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I wrote this article last year and wanted to re-post it since it makes so much sense!

I love the start of a new year—the chance to set more realistic goals. You have a whole year ahead of you to reach these goals and there are opportunities just sitting out there waiting for you to grab them!

I put together this list of awesome articles to help guide you in finding your style, reaching your goals and rebuilding your wardrobe.

1. I resolve to learn how to use eBay. I know it can be time consuming, but believe me, if you want to score designer deals, eBay is a great way to do it. Check out these articles: Ebay is Your Best Fashion Friend, Ebay Tips and Deals, How to Snipe on Ebay and How I Search Ebay.

2. I resolve to hone in on my style and buy accordingly. I watched What Not to Wear the other day (love that show) and it can be hard to figure out how best to let your personality shine through with what you wear. Here are some articles to help you figure it out: Finding Classic Investment Pieces, Defining Your Personal Style, Dig Out of Your Fashion Rut and Your Guide to Creating Your Own Personal Style.

Magpie Styling Tip: Check out my 10 Fashion Rules.

3. I resolve to wear clothes that fit well. So many people make the mistake of wearing pants that are too short (they make you look stumpy), wide-leg capris, too-tight shorts and too-big jackets. Check out: How to Dress For Your Body TypeSize Matters, Finding Clothes That Fit and Flatter and Finding Pants That Fit.

4. I resolve to buy for my life, not the life I dream of living. Yeah, I have issues with this. I love sparkly, glittery and dressy, but my life is work from home, and I have two children. So, I don’t really have the opportunity to wear all that I buy. I put together a shopping checklist that will help you determine whether or not an item is worth your investment, check it out: Download my FREE Shopping Checklist here. Other articles: Tips for Finding Fashion Deals, Shopping Savvy Quiz and How to Stop Buying Clothes You’ll Never Wear.

Look for more great articles about personal style, making over your closet and buying investment clothing this year!

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January 21, 2013   Comments Off on Smart Shopping Tips

Shop Magpie’s Closet

 Closet Cleanout Time! 

I have some great items from White House/Black Market, J Crew, Manolo Blahnik, Banana Republic, Diane Von Furstenberg and Theory up for sale on Ebay. Check it out by clicking here: Magpie’s Ebay Items for Sale

January 9, 2012   2 Comments

Remake Your Wardrobe in 2012

I love the start of a new year—the chance to set more realistic goals. You have a whole year ahead of you to reach these goals and there are opportunities just sitting out there waiting for you to grab them!

I put together this list of awesome articles to help guide you in finding your style, reaching your goals and rebuilding your wardrobe.

1. I resolve to learn how to use eBay. I know it can be time consuming, but believe me, if you want to score designer deals, eBay is a great way to do it. Check out these articles: Ebay is Your Best Fashion Friend, Ebay Tips and Deals, How to Snipe on Ebay and How I Search Ebay.

2. I resolve to hone in on my style and buy accordingly. I watched What Not to Wear the other day (love that show) and it can be hard to figure out how best to let your personality shine through with what you wear. Here are some articles to help you figure it out: Finding Classic Investment Pieces, Defining Your Personal Style, Dig Out of Your Fashion Rut and Your Guide to Creating Your Own Personal Style.

Magpie Styling Tip: Check out my 10 Fashion Rules.

3. I resolve to wear clothes that fit well. So many people make the mistake of wearing pants that are too short (they make you look stumpy), wide-leg capris, too-tight shorts and too-big jackets. Check out: How to Dress For Your Body TypeSize Matters, Finding Clothes That Fit and Flatter and Finding Pants That Fit.

4. I resolve to buy for my life, not the life I dream of living. Yeah, I have issues with this. I love sparkly, glittery and dressy, but my life is work from home, and I have two children. So, I don’t really have the opportunity to wear all that I buy. I put together a shopping checklist that will help you determine whether or not an item is worth your investment, check it out: Download my FREE Shopping Checklist here. Other articles: Tips for Finding Fashion Deals, Shopping Savvy Quiz and How to Stop Buying Clothes You’ll Never Wear.

Look for more great articles about personal style, making over your closet and buying investment clothing this year!

January 2, 2012   1 Comment

How to Snipe on eBay

Looking for discounts on designer clothing? Nobody does it better than eBay. I’ve offered my tips for how to search on ebay, offered some tips for getting deals here and here and how to find clothing that fits on eBay, now I want to share with you the fine art of sniping. Sniping just means using an automated service to enter a bid in the final seconds of an auction.

Personally, I see nothing wrong with sniping, although it gets a bad rap. To me, it’s just like putting a bid in on ebay, I’m just waiting until the last minute to do it. The truth is that if you enter a bid too early, someone is sure to outbid you and drive the price of the merchandise up. If you bid at the last second, your competition doesn’t know you’re interested in the item.  I don’t use this on everything, only on items that end at times I can’t be at home and a super good designer deal that I really, really want.

After using a bunch of free trials, I ended up going with eSnipe. Like most services, it does cost money to snipe, which is why I don’t use it very often. Cost is 25 cents for an auction item that ends less than $25 and 1% of the auction price for an item that is $26 to $1000. When you add the ebay and PayPal fees, it’s really not worth it to use frequently. Here are my tips:

1. Use odd numbers. Rather than enter your high bid at, say, $20; enter it at $21.98. That way, you are sure to outbid the person who enters $20 as his/her high bid.

2. Calculate costs. Before entering your high bid, be sure to calculate the cost of shipping, PayPal, eBay fees (if any) and sniping fees. If it’s still worth it, go for it!

3. Set it for the last minute. I always set my bid to be entered with 4 seconds to go on an auction. That leaves no time for a competitor to manually enter a bid to outbid me. Plus, it saves me from getting into a bidding war at the last minute. I set it and forget it. If the item is going for more than my high bid, I let it go.

What do you think of sniping? I think it’s a great way to get an item you really want for a price you can pay. I’m telling you, if you put a bid in early, you’re just driving up the price of the item. Would love to hear your sniping success stories, whether your using an automated service, or just manually entering your max bid seconds before the auction ends.

September 20, 2011   Comments Off on How to Snipe on eBay

How I Search on Ebay

My eBay skills are legendary–at least in my own mind! 🙂 But, several of you have asked how I find such great bargains on ebay (like a recent brand new, tags attached DVF dress for $40). I got the dress so cheap because it was listed new with defects. The defects? A missing belt (no biggie I’d replace it anyway) and a one inch tear on the shoulder seam, shown clearly in photographs and very fixable.)

Here are some search tips I’ve picked up along the way:

1. Do your research. Generally, when I’m searching on ebay, I have a general idea about what I want. For example, I may see a brand I like, want a brooch with red stones or want a pair of leather shorts. The first step is to enter that into your search. Examples: “Tory Burch“, “leather shorts“, “vintage brooch.” If you notice, you can be more general in your initial searches, then narrow it down from there.

2. Break it down. Once you do your first search, then break it down. Perhaps you want a Tory Burch dress, then go to the dresses and break it down even further to your size. You’ll have a lot fewer items to scroll through. It’s helpful if you know, for example, that the style of designer dress you want is called “Della” or “Julian” (both names of DVF dress styles.) You can use that information in one of your searches to narrow down results.

3. Check the spelling. Think outside the box people! Spelling errors are very common when it comes to designer names! There is a great website called TYPOBAY. Enter the name of the designer or item you want and it will show you all the listings where the name was spelled wrong. It’s great because you’ll see quite a few items that don’t pop up on searches of the correct spelling. I’ve found some awesome deals this way, including a pair of new with tags Tory Burch leather shorts (spelled Tory Birch believe it or not!) for $30. They retailed for over $300!

4. Search multiple ways. In addition to searching through Typobay, think of different search combinations. For example, if I’m looking for a pair of flare jeans, search by brand name, size and different variations on the theme. For example:  “Citizens of Humanity” “Citizens jeans” , “Citizens humanity flare jeans”, “Citizens flare jeans 28” and “Citizens Humanity flare denim.”

5. Save your searches. Sometimes I don’t find what you want the first time around and I know I won’t have time to search daily for that item. That’s when I’ll set up multiple searches for the item. If I want a Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress in leopard print, I’ll save the following searches: “DVF wrap dress”, “Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress”, “Furstenberg leopard”, “Furstenberg Julian leopard”, “Furstenberg wrap dress 6”, “Diane Von Furstenberg leopard wrap dress 6.” Then, I’ll get an email daily with the listings that meet my search criteria.  Eventually, the item will show up! Once I find it and buy it, I will delete the searches so I don’t keep flooding my inbox.

Next up in my ebay series: Sniping!!!

June 25, 2011   Comments Off on How I Search on Ebay

Weekly Ebay Deals: Snakeskin

Animal prints, particularly snakeskin and leopard, are so in right now. Honestly, I think they are true classics. Here are some super deals from eBay.

1. Jimmy Choo Snakeskin Heels. Starting at $99, size 37.5 or 7.5. I love these and if you can pick them up for $100, it’s a deal! Check the shipping though, it’s $10 so keep that in mind when bidding.

2. Miu Miu T Strap Heels. Starting at $49.99, size 37.5 or 7.5. These are so unique, love the vintage feel.

3. Issac Mizrahi Snakeskin Slingbacks. Starting at $30, buy it now for $50, size 8.5. Seller doesn’t have much feedback. Shipping is a little high at $14.95. But, geez, they are the perfect timeless slingback.

4. GENUINE SNAKE SKIN HANDBAG – SIMPLY GORGEOUS! VINTAGE?. Starting at $50. Another timeless style, very ladylike.

5. COACH Limited Edition Poppy Snake Skin Clutch Purse. Starting at $100, buy it now for $250.Wow, two trends in one, leopard print and snakeskin!

6. CHICOS summer SNAKESKIN SPORT POCKET SKIRT 2 XL 14 16 N. Starting at $4.95

7. DIANE VON FURSTENBER​G TWEED SNAKESKIN PRINT SKIRT SZ 6. Starting at $18.89, what a deal on a my favorite designer!

8. VINTAGE 80’S CACHE SNAKE SKIN BROWN MINI DRESS 6 or S. Starting at $19.99, another classic style.

What will you buy? Do you like the snakeskin trend?

June 11, 2011   1 Comment

eBay Tips & Deals

The other day my sister in law texted me with this message, “Do you really own all the clothes you feature on your blog? Where do you keep it all?” Now, my sister in law lives in the same neighborhood as me and has seen my closet. OK, I’m not gonna lie, it’s packed, but I’m in a constant state of editing my clothing. I try to get rid of one item for every item I buy. And, I generally resell on ebay (or give to my sister!)

Honestly, I buy most of my clothing on ebay. I love that I have such a wide variety of items from which to choose at mostly affordable prices. I offered tips for getting a perfect fit from ebay and tips for using ebay. The fact is using ebay to buy clothing is just like going to a consignment shop. Here are some of my recent bargains:

DVF Gunita Wavy Ruffled skirt: $57 plus $5 shipping

Which leads to tip No. 1: Be patient. I saw this skirt on the DVF Look of the Week and REALLY wanted it. But, even the sale price was too high, like $200. So, I seached ebay. No luck, they were all over $100. I set up a search [DVF Gunita and DVF skirt]  that sends new listings directly to my email. Finally a seller listed this skirt for a starting bid of $30. Now, it was a size 12, so I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to alter down to a 4 or 6. But, I took a chance. Turns out, it’s simple to alter, cost me $10. It took me 5 months of watching to finally get this skirt. Total paid: $72, not cheap but reasonable for a designer skirt.

Equipment Sandwashed Satin Blouse $26 plus $5 shipping.

Tip No. 2: Find Basics on a Budget
Most of the basic tee shirts I get are from Target or other discount stores. Blouses are different. I love Theory, Equipment and some other higher priced brands for quality blouses. They hang better and the fabrics are to die for. This Equipment blouse retails for a whopping $198 on Revolve Clothing. Never would I spend that much. My wardrobe was lacking a neutral color blouse (no, seriously it was!) so I started a search of Theory and Equipment blouses. Again, new listings get pushed to my email. This one popped up, and I saved it on my watch list. I was shocked when the auction was just about over and it had only one bid. So, I put on a last minute bid and it’s now mine. Plus, it was in better shape than the pictures even showed. Total Paid: $31

DVF Moore Wood Wedge (Mine are brown with straps that are a tan with blue and red) $51 (in the box with the dust bag) plus $8 shipping

Tip No. 3: Know Your Size
Every brand runs differently and they’re not always consistent. I know what size I take but I also ask the seller to measure the inside of the footbed so I can compare how long they are with how long my foot is. I took a chance as this seller only had 8 feedback (all positive). It was a chance worth taking, they fit, are barely worn and super cute. I  sanitized them before wearing and it’s all good! By the way, these retailed for $300!

May 28, 2011   2 Comments

Sale: From Magpie’s Closet to Your Closet

As you all know, I LOVE ebay and sell on there quite frequently. Well, I decided to try something new. I am going to post some items for sale on the blog. If you’re interested, email me by clicking here, and I will give you a total cost with shipping.

Payment is via Paypal. All Sales Final, so please ask questions before agreeing to purchase! Most of these items are for Fall and Winter. I love buying stuff at the end of the season. I store it for the summer and then it’s like Christmas once the cooler weather comes around.

1. Tory Burch Metallic Silver Leather Jacket, Size 12, 16 inches across shoulders. These jackets run small, more like a size 10. I thought I could have it altered to fit smaller, but it was just too costly to do so. Perfect condition. $150 plus shipping.

2. Gap Casual Leather Black Hooded Jacket, size S, 15 inches across shoulder. This is the PERFECT casual jacket to wear to sporting events or running around in the fall. Excellent condition. $30 plus shipping.

3. Ann Taylor Chocolate Brown Fur-lined Hood Leather Jacket, size S, 16 inches across shoulders, hidden zipper. Another great running around jacket but with a fab faux fur lined hood. $50 plus shipping.

4. Black NY & Co leather jacket with detachable faux fur collar. Longer, hip length, buttons down the front, excellent condtion, size 15.5 inches across back shoulder to shoulder. $30 plus shipping

5. Banana Republic Chloe Knee High boots with perforated trim, size 7.5, in original box, barely worn. 18 inch shaft, 3.5 inch heel, $65 plus shipping.

6. Nine West Medium Brown Nevan Buckle Boot, size 7.5 M, in original box, only worn once. 17 inch shaft, 3 inch heel, awesome, go-with-everything color, brass hardware, adjustable calf. Bought at Bloomies. $75 plus shipping

7. Banana Republic Portofino tan calfskin piped tall boot with stacked wooden heel, size 6.5M, Lovely tannish brown color with brown piping, rounded toe, awesome stacked heel, 16 inch shaft, 3 inch heel. $55 plus shipping

8. SOLD Ann Taylor Loft camel Hathaway tan croco heels, 7M, t-strap heel, in original box, 2.5 inch heel, excellent condition. $10 plus shipping

9. SOLD Michelle D Image Black Snake Sandals with silver hardware, size 8M, bought from Dillards last year, still in original box, worn only a few times, They look grey in the pic, but they are true black, 3 inch heel. $20 plus shipping

10. BCBG Girls, Nutella, brown snake sandals, 7.5 M, These look lighter than they are in the pic, they are a darker brown, still in original box, bought at Dillards last year, 3.5 inch heel, barely worn. $20 plus shipping

11. Isaac Mizrahi Midas Black beaded/crepe fabric sandals 7.5, bought at Saks Fifth Avenue. These are in very good condition. In original box, 3 inch heel, Because they are fabric, you can see the toe prints from when I wore them and they have a couple very small white marks on heel (which I haven’t tried to remove) but they’ve barely been worn. $20 plus shipping.

12. Michelle D. Black Brulee Mary Jane Pump. Perfect if you work! Size 8M, only worn once, in original box. Bought at Dillards last year. $20 plus shipping

13. Ann Taylor Leather Pencil Skirt, size 2. This skirt is so soft and supple. Unfortunately, it is too snug on me in the waist. Waist: 13.5 flat; hips: 19 inches flat; 24 inches long $30 plus shipping

See something you like? Let me know. Anything not sold on the Blog will be posted on Ebay in the fall. Check out my ebay auctions if you’re in the market for a Wii, Wii Rockband, Guitar Hero or some little girl dresses!

May 9, 2011   1 Comment

Weekly Ebay Deals: White Jeans

Sorry this little ditty has gone by the wayside but it’s back! I’ve scoured ebay for some big-time deals on white jeans. I’ve been looking for the perfect pair of skinny white jeans. I think I found them. They are by J Brand and I got them on ebay last week. They haven’t arrived yet, cross your fingers! I will say this, I’ve found that white jeans run smaller than regular denim. Either that or I just don’t like the way they fit me in my normal size. I generally size up one size in white.

1.  J Crew High Heel Flare in white, size 30 $29.99

2. Lilly Pulitzer White Mainline Jeans, size 14 $29.99

3. J Brand White Skinny Jeans, size 29, $79

4. 7 for all Mankind cropped skinny jeans, size 31 $74

5. Citizens of Humanity White Low Rise Capris, size 27, $5 or buy it now for $50

May 3, 2011   5 Comments

Calling All Fashionistas!

As many of you know, I’m a big ebayer. Well, I clean out my closets about once every three months or so. Right now I have some super fab dresses and blouses for sale on ebay. Lots of reasonably priced designer like M Missoni, Kate Spade and Laundry by Shelli Segal as well as some J Crew and other brands. Here’s a sneak peak.

To go to my auctions, click here.

March 31, 2011   1 Comment