A student is funding her studies and making £600-a-month – selling worn undies and tights.
Undie-graduate MelKim Brown, 30, sells dozens of pairs of her worn pants and tights to fetishists from all over the world who get off on owning used undergarments.
She discovered the business idea when she innocently sold some second hand Halloween masks on eBay – and had a random request offering her £15 in exchange for worn Marigold gloves.
Open University physics undergraduate Melkim has now had nearly 20,000 people check out her shop in a matter of months and says demand is so high – she barely has to do any laundry.
Mel, from Newcastle, said: “I usually wear them for about two days and just go about my daily life. I go on walks or go for a run, but sometimes I get requests.
“I have been asked to put on some tights and do jumping jacks – that was very slippy so was a bit of a health and safety risk!
“I once was requested to wear some tights with sandals and step on some boiled sweets and fresh fruit.
“They wanted me to bag up the sweets and fruit and send it to them as well as a video.
“It was only a ten second video – how slowly can you step on a Chupa Chup? But I got £45 for it!”
Mel’s business venture began when she innocently listed some Halloween masks on eBay in March and received the request for washing up gloves.
“They HAD to be Marigolds,” said Mel, who studies quantum theory.
“He later started asking me for underwear.
“This did inspire me to branch out and set up my online shop as a side-hustle whilst I am studying.”
Mel knows that most of her clients are using her garments sexually.
Most of her undie sales wind up in America and Canada, but somebody in the Cayman Islands even has a pair.
She added: “The Cayman Islands’ one was a bit of an intimidating one to prepare – I felt I dare not do anything less than a perfect job on that one!
“I find the international popularity odd, as I charge £11 postage, which I think is expensive!
“Pants are definitely the most popular. I usually get a new order every day-and-a-half so I am losing a lot of my wardrobe because of it!
“I’m just glad they’re getting some use!”
Mel has also started an account on video hosting site OnlyFans, where creators can earn money from subscribers, and continues to receive strange requests.
“People are very picky. One man wanted me to sit on a stool fully clothed at really specific angles,” Mel added.
“He wanted me to cross my legs in a particular way, and even though I sent him three or four shots, only one was correct!”
Self-titled ‘accidental sugar baby’ Mel often receives gifts or money from customers.
Mel’s boyfriend is well-aware of her business and is very supportive, although he does “roll his eyes” when he sees the packages addressed to MelKimBrown from dedicated fans.
She added: “He’s actually out at the post office delivering my most recent set of pants right now!”
Mel said the extra cash “really helps” as she could buy a new laptop and supplies for work as well as coffees and uni kit.
Her sugar daddies have sent her gifts like beauty products, jewellery and chocolates in the post, as well as the tights they want to see her in.
“Back when I was only selling through Instagram messages – a man reached out to me on there to send me money,” she said.
“I didn’t believe him at first, as I was fast noticing that Instagram is littered with false ‘sugardaddy’ scams!
“I went along with it wondering when he was going to ask me to do something that would result in me being scammed.
“But, that night, he sent me £120 over PayPal, for no particular reason!
“We have developed a friendship since, and he has ended up being somewhat of an unintentional sugardaddy to me!
“He sends me £50 every couple of weeks for no reason – although I do thank him with some cheeky pics or a video of me pretending I’m about to strip, and then not!”
She only set up her own shop a few months ago, but has nearly 19,000 page views and says demand has recently shot through the roof.
Mel’s family and friends do not know about her business, but believe her other passion in woodwork, is funding her lifestyle.
She wants more women to know about the success she’s had with her business, and hopes to carry it on alongside pursuing her dream of joining a physics research team.
She said: “I want ladies to know that it isn’t illegal, and is a perfectly viable way for students to make money- you don’t have send any nude pictures to make a profit!
“Women have a lot to offer and should never do it for free!”
You can see the the store at MelsPanties.co.uk