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Bay Trend: Top Ten Expert Tips

Hey, so my first post was about the Bay Trend. It’s my way of looking good for 99p. Some of you may be familiar with eBay and others not. So I’ve put together my Top Ten tips to successfully Bay Trend. Hope you enjoy:
 
1) KNOW WHAT YOU WANT: Failure to do so will result in unnecessary spending by straying to look at other items. This defeats the object of a bargain if you end up buying extras.
 
2) SET A BUDGET- For everything: My personal budget for any piece of footwear or clothing is £5. That way I am always getting a bargain. If you get caught up in a bidding war without a budget you end up paying way more than intended and this means expense!!
 
3) DIAMOND IN THE RUFF: Refine your results so that you can find just what you are looking for. If you want a specific skater dress then typing in just that will bring up 1000’s of results. Type the specifics ‘top shop skater dress size 10 black’ and then you can further refine by postage costs, new or used, categories etc. This will narrow the 1000’s down to the better suited.
 
4) WATCH: When you find what your looking for don’t be tempted to bid straight away, this just ignites a bidding war and the price just keeps on increasing way before the item is due to end. By watching you can go back to the item right before it ends and bid a much lower price than if you triggered the war.
 
5) PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE: If you can’t find what your looking for straight away don’t feel disheartened. Save the search and you will be regularly updated on newly listed items. It will come eventually. I waited 3 weeks to bag myself a Topshop Tiger print baroque jumper but when I got it appreciated it all the bit more.
 
6) TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE: I mentioned before to watch the item before bidding. When the item finally is near it’s end don’t be too hasty. I usually wait until the last 8-10 seconds to make my bid ( Although I am already prepared to press “bid” from about 40 seconds) make sure you have set your maximum bid, reviewed this and are ready to click to bid in time.
 
7) GLOBAL: Don’t be dissuaded to bid on international items, they do come. . . Eventually ( postage takes a little longer but this is always stated). From my experience I’ve also found some of the high street store items in international eBay shops, usually china, which means I have been able to buy the exact item or factory second for under £5 brand new.
 
8) TOMATO, TOMATOE: New, worn once or twice. What’s the difference when vintage is all the new rage anyway? Nothing, apart from the idea of paying an extra £40 in store for it with a paper tag attached. Worn a handful of times is just as good as new if your buying quality. So word of advice is to not go out there searching for primark clothes because they’re bad enough quality BNWT (I used to be a loyal primark customer until tops started falling apart as I removed the tags).
 
9) GOING, GOING, GONE: Get selling yourself. It’s so easy, simply list the item and once it sells take a stroll to the post office to send the item to the buyer (They pay postage). If your auction starts at 99p it’s free to list too. Whenever I sell something I bid for something else to replace it’s old space in my wardrobe #Swap&Shop
 
10) VICE-VERSA: Shop out of season, want a pair of Levi shorts for the festivals in summer? Buy these on eBay in winter; these are not in demand in winter so it’s more than likely that there will be much fewer bids on shorts etc meaning Levi’s for less (I reluctantly paid £13 for a pair last summer but only £2.24 for a pair a few weeks ago).
 
Have a look at my eBay shop here to give the Bay Trend a go 🙂

Bay Trend Buy of The Day

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So here it is my buy of the day. This black crushed velvet skater dress retails in Topshop for over £25 and won at auction for £4.71. I guess the only thing I’m not jumping for joy about is the cost of postage.

What I really want though is the burgundy crushed velvet skater dress for valentines day. My eyes are on the look out and all bids will be set 🙂

High street fashion for under £5

As a young mummy I still love to look scrummy. Before becoming a mum I’d spend about £200 a month on keeping up with the latest fashion and trends. £40 on a pair of shoes and the rest on clothes and accessories. And why? To look high street sassy. Now I can do just that for under £5.

Things that usually sound too good to be true probably are but unless you can’t stomach the thought of wearing something that’s been worn at least once before then this is too good and true!

How do I do it? EBAY is my answer. A few key words here and there followed by my size and there I have it; high street heaven for a low cost price on my iPhone or laptop in a couple of clicks. Now you may think of these items as second hand but what’s more on trend than vintage at the moment? Whether it’s vintage or pre loved, it’s my own new trend; the ‘bay trend’.

Check it out yourself and give it a go. Head over to:

http://www.ebay.co.uk