Tamara Ecclestone says bargaining is 'smart thing to do'

London, Mar 18 (ANI): Tamara Ecclestone has revealed that she loves to bargain like anyone else, saying, "it's a smart thing to do."

The daughter of F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, whose designer wardrobe includes 500,000 pounds of Hermes handbags and 70,000 pounds of Christian Louboutin shoes, is auctioning her clothes on eBay to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

She spoke of some of the memories she had while shopping for clothes with her father when she was a kid.

"When I was a kid, I wanted a bomber jacket to wear to school and my dad took me to a shop on the King's Road," the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.

"I was about 11 and he started haggling over the price and I was mortified. It was my first experience of bartering. I said to Dad, 'We're in a shop on the King's Road, not some market in Marrakech.'

"But I've learned it's a smart thing to do. Every car I've bought, I've got money off. My last car? I got 20 per cent off. I love to get a deal. Who doesn't love a bargain?" she said.

She also spoke about how she tries to minimise expenditure and cut cost.

"I am a bit obsessive about it. I turn the heating off at night and I turn the tap off when I'm brushing my teeth.

"Before mobile phones I used to call my parents from a phone box and reverse the charges.

"And I like to book airline tickets as far as possible in advance because it's cheaper," she added.

Tamara said that she inherited her thrifty nature from her father Ecclestone, 81, who grew up in relative poverty as the son of a Suffolk fisherman, and her Croatian-born mother Slavica, whose parents ran a fruit and vegetable stall.

Now the Formula 1 heiress is seeking to turn her back on her former image by selling her unworn and out-of-season items on eBay for charity - including a white lace Stella McCartney dress originally bought for 1,065 pounds and Miu Miu platform sandals.

The auction was launched in November and has raised thousands of pounds.

Three items are added every ten days so the stock remains fresh. (ANI)