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23 Stores to Watch on eBay

The good thing about eBay is you can find anything your looking for… the bad thing about ebay is… well since anything can be found, it’s hard sorting through the mass of listings.

Personally, I get overwhelmed easily. I’ve spent a lot of time working out how to look for things on eBay, like spending hours and hours going through pages and pages. Sifting through key words like vintage floral dress. Since the recent outpour of highly styled eBay shops like the Maki Maki and Indie Cult Vintage, I’ve been taking a closer look at shops (and thinking of setting up my own). Having a couple reliable shops on eBay can be as useful as looking at bigger sites like ShopBop and Zappos for online shopping.

For shopping, Style Bubble has an excellent tutorial on how to find good bargains through searching. I have found this incredibly useful in keeping the inspiration rolling in.

Designers are always difficult for me to on eBay… well more in the mix of finding things it’s difficult to separate whats good, what might be a counterfeit, and of course how to find more unique designers. These sellers have more unique designers at good prices in comparison to buying new/this season or even sales or in post-consumer shops like Loehman’s or Century21, and if you can’t get to those eBay’s pretty much your best bet

Threedifferent : Marni, Rick Owens, Martin Margiela, Balenciaga (Italy)

Designer Dream Closet

Linda’s Stuff: Actually, it’s a lot of ladies ’stuff’ a comprehensive online consignment shop, just about every designer you can think of…

The Italian Connection: Lots and lots of beautiful designer shoes… and not terribly expensive.

Studio 320 : Designer clothing, carries a good selection of vintage and vintage designer

This is probably what caught my attention to use eBay as resource. I wasn’t much into it before because I didn’t know what I was buying. These are some good vintage shops that continually have great inventory, and they take the time to style each item so it’s easier to visualize, and even if you are browsing, its’ nice to get inspiration on how to style your own thrifted wares:

Nasty Gal Vintage: Consistently good

Indie Cult Vintage: Great finds, downside is everyone knows, and the prices can get super high

Mama Stone Vintage:One that continually inspires… great finds

MakiMaki Vintage: She makes everything look so cool

Liebemarlene Vintage: Very girly

Violetville Vintage: I would say this is a great shop for more Rockabilly girls

Sickthrift : Great bags

Mademoiselle Vintage

Dress Me Vintage : Australia

Showdown Vintage

Vintage Accessories:

Ridens11’s Collection : Beautiful vintage leather bags, Italy, mostly structured doctor type bags

Mauri’s : Antique, vintage jewelry, accessories, many designer

Vinatage International : Designer bags

Meat Market : Vintage, lots of great bags

Venus in Vintage: Cool bags and shoes

Disclaimer: Yes, I am an eBay affiliate. These selections are my picks, no shop owner has paid for any mention here.

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  1. Aw, dang! A lot of these are already on my list, and now (as you said) everyone knows. ;) That’s the problem, you know? You want to support your favorite eBay sellers, but then the prices go up and up and up. Thanks for the list — I’m already adding some to my favorites!

    Posted by Jeanne | April 28, 2008, 8:23 am
  2. A fantastic post. Searching for the right items on ebay can end in headache. I will definitely check out your list!

    Posted by uneboutiquetreschic | April 28, 2008, 8:26 am
  3. I know… it’s always a dilemma when you find something good…

    I’m glad you can find the list useful in some way though!

    Posted by jennine | April 28, 2008, 8:29 am
  4. Thank you so much for this post! For some reason I’ve never gotten around to bookmarking eBay stores so I always lose them. Thanks!

    Posted by Sabrina | April 28, 2008, 11:10 am
  5. thanks for sharing my dear! i’ve been less of an ebay fanatic in the last year (think i got tired of the effort expended with too few treasures uncovered lately) but i discovered two or three amazing new places thanks to your list!

    Posted by c in c | April 28, 2008, 11:32 am
  6. I always go on with the intention of briefly checking if something I want is on there, but leave around 3 and half hours later with a backache, a squint and a feeling of having achieved nothing (because I have in fact achieved nothing).

    Posted by Meg | April 28, 2008, 1:57 pm
  7. thanks so much for sharing this information :D

    Posted by rz | April 28, 2008, 4:09 pm
  8. Thanks for these resources.
    I will check out some of these

    Posted by katie | April 28, 2008, 6:18 pm
  9. Thanks for this post! I am now looking at the stores and drooling over the vintage bags. Thanks again!

    Posted by May | April 28, 2008, 9:03 pm
  10. Thanks so much for including me in your list!! :) The Ebay vintage store I always loved best was Olive Shoppe, but I don’t know if it’s still going . . . they had really wonderful styling!

    Posted by Rhiannon | April 28, 2008, 11:34 pm
  11. Your list is fantastic…. some great pointers! Must work on unearthing some new ones though as some are getting rather bid-crazy!

    Posted by susie_bubble | April 29, 2008, 7:52 am
  12. Thanks for these! I knew most of the vintage shops, but I had no idea of the designer ones.

    Posted by Allure | April 29, 2008, 12:33 pm
  13. How did I miss these? I have a bookmark folder for ebay spanning 50+ and some of these I passed over?!

    Posted by belle | April 29, 2008, 3:57 pm
  14. i’ll check these out

    Posted by Prêt-à-Porter P | April 29, 2008, 6:19 pm
  15. I agree with Susie. Some items, while cute, are fetching astronomical prices.

    But I do agree with Nasty Gal! I love checking out their auctions. I’ll be interviewing the lovely Nasty Gal herself (Sofia). I’ll let you know when it goes live!

    Posted by Sandra | April 30, 2008, 11:37 pm
  16. Check out Uber Vintage Store http://www.ubervintagestore.com for vintage clothing specialized for MEN! Nice post!

    Posted by CJ | May 1, 2008, 9:43 am
  17. hahah… sweet… thanks love!

    Posted by jennine | May 1, 2008, 9:51 am
  18. Nasty Gal have been buying flapper costumes (for $30) and marketing them as vintage when they’re brand new (and selling for $300-$400). That’s really disappointing about a so called “vintage” seller. And it does nothing to be “green”.
    And by mentioning sellers with already high bids, you just drive them up higher.
    It would be nice if someone featured other sellers on eBay who are committed to selling a few select pieces and are actually knowledgeable and trustworthy with moderate prices.

    Posted by Kristen | May 13, 2008, 3:16 pm
  19. kristen, i’m sorry you feel that way. this is just a list of ebay sellers i watch, and they all have good reputations, with excellent feedback. i don’t believe that nastygal vintage would do something like that, else their feedback would be tarnished.

    and from you criticism, it sounds like you have a great post to write… consistent unknown ebay sellers! that’s a great post!


    Posted by jennine | May 14, 2008, 12:22 am
  20. It’s well documented. There are plenty, plenty of other people who can tell you the same thing.
    Look familiar?
    Anyway, these girls have tons of buying ID’s and are all friends with each other so they bid regularly on each other’s items to drive up prices.
    They’re feedback is not tarnished because their customer base for the most part is too unknowledgeable when dealing with real vintage. Like most sellers. It’s unfortunate you have your doubts before doing your research. Most of those girls like NGV and Indiecult and SMV rely on exactly that type of behavior to be successful. They’re just cut throat businessmen in pretty dresses.

    Posted by Kristen | May 14, 2008, 7:46 am
  21. Who are you to tell the difference between what of hers is vintage and what isn’t? Many costumes are based off classic vintage pieces because that’s exactly what they are…costumes to capture that decade.

    Posted by Sarah | May 18, 2008, 5:37 am
  22. Uhhh…if you would’ve LOOKED at the link provided it shows NGV buying ID and the person she bought them from!

    A Ebay Costume Shop! Brand new with tags, made in China five seconds ago. NOT VINTAGE!

    And nastygalvintage and spanishmossvintage ARE friends. What a bunch of scammers! Wow.

    Posted by Sweetie | May 18, 2008, 9:26 am
  23. Actually it doesn’t say anything about NGV, and so what?

    So what if NGV and SMV are friends? That’s called community.

    If you don’t trust them, don’t buy from them…

    I don’t understand why people get so weird about this stuff, honestly.

    Posted by jennine | May 18, 2008, 9:36 am
  24. I know it can be hard for the supporters of NGV & ICV to understand.

    The flapper costumes were bought with another ID (aka *buying IDs*…sock.it.to.meee & hungry.freaks)that belongs to Nasty Gal. If you run the ID’s through goofbay you will see what they have been buying. Now, compare those items with the completed auctions of Nasty Gal and you will see that the items bought with the buying ID are identical to the items being auctioned off by NGV.

    Some of the items are legitimate vintage, which is fine. BUT, when she is auctioning off BRAND NEW costumes as *rare* *one-of-a-kind* vintage 80s dresses, then there IS a problem. Does that not bother some of you? I would be peeved off to no end if I paid $400 for a new, cheaply made costume.

    Posted by vintage-a-holic | May 18, 2008, 10:00 am
  25. I haven’t investigated the eBay vintage sellers in question, so I won’t knock them. But, for those of you who like what they’re selling but can’t afford it, I have some advice.

    Find the item you like from one of the popular sellers. Then do an eBay search to see if a less popular seller has one like it or similar to it. 9 times out of 10, you’ll find it for a fraction of the cost!

    Rather than paying $300 to $400 for the flapper dress previously mentioned, the exact same dress (EXACT) can be bought from a seller who doesn’t use live models for $34.00. That’s a substantial savings.

    You can dress like the nasty gal or indy cult crowd without giving up your summer vacation to do it.

    Posted by Babs | May 18, 2008, 12:43 pm
  26. You guys are seriously nuts. Lurking buyer IDs and such. Who cares? It’s ONE dress…that doesn’t mean she’s scamming all of her dresses and everything else. What should it matter if the customer likes and enjoys it? Her target buyers aren’t vintage collectors - they’re young kids/adults who just want the “look.” I know for a fact she would offer a refund if their purchase wasn’t to their expectation.

    Posted by Sarah | May 18, 2008, 12:54 pm

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