With my reselling business I have found myself in thrift stores 1000x more than I ever used to shop them! As you guys have probably seen, most of my super cheap items have come from eBay, but now that I scour every rack in a thrift store every other day I have been finding a lot more awesome items for my own wardrobe!
Ralph Lauren Wool Cashmere Sweater [secondhand, $1] Banana Republic Scallop Shorts [new, $15] Tory Burch Red Flats [new, $140] Louis Vuitton Cross Body [secondhand, $100] Banana Republic Bangle [new, $6] Rayban Aviators [new, $90]
Outfit Total: $356
I pulled this classic Ralph Lauren wool cashmere sweater off the racks at Goodwill and knew it was going straight into my closet and would never see eBay!
GOODWILL TIP: Ask your local Goodwill if they have any special sales or dollar days on a specified day during the week!
I scored this Ralph Lauren goodness on a Thursday, when my local Goodwill has a color tag $1 sale. Most Goodwill stores tag their items with a certain color tag, and then every week is a specified tag color for 50% off that color tag for the whole week. My local Goodwill down the street will have the weekly color tags for $1 on Thursdays and you know when I show up! That was how I was able to snag this *once super expensive* sweater for practically nothing!
You might think I'm crazy for wearing a sweater in California during June but it actually gets quite chilly during the night time! Aside from being colorfully patriotic, I like this sweater + shorts combo for Independence Day because we usually head to the coast for fireworks and by the time the sunsets the temperature can really drop! It's the perfect combo from beachy day to night.
Thanks so much for visiting my site! I would love to hear about your own Goodwill tips and/or exciting + cheap thrift finds! You can comment below, or tag me @fancyfreeblog on Instagram or Twitter!
We all have seen our favorite bloggers and celebrities that share their favorite beauty items and how awesome they are, but when you look more into these products you find out they are often in the triple digits! I don't think these products are realistic for most people (including moi) and I don't really think our skin really needs all those products. It knows what it's doing! So I thought I would share my every day beauty go-to's that I have been using for years and I have found to be super effective PLUS cheap!
Nivea Creme, $5.15
I've talked about my love for Nivea before, but I have been using this stuff through out my twenties every night as a thick mask and it just feels sooo gooood. It's like I can actually feel my wrinkles soaking it up! Back when I was a teenager whenever I had a break out, I would try to use one of the many "zit zapping" products, but those just left my skin dried out and dull. If I get a pimple now I make sure to moisturize it super well and by the next morning it is significantly less red and noticeable!
Olay Complete Moisturizer with SPF, $6.94
I have been using Olay's complete spf moisturizer since I was 14 (thank you mom!!) and I think a lot of the reason why I am not already a pruney mess (I am super pale and have only lived in super hot, sunny places for the last half of my life) is because I have been protecting my skin from the sun all this time!
Clean & Clear Morning Burst Facial Cleanser, $5.96
Another product from my high school days. I love to use this product in the morning because the vitamin C really wakes up my skin and the beads scrub my skin and make it shiny and healthy looking!
Trader Joe's Organic Coconut Oil, $8.99
This is one of the newer items in my skin care repertory but I like to rub it into my skin at night time as a deep moisturizer! I let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour and then wash away any additional oil. While I'm at it I also run a (very small!) dab through my hair as well! Not only is it super hydrating but it smells sooo good. Bonus!
This is not really a skin care product, but water is such a cheap and easy way to get great skin! Up until my mid 20s, I was drinking multiple diet sodas a day. SO bad for me! And my skin showed it. I was slowly able to phase out soda with the help of tea and lemonades, and now drink sparkling water nonstop and love it! Not only is it healthier for me, but my skin has improved sooo much. Minus any major stressors, I rarely break out! And if I do break down and have a soda, my skin definitely shows it the next few days.
Thanks so much for reading! I would love to hear your own cheap skin care product must haves. Leave me a comment below!
If you are somebody that follows traditional fashion rules...we are well into the very short white clothing season! THE summer wardrobe staple = white pants. My favorite is a classic white skinny jean! They go with any other color, and can be dressed up or down. I would definitely consider these a staple, because I ruined my only pair last year and only recently updated my wardrobe with a new pair!
This pair of white skinny jeans are Madewell. Madewell is a great brand for very well made classic, wardrobe staples that can be typically found in Nordstrom. This particular pair retail for $128 (similar pair HERE). I found my own pair for a fraction of the price at $30!
*Poshmark Tip* When you bundle items from the same seller, not only do you get combined shipping but most sellers also offer a multi-item bundle discount, and are also typically more lenient to offers because they are moving more items at once! I bundled this pair of Madewell white jeans along with a pair of Vince jeans, and both were listed at $60 a piece. I bundled the two jeans together, and sent an offer of $60 for BOTH as a starting point. I was shocked to find that the seller accepted my offer within a few minutes! Together, both jeans retail new for around $300. Total score!
Banana Republic Tan Wool Sweater [new, $30] Madewell White Skinny Jeans [secondhand, $30] Chanel Ballet Flats [secondhand, $190] Rebecca Minkoff Black Crossbody [new, $55] Chanel Oversized Sunglasses [secondhand, $30]
I'm also linking a few different options of white skinny jeans at each price point if you are looking to update your own wardrobe!
Low end option HERE
Mid end option HERE (1/2 off!)
High end option HERE (items like this never go on sale!)
Happy Thursday all!
A couple of weeks back I shared the pros and cons of Poshmark and eBay for making personal purchases off of each respective platform. Different items are available at the best prices on each app so it is important to understand the details of each system. The same goes for selling! Whether you want to start a small business or just make some extra cash out of something you no longer wear, keep reading to learn more about each system and what to expect when selling!
-Only when I switched to thrifting and reselling full time did I start cross-listing my items over to Poshmark. I had bought a few items through Poshmark in the past, but never really saw it as a big platform for selling to a large audience. But honestly, in the past two months since going full time I have sold double the number of items on Poshmark than eBay and it is really my favorite site to sell through!
- NEVER any fees for listing (no matter how many items you have up for sale!), only the final fee when your item sells
- Buyer always pays for the USPS priority flat rate shipping, unless you are willing to provide discounted shipping (you pay 1/2 or all)
- Seller receives a priority flat rate shipping label (for boxes up to 5 lbs) directly from Poshmark, so packaging and shipping are super easy!
- Poshmark is a fun community of following other sellers and sharing items to shopping parties (usually themed, like "best in jeans" or "summer fun")
- Creating posts are easy because most of it is self-generated through a template
- Poshmark is much more strict on buyer returns, and will only allow returns if the buyer can prove the item description does not match the item -- plus buyers only have 72 hours to "accept" the item and request a return
- You can transfer the money earned from Poshmark directly to your bank account = no PayPal fees!
- There is a 20% sellers fee for each item sold, so anticipate Poshmark taking a big chunk of the selling price
- There is not yet an option to create drafts of the items you want to sell to post later
- Poshmark provides basic measures of success, but does not provide an indepth analysis (how many people view and click your items, your sales overtime, etc.)
- You do not receive payment for you item until after it is delivered AND the buyer has either "accepted" the item or 3 days pass (whichever comes first, but you are safe after 3 days from return requests) -- which means you could not see any money until up to a week after you ship your item
The Items That Sell Best For Me On Poshmark:
- Mid end womens clothing (Ann Taylor, J. Crew, Banana Republic) in the $15-25 price range
- Women's shoes
eBay is really the very first site that comes to mind when it comes to private selling and buying. It's where I started and I am grateful for its large platform and performance tools to grow as a seller!
- VERY large buyer base --171 million buyers!
- eBay provides in depth seller analysis to better understand how often your items are showing up in searches, how many clicks you get per view, your sales within a specified amount of time, etc
- eBay will only take a max of 10% as a seller fee from your item's sale price
- eBay offers mass editing (like a spreadsheet) of your items which you can sort and filter by different categories -- I use this tool often to audit categories, buying options, etc.
-Promotion options are great to hold a sale and bring attention to your store
- There are limits to how many free listings you have, despite whether your item sells or not (a personal eBay account allows 50 free listings a month before charging .30 cents per each additional listing)
- While eBay does have a program with the USPS to offer discounts on shipping, this system is much less efficient than Poshmark and can be way more expensive if you offer free or discount shipping because you either ship by the weight or an expensive flat rate
- eBay has a much more lenient return policy, and pushes on sellers to have a 60 day free returns option (aka seller pays for return shipping within 60 days no matter the reason for the return) and in the event that a buyer files for a return that is sketchy eBay 99% of the time will agree with the buyer
- As a seller you have to accept your money earned through PayPal, which costs additional fees on top of your seller fees
The Items That Sell Best For Me On eBay
- Men's dress clothes (slacks, blazer jackets, button up shirts
- Unique and/or vintage pieces
- High end designer clothing pieces
Hope this is helpful!
Also I'm excited to announce that I'm going to start offering reseller boxes very soon! If you are interested in trying out the resell game and don't have the time to source for yourself, I'll soon be selling mystery boxes of inventory with awesome brands (some NWT!) that you can profit off yourself! If this is something you are interested in, please let me know in the comments below or send me a message!
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