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.
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.
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: