There’s absolutely no better time than a bank holiday weekend to get things in order. Or at least, that’s always the intention – clearing out the kitchen cupboards, finally cleaning the oven, or tackling my overflowing wardrobe. I’ve tried to make the most of the two bank holiday weekends this May to do the latter – sort through my clothes and accessories and work out which bits to keep and which to sell.
I have a frustrating relationship with stuff. I’m not claiming to be a hoarder, but I do find it difficult to part with items that just might be useful one day, despite the fact I haven’t worn or used said item in at least a year. My wardrobe is currently at the point where I dread opening it, which isn’t particularly inspiring when getting dressed in the morning. If I’m lucky, the avalanche of clothing I’ve shoved inside won’t fall on top of me.
It’s a daunting task, but by having a quick whip round the bedroom and picking out pieces that I know would be better off in a new home (I’m looking at you, beautiful mint green Mulberry bag), I made a start. And that does wonders for the mind! I breathed a sigh of relief this morning when heading out the door with a huge bag full of eBay parcels, all pieces of clothing ready to be sent to their new owners.
I’ve been buying and selling on eBay for as long as I remember, either hunting down bargains or designer bits I’d missed the first time around, or earning some extra money by listing my own items.
It’s an amazing way to find a new home for just about anything you’re looking to sell. I’ve had the best luck with designer pieces (Orla Kiely always goes down very well!), which is why every single one of the bags, shoes and items of clothing I listed over the first bank holiday weekend sold!
If you’re anything like me, I know it can be a little daunting when starting to sort through belongings and selling them online, so I’ve put together a few tips that helped me in the hope that you can make a little extra cash this bank holiday too.
My Selling Tips
Take lots of pictures! I made sure to photograph my items from every angle, that way you know the buyer is getting a good look.
Shoot your pictures in natural light for the most accurate colours. I popped a box against a white wall, and then a heavy piece of white card on top of it to create the perfect setup for product photography – the more professional you can get them, the better your item looks amongst the other listings!
Double check for any flaws! It might sound obvious, but I’ve had to issue a refund in the past when I’ve missed scratches or marks. It’s better to bring it up than have to waste both yours and the buyers time.
Pop up your listings on a Sunday night. That means they’ll end then, and this is the most popular time for sales on eBay.
Do your research! Ebay now does a great job of estimating what starting price you should list your item for, and it’s likelihood of selling, but there’s no harm in doing a bit of research and seeing what similar items have sold for.
Whilst eBay have made it as easy as possible to list your items, it can still be time consuming. But that totally pays off when you’ve got both extra space in your wardrobe and extra money in the bank! I managed to make around £600 selling 10 items that had been sitting around, untouched. Not bad, eh?
In an ideal world, I’d love to show you an after picture of my now-cleansed wardrobe, but it’s still got a little way to go yet. As well as my preloved pieces paying for a couple of summer staples (see my new Musier additions below), I’m also putting the money towards paying for a professional declutterer to help me sort through the rest.
That might sound a little over the top to some, but after crying last weekend when working out where on earth I was going to cram the items from my suitcase after returning from a trip, I decided it was time to bring in the big guns. And all paid for by just 10 pieces from my wardrobe! Already thinking about how I’ll spend the money from my next bulk of listings..! Watch this space.
This post is sponsored by eBay, but all experiences and opinions are my own, as usual.