One SAVVY mom has managed to treat her family to a Disneyland Paris vacation with her extra money.
Emily Watson, 36, is a full-time caregiver for her seven-year-old daughter who has cerebral palsy.
But in her spare time, the mother of two scours charity shops looking for bargains to sell on eBay.
Emily, from Edinburgh, has made 1,500 sales since she started listing items on the auction site in February.
She realized how easy it was to make money after selling baggy clothes that no longer fit after a huge weight loss.
She told the Scottish Sun Online: “I lost the 8th so I started selling all my clothes that didn’t fit anymore and realized people would buy anything on eBay.
“So I thought I’d start looking good. I started with a pair of jeans from Zara and doubled my money, and it did.”
She added: “I tend to stick to menswear now as womenswear in charity shops tends to be more fast fashion and supermarket brands.
“With menswear, nine times out of 10 you’ll find a pair of Levis in jeans because guys don’t tend to buy fast fashion as much as we do.
“The quality is better and the brands are better in men’s fashion.”
Emily spends a full day a week browsing shops in and around the capital while her youngest daughter, three, is at daycare.
Sometimes she visits her local stores more regularly, but she never lets it take up all her free time.
She said, “I don’t put in too much time, it’s a lot of part time and just my side hustle really. It keeps me sane.”
“I use the money as my holiday fund and now it’s also my Christmas fund.
“Just got home from Disneyland Paris, paid for by eBay sales.
“It was £2,000 for four nights, including park tickets and a Disney hotel stay.
“I usually spend a couple thousand dollars at Christmas on gifts and stuff. That includes food, too.
“That’s my total budget and I already have it covered thanks to my eBay sales.”
The savvy shopper treats every trip to the charity shop as a “scavenger hunt” and is always looking for hidden gems, with football shirts and Levi jeans always proving popular.
She said: “I found an old England strip at my local charity shop for £4 and sold it for £60. But they are few and far between, football shirts.”
And it’s not just clothes that can make you money.
Emily recently found an old Filofax in a folder full of unused inserts.
After buying it for just £3, the mother-of-two sold it online for £55.
Offering advice to anyone thinking of giving it a try, Emily added: “Even if you start selling your own stuff, and the family always ends up giving you stuff to sell too. It definitely makes a difference with a little extra money.”
“Packing everything up can seem overwhelming and shooting is a bit tedious, but once you have a system in place it’s easy.
“I spend one night processing orders and then post them the next day.
“Sometimes you also have to take a loss on things.
“If I bought something I’m sure I’ll sell it and it doesn’t change and I had to sell it for 99p and take a loss. But your gain outweighs any loss you have.”