VIDEO TUTORIAL : HOW TO USE EBAY TO FIND UNIQUE PIECES FOR YOUR HOME
Ever visited a vintage store and seen beautiful pieces but all at prices that are just a little out of reach? eBay is my main recommended source for swiping great pieces of furniture and accessories that can help you create a designer home look without spending that much at all. But there's a bit of an art to finding the great pieces and deals on eBay, and to an eBay newbie it can all be a bit confusing, so in this post I'm sharing 4 tips in this easy step by step video tutorial on how to use eBay to swipe those awesome, unique vintage pieces that will have your friends amazed at how you found such a bargain! Plus, read to the end for my bonus tip.
Here are those 4 tips again..
1. HEAR ABOUT IT FIRST, THEN MAKE YOUR BEST OFFER
After refining your search, use the 'follow this search' function to get email alerts to your inbox when someone lists a new item with that description. If it's something you really like then contact the seller through eBay straight away and see if they will accept a buy it now offer (even fi they don't have one listed). As long as you make an offer before someone starts bidding on the item the seller is allowed to accept. I've ended up with some great bargains this way, including these 6 awesome brass dining chairs that I got for a bargain price of £130! They are going to be my first DIY reupholstery project (wish me luck...)
2. FIND SELLERS WHO DON'T KNOW THE VALUE OF THEIR ITEM
Use vague description terms in order to find items that sellers don't know the value of. Sellers who are clued up as to the style, make and material of their product are likely to know how much it's worth too. You want to find listings from sellers who don't really know the value of what they are selling. Also the listing with more broad / vague descriptions won't get found as much. This method takes longer to find the good items as you have to sift through quite a lot to find something decent, but it's where you will find the real bargains. i.e, search for 'sideboard' instead of 'midcentury teak sideboard'.
3. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A SELLER'S SIMPLE MISTAKE
Go to www.fatfingers.co.uk to find misspelled eBay listings. Items that are misspelled will usually have either just a few or NO BIDS at all as it's pretty impossible for people to find them. Use a site called FatFingers to search for the item you are looking for, it will then find you all listings of that same item, misspelled. A great way to find bargains!
4. DON'T MISS OUT ON ITEMS THAT ARE LISTED AS COLLECTION ONLY
Use Shiply to get really affordable courier solutions, and use it even for the items that are listed as collection only! Don't be put off by items that are listed for collection only. Contact the seller and see if they will be alright with you organising a courier to pick it up. Most of the time (in my past experience) they are fine with it. Sellers usually list for collection only because they can't be bothered with organising the delivery of items, but are more than happy to oblige if you do!
Most listings end on Sunday evening, so you're likely to find the best items then. If you want something quickly, get on eBay from 5pm on a Sunday night and you're bound to find some great pieces about to end.
Buying on eBay can take a bit longer than regular shopping, but it's the BEST way to find bargains and unique, statement pieces that your friends won't have.
I'd love to hear if you have any really good eBay tips, so share yours in the comments below!