Monthly Archives: June 2016

Thrift store outfit

How to make money second hand shopping

Second hand shopping can not only save you a ton of money but with my challenge it can make you money as well!   Make sure to read my challenge below and you will learn how to make money second hand shopping!

How my challenge came to be

The other day I found an app for tracking my spending.  Once I put my monthly expenses in I was so excited to check out the pie chart.  Guess what!  The clothing section of my pie chart was a small sliver of pie!  That means I save a ton of money on clothing.  I can only imagine what someone’s slice of pie would look like if they purchased their clothing at full retail price.

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The Challenge that makes you money

This info gave me an idea. I challenge you to cut your clothing cost by shopping at a second hand thrift or consignment store.  Try online and brick and mortar stores. Remember you can find new and like new items in these stores.  After you purchase your item figure out what the retail price would have been.  I then want you to pay yourself the difference in what you saved and place that money in an envelope.  Set a goal to do this for 3 months. I promise that you will be very happy to see how much money you have made.  Take that extra money and put it in your savings account!

Thrift store outfit

This 4 pc outfit came from my eBay store!  Retails for over $160 vs my store @ $45

Involve your teen

Another idea is to present this challenge to one of your teens.  At the end of their 3 month challenge you could double any money they have made.  But watch out.  Teens can be resourceful.  They have the time to go browsing, looking for deals in an online store like mine!  Many of my items are 60-70% of their retail value.  There are some very, very expensive brands that can be found in a thrift store.  Though they  may be inexpensive in a thrift store their retail price could be crazy expensive.  So beware if you plan to double the money they make!

Share your experience

I hope you accept my challenge.  Let me know how to make money second hand shopping went for you!  Did you try it?  Did it work?  Do you have any suggestions?

Article by Linda, owner @  Designer Name Brand Goods online clothing thrift store on eBay.  Trendy styles in like new and new condition!  See below for a tiny sample of what you can find!

NIKE PRO medium athletic stretch shirt top size M long sleeve gray

mens lava bracelet  Nike shirt

NEW Men’s lava and stone glass beaded bracele


Fathers day memory

Happy Father’s Day – Share your memories

No this blog is not about fashion.  It’s not about my eBay store Designer Name Brand Goods.  It’s a little personal to help you get to know the person behind my store.  So enjoy my memory of my father and maybe it will help bring up some good memories of your father!



Happy Fathers Day!

For those of you who are missing your fathers like I do, make this a day of joy. Remember and share with loved ones favorite stories, things they liked or disliked, silly things you did and how they reacted and etc…. For example one story I will share with my children about my dad today. My dad loved french fries. Late at night, before McDonald’s would close he would rustle my mother and I away from our TV show and ask us to go get fries with him! We would hop into his convertible with the top down, stars above and go enjoy some fries. 

Fashion jeans

Favorite Pair Of Jeans


The favorite pair of jeans is every woman’s dream.  I have two pairs myself.  They found me by accident and I thank the jean gods every time I wear them!  I have three requirements to classify as a favorite pair of jeans.

Designer name brand jeans


A favorite pair of jeans needs to have give and go.  That means they stretch to give you comfort so you can go about your day.  Eat a meal and still love your jeans!  As for shape, by the end of the day they must maintain their shape.  Jeans that loose their shape and create the illusion of elephant legs just do not create an attractive look.



A favorite pair of jeans needs to change like a chameleon.   Managing my eBay business from 6 am to 10 pm means  I have to fulfill a ton of  roles throughout the day.  And yes, I get to wear jeans all day for work!  One perk of owning my own business.   A day for me may involve a meeting, taking photos, shopping for inventory, filling in as a counselor at my husband’s work, shipping packages, or just sitting at the computer all day listing clothing and other fun stuff!   As my daily tasks change my jeans need to do the chameleon thing, and do it FAST.  I may dress my jeans up with a collard shirt, blazer and low heels.  Or dress them down with a knit shirt and converse!

cuffed jeans modelALL SEASON & THE CUFF

A favorite pair of jeans needs qualify for the 4 season & cuff check list!

  • Can you wear them in the spring ✓
  • Can you wear them in the summer ✓
  • Can you wear them in the fall ✓
  • Can you wear them in the winter ✓
  • Can they be cuffed ✓

The Cuff is essential to qualify as a favorite pair of jeans in my book.  The Cuff means all season wear and one of my favorite looks!  The cuff gets me through the Ohio winters knowing that spring is around the corner and I get to cuff my favorite pair of jeans!

cuffed jeans


No the jean gods did not really send them.  I found them in my eBay store of course!  On a whim I tried them on and unlisted them immediately!  Yes they are second hand. I have never have any luck finding a new pair of jeans off the rack that can qualify as a favorite pair!  Give my store a look.  I have a ton of great jeans listed!  Designer Name Brand Goods on eBay


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I encourage you to come up with your own list of what makes a favorite pair of jeans for you.  We all differ in our demands of a favorite jean!  Maybe the jean gods will be kind to you and you will find that favorite pair of jeans.  Don’t forget to look secondhand. Finding the perfect pair for a fraction of the cost makes them even more perfect!

Wishing you the best of luck finding The Favorite Pair Of Jeans!

SALE!!!!  All jeans, clothing and home goods on sale this Fathers Day Weekend!  Make sure to check them out!

The Limited Jeans Drew fit medium wash blue cropped capri jeans size 4

The Limited Drew carpi jeans (1) (431x640)

G By Guess drew flare dark wash blue jeans size 25

G by guess

7 For All Mankind black jeans womens size 25 x 31

7 for all mankind jeans



Second Hand Fashion

Yes it is true, I am passionate about second hand fashion.  I wear it, I love it and I have built my business around second hand fashion.  This fashion is unique, affordable and kind to the environment.



Second hand fashion can set you apart from the cookie cutter apparel world.  The world in which everyone strives to be the same.  The world where “I want one just like that“.  The world where your identity is based on what everyone else is wearing.  Second hand, pre-owned fashion can be current fashion, last years fashion or even vintage fashion.  Most important, fashion purchased on your terms.  When you purchase second hand fashion your objective is finding that unique style that looks great on you!  The stress of trying to fit into the cookie cutter fashion world is no longer an issue.

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Financial Happiness


Financially, second hand clothing makes sense.  Clothing is so expensive these days.  Food and home expenses have skyrocketed.  Combine all those costs with raising children and expenses keep piling up.  The cold hard truth is life is expensive but we still need to look good!  Remember the saying, “if you look good you feel good!”  With this in mind second hand fashion comes to the rescue.  Not only can you find name brands at 80% of the retail cost but you can now afford to buy higher end clothing!  Higher end clothing is durable and can be an investment for your wardrobe.  To top it off, ALL of the second hand clothing I purchase is LIKE NEW condition!  Second hand does not mean you have to settle.  I guarantee you, like new can be found!



If you are still not convinced to purchase fashion second hand then let’s think green.  Every fashion purchase you make keeps our world a little cleaner.  There is so much waste, so much that goes unwanted, so much discarded in exchange for new.

I Love It & I Wear It

Now as mentioned, I not only have built my business around second hand fashion but I also love it and wear it.  My business is centered on sourcing out great locations or consignees who have great pre-owned, like new second hand clothing.  My eBay feedback in my eBay store, Designer Name Brand Goods and More, supports our dedication to offering great clothing!

I have to mention that in the past 3 years I have not purchased one new clothing item for myself.  An exception to this rule is I purchase my unmentionables brand new. Otherwise, all clothing, shoes, purses, accessories are all purchased for myself, second hand, for the very reasons I mentioned above.

I encourage you to give second hand a try.  Most likely once you try it you will never go back!  You just may find yourself saying “I am passionate about second hand fashion!”

For beautiful second hand fashions check out our store, Designer Name Brand Goods and More 

Tracy Evans boho peasant skirt (3) (330x640)Cherish tunic top