Sunday, 27 October 2013

Must Try Harder - Getting There, Slowly But Surely And Boring You Senseless With My Ebay Woes



It's always been easy for me to preach (bossy boots or control feak?) but to actually practice what I tell readers and people I assist of all ages with style advice, has been a different story.  I've read so many blogs lately where women feel as though they have nothing to wear after doing their summer to winter wardrobe changeover and now after a few purchases made with the funds of my ebay sales, I finally (and it has taken many years) feel as though I am getting somewhere.  No longer do I stand in front of the mirror throwing clothes on the floor and having a tantrum (yes it's happened). I've made a list (yes another one) and I'm sticking to it.  Don't you just love it when a plan comes together?

I actually feel really happy when I open my wardrobe lately and so far I am not regretting anything I have sold (give it time). It just goes to prove that once the basics are in place, the new season purchases make a whole load of difference.



My first post in my "must try harder" series focused on outwear.  I had so many coats and jackets and some hadn't been worn for years, so I got rid and stuck to the plan.  Being as I had money in my paypal account I have for the first time ever, been looking on ebay to fill my wardrobe gaps.  I'm not really a second hand girl and prefer ebay as a selling rather than a buying tool, but I see so many bloggers pick up some great
bargains I thought it must be worth a look, so had a browse for printed jackets.
I featured one I really liked in my outerwear post but when I had a look I came across the Camilla Jacket I had seen on both  fashionmumof40 and Millie Mackintosh (if it's good enough for them, then it's good enough for me) and there was no doubt my wardrobe was crying out for a printed jacket that would take jeans and a t-shirt to another level.
This jacket has been around a while, I've seen it on another blog around June time but I can't remember who's it was now, but I really liked it and low and behold there was one on ebay brand new with tags, my size with a few days to go - who would have thought it? I was beyond excited and watched it a few times a day as it gradually crept up from £16 to £23 with minutes to go.
I realise in life some of us are very lucky and some, not so much.  In the final minute of the auction I was poised like a big cat in the jungle ready to pounce, kill and claim my prize. I put my bid in,, I was prepared to pay half price, after all, that was still a bargain and knowing Monsoon, it wouldn't go down by 50% anyway. Then what happened you ask?  Well with ten seconds to go as I pressed my "place bid" button, I lost internet connection.  It sold for £24. OMG, you'd have thought I'd just lost a limb, talk about distraught. I was talking about it for days, to anyone that would listen.  Talk about shallow and then of course, I wanted that particular one even more, as you do.
The Monsoon mid season sale started and the Camilla was reduced by just £20. Tightwads. I have a friend who owns a boutique, I used to help out years ago, I know the mark up is 2.5 on what you pay for an item wholesale and profit is far more if you manufacture yourself. Yes guys retailers still make something even when they go 70% off, it's the reason I get annoyed  with 20% and 30% reductions.
You would have thought they would have reduced it more with it being summer stock.  Anyway if like me you feel you need to add a printed jacket to your outerwear collection you can buy the Camilla jacket here and if out of stock in your size, they do some similar printed jackets here (on sale) and here (full price).

Wearing Monsoon Jacket/T-shirt - Hotsquash/Jeggings - Warehouse/Bag - Givenchy

Moving on, so in the outerwear department I still want/need/can't live without a black puffa with hood (my old one needs replacing) and a peacoat but with the addidition of a much wanted Parka to my collection, both can wait a while.



Two new tops have been purchased which makes a total of three this season (5 with items I have been lucky enough to review).  The Mint Velvet one I have blogged about previously along with yet another Breton, thanks to the Boden sale.  The MV top is so lovely, I can't believe I moaned about the cost when it was full price, the quality and fabric make it worth every penny, it's lined  and looks stunning on, such a great fit with a flattering boat neck, and the way those tulip sleeves hang is just divine, all made a whole lot better because it was on sale at just £35 here.


I recently sold a couple of stripe tops I have never worn and used the money to get something different, with the reverse colour way to all the ones I own, a navy background with ivory stripe in the Boden sale for £17.40 here.  I already have one from this brand so knew the quality was good and that they wash well, although the cut is slightly smaller on the winter weight one compared to my long sleeve summer weight one. If you don't want it tight, you might want to size up.

Although I long for a pink jumper and some of my old grey ones need replacing, lets face it, classic cashmere jumpers aren't going anywhere, so they can wait if necessary or until I sell off more old stuff.  So along with the Boden spot button back jumper (which is now reduced to £34.50 here - I'm feeling gutted again, damn these mid season sales!) which was my first winter purchase and an item that has been worn on a weekly basis ever since, I honestly don't know how I lived without it!

For someone with a zero clothes budget at the moment (so much going on) it has felt good to make some money from unwanted stuff, although the hassle of ebay is a complete pain (a courier lost a parcel I sent and I thought Royal Mail were bad), it had to be done, it's pointless keeping hold of stuff  you've had for years or that no longer fits!

Are you finally making headway with your wardrobe? Getting all the things you want to make it all work, slowly but surely?


19 comments:

  1. Hi there!! Wow you have built up a great wardrobe of outerwear and tops, your parka from your previous post is great and I love this Camilla jacket, it's so frustrating hunting something down, it turns you into a woman possessed, I know!! Love the MV blouse too, very classy xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi S. Yes I am very pleased with that MV top, obsessed by the sleeves x

      Delete
  2. Oh Wow! I love the jacket Sharron! Its just perfect & looks wonderful on you! It also has a great colour mix & so will go with dark & light jeans perfectly! I think you are making good progress on your capsule wardrobe! So sorry but had a good old giggle at the Ebay story! I've been taking stuff to a gorgeous local boutique who act as an agent & sell your good quality cast offs at a profit! I'm going to give Ebay a go again soon for some of the kids old bits! Your hair looks so thick & gorgeous too! Ax

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hi Sharron!

    Love, love, love that printed jacket, it looks amazing on you and will look so chic with skinny jeans and flats, just the thing to pep up a look. I do sell bits and bobs on eBay, but I am terrible for buying, I seem to find so many bargains! So you end up with more than you got rid of! My latest bargain was a pair of brand new Whistles silk trousers, brand new with £195 tag...I paid a tenner! I love the more luxe brands but can't always afford them so eBay is a great shout. Wonderful post I really enjoyed reading it xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ah thank you little chick! Those trousers sound like a real bargain, I'm never that lucky! xx

      Delete
  4. Yeah you got the jacket.... Looks great on you! I need to do some ebaying, was a to do job today but didn't get around to itxx must do looking at your fab buys. X

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That jacket is all yours and Millie's fault lol

      Delete
  5. Such a lovely jacket and looks great on you.

    Here is a great post to the Lin Up Party I'm hosting. Feel free to check it and if you do thanks in advance.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Such a cute jacket! I've never done an eBay sale but the more blogs that I read, the more I'm tempted to do it. I have coats and handbags gathering dust - all in perfect condition, but I know I won't wear them again. Perhaps I should give it a go ... your new jacket and that gorgeous MV top have inspired me!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Love love love your style!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hi I really love the monsoon jacket :)

    http://www.annanuttall.com/

    ReplyDelete
  9. Lovely jacket but the Boden Breton top is my favourite.

    ReplyDelete
  10. The jacket looks lovely on you Sharron - everything is so well thought out! Everything of mine is just thrown on! I have never bought from ebay but my friend is a complete addict and manages to bag some absolute bargains. I have been having a wardrobe clear out bit by bit though and it does feel good I must admit! xx

    ReplyDelete
  11. I do so love that jacket on you, and the mint velvet top is just perfect too! xx

    ReplyDelete
  12. Stunning jacket Sharron! You look great in it. I haven't even tackled my wardrobe properly ready for winter yet. ("Must try harder" as my german teacher used to say) A job for the weekend I think.

    X x

    ReplyDelete
  13. I love ebay! I've just flogged a load of stuff that I'd fallen out of love with so I can justify my new season purchases! It's great for sourcing bits and pieces that you don't want pay the earth for but it does my head in when you miss out of something you really, really want!
    I love the way you have a plan for the season.......I could so do with being a bit more organised on that front! I shall watch and learn from you x

    ReplyDelete
  14. Love that jacket from Monsoon! I am going to check our your links as I missed buying it this summer :-( Why not try Auction Stealer (www.auctionstealer.com) so you can pre-program your bid to slip in a few seconds before the end and outsmart your competition ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  15. I can only imagine that our move in the New Year to a new house with a dressing room with countless wardrobes is going to make me even worse than I already am. I am certainly not what you'd call a 'capsule wardrobe' girl!!! x

    ReplyDelete

Let me know your thoughts, all comments are much appreciated, I know it takes time and effort xx