SNUGGLE UP WITH YOUR OWN GRANNY BLANKET…

IMAGES OF A HYGGE LIFESTYLE...

With the sun well and truly popping its head out in the UK this week it makes us all want to chill in the sunshine but once that sun goes behind a cloud or disappears later in the day the chill can really be felt. After all it is still only March but I love being outside so I made myself a granny blanket during the winter ready for this day to arrive.

I wrote a post on this on Afternoon Tea4Two last year and wrote what inspired me to give it a go. “The knitted blanket is a glorious expression of any grandmother’s soul; it is the colours of her dreams woven in delicate and loving hands. She would sit in that old rocking chair, hands moving, brain at peace, and from those delicate fingers would come the blankets.” Reading that paragraph in a book I was reading really…

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HAVE YOU GOT SOMETHING TO SELL?..

HAVE YOU GOT SOMETHING TO SELL?…   Obviously, we all know about eBay and how you can sell just about anything on their site. With more than 180 million users, the megalith-marketplace’s mass audience is its main selling point, as you’ve access to buyers across the UK and worldwide. It’s a doddle to use and great for selling mainstream fashion brands. 

But actually, there are a lot more sites to sell your unwanted items over to get some cash back during these hard times.

Some of the most popular sites for selling clothes are – Shonamac – this is an online dress agency with over 15,000 customers (an M&S jumper can fetch £20) – how many jumpers have you got in your cupboard that you have only worn once. You can also sell bags. shoes and accessories. Shona started Shonamac.com in 2002 after the birth of her second daughter and giving up her marketing career in the City. For the next 12 years, she built up the UK’s biggest online “dress agency” (and had two sons) – auctioning preloved clothes and accessories through Ebay – something that was unheard of at the time. In total, they auctioned over 31,000 items worth over £1.3m.

In the summer of 2014, the demand for “buy it now” prompted the launch or their own site where buyers could purchase directly from them. In 2016 they opened their first bricks and mortar store on Wandsworth Common. In the meantime, they relaunched their website to allow sellers direct online access to the “back office” so they can monitor sales activity for their items in real-time. A great way to sell during the pandemic. All buyers now benefit from a generous VIP Rewards scheme.

Another site called Vinted is where they say is open to everyone who believes that good clothes should live long. In 2008, Milda was moving house but had too many clothes to take with her. Justas offered help and built a website to give away her clothes to friends. Soon enough, the media wanted in, too. The duo knew they were on to something – Vinted was born.

To a team of over 500Today, more than 500 people work at Vinted to help the world sell, buy, and swap second-hand wardrobe items. Their team spans countries and cultural backgrounds, just like our members do. Vinted’s offices are based in Vilnius, Berlin, and Prague. These spots help us operate in 12 markets: Spain, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, the UK, and the USA.

Selling is easy Download the free Vinted app. Take photos of your item, describe it, and set your price. Tap “Upload” and your listing is live. Sold! Box your item, print your prepaid shipping label, and pop to the drop-off point within 5 days. There are zero selling fees, so what you earn is yours to keep. You’ll be paid as soon as the buyer confirms everything’s OK.

Another site specialising in pre-owned designer pieces, Vestiaire Collective is a French-owned resale site. Fees are pricey, but anecdotally clothes sometimes fetch more than on eBay. (Vestiaire authenticates items, so people feel more confident buying designer goods.) Garments must be from one of the 5,000 labels on its list, which include Gucci and Victoria Beckham but also some more upmarket high street brands, such as Zara.

Its app is slick and easy to list on. You list items for a set price, which must be at least £20. Buyers can also make offers, though you’re not obliged to accept. Rather than post items to the buyer directly, you send your items to Vestiaire, which authenticates them, then forwards them on. 

Money Saving Expert explains that they have an odd fee structure. It’s a flat £13 for all items up to and including £130. However, after that it’s 25% of the sale price. Bizarrely, this means you can sell something for £130 and keep £117, but sell the same thing for £131 and you’ll only keep £98. This is why it’s probably worth sticking to items worth less than £130. 

While you can sell items for as low as £20, paying £13 on a £20 transaction doesn’t make much sense. So as a rule of thumb, we reckon Vestiaire’s best for items worth £70ish to £130. 

Short for Shop In Your Pocket, the Shpock app and website lets you sell fee-free. Similar to Facebook Marketplace (see more on this below), it’s focused on local selling – you post ads for unwanted goods, and buyers pop round and pay cash in hand. Unlike Facebook, buyers don’t see your personal Facebook profile, which some prefer.

The app’s great for selling the types of items that people will pick up locally – think kids’ coats, wellies or bundles of baby clothes. However, more specific items (eg, purple trainers in a size 6.5) can take longer to sell – here, eBay’s huge audience is likely to be an advantage.

To start selling, snap a photo of your item and enter a few details such as a title, price and category. MoneySavers report you get a lot of hagglers. While there is an option to accept PayPal and post items, this is not as popular as cash in hand. (Shpock does not get involved in transactions, so you may feel more comfortable keeping it for simple, cash-in-hand transactions.) And, there are no fees and ideal for selling locally.

Some other good sites are Depop, for selling vintage clothes. While it doesn’t deal exclusively in vintage clothes, there’s a brisk trade in items from the 1990s or early 2000s. 

Another site called Patatam is great if you want to sell in bulk quickly and easily. You need to send at least 20 items though, and it only accepts women’s and kids’ gear (not men’s).

Finally, Facebook, Local Facebook selling groups, and Facebook Marketplace are a great way to earn cash flogging unwanted stuff in your area. As most Facebook sales are local, you won’t have access to the wider audience you get with a site such as eBay. The research found baby and kids’ items are often a hit, but it’s possible to shift anything from tents to running trainers. See Money Saving Experts Facebook Selling crash course for full details.