Feast your eyes on our latest eBay bargains, my 1970's vintage maxi dress and this rather wonderful 1970 VW Beetle 1500 which we picked up today.
One of my favourite bloggers, Veshoevius recently commented: I've had good and bad experiences buying on ebay. Could you give us some tips on ebay searching and buying to sort the wheat from the chaff?
My tips for bagging an eBay bargain?
- Don't search by category. Bargains are often listed in the wrong section. Our new-to-us 1970 Beetle wasn't under classic cars. Jon typed "VW" into the general search and this beauty popped up under Commercial Vehicles. We typed in French Bed and found our Corbeille bed under Homes & Garden rather than the more appropriate Antiques category.
|Antique French Corbeille bed, complete with horsehair mattress and matching side lamps bought on eBay for £129|
- Don't use trendy buzz words like Vintage, Maxi or Shabby Chic as these are the words everyone uses and the prices subsequently rocket. Think abstractly. If you're looking for a maxi dress try searching under "long dress", "evening dress" or simply "dress".
|This Austin-esque maxi was just listed as "Dress" and won for 99p|
- Make the side bar work for you. If you're saving the pennies select UK only to keep postage costs down. I input .01p and £3 into the Price section if I'm searching for clothes.That way I'm not wading through pages of items beyond my means and it's not a huge loss if I don't like it when it arrives.
- Best Offer? Be cheeky (but not silly) and submit a reasonable offer. Don't offer pennies or you might find yourself getting blocked by an offended seller.
- Use a free sniping tool. You have to register but they are quite safe and although they take some of the excitement away from the bidding process there's no chance of you getting carried away. My favorite is GoofBay and the lovely Pearl recommends Bidnapper.
- Looking for proper vintage? Then type vintage -style into the search engine to filter out all those modern "vintage-style" dresses people try to pass off as the real McCoy.
- When placing a bid enter unusual prices such as those ending in .17p or .62p. Most people will bid a round figure of .00 or .50p and those extra pennies can make all the difference.
|Even Ebbie, our 1970 Type 2 VW Variant was an eBaytastic find. Jon made a cheeky offer after the listing had ended without a bid.|
|Our English-built oak Belfast sink unit was won for £110 at 3pm on a Wednesday afternoon.|
- Perform your search at a quiet time, mid-afternoon during the working week, when popular programmes are on the TV or first thing on a Sunday morning.
Vintage 1970's paisley & floral cotton maxi dress by C&A (eBay £2.17)
|Oooops! Do excuse the burgundy bra!|
Tapestry boots (Hospice charity shop, £8). As long as my legs and neck are warm I can do bare arms in winter, hence my car booted TopShop Baxter skinny jeans (Car Boot Sale £1) underneath my frock.
My vintage silk scarf in my favourite Indian Tree print. The car booter charged me £1 for this because "it's Liberty and that's a posh make".
Any good tips on finding an Ebay bargain? Don't forget to share them in your comments.