I always thought “Is it worth the time and effort?” but I’ve come to realise there is far more to it than just making a little money.
I’m not going to lie to you, I can get bored very quickly – with tasks, with repetition and most certainly items I own. It’s not something I’m particularly proud of, but as some one who is very much in tune with their mood and at the heart of my everyday I dress and style for my mood – it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you I can fall out of love with clothes and accessories just as quickly as I fall in love with them.
Previously I would let it all stack up and from time-to-time make a trip to my local charity clothes bin, like the ones that you get in the supermarket car parks, that was it, my job was done! I never stopped to consider landfill, never stopped to think about the many ladies who were looking to buy nice items in good condition to accommodate their own personal budget or to the actual item itself, which was by no means past its best.
And then when I decided to go part-time at my corporate marketing job, giving me the chance to have more of a work-life balance to spend more time on styling and blogging – my own personal finances gave me a little wake up call on this new life I wanted, and things would have to change. I could no longer be so frivolous with my spending and my mindset had to change on that too – I had to start working my own wardrobe harder if I wanted to have new season pieces, then my wardrobe edits needed to be far more considered. It was a whole new world to me!
Selling My Preloved
I set about setting up my eBay shop to sell my ‘still in good condition’ clothes and accessories that I no longer wished to own.
At the start, it was simply to make some money to fund my new season pieces.
What I’ve discovered along the way, is that it’s become much more rewarding to me than I ever thought it could be.
I’m not going to lie; it’s boring taking photos of items you don’t want, it’s also quite boring to write the description and all the other details around it. I did start my early posts in the same approach I do with my social media posts… filling it with lots of warm lovely words, making it fluffy and all things nice!
Big tip coming up here… you don’t need to waste your time doing that; be direct, stick to the facts and just insure the information is as accurate as possible! It’s what comes after the sell, that means so much.
Selling Preloved Gives a new life to both the item and to another person
Firstly when I wrap it up, my heart is full of warmth because I know that my item is now not going to landfill; it’s off to a new home to be worn and styled with other new pieces.
The ladies I sell to often DM me with really lovely messages, about where they plan to wear it – for me this is just magical, I love all that detail.
And for me personally…
Apart from having a little more money to spend on my own wardrobe, I have come to know, in my weekly Post Office visits, three really lovely ladies who serve me when I post them.
They had to help me A LOT at the start as I was packaging or labelling it all wrong! They gave me crucial tips on doing it better next time.
I’ve listened… and I’ve learnt.
Is it worth the effort…? It most certainly is!
My Preloved on eBay
I am now selling my preloved, all the time on my eBay account, and so what’s available constantly changes – so feel free to take a look. In a few weeks time more Spring items will start to feature.
All photos taken by Sarah Rider
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