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My Thriftiest Shopping Tip…

thrifty online shopping tip

thrifty online shopping tip

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It’s the very start of June, and last week we saw the hottest day of the year.  What are you thinking about, clothes wise?  Purchasing a new swimsuit?  A pair of sandals?  Some t-shirts?  If you are, then you might be missing a trick…

My favourite thriftiest shopping tip ever is in summer to head to eBay and search for winter specific goods I know I’m going to need later in the year.  Yes, winter, you read that correctly!  If you want to be super thrifty you have to think out of season.

My brain is not in winter mode right now.  It’s filled with thoughts of fixing up our garden, and trips to the beach and barbecues and sunny ferry rides to Millport.  But what I will do over the next couple of weeks is sit down and have a quick think to see if there is anything that I know needs replacing in time for next winter.

Previous summer eBay purchases of mine include a winter jacket, a foot muff for the buggy, snowsuits for my girls, and other such winter weather gear, all at really really low prices.  This year I know one of those purchases will include a smart winter coat because my old one is on it’s last legs after being worn every winter for the past 7 years.  I’m thinking something like this, and notice there’s no bids on this beautiful jacket at time of writing with only a few days of the auction to go.

When you’re bidding on items the majority of people aren’t looking to buy right now because of the warm weather and summer holidays, the price is considerably lower than when you’re trying to buy, say a winter coat in November.  You’re bidding against less people and more likely to get the items you want at the lowest possible price.

Worried about choice?  Don’t worry – eBay is brimming over with winter goods right now.  People who have cleared out their wardrobes in spring might only finally get round to listing their items on eBay in summer time as they need a little extra spending money for their holidays.  I’m certainly guilty as charged on this – there is a pile of stuff sitting in my hall that has sat there since March that I am determined to list this week!

What is your thriftiest shopping tip?  Any other good eBay tips?  Do share your thrifty tips in the comments below!

ps: 10 other eBay shopping tips

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Is vintage fur ethical?

is vintage fur ethical

A reader got in touch the other day asking if wearing and/or buying vintage fur is ethical or not.  And it stumped me.

My only experience with vintage fur was when I inherited a mink hat from my grandmother at the age of 18.  It wasn’t pretty, wasn’t the kind of thing I would ever wear, and I didn’t have any fond memories of my grandmother wearing (I can’t remember her ever wearing it to be honest), so I passed it on to the charity shop as I wasn’t really sure what to do with it.  However, I understand it might be a bit different if it’s quite a sentimental piece or something amazing looking you’ve found in a vintage shop.

So, I thought it might be best if we opened up the debate to see what you think.  I love a good debate, and Moral Fibres readers are so clued up and thoughtful that I would love to hear your thoughts on vintage fur.

Do you have any advice for this reader?  What’s your take on the is vintage fur ethical conundrum?  Is vintage fur ok to buy on eBay or in charity or vintage shops?  Or is it only ok to wear if it’s inherited from your grandmother or great aunt?  Is wearing vintage fur ok if you’re a vegetarian or vegan?  If it’s not ok to wear, what would you do with it if you’ve happened to inherit it?  All the questions!  I’m looking forward to your responses.

Got a question you want Moral Fibres readers to answer.  Drop me an email on and we’ll open it up for some debate.