eBay has been my favorite place to hunt for deals for a long time. It’s just so amazing to be able to find brand new, vintage antiques, trendy and formerly out-of-budget pieces all on the same site. I don’t generally bid on items (although that’s a great way to snag a deal, too) but I love sorting for “buy it now” pieces. I am ALWAYS checking out the Daily Deals page–I found my camera equipment, including my favorite lens, workout clothes, my favorite Dyson–all from that page!
And when I am searching for something in particular, the search bar is my bff. This month, I purchased four things from eBay and they all kind of have a different background in how I found them so I thought it would be a good lesson in how I shop on eBay.
1. The first thing (errrr things) I bought were 2 vintage hand-knotted persian runners from this eBay store. I LOVE the look of vintage rugs and they are so great for disguising dirt and spills, but it’s really hard for me to spend a fortune on one right now with a bunch of little kids. This eBay store frequently has Buy 1, Get 1 35% off, so I was able to get both extremely large runners (4×10 and 3.5 x14) for our home for right around $600–a steal for real-deal vintage persian rugs. We have a lot of long walkways in our home that these will cover. Each has already been professionally cleaned, too! They’re so good, right?!
2. My second eBay purchase this month was a Dyson Supersonic Hair dryer. I’ve heard amazing things about it–how it dries your hair really fast without damaging it. And even promises to increase smoothness and shine while cutting frizziness and flyaways (I have EXTREMELY kinky hair so this was a big one for me). But even with all of those promises, the $399 price tag was not something I could swallow.
But! I found it on eBay through Dyson’s eBay store (exactly where I got all of my other favorite vacuums) and they are having a sale, plus an extra 20% off with code JOY4DYSON making my new beloved blow dryer $223. It does EVERYTHING it promises, has cut my drying time by probably 60% and my hair feels so much healthier and it cut down the frizz so much, I’m impressed.
3. Coupons! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–I LOVE to buy coupons on eBay for my favorite retailers, before making any large furniture purchase for our home. You can just search “______ coupon” (insert cb2, wayfair, pottery barn, crate and barrel, west elm, serena & lily etc!) Even if the coupon is $2-$5, you’ll usually save between 15 and 20%. I’ve saved hundreds and hundreds of dollars by doing this. The seller information, and rating, is always listed on the right hand side. In the example below, you can see that the seller has almost 100% positive feedback so I would have no hesitation buying this coupon.
Besides that, I always make sure that the coupon can be used on furniture and sometimes it can only be used on full-priced items and can’t be stacked with sale (sometimes it can). So just keep those things in mind. I also be sure that the seller will email me the code instead of shipping it so I can use it the same day. This month, I’ve bought a plethora of coupons as we begin to furnish our home and every time, I think, I HOPE EVERYONE IS DOING THIS!!!!
4. The last thing I bought was a Fjallraven Kanken Classic Backpack. These trendy, durable and waterproof packs are the perfect size and the colors are so good. They normally sell for around $80, but a bunch popped up as a daily deal for $54 and I pounced! I originally got it for packing to the park or pool because we’re just about grown out of our diaper bag days (is this real life!?), but Greta has already claimed it as her own for school.
Have you got anything good on eBay lately?! Here’s a few favorites!
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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