Welcome to #HerStory: a monthly installment of stories highlighting the personal journeys that led your fellow Vinties to sell, buy and swap on Vinted.
#HERstory - meet Katia
Name: Katia @nicole3139
Currently killin' it in: Old Fort, NC
Vintie since: December 2013
Every since I was little I always liked the idea of boarding school. As a young child I think the connection was to being able to live with friends and have everything I need right next to me. As a grew up I began to realize that my little kid dream wasn't unrealistic or childish. Honestly, going to a boarding school would most likely increase my chances of going to a good college and from there, having a job that I actually want.
In my last year of Middle School I began the journey. I spent several days touring schools in New England. I finally picked my top five schoosl and applied to each of them. It wasn't until i was accepted into 4/5 of my choices that I realized my child hood dream was actually going to happen.
The summer before my freshman year was a challenge. I worked four days a week (for the first time ever) on the family farm. I knew that I couldn't rely on just my family to pay for my education. I made a GoFundMe to raise money for buying books and school supplies. The money I made over the summer would be used for anything during the school year. If I wanted to go to the movies, or Starbucks, Target, Shopping etc. that would come out of my own pocket.
Sometimes I really want to go to the movies with my BFF but I say no because I'm determined to save up for future school books, a car, and necessities. When I found Vinted in my freshman year, it was like an early gift! I've always been a thrift store shopper so Vinted was the perfect thing! Vinted helped me make the money so I could finally say "yes!" to a night out with the girls.
HERjourney to Vinted
I'm now in my Junior year and I'm doing incredible. Last year I ran into quite a few bumps along the road, but I've resolved some things in my own life and I'm having one of the best years of my life. Vinted has supported me almost unknowingly. Without the extra cash I've made here, I would most likely not even be at Dublin School now. Tuition is a huge money sucker, but most of my Vinted money goes towards school books and supplies.
Without Vinted, I wouldn't be where I am now. It's been a struggle but I know I can always rely on Vinted to help me get the extra cash I so desperately need for school books and tuition. Thank you to all the Vinties out there who've purchased from me and supported me through just being there to talk on the forums etc. I couldn't have done it without you!
Being online makes a huge impact! The quicker you reply to a message or comment, the more likely you are to catch a buyer when they're in the shopping mode. Make sure to take really good pictures. They don't have to be modeled or on a mannequin, just make sure there's natural lighting and the item is completely visible. When you read ISO forums definitely comment with relavent items.
Participate everywhere on the forums because you never know when someone will see your name and just decide to click on it.
Lastly, price things reasonably. Consider the brand, quality, condition, demand, original price, and the reason you want to sell it (is there a flaw?) etc.
When I dress up I like to look sleek and sexy. On a usual day, however, you'll find me in my school dress code which consists of a collared shirt and dress pants. On the weekends and when I'm on breaks, I like to wear dresses, leggings with long solid colored shirts and long necklaces, or jeans with a tee or tank and cardigan, or scarf. Simple usually, but when I get dresses up I like to go all out! Bring on the heels, makeup (I usually go all natural), jewelry, and one drop dead gorgeous dress.
- Joe Jeans
- Lucky Brand
Really I love the thrifting more than any specific brand, but I like the brands listed because they're good quality and they fit my body/style well. However they're on the pricier side so I pretty much go into the dressing room, try things on, ogle the fabulous pieces and then I look for those things when I thrift.
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