Love Island stylist shares advice on how to buy pre-loveds on eBay after ITV 2022 show finale

This year, Love Island has put pre-loved fashion front and center and here’s how you can embrace more sustainable shopping after the ITV show ends.

Love Island celebrity stylist and second-hand enthusiast Amy Bannerman has championed the dating program’s new mission to showcase pre-loved clothes with her new partner eBay.

After styling Dua Lipa, Rita Ora and Sophie Turner, Amy turned her attention to the villa’s communal wardrobe, bringing together lush looks for every islander.

Taking inspiration from Harry Styles and Hailey Bieber, this season’s looks have been divided into four groups: Blurred Lines, Love Me Forever, Y2K and Dopamine Dressing.

If you’ve been as obsessed with the series’ favorite new goal as we are, keep reading.

The stylist to the stars rounded up her top tips for shopping more sustainably and how to get the most out of eBay.

Love Island stylist shares the creator’s top tips for shopping on eBay

1. Think about pre-likes first

When looking for the best designer items for this summer, pre-loveds are the best way to go.

You will save so much money and by extending the life cycle of the item you are also protecting the environment.

For example, Amy found a Christopher Kane velvet dress, which is now selling in stores for £995, but she got it as a pre-loved for just £90 on eBay.

2. Get started with a plan

Amy often scours photos on social media, checks out leads and turns to her favorite influencers and celebrities for inspiration before hitting eBay.

She did this by shopping for each of the islanders, keeping their style preferences in mind, she knew what she was looking for and it made the browsing process much easier.

3. Search terms are essential

People misspell items, so play around with the spelling to find the designer piece you crave.

The more specific your search terms, the better, as it can be overwhelming when you are presented with so many product options.

4. Use filters to narrow things down

There are so many amazing listings on eBay, but to save time and find what you’re really looking for, check out the filters.

You can browse by size, color, brand, location, price and more!

5. Be the highest bidder

When bidding, do not put an even amount. Put in a more unexpected and uneven figure and bid just before the end of the auction.

For example, if you bet £20.86 and someone else bet £20 (most people do even numbers) you will win.

This has helped Amy land many standout plays for Love Island this year.

6. Get a bargain

eBay has a “Best Offer” feature, which means that if you see “Make Offer” listed on an item, you have the option of contacting the seller with your preferred price.

If they accept your offer, it could help your pennies stretch even further when you try to get your hands on that designer item.

7. Receive notifications

If you’ve seen a designer item you want, you can set up notifications so eBay will notify you if someone lists the product on the site.

Simply type in the designer product you’re looking for, select Save Search, and eBay will email you when your desired designer piece is available for purchase.

8. Go for trusted sellers

Look for sellers with over 99% positive feedback and ‘trusted seller’, ‘premium service’ or ‘top rated seller’ badges.

eBay assigns these logos to trusted sellers based on positive feedback.

9. Take a closer look

The beauty of eBay is that you can communicate with the seller, unlike some resale sites.

So be sure to put it to good use and ask more questions or request more images.

Being able to communicate with vendors is super helpful, for example when Amy needed something last minute for the Islanders, she looked for something in London and was then able to pick it up in person the same day.

10. Location, location, location

Make sure your location is UK only.

US import taxes can sting you and since Brexit the same is happening with European purchases. Stay local and it will save you money.

Shop Love Island’s Pre-Loved Looks on eBay

You can purchase each Islander’s style modification on eBay’s website.

Whether you think Gemma’s outfits are gorgeous or Indiyah always looks amazing, eBay has you covered.

In addition to that, you can also shop the trendy villa looks through the eBay website.

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