‘Focus On Friends’ Caroline Mathews – AKA ‘Caroline (Mrs M)’

Our featured friend this month is Caroline (Mrs M).  We came to know Caroline via the Reselling community and have become very good friends over the last couple of years. We have met in person twice. Once during the filming for a BBC episode of ‘Right On The Money’ and again last year at a (very fun) Reseller meet up (links for our YouTube videos below).  We now chat every day online and are already planning this years meet up.

We asked Caroline to answer a few questions for us. So I’ll hand over to her to tell you a bit more about herself and how Reselling became a part of her life…

1. Tell us a bit about who you are and what you do?

I’m Caroline, I live in South Devon with my husband, my 17 year old son, two large (big boned?!) cats and a tortoise. I’ve been a full-time reseller for two years now, and before that I had a variety of jobs, mostly office-based, the most interesting of which was probably four years working for P&O on board cruise liners. When I’m not out searching for second-hand – or new, I’m not fussy – bargains, I enjoy cooking, crochet, spending time with family and friends, and travel – I absolutely live for my holidays and am lucky enough to have travelled to a lot of exotic far-flung parts of the world. Still plenty more on the bucket list, though!

2. How and when did you start reselling and how did it evolve in to the successful business it is today?

I’ve been reselling for about 14 years now. I started, like many people, just selling bits and pieces my son (who was then a toddler) didn’t need any more, and I progressed to flipping bits and pieces I found at car boot sales and charity shops. It became a great extra income, and we used it to pay for our holidays, weekends away, Christmas – all the big ‘extra’ expenses. I’ve been reselling full-time for two years now, and have never been happier in my work than I am now. I love the flexibility, the fact that every day is different from the last, and the fact that I’m constantly learning.

photo3. When do you source your stock and what items do you like to sell?

Wherever I go, I’m on the lookout for something I can flip for profit! There is potential everywhere – obviously the standard places, like charity shops, bootsales, jumbles, Gumtree, Ebay etc etc, but some of the more unusual places I’ve found things include skip, rubbish bins waiting to be collected outside people’s houses, garden centres, the local library, even the doctor’s surgery once! My favourite thing to sell is shoes, with clothing a close second.

4. You are an active member of the Reselling Community. What impact has that had on you and your business since it appeared in the past couple of years?

I can’t really say enough positive things – the community has literally changed my life. It was what gave me the courage to become a full-time reseller; I’ve made some amazing friends; along with Nic, I was in a BBC TV programme about reselling, which was a really interesting and fun experience; I’m more confident, and I believe in myself a lot more. Most importantly, though – the friends. In Michael, Nic & Andrea, Margaret, Zaheer & Bec, I feel have made lifelong friends.

5. How long have you had a YouTube channel and what inspired you to start?

My first video (it’s a shocker, I cringe when I watch it back now!) was uploaded in 2013. It seemed like a natural progression from blogging, which I’d done since 2008, and I just fancied a new challenge so thought I’d give videos a go. I’d always shown my car boot sale hauls on my blog, so filming them felt like a natural progression, really (and considerably easier than typing out everything I’d bought!), and my channel started growing from there.

6. What attributes and strengths do you think are required to be a successful reseller and do you have any advice for someone just starting out?

Many attributes are useful, but for me the most important three would be self-motivation, initiative and bloody hard work.

As for advice? 1. This is not a get rich quick scheme. 2. Walk your own path, don’t try and replicate what you see in videos/read on Facebook groups. Take inspiration, but don’t copy. 3. Sell something you’re passionate about, or at least have an interest in.

Huge thanks to Caroline for taking the time to talk to us 🙂

Caroline’s YouTube Channel is a wonderful mix of Reselling, Lifestyle, Beauty and Vlogs

Caroline and Fake Rachel have a Bi-Weekly YouTube Chat Show called Tatterbox:

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You can also find Caroline on Instagram

In addition to that Caroline has her own Blog

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Filming for ‘Right On The Money’

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Meet Up Video

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