Every year, at around this time, I feel the need to get rid of loads of stuff. This is part of my pre festive preparations and is not only therapeutic but also rather necessary. Consequently, local charity shops benefit from the piles of books, unwanted clothes and unloved but tolerated household items that have been gathering dust for far too long. In the boot they go and we trundle off to the recycling centre and local charity emporia.
Sometimes, if I feel my stuff is just too good to give away, I even sell it on eBay. This can work, but it is clear to me and everyone who knows me that selling is clearly not my strong point. To make anything resembling a profit on eBay you have to sell a lot of stuff. However, it would appear that swapping is something I might be quite good at.
Enter Vinted.co.uk an amazing concept in recycling previously loved garments, shoes and accessories that doesn’t insist you sell anything, infact you can give things away, swap them for something else or sell them if you want to (and are any good at it)
Perfect! What better way to clear out the expanding wardrobe and make a bit of space for ….for what exactly? What do girls make space for when we ‘have a good old clear out’ ? Well, I can’t speak for everyone, but despite my best intentions I have managed to acquire not only new items for my wardrobe but I have also developed an addiction to Vinted. And no, I don’t have any more space yet.
There. I have said it. My name is Sarah and I am a Vintie.
So far I have sold a couple of tops and a pair of shoes. I have purchased a camel coat for £6, a pair of flatform shoes for £4, a pair of boots reduced from £65 to £25 and a green sparkly jumper for £12. Oh and a lovely green bag that has hardly been used and cost £70. I got it for a tenner. I am currently in the midst of negotiations to buy a faux fur coat.
All of the above are high end high street brands, with a couple of exceptions, and those that are not, are brand new either with tags or without tags but never worn.
So, you see my massive problem! Vinted carries a really good selection of clothes, shoes, bags and accessories and the reason it works is because there is no bidding involved. If you want that Radley bag and the seller is asking for £30 then you either pay £30 or send them a message to see if they will accept an offer or do a swap. It is brilliant! I have actually just swapped one top for two while I have been writing this blog, and I am desperately waiting for that message about the faux fur coat…
So, as far as having a clear out is concerned, yes I am having a clear out. I am actively engaged in getting rid of things that I no longer wear, want or can fit into to. Unfortunately it has become apparent that all I am actually doing is swapping and acquiring to fill the gaps that have be even left by the things that I am actually trying to sell…there is some logic in there somewhere, I just know it.
Ah yes! I am SAVING money! Leather boots for £25 and a camel coat for £6! Winter classics for a fraction of the price I would have paid. Surely that alone can justify the strained look on our post lady’s face when she staggers up the drive every morning laden with large packages. Add to that the fact that I am beginning to positively loathe shopping, mostly because of the traffic, parking and general rudeness of people who choose to come to shop in Oxford or Bicester Village. I simply cannot tolerate parking rage, queue rage or any other kind of shopping-based rage and I am sorry, but I will NEVER queue to get INTO a shop, no matter how cheap the polo shirts might be. Banbury is the only place I would consider shopping in at the moment, and that is mostly because a fab new little coffee shop called The Whistling Kettle has just opened there, you can follow them on Twitter @whistlingk and it is a great place to blog from as the coffee is delicious, Peter and Sarah who run the business are a sheer delight and there are squashy sofas and wifi.
Anyway, I digress! I must dash as I have my eye on a pair of gorgeous gold Office shoes that I simply MUST have.
http://www.vinted.co.uk Visit at your peril and be prepared to lose several hours of your life looking in other people’s wardrobes.