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Changing up my look for Autumn

Changing up my look for Autumn

Autumn is by far my favourite season of all when it comes to make up and fashion trends. After a summer of minimal make up & relaxed ombre hair I am looking forward to changing it up a bit. Ellisons, the home of wholesale hair […]

Trusting our instincts and weaning Florence at 4 months old

Trusting our instincts and weaning Florence at 4 months old

There comes a time when you’re a parent that you just have to put the rule book to one side and trust your instincts. Don’t get me wrong, that rule book comes in handy more often than we probably like to admit, but I also […]

Out with the old, in with the new with eBay | AD

Out with the old, in with the new with eBay | AD

I have two problems. I have a very small house and too much stuff! Not to mention my slight shopping addiction & significant lack of spare pennies to fund it. That in mind, I’ve been having a big clear out of both mine & Florence’s wardrobe in a bid to gain a bit more space and in tow, a few extra pennies too!

Most of our clothes and other bits are in too good condition to just throw away and with bootfair season well and truly over {plus, imagine bootfairing with a three month old! Urgh!} I decided to give selling on eBay a go.  For so many, eBay is the first place they will head for quality used items and I’ve recently bagged a couple of bargains on eBay myself, including my gorgeous Cath Kidston changing bag, so I gathered someone else might be able to give some of our unused items a new lease of life too.

Once I’d gathered all of our bits & bobs together, I took to photographing them against a clear background flooded with natural light to ensure they looked eye catching for potential buyers. For this I just used my iPhone as it made it easier to add them to the app later on. These really lovely but rarely warn boots were up first and I made sure to take photos of them from every angle to demonstrate just how well looked after they had been and to show off all of the design features.

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Once photographed it was really easy to upload and list them using a few simple steps on the eBay mobile app.  Once I’d named the listing with as many key words as I could (Colour, style & brand are all good to include –  just think what you might search if you were looking for them yourself!) I wrote a detailed description of them along with a suggestion of what they might look good paired with.

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Once I had decided on a starting price for my auction style listing and sorted out all of the postage costs, all I had to do was click ‘done’ and voila! Bidding would start at £3.00 – probably all I would have got for them at a Boot fair! . IMG_3553

I initially listed the boots for seven days and after not very much activity for the first four, people started to ‘watch’ them and then bids came in thick & fast. I’d get a notification on my phone each time somebody bid and I could check the progress, reply to questions about my items and see when payment had gone through all while out and about thanks to the app.

The auction ended at £9.50, £6 over what I thought they might go for! All that was left to do was post them and off they went.

I’ve since listed a whole other bunch of our clothes including my Cath Kidston Balloon dress and some very cute baby girl bundles.  I used the website to upload some of the bits but it was definitely easier (and quicker!) to use the mobile app. 

You can find out more about my eBay selling experience below.

We’ve decided to put any money we make towards some new sanity saving storage for all of the other ‘stuff’ we can’t get rid of just yet!

Are you having an Autumn Clear out too? What would you sell on eBay?

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6 Tummy Time Tips that worked for us

6 Tummy Time Tips that worked for us

Wherever we go, be it baby classes, clinic, to friend’s houses there’s one thing everyone seems to be talking about and that’s tummy time! I’ll admit, to begin with I hardly ever placed Florence on her tummy, she wasn’t keen and I was nervous around […]

Baby Play – Grasping Practice

Baby Play – Grasping Practice

So it seems Florence has well and truly mastered the whole grasping thing. Just in time for the oh so glamorous Post Partum Hair Loss to kick in she’s become quite taken to grabbing handfuls of my hair! Over the last 3-4 weeks we’ve been […]

MAKE YOUR OWN RAINBOW RIBBON RING

MAKE YOUR OWN RAINBOW RIBBON RING

We’ve been practicing grasping with Florence recently and I’ve made some rainbow ribbon rings to incorporate into our play. They’re great for little hands and offer plenty of opportunities for clasping! Baby can grab the wooden ring itself or one of the ribbons.

It really is SO easy and you only need two things.

Ribbon in four different colours (We used 2 organza ribbons & 2 silk ribbons for a more varied sensory experience)

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Step One: Cut your ribbons into 25cm lengths making sure you cut the ends at an angle to prevent fraying.

Step Two: Tie each length around the ring at the centre and double knot.

That’s it. Two steps. If you wanted to, you could glue the ribbons in place with a hot glue gun but it’s not essential. DIY RAINBOW RIBBON RINGS

Next time I make them I might add some jingle bells to them too! diy rainbow ribbon rings

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Pick Your Own Wildflowers at Blooming Green

Pick Your Own Wildflowers at Blooming Green

We are very lucky to live in the very Heart of Kent. Our county really does live up to it’s status of the Garden of England, filled with glorious countryside, working farms and fields and fields of beautiful blooms. A couple of weeks ago, my […]

Our Newborn Essentials

Our Newborn Essentials

Now that Florence is officially out of the new born stage – *sobs!* – I though I would give you a bit of a run down on the products & other things which made our lives a whole lot easier in those early days with […]