Reselling on the internet has become quite a thing. Buying second hand items to sell on at a profit can be a flexible way to earn your living. If you fancy doing the same, there are some brilliant UK eBay resellers that you can follow on You Tube to learn some of the tricks of the trade.
There are lots internationally actually, but the rest of that story is for another blog post!
The joy of being self-employed
Reselling on eBay, Amazon and other smaller platforms such as Etsy, Vinted and Depop can be a great way to earn a part time income to supplement other jobs that you do. But it also increasingly appeals to people looking to be their own boss. It can be a good way to earn money around caring or childcare responsibilities, or for people with disabilities or illnesses that mean they need to work around them from home.
After the humdrum of the 9-5, at the mercy of managers and businesses that don’t always have your best interests at heart, working for yourself can positively increase your quality of life.
OK, reselling is unlikely make you a millionaire, but it can certainly pay the bills. Unlike other forms of self-employment, you don’t need to spend much money to start. All you need to get going really is a smart phone and a few bits to sell.
You can learn an awful lot from the UK eBay resellers on my list. What is fascinating is that they each have their own style and favourite things to sell, but they all make a living nonetheless.
This isn’t a comprehensive list, just my the favourites that I have found so far. If you have any to add, please let me know in the comments.
My favourite UK eBay resellers on You Tube
In no particular order. Some of these are very prolific, posting 2-3 times a week. Others are a little more sporadic.
Nic and Andrea Hills
Nic Hills was the first UK reseller I found on You Tube. He and his wife Andrea have a very large following – almost 39,000 at the time of writing.
They have been making a full time living from selling on eBay and Amazon for many years, after being disenchanted with the retail world.
Nic focuses on media and electronics, but really will sell anything. Andrea’s area of expertise is clothing, but she also picks up interesting boho items of home ware from time to time.
They do a regular Sunday night hang out, as well as sourcing trips to boot sales and jumble sales and regular sales round ups. Both are a mine of information. They have so much knowledge between them, which they are more than happy to share.
Bad Biscuit – Lexx
Welsh wonder Lexx, aka Bad Biscuit, is very off the wall and entertaining. When it comes to vintage items, particularly jewellery, she really knows her stuff.
From her I have learned how to tell an old necklace clasp from a modern one, how to tell the difference between glass beads and plastic (tap them on your teeth! And see if they are cold or feel warmer to the touch).
Along with Kirsten from Kirsten’s Curiosities, Lexx inspired me to try the keto diet. You can see her sourcing in the charity shops and boot sales around Bridgend, getting a new tattoo, eating a keto diet and hanging out with her mum. She also does the odd sales report.
Watch out with her teamed up with Carla Jenkins. Hilarious!
Karen Sells Clothes
Karen takes a different and rather interesting approach to her eBay business. She sources mainly, but not exclusively, in bulk.
This means that she sells whatever she gets and has little control over her stock, which may be quite low value. However, because she is a listing ninja and can list more in a day than most people can in a week, she goes for quantity of sales.
She used to run a Monday packing live show to start the week but is taking a break. However, she does weekly vlogs and one off videos on a variety of topics. Her French bulldog puppy Princess features quite a lot too!
Shelley, aka Shellsterooney, has opened my eyes to the possibilities beyond selling clothing on eBay. She does do clothing, but also sells a lot of contemporary jewellery, random home ware, men’s ties and shirts and books.
A recent staggering sale was a Harry Potter first edition, which she picked up for a few pounds then sold for £600!!
You can find Shelley on her regular Wednesday morning hang out and sales update, plus occasional other videos.
Reselling Polly is really Sam, who is mainly a clothing reseller. She is also an avid Polly Pocket collector, hence the name.
She shares some awesome charity shop and car boot hauls on her channel and also gives regular sales updates so you can see how much profit she makes from the bargains she sources.
Kirsten is a little bit different to the other resellers here in that she actually has her own vintage shop. She sells antiques and collectables from her shop in Devon and also online, mainly I think in her Etsy shop.
In her vlogs she shares various elements of her life, including some interesting auction hauls to sell on, her experience of eating a low carb diet, general lifestyle stuff and videos about Avon (she is a rep).
Along with Lexx Bad Biscuit, she inspired me to start on my low carb keto regime, which I am loving!
George Ross Retro Reselling
As a fellow Essex resident, I have really enjoyed watching George’s recent series touring the charity shops in the county. He has been doing a charity shop challenge. Colchester, where I live, didn’t come out very well! I knew they were too expensive….
George focuses mainly on vintage and retro items, as the name of his channel would suggest. However, he also does very well with electronics, branded items of men’s clothing and media.
He wears his Go-Pro so that viewers can watch him on his sourcing missions, at the boot sale, charity shop or the jumble sale.
I don’t think anyone on You Tube makes me laugh quite as much as Carla Jenkins. She is absolutely hilarious. I always think she would be a great candidate for Goggle Box with daughter Natalie and Bad Biscuit Lexx.
She does a regular Sunday morning boot sale report, where sometimes she will spend a fiver and other times a tenner, but always expects a billion pounds profit in return. The chat is frequently bawdy and always funny and she never fails to cheer me up.
Carla also does book review posts, plus size clothing try ons and the odd cooking and lifestyle video. She is also frequently to be found in Home Bargains spending too much money on dog treats.
Very real and down to earth lady and well worth checking out.
Mel at Sparrow’s End
Super organised ex-teacher Mel has been recording her journey finding other ways to make money since she quit teaching.
She makes videos about eBay reselling, which she does part time, budgeting and planning on her Sparrow’s End channel. Her byline is ‘forge a life that is creative, sustainable and fun’, which is what I aim for.
She shares her auction and charity shop hauls, as well as sales updates. Recently, as well as her general eBay shop, she has opened a vintage and hand made eBay shop, so is increasingly drawn to these pieces.
Her auction hauls have been real eye openers and inspired me to get along to my local auction in the near future.
Despite Zaheer upsetting me recently by selling an identical YSL vintage shirt as me, but for £90 more (!!!), I thought I would include him in my list.
Often with wife Rebecca alongside, Zaheer is very prolific. He does a regular weekly reseller chinwag, talking about what he has bought and sold and anything else reseller related. He also pops up randomly and frequently, talking about various aspects of reselling.
Others worth checking out
Fake Rachel pops up from time to time – her hauls and sales reports are worth a look. And last, but not least, Caroline (Mrs M) has some good videos if you look at her older ones. These days she is focusing more on general lifestyle. Still entertaining, but not reseller related.
If I am not careful, I can disappear down a You Tube rabbit hole watching these UK eBay resellers doing their stuff! It becomes quite addictive, but I have learned so much.
Check them out and let me know what your favourites are.