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
Dress Me Vintage : Australia
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.