4 Things I Bought on eBay this Month!

July 25, 2019

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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!

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What do you think?

  1. Jennifer Hudson says:

    Would you put a Persian rug in a hallway that leads to the garage entry and gets a lot of traffic? Or is that a bad idea?

  2. Meg says:

    Did you not end up buying the Canon Mark you posted on IG Stories? I REALLY, REALLY wanted to purchase it myself, but something just didn’t feel right about such a steep discount. I think I’m just going to save up and buy directly from Canon. Am I crazy?

  3. Sarah W says:

    Funny you should post about this today. I was just looking up Wayfair coupons, but they all say “first purchase only” have you found a way around this? Or does it even matter?


    • Meg says:

      I’ve never had luck with the “first purchase only” coupon codes. I get them in the mail constantly and just toss them now.

  4. Claire says:

    Talk to me about this hair dryer! Is it substantially quieter than a normal (aka Target) one?

  5. Andrea Naugle says:

    I don’t see the rug store link.

  6. Amanda says:

    Love this post! Love the walls! Love the rugs! Keep on keeping on. ;)

  7. Monica says:

    Any why aren’t I selling MY coupons on Ebay?!!!! My hairdresser uses that dryer on my hair and it is always so smooth and soft afterward. I may have to add it to my Christmas list. :)

  8. Meredith says:

    I’ve wondered about buying coupons … is it legal? Coupons often say at the bottom “no cash value”. So is it legal to sell coupons for a profit and for consumers to purchase them like this?

    • Julia says:

      I know eBay really cracked down on this a couple years ago and it has decreased by 96%. The ones that are sold on eBay must be allowed because of service rights.

  9. Liz E. says:

    I went back to the first video tour of your home and checked out the difference between that hallway then and now. The difference is amazing with just the new paint. So much brighter and cheerful. The color of the mudroom cabinets even looks better with the white color.

    I liked the Instagram comparison of the eating area from last moth to this month. I hope you can do more of these comparison photos & videos since it is useful to see how a small change, like new paint or removing or changing the window coverings, creates such an impact.

    I hope you start a “shop the cottage” section soon so we can easily compare the befores & afters.

  10. CincyHomebody says:

    This may be silly but where do you see if a coupon can be emailed? I am clearly missing something.

    • Julia says:

      It usually says it in the full description if you scroll down about half a page. You can also include a message in your purchase noting that you would like it emailed right away.

  11. Leigha says:

    Dyson coupon expired ????. How do you find another?

  12. Charla says:

    The code for Dyson says it’s expired? SO bummed!

  13. Jill says:

    I can see your plans coming together with each new purchase. Love following along.

  14. Laura says:

    I didn’t even know that buying coupons was a thing!

  15. Maggie says:

    I love this post!!

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