  • Masai Poncho

Hoping for a better haul tomorrow!

What equipment do you need?

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.

Yesterday I bought a few good items including:

  • Whistles jumper
  • St. John trousers
  • AG Jeans stilt jeans
  • Rachel Zoe cardigan
  • Max Mara jacket
  • Sarah Pacini two set (£1!)

The swimwear is out!

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:

  • Lemaire skirt
  • Sarah Pacini dress
  • Zadig & Voltaire jeans
  • Joyce Ridings cape
  • Susy Harper jacket
  • Margaret Howell men’s jumper
  • Hush leather top
  • ME+EM shirt
  • Phase Eight coat (I don’t normally buy this brand but it’s a very nice coat!)
  • M&S pure cashmere coat
  • Elisa Cavaletti jumper
  • AllSaints cardigan
  • AllSaints men’s jumper

Long awaited shoes

Sophia Webster shoes

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:

  • Moschino dress
  • Masai dress
  • COS men’s top
  • COS dresses x 2
  • Hobbs dress
  • 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!

What’s expensive and what’s not?

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.

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

Early spring florals

I’ve found that patterns and prints nearly always sell better than plain garments. I think this is because they identify the brand subtly and to the knowing eye.

Florals show no sign of going out of favour – I picked up this Boden linen shirt and Paul Smith contrast cuff shirt today. There were no ‘Big hitter’ finds but I did get the following:

  • Boden floral shirt
  • Paul Smith floral shirt
  • Jack Murphy tweed skirt
  • Vintage leather jacket
  • Modern Rarity dress
  • Merrell plaid shirt

For any one who is interested, as well as their Ted Baker stock, Oxfam stores now also have some new Burberry items. Mainly black jeans, black trousers and plain shirts. All around the £20 mark.