Sew Many Choices on eBay {+ $50 PayPal giveaway}

*** GIVEAWAY CLOSED ***
WINNER: Mhairi

Sewing – one of my favourite things.

Shopping – another favourite thing.

Shopping for Sewing Supplies – way up there on my top 10 list of favourite things to do.

I love shopping for patterns and fabrics and notions and quilting supplies and all of those things which make me happy.

Unfortunately, I usually have 2 kids with me, who think walking into a sewing shop is the highest form of torture. Eating Brussels sprouts is preferable.

If I need something, it’s usually a run in, quick search for what I need. While I have snacks available in my handbag – all is okay. The queues at the checkout are usually long, so I need to make sure I have enough food to keep them bribed for that part too. It’s a mission.

eBay is the answer. After the kids are in bed, I can browse and shop to my heart’s content, in all of the gorgeous eBay stores.




Have you checked out eBay recently? It used to be all about auctions, and selling unused items from around the house, to make a few extra $$$.

The nature of eBay has changed a lot in recent times. Today:

- 83% of all items available for sale on the eBay.com.au site are new.
- 74% of all consumer electronics sales on eBay.com.au are for new products.
- 68% of all parts and accessories sales on eBay.com.au are for new products.
- And 64% of all goods sold globally on eBay are at a fixed price not at auction

In October last year Fashion Gallery at eBay launched. The Fashion Gallery gives consumers direct access to a wide range of both new and discounted stock. Fashion Gallery showcases the most recognisable Australian and international fashion brands, all in one place.

Today eBay has more than 30 brands on the Fashion Gallery. The success of fashion on eBay, including the Fashion Gallery is demonstrated best by a fashion item now selling every 8 seconds and a dress every minute.

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I was given $100 to buy something nice for myself, and to experience this new and growing side of eBay.

I started researching. Researching is fun. So many stores. So much to buy. The possibilities are amazing!

With so many options and so much for sale, I’m going to share some of my top tips, for buying on eBay.

1. Compare prices: Compare prices before making your purchase to ensure that you get the best possible deal.

2. Do your homework: Make sure you read the item’s description carefully and be aware of any measurements and size differences if buying from another country.

3. Get to know the seller: Check their feedback from buyers they’ve had previous transactions with and check their pictures and descriptions.

4. Pay safe: Make sure you pay with a safer payment method, such as PayPal.

5. Leave Feedback: If you had a great transaction, be sure to shout it from the rooftops (or click the positive button).

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Okay, I think I’ve decided what I’d like to buy, for myself:

I’ve been eyeing off this pattern by Leanne Beasley for a while, so I look forward to hitting that “Buy it Now” button.

eBay 2

As well as this Matilda’s Own Imperial 14” x 18” Quilting ruler

ebay 3

And maybe this Sassy Sewing Set pattern...

ebay 4

With thanks to eBay, I have a $50 voucher to giveaway to very a lucky Samelia’s Mum reader. Are you ready to shop?



1. Firstly you must have a PayPal account. If you don’t have one yet, visit www.paypal.com.au and set one up. It’s quick and easy.

2. Visit the eBay Stores and tell me what NEW item, you would buy if you won the $50 prize. Copy the URL of the item and paste it here in the comments.

3. Share the love. Blog, tweet or like this post on Facebook for extra chances to win. Just leave comments with the URL. I will check ;-)

4. Giveaway closes at Midday on Sunday 27 May 2012 (Australian EST).



*** If you are entering as an anonymous commenter or if you are a no-reply@blogger, please include your email address in each comment (so that I can contact you, if you win) ***



80 comments

Lucky Duck Dreams said...

I would get this http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Alphabet-Rolling-Custom-Rubber-Stamp-Name-Card-marking-/261022532851?pt=AU_Stamping&hash=item3cc627c4f3#ht_2620wt_952

Lucky Duck Dreams said...

/i have a paypal account

Lucky Duck Dreams said...

I tweeted you giveaway

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

I would put it towards this :o) http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Summersville-Lucie-Summers-Moda-ALL-27-FAT-QUARTER-BUNDLE-WhiMsY-CooL-/140749343672?pt=US_Fabric&hash=item20c5508bb8

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

I also have a paypal account.. would be lost without it!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

That's easy! I've wanted a ruffler foot for my machine for ages, but they are quite expensive:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ruffler-Presser-Foot-Feet-for-Janome-Sewing-Machine-/150730329469?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item23183a4d7d
Thanks for the chance!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

I have a Paypal account and a love affair with Ebay for my kids' clothes & shoes especially.

Lynn M said...

I find you get more for your money on stuff like this http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-SINGER-SEWING-STOOL-OTTOMAN-/140750109264?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20c55c3a50

I saw it was 10 bucks and almost just got it then and there. but the 22 shipping threw me off.

Lynn M said...
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Lynn M said...

I shared the giveaway on fb
https://www.facebook.com/#!/mo.eads

Ella said...

I'd go from this one:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Taza-20-Fat-Quarters-Quilt-Fabric-Bundle-5-yd-yds-Bundle-Dena-Fishburn-Designs-/270972515751?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f173875a7#ht_2780wt_977

Mhairi said...

I have a Paypal account as I LOVE eBay and etsy.

Mhairi said...

If I were to win I would definitely be adding this to my stash - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Fat-Quarter-Bundle-Woodland-Lecien-Natalie-Lymer-Forest-Fairy-Mushroom-Nymph-/320868373612?pt=US_Fabric&hash=item4ab53ed46c

I would spend the rest in this store too as it has some great fabrics.
I had fun searching so thanks for hosting the giveaway.

Henria O. said...

I have a paypal acct!

Henria O. said...

I would get http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/DOLLCAKE-Little-Girls-TIMELESS-FROCK-Dress-Size-5-BNWT-/370611711534?pt=AU_Girl_Clothing&hash=item564a2dee2e

Henria O. said...

Shared on FB here: http://tinyurl.com/7pwwh2j

Henria O. said...

Tweeted here: https://twitter.com/sazzyfrazzy/status/201546664748646400

Jennie P. said...

I have a paypal account.

Jennie P. said...

I would buy some fabric from this store. I especially love this pink peacock feathers. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/LIBERTY-LONDON-Hot-Pink-HERA-Feathers-XL-FQ-Fabric-TANA-LAWN-Peacock-CLASSIC-/310399309186?pt=AU_Quilting&hash=item48453d9582#ht_1101wt_825

Jennie P. said...

I tweeted >> https://twitter.com/#!/IamLilyMunster/status/201552170305335296

Jennie P. said...

I liked this post on facebook.

Anonymous said...

I have a paypal account and would buy this - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Drawing-Board-Artist-Display-Easel-Tripod-/260927812887?pt=AU_Art_Supplies&hash=item3cc0827517

and probably more brushes - can never have too many paint brushes lol

Janet said...

A set of rayon threads for thread painting and embellishment. http://www.ebay.ca/itm/50-Large-Art-Silk-Rayon-Embroidery-Machine-Thread-/400231478191?pt=UK_Thread_Floss_1&hash=item5d2fa7b3af#ht_3093wt_1037

Anonymous said...

Shared on G+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/109757012881899722898/posts/Ckd369wDo3i

Teresa F. said...

I would immediately buy this :http://www.ebay.com/itm/40-DIFF-1-4-YD-PCS-1930s-REPRODUCTION-FABRIC-1-00-EA-/400296360138?pt=US_Fabric&hash=item5d3385b8ca#ht_500wt_1413
Keeping my fingers crossed.
Beijinhos,
Teresa

Anonymous said...

I am looking for new lovely hotel sheets: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/280683133621?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

Thanks for the prize.

Bernice OS said...

My poor pooch is shivering so this would be great,
I'd buy an Aussie made dog coat for my beautiful mate.
Here is the link for you to peruse
My dog hopes it is our entry you choose!

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Dog-Coat-Oil-Skin-65cm-Jacket-Clothing-AUS-Made-/310302884344?pt=AU_Pet_Supplies&hash=item483f7e41f8#ht_2368wt_847

Carla G said...

I need some quilting rulers. This is the first on my list: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Companion-Angle-ruler-cutting-quarter-square-triangle-/330717860740?pt=AU_Quilting&hash=item4d00521384#ht_901wt_1037

Laura said...

Pretty much anything from here: http://stores.ebay.com.au/me2me2-textiles
Heather Ross... mmm....

Carla G said...

I have a paypal account - what a great way to shop! :)

Laura said...

tweeted! @quokkaquilts :)

Ally Lee said...
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Ally Lee said...

I can't live without my Paypal account! Would love to buy this :) http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Kawaii-design-fabric-bundles-Mushrom-fruit-house-tiny-japanese-import-/220962115459?pt=US_Fabric&hash=item33725e4f83

Quilt Kitty said...

I am an Ebay Queen & couldn't live with out Paypal. I got my last purchase in the mail on Friday, an 8 inch rotating cutting mat, all the way from the USA for a total of $17. Given a free $50 to play with I would order this Vintage Modern Fat 8 Bundle http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Vintage-Modern-Quilting-Fabrics-Moda-Fat-Eighth-Bundle-Quilt-Fabric-not-quarters-/260961198753?pt=AU_Quilting&hash=item3cc27fe2a1
I love your pattern choices too, they have both caught my eye. Tracee xx

Quilt Kitty said...

I shared on Facebook too

MoodyCatCrafts said...

It would be so difficult to choose as I'm always seeing things I love!

I think I would probably buy this cat cross stitch as it reminds me of my cat!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-DESIGN-HERITAGE-CATS-RULE-MIND-CROSS-STITCH-14-CT-/251047489509?pt=UK_Crafts_CrossStitch_RL&hash=item3a7398afe5#ht_743wt_952

hueisei said...

I have a papypal account!! Thanks for the chance to win.

vandabacich said...

With the cold and flu season upon us, I use essential oils such as eucalyptus and clove that are anti viral and antibacterial which keeps our family virus free in winter. So I would love to buy an electric oil diffuser so that the integrity of the oils are maintained as some compounds in the oils are destroyed when the oil is heated in a conventional candle diffuser.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Electric-Essential-Oils-Fragrance-Oils-Diffuser-Burner-/180665624046?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a1082a5ee#ht_659wt_922

hueisei said...

I need ruler - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Patchwork-Ruler-quilting-12-5-x-12-5-inches-Low-P-P-/390410299307?pt=UK_Crafts_Quilting_ET&hash=item5ae64467ab

hueisei said...

Tweeted - https://twitter.com/hueisei/status/201613308019740672

linda1963 said...

http://www.ebay.com/ctg/Big-Bang-Theory-Seasons-1-4-DVD-2011-4-Disc-Set-/109612139?fvcs=1177&_fcls=1&_tab=2&_trksid=m185&_trkparms=algo%3DPP.GENRES%26its%3DK%26itu%3DUCK%252BUA%26otn%3D16%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D8385011205566031543

JustPam said...

I would buy some Verona.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Riley-Blake-Designs-VERONA-by-Emily-Taylor-22-Fat-Quarter-Bundle-100-Cotton-New-/280877537834?pt=US_Fabric&hash=item41659b1a2a#ht_500wt_1063

Cass said...

I'd probably get this for my daughters room: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Giant-Tree-Wall-Decal-Sticker-Nursery-Decor-Owl-Flowers-/110856616398?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19cf91b9ce

or else this for me: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/SOMERTON-GREEN-SHABBY-CHIC-PINK-ROSE-4PCE-CUP-SAUCERS-43027-/370566089681?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_15&hash=item564775cbd1

Jacklynn Grimm said...

I have a very active Paypal account! I get a lot of my quilting fabric from e-bay, and I have been itching to make a jelly roll strip quilt. So I would get http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-MODERN-Jelly-Roll-by-Bonnie-Camille-for-Moda-Fabrics-/370606321138?pt=US_Fabric&hash=item5649dbadf2, a jelly roll of Vintage Modern, and with the left over find some backing fabric. Thanks for the give away!

Carin@Ullhärvan said...

I would buy some australian fabric like this
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/AUSTRALIAN-Burrangong-Creek-Bird-Life-Cream-Fabric1-2Yard-/110875323308?pt=AU_Quilting&hash=item19d0af2bac
and this
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Australians-Amaroo-Frames-Black-Fabric-1-2-Yard-/110868301246?pt=AU_Quilting&hash=item19d04405be
or this
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/AUSTRALIAN-Burrangong-Creek-Kids-White-Fabric1-2Yard-/200745739737?pt=AU_Quilting&hash=item2ebd60e5d9 .

Christine M said...

I would have a little splurge and get myself this Ruby Layer Cake. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Moda-Layer-Cake-Squares-Quilt-Fabric-Ruby-cotton-quilting-fabrics-not-Jelly-Roll-/260922787080?pt=AU_Quilting&hash=item3cc035c508 I've been eyeing Ruby off for a while now. I have a Paypal account. Thanks for this great giveaway.

Linda said...
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Linda said...

HELLO! I'D LIKE TO CHOOSE THE 'RUBY FAT QUARTER BUNDLE'!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ruby-20-Fat-Quarters-Quilt-Fabric-Bundle-5-yd-Bundle-by-Bonnie-and-Camille-/270974895425?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f175cc541

THANKS FOR SHARING A GREAT GIVEAWAY!
msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

SHARED GIVEAWAY ON FB!
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1711336606

msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

Michele T said...

I would choose http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Quilt-Fabric-Bundle-25-Fat-Quarters-Quilting-Cotton-Stash-Builder-/120819454541?pt=US_Fabric&hash=item1c2166924d

Michele T said...

I tweeted@ https://twitter.com/#!/mimistarquilter/status/201823221987815424 (hope I did this correctly)

Sue said...

I would buy some of this
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/MODA-Fabric-TERRAIN-Kate-Spain-Forest-Floor-Foliage-1-2-yd-/200656648052?pt=US_Fabric&hash=item2eb8117774#ht_3109wt_1037
and add some of this
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Terrain-Kate-Spain-Moda-Fabric-Forest-Floor-Bloom-27090-18-/320897853653?pt=US_Fabric&hash=item4ab700a8d5#ht_643wt_1037
and maybe even some of this
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Good-Fortune-Tranquility-27101-Moda-Quilt-Fabric-Yard-1-2-Yd-bty-Kate-Spain-/270955494296?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f1634bb98#ht_873wt_1037

can you tell I like Kate Spain's designs

Sue said...

I have a paypal account

Sue said...

I have also posted on facebook

Linda said...

I have a (well used!) paypal account. I'd love to buy some hexagon templates..
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Matildas-Own-Hexagon-Template-EXTRA-Large-Set-5-/300632995123?pt=AU_Quilting&hash=item45ff1f7533

Anonymous said...

Love my paypal account can access and by so many wonderful things for my family. nicrogla@bigpond.net.au

robin said...

I already have a Paypal account.

robin said...

I Tweeted! https://twitter.com/#!/birdie00000/status/201860690502369280

robin said...

I think I'd buy some Curious Nature fabrics. :)

Anonymous said...

I would get The Game of Thrones Season 1 on blu-ray - great show! http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Game-Thrones-Complete-First-Season-Blu-ray-New-and-Sealed-/221019439778?pt=AU_Movies_Movies_TV_Shows&hash=item3375c902a2

bert

bertc@selc.com.au

Bron @ Stop That Owl said...

I'd love to get some Kaffe Fassett charm packs so I could do an all Kaffe quilt. A colour overdose. :) http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Kaffe-Fassett-COLLECTIVE-WATER-6-Charm-Pack-Quilting-Fabric-Squares-Westminster-/380421193057?pt=US_Fabric&hash=item5892debd61

Outback Crafter - Debra said...

Oh, I would love this silver needle case.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/370471497184?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649


What a fantastic giveaway. Thanks

kaz23z said...

I have a paypal account :-)
I'm interested in candle making so would love to get some supplies to start
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NEW-MONSTER-SOY-WAX-CANDLE-MAKING-KIT-/160801154247?pt=AU_Candle_Soap_Making&hash=item25707ee4c7#ht_3692wt_1081

kaz23z said...

Have Tweeted
@KazEdwards23

Deb said...

I have a paypal account.

Deb said...

I love this Liberty of London fabric. I have always wanted a piece of Liberty of London.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/LIBERTY-LONDON-TANA-LAWN-FABRIC-DESIGN-Mabelle-2-M-Purple-/180868011451?pt=UK_Crafts_Fabric_Textiles_SM&hash=item2a1c92d5bb

Josie McRazie said...

I use paypal and e-bay all the time! Love to shop from my hnome!!

buggalcrafts said...

I'd indulge my love for the "little ladies"!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Martha-Stewart-Crafts-Double-Craft-Punch-Ladybug-/160798825938?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item25705b5dd2

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lady-Bug-Chocolate-Candy-Mold-/170831938235?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27c66082bb

http://www.ebay.com/itm/FLEXIBLE-Silicone-LADYBUG-LADYBIRD-bug-mold-4-polymer-clay-resin-fondant-FI12-/261015410130?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cc5bb15d2

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fiskars-Squeeze-Punch-Extra-Large-Heart-Thats-Amore-/280867526044?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item416502559c

buggalcrafts said...

Tweeted & FBed!


http://www.facebook.com/#!/buggal1989

https://twitter.com/#!/buggal1989

Vesuviusmama said...

There is no question - I would buy some bamboo batting! http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Bamboo-Quilting-Batting-Quilts-Patchwork-fabric-King-Size-Quilt-Wadding-NEW-/260965045189?pt=AU_Quilting&hash=item3cc2ba93c5#ht_27014wt_1007. I've been wanting to try some, but have been trying to use up scraps of other batting that I have left over first. Thanks for the opportunity!

Retta69 said...

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Birkenstock-Gizeh-37-L6-R-Gold-043811-/270972961159?pt=AU_Women_Shoes&hash=item3f173f4187

have a paypal account

Retta69 said...

tweeted



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Linda Tan said...

I am definitely eyeing this one shouldered dress. Ready for some winter partying.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Pilgrim-Textured-One-Shoulder-Dress-/170809002238?var=&_trksid=p2045938#ht_1205wt_1139

Pat V. said...

I have had my eye on this pattern: http://www.ebay.com/itm/110639786663?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

Anonymous said...

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/100-x-3-CHARM-SQUARES-2-X-50-DESIGNS-100-Cotton-Fabric-Sewing-Material-/261006186112?pt=AU_Fabric&hash=item3cc52e5680

To make my first patchwork quilt for my best friend's bub!

Anonymous said...

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/100-x-3-CHARM-SQUARES-2-X-50-DESIGNS-100-Cotton-Fabric-Sewing-Material-/261006186112?pt=AU_Fabric&hash=item3cc52e5680

To make my first patchwork quilt for my best friend's bub!
Laura donkey.12@live.com.au

tuffii said...
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tuffii said...

As a new mum of one
I am constant on edge
I'm still new to this job
But my BEST I have pledged

My wee little girl
Such a beautiful babe
Has me full on the go
I'm quite tired every day

But then along he does come
My dear knight on his steed
My partner and friend
Sweet soul mate indeed

He pick's up the mess
And he does every dish
He look's after his girls
Tend's to their every wish

Without him I know
I would barely quite cope
He's my strength and my rock
And provide's me with hope

So I see this as quite
A good chance to give back
To buy him a treat
And to cut him some slack

At the end you will find
A link to my choice
It's a thing that he's wants
A gift to my boy

As the jumper does say
It's just once that you live
I can picture his joy
This is perfect to give :)


1. Yup I have paypal ready to go :)

2. My gift : http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/YOLO-You-Only-Live-Once-Drake-Wayne-Take-Care-Young-Money-Crew-Neck-Sweat-Shirt-/300665100265?pt=US_CSA_MC_Sweaters&var=&hash=item8bb4f2b7ed#ht_4457wt_1139

3. I'm sorry but I don't have facebook or Twitter but I have my very own profile on the excellent site for mum's Kidspot and I have shared love for your site on there :) :)
URL for my shared love is: http://social.kidspot.com.au/index.php/profile/tawhi

tuffii said...

P.s Sorry ! My email is tuffdeck@hotmail.com

Karina L said...

I would put it twds this gorgeous vintage lamp!

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/little-French-VINTAGE-CHANDELIER-CRYSTAL-DROP-LAMP-BOUDOIR-SHADE-/160803232787?pt=AU_Decorative_Arts_Homewares&hash=item25709e9c13#ht_538wt_1189

I have paypal!