Try eBay, said the most obvious woman alive.

Coach wristlet

Remember when I talked about selling your closet, then I talked about buying other people’s closets on apps such as Tradesy, Threadflip and Posh? Here’s my advice from the most obvious woman alive. Try eBay.

I know that’s not earth shattering news, but as I research all of these options, I’ve found the peer-to-peer selling sites to be way overpriced and eBay to be the best deal for designer goods.

For example, I searched Coach, sorting the results by ending soonest (Take note, that’s the key — sniping in at the last minute to outbid others I’ve learned). I picked up this black leather Coach wristlet to match a Coach purchase I had for less than $20.

Of course, with designer goods, do your homework about authenticity. By virtue of shopping eBay, I learned how to identify authentic Coach products and wrote a couple of guides:

In other news from the most obvious woman alive, buy things on sale and use coupons to save money. Aren’t you impressed by my expertise? Me neither.

 

Best Black Friday Freebies

Black Friday (1940 film)
Black Friday (1940 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DealNews has released this roundup of the best Black Friday freebies

Half Price Books

Status: Confirmed

Freebie: Once again, Half Price Books offers up a Black Friday freebie two-fer. In addition to a free $5 gift card, the first 100 customers to cross the threshold at 7 am will get a free tote bag, perfect for hauling all your Black Friday loot. Better yet, one lucky doorbusting consumer could find a surprise in their tote bag: an extra $100 gift card!

 

PetSmart

Status: Confirmed

Freebie: Although human presents tend to be at the top of our Black Friday shopping list, PetSmart wants to make sure that your favorite feline or canine isn’t forgotten during the biggest shopping day of the year. For the first 100 shoppers, retail stores are giving awayfree pet stockings pre-stuffed with dog and cat treats and $130 worth of in-store coupons.

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Buy Other People’s Designer Closets

I mentioned once before that I was obsessed, right? Well, it’s getting worse. I found this live auction app called Tophatter, which conducts lot auctions for Coach, jewelry and name brand cosmetics for way less than retail. They had me at Coach.

TopHatter

Some auctions start at $5 for Coach wristlets; others start at $1. Even the high end auctions are reasonable– an auction for a Coach tan  leather bag (retail price $385) started at $50 and sold for only $70. The app is free and you’ll get $5 free if you join using my invite code: 12ce76. I *might* have already used my free $5 credit  that I received when I joined within the first hour I was on the site. So really, I only paid $65 for that gorgeous tan pebbled leather turnlock hobo bag with the supple blue satin lining. … Yeah, justification… that’s the ticket.

A Primer on Couponing

People who use coupons aren’t all like the TLC show Extreme Couponers, but sometimes they’re not far off.

You can purchase coupons online at eBay and Craig’s List, although the fine print states you’re paying for the time someone took to cut those coupons, rather than paying for the actual coupons, which is a violation of manufacturer’s coupon redemption policies.

Even more creatively, people claim to sell an envelope that contain coupons inside for free. That’s according to the Coupon Information Center, an association of consumer product manufacturers such as Kraft, General Mills Nestle and more. To show these brand giants mean business, the Coupon Information Center cites the most extreme penalties for coupon fraud: 17 years in prison and $5 million fine, though often connected to other criminal activities such as tax evasion and food stamp fraud.

Often the prices for these costly “envelopes” are gorged so consider finding coupons on a coupon clipping service, such as the mompreneur-owned TheCouponClippers.com or other coupon sites such as FreeCouponClips.com, where you can watch sponsored videos to earn points to trade-in for manufacturer coupons.

 

Tony Little: You Can Do It! | SUCCESS Magazine

Tony Little’s 2010 book, There’s Always a Way opens with a peculiar list. There are two columns, one with the words “Adversities of My Life” atop, and the other, “Victories of My Life.” Little, 56, has overcome more obstacles in one lifetime than 10 men combined.

  • Almost drowned twice.
  • Shot at twice.
  • Electrocuted twice.
  • Four car accidents.
  • My dad kills himself.
  • Drugged and kidnapped by predator.

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Pen Zen – The Art of Organization | Quirky Products

With Pen Zen, your desk clutter can finally find inner peace.

Pen Zen is a storage unit for pens, pencils, highlighters, and other office supplies. Position your Pen Zen horizontally with the items extending out of the top, or stand it upright with the items extending out of the ends.

Hidden magnets below the bamboo surface hold paper clips and other small magnetic items.

$19.99Pen Zen – The Art of Organization | Quirky Products.