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Jack and Jill Market


jack and jill marketNot a new concept, selling and upcycling second-hand goods but, with daughter and I having used the Jack and Jill Market to purchase most of the items baby Lilly has needed I decided to write about the experience. this is a great way to make some money as a seller or save money as a buyer.

What is the Jack and Jill Market?


The Jack and Jill Markets are based in Scotland and are regular indoor markets where you can buy and sell second-hand baby and children’s goods (up to 9 yrs). A community-based initiative, it started in 2010 when a group of Mums got together and came up with the idea. From large items like prams, cots and car seats to clothes, toys and maternity wear, you can find just about EVERYTHING you need and at a fraction of the cost! There are markets across Scotland and most weekends have a market going on somewhere.



How much of your baby stuff did you put up the attic, or in the shed? Booking a stall at the baby market is a great way of making some money and decluttering. To book a stall, it costs £25. This includes advertising, both online and off, all indoor venues, a 6ft table, a couple of chairs, a table cover, and 4 x spaces in the gallery for large items. No commission is taken, any money earned is all yours!

I’ve spoken to many of the stall holders about their experiences and they were all positive. Most said they made over £200 and 1 lady was delighted with her £600 profit. She had sold some larger items, a pram system, cot and high chair.

You need a very early start to get organised and should check all the details, terms and conditions. Rusting, badly worn items aren’t allowed but you get a free guide when you book with tips on how to set up and sell. Staff can be contacted by email or phone so there’s plenty of support.



Firstly, if you’re looking for a larger item like a pram you need to get there early, these items are hot and go first!

jack and jill market queueDoors open at 10.30, I usually go with daughter and baby Lilly and get there around 10. The queue is always massive, round the corner and down the street. You can either get there early and be first in or, go at 10.30 and be at the back of the queue, either way, you’ll have a 30/45mn wait. If you’re taking children with you be prepared, have snacks, and suitable clothing for the weather.

It costs £1.50 for entry and depending on the venue there’ll be a cafe or vending machine. If you can leave children with a babysitter then do. The Jack and Jill market is a noisy busy place. Navigating around the stalls and trying to look at goods pushing a buggy and/or watching young children is challenging, I’ve seen a few frayed tempers on my visits!

jack and jill market large gallery systemIf you’re looking for a large item head off to the Large Item gallery first, as I said, these items go quickly. A good system is in place for this. Each item has a ticket with the price, description and stall number:

  • go to the relevant stall holder
  • pay for the item
  • get the receipt
  • take it back to the staff manning the Large Gallery area
  • the sold ticket will go on the item


You can safely leave the large items in place till you’re ready to leave.

Now it’s time to move on and browse the stalls and I was stunned on my first visit, You can buy EVERYTHING baby related, even breast pumps and pads! We (daughter and I) decided to walk round the stalls first for a quick glance then get the shopping list out and look for specific items.

The prices varied and some items were clearly overpriced, £4 for a teeny pair of second-hand booties? I don’t think so! The sensible stall holders were willing to negotiate and usually had realistic prices from the start. They didn’t want to be taking a pile of stuff back home with them again!

The stall holders who had taken the time to organise their goods into age groups and had sensible prices were the busiest. Some had offers like buy 3 items for £2, or had put together complete matching outfits.

Tbaby in highchairhis Graco highchair was £10 and in pristine condition, not so pristine now though! The coverall apron was also a baby market item, £!



All the clothes Lilly wears have mostly been purchased at the Jack and Jill market. We’ve also bought disposable nappies, chicco baby carrietoys, steriliser, weaning cups, cutlery and the latest purchase was a back carrier.
Not the first size but for hiking over rough terrain with an older baby/toddler. Only £15, she’s a little bit small for it but loves it anyway!

As it gets nearer to closing time at 1pm some stall holders will drop their prices and you can pick up even better bargains. As I said earlier, they don’t want to be carting a load of stuff back home.



A word of warning, it’s easy to get carried away. Make a list of what you need and try to stick to it. On our first visit, we bought so many clothes and much of it has never been worn. Of course, we can always go as sellers and resell these things!

The Jack and Jill market really is one of the best ways I’ve seen of buying all those essential baby items for a fraction of the cost. Yes, it’s busy and you have to queue but it will save you £100s on retail prices. For more details and to find out about the Jack and Jill markets in your area pop over to their website. They even have an online market now too!

Have you been to a Jack and Jill market? Share your experiences in the comments section below, I’d love to hear from you!



















How to Blog and Earn Money


There are many of us who How to Blog and Earn Moneylove blogging about what interests us, exchanging ideas, making new friends, I LOVE blogging! It makes sense to me to do something I love AND earn money from it. I love sharing the good stuff so here are some ways on how to blog and earn money.


You need to have a blog/website up and running to earn from it but don’t worry if you’re new to this, Keep reading and I’ll get to the part about building your own blog and how to get started.

google adsense

Google AdSense


If you already have a blog with plenty of visitors then Adsense could be for you. Google describes the service as:

“an advertising placement service by Google. The program is designed for website publishers who want to display targeted text, video or image advertisements on website pages and earn money when site visitors view or click the ads.”

The easy explanation is, you put an advertising banner on your site, every time someone clicks you get paid. If you look at the right hand side of this text you’ll see “sponsored links,” if you click on it I’ll get paid!. It won’t make enough to let you leave the day job and you need to already have plenty of visitors coming to your site to make it worthwhile. However, once the ad is in place you can just forget about it.

The amount you make is determined by the advertiser, (some pay more than others) and is called the “Cost Per Click” or CPC. You won’t get paid until there is £60 ($100 in the US) in your account and how long you take to earn this much depends on the visitors to your site and how long they stay there. 

Foxy Blogger


Foxy BloggerAgain this is advertising but done in a different way to Adsense. There are a list of advertisers and details on how they want you to add the link to your site. You choose the advertiser link you want to have and get paid, again this varies but I’ve averaged $5 a link. You can have 3 links on one page and unlike AdSense you get paid as soon as the link has been checked and approved.


The downside to Foxy Blogger is thinking of ways you can add the link into your post in a natural way. There is a useful page of 50 ways to mention any website, here are a few taken from the page.

#1 Mention a dentist website in your web design blog as having a nice background.
#2 Mention a plumbing website in your financial planning blog as a typical client.
#3 Mention a photo on the website as having inspired you in your fitness blog.
#4 Mention the website as an example of good HTML markup on your web design blog.
#5 Mention the website as having a very compelling opening paragraph on your marketing blog.

The way I see it, I’m writing the blog anyway and it only take a little extra work to make a bit of cash!


Membership Subscription 


You need a strong following to have a paid membership website. You’ve earned peoples trust and have a newsletter already going out to subscribers. On membership sites there is generally content that everyone can see then a premium section available to members only.


Authority is an example of a paid membership site; it offers unique content for “around a dollar a day”

I found a great article over at Copyblogger about membership sites; it gives you all the basics you need to know.

Wealthy Affiliate


If you’re new to blogging and want to know how to blog and earn money then Wealthy Affiliate is the place for you.

Wealthy Affiliate University how to earn extra income at homeis an online training program where you learn how to become an Internet Marketer (how to blog and earn money). There is a free starter membership you can join and no card details are needed. You can stay a starter member as long as you want and it remains free. Among other things you get 2 free websites and step by step training on how to start your website.

I became a premium member after just 3 days and LOVE Wealthy Affiliate for some of the following reasons.

  • Comprehensive step by step training in every aspect of Internet marketing.
  • Live Chat 24/7
  • Easy to use WordPress website builder
  • Large community to interact with (I’ve made many new friends since joining Wealthy Affiliate).


I’ve written a  full review of Wealthy Affiliate here but why not just join as a FREE member anyway, it won’t cost anything! You can join me here now and start learning how to blog and earn money.


How to Earn Extra Income at Home


There are thousands of how to earn extra income at homepeople asking this question every day, “how to earn extra income at home,” and for many different reasons. You might also ask “what has this got to do with upcycling?” Part of the reason for many people being interested in upcycling is not just reducing their carbon footprint but also to improve their finances.


You might be:


  • a stay at home Mum
  • want to save for something specific
  • on a reduced pension
  • can’t get a job
  • don’t earn enough

all good reasons for wanting to increase your income and I’m sure you have your own story to tell. So, let’s get down to business……….



What is CeX? TCeXhis is the blurb from their website:

“CeX was founded in London in 1992. We have stores in the UK, Spain, USA, Ireland, India, Australia, Portugal and Netherlands, Mexico. We buy, sell and exchange a range of technology and entertainment products including mobile phones, video games, DVDs and Blu-ray movies, computers, digital electronics, TVs and                                                                                 monitors, and music CDs.”

So you replaced your laptop, upgraded your phone or have electronic items you no longer use, earn some extra income from them. I’ve personally used the CeX service both for selling and buying (there is a store local to me) and give them 10 out of 10 for service whether you’re buying or selling. I took all the DVD’s I’d watched and made enough money to replace my “non smart” mobile phone for a smart one!

De-clutter and Sell On Ebay


Ebay is great for de-cluttering selling on ebayand making money from it. You know that Monsoon dress you bought for a special occasion? It’s been in the wardrobe for a year, you’re never going to wear it again and it’s too good to cut up and upcycle. Pop over to Ebay and do a search “Monsoon,” most of the auction items I found had bids on them. Ebay has an extensive support section for sellers but for extra tips pop over to the money saving expert, Martin Lewis.

You need to factor in postage and packaging costs and be prepared to post items in a timely manner, essential for building a good seller reputation. Ebay is a good way to earn a bit of extra income but remember they take a percentage of the final sale value so make sure you take this into account.

Sell your Old Books


You can sell your books sell your bookson Ebay but the best place is Amazon Marketplace. You only need to write a description and the book stays up till it sells. Full reviews are provided for most books so this saves you time.

Amazon also adds the posting so take this into account when setting the price; and remember to read the terms and conditions regarding commission.


Car Boot/Garage Sales


You can sell ANYTHING car boot saleat a car boot sale and I mean anything. I’ve seen people actually buy rusty nails! If you have very young children try and leave them with a babysitter otherwise you’ll take more junk home than you sell! I’ll be honest, it’s hard work and not pleasant if the venue is outdoors in horrible weather. Having said that, you can get rid of all the clutter and earn some cash in one fell swoop.


Get Paid to Click


The best site I know for get paid to clickthis is Topcashback, an example is clicking through to Gocompare to get a car insurance quote; this pays £2.31. There is a free cash-back section which lists the best offers and if you make it part of your online schedule the cash will add up. There are many cash-back sites, Topcashback is one I’ve used myself. For an excellent article on using cash-back sites, again Martin Lewis over at Money Saving Expert has the lowdown.


These are just some ideas for how to earn extra income at home but you can also earn an income from blogging, pop over and have a read! If you’ve any questions please contact me or leave a comment below