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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