11. VICTORIA’S SECRET
Most Common Types of Clothing: Athletic leggings, shirts, jackets
What to Look For: It used to be that looking for the Victoria’s Secret logo or a giant “LOVE” was the fastest way to find Victoria’s Secret clothing. While this is still true, there have been lots of companies that have ripped off the VS style. We typically look for the dog logo and the Victoria’s Secret spelled-out logo on hoodies and jackets. When it comes to value – the bigger the logo, the more the piece is worth. It seems that the main reason people wear Victoria’s Secret is that so other people know they are wearing Victoria’s Secret. So the more obvious the clothing makes it, the more we ask for it. Pretty much the entire gamut of Victoria’s Secret clothing is valuable; including leggings, workout tops, bras, swimsuits, sweaters, hoodies, jackets, etc.
The Current Market Outlook: The market for quality Victoria’s Secret pieces is very hot right now. However, the profit margins are not high. We classify VS pieces as “bread and butter” and try to move them quickly. Also, we have found that Victoria’s Secret is selling better on Mercari than eBay at the moment.
Resale Value: Low
12. MICHAEL KORS
Most Common Types of Clothing: Full line of women’s wear
What to Look For: Michael Kors makes not only women’s and men’s clothing, but accessories, jewelry, footwear and fragrances. While men’s clothing tends to sell more quickly, since this is a “women’s clothing” eBook… be sure to keep an eye open for purses, jackets, and dresses.
The Current Market Outlook: As it is one of the most well-known and accessible “luxury” brands, The Michael Kors market has been severely diluted lately. A lot of resellers will not even pick up Michael Kors pieces unless they are new with tags, or something besides the basic MICHAEL Michael Kors line. We will still pick up Michael Kors pieces, but only Jackets or dresses that seem particularly cute or nice.
Resale Value: Low-Medium
13. TORY BURCH
Most Common Types of Clothing: Tops, blazers, dresses
What to Look For: If there is anyone who is proud of their logo, its Tory Burch. They favor huge, easily noticeable brand tags and often emboss their logo on their purses and shoes. If you’re checking tags, you can’t miss it. Unfortunately, thrift stores rarely miss it either – so expect to pay up. While it’s more rare than Burberry, be aware that there are many Tory Burch fakes out there, particularly in footwear and purses.
The Current Market Outlook: Tory Burch items are a rare find at thrift stores and pretty much anything you find will be worth picking up. Used items typically hold their value well enough that we also source Tory Burch online (on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, etc.).
Resale Value: Medium-High
Most Common Types of Clothing: Shirts, blazers, and trench coats
What to Look For: Because Burberry has been around for so long, it is not as uncommon as you’d think to find pieces at everyday thrift stores. However, we only find a couple genuine pieces for the hundreds of knock-offs that we find. Be extremely careful and try to authenticate what you have *before* buying, as you can’t sell fakes. Look for the famous Burberry Nova Check on all sorts of clothing, scarves, shirts, and the iconic trench. If you’ve got time to kill, we’ve also found Burberry glasses (frames) by going through the large bin of glasses you find at every thrift store.
Also watch for Burberry’s lowest clothing line: Burberry Brit.
The Current Market Outlook: The easier an item is to find, the less it ends up being worth. Because of this, the vintage Burberry Trench has been hit the hardest. But even with the current level of saturation, you can expect trenches to sell for $100+ and t-shirts for $50 or more.
Resale Value: High
15. ST. JOHN
Most Common Types of Clothing: Sweaters, blazers, and dresses
What to Look For: While St. John is best known for knit clothing, they make a full range of women’s wear – including dresses, coats, business attire, shoes, etc. Because St. John tends toward business and fashion wear, don’t bother looking for it in the t-shirt and athletic gear section. Instead, you’ll have to be checking tags in the dresses and blazers to come across anything.
The Current Market Outlook: A few years ago, there was such a dearth of high-end used clothing, that people would pay high prices for St. John items even if they were out of style or in poor condition. There is much more competition on the market now, and things that are basic or out of style typically do not sell. These are the typical items we find, and while we will still pick them up if they’re cheap, we typically can’t get more than $20-30 for them. St. John is one of the few high-end brands that we don’t intentionally source for locally. A few years ago I bought a new with tags St. John dress that retailed for $1240. I haggled down to $150 and expected to flip it for $500+. Even though it was a good and current style it took over a year to sell and ended up going for $119.95 with one bid when we started it on auction.
Resale Value: Medium
Most Common Types of Clothing: Dresses, tops, and outerwear
What to Look For: Boden makes trendy, “chic” styles. Look for brightly patterned or unusually cute dresses, jackets, skirts, and tops. When I find Boden clothing, it’s typically because something unusual has caught my eye and I’m checking to see if it’s an Anthropologie piece. Boden also makes a lot of linen pieces, so if you see something linen, check that brand! (Which you should be doing anyway…)
The Current Market Outlook: Boden items were never amazing sellers, so the market hasn’t changed that much. We pick up especially cute items and add them to our bread and butter stock.Resale Value: Low-Medium
Most Common Types of Clothing: Jackets, vests, scrubs
What to Look For: Growing up a rural town, I considered Carhartt to be high fashion at a young age and everyone is highschool agreed with me! However true or not this may be… since items are surprisingly expensive, they remain good sellers on eBay. While Carhartt actually makes a wide range of clothing, we only look for 3 things in the women’s section: Workwear, hoodies, and scrubs (yes, medical scrubs).
The Current Market Outlook: The market for used workwear is huge, especially for Carhartt, as it has become more lifestyle-wear than just work attire. Interestingly, people will often pay just as much for a used Carhartt piece as a new one. There is a stigma attached to being the person wearing a brand new, crispy Carhartt jacket on a job-site. We do avoid most T-shirts, but don’t be scared of jackets or pants that are beat up, stained, etc. because people want them!
Resale Value: Medium
18. LANDS’ END
Most Common Types of Clothing: Coats and tops
What to Look For: Land’s End was one of those brands that we always saw, but never picked up until recently. I happened upon a Lands’ End down trench coat at the Goodwill outlet and picked it up just because it was down. It sold the next day for around $50 and made us wonder what we had been missing out on this whole time! Ignore basic shirts, but pick up coats, trenches, etc.
The Current Market Outlook: The market will never be saturated with high quality goods. So if you’re finding great pieces, such as parkas, current style trench coats, and down jackets, people will buy them. If it is the type of piece that they could find at any thrift store, such as Land’s End blazers, blouses, etc., they will be sitting in your inventory for a long time.
Resale Value: Low-medium
Most Common Types of Clothing: Dresses, skirts, and tops
What to Look For: ETCETERA defines itself as “Classic with a Modern Twist.” Unfortunately, this translates to “difficult to identify because they don’t have a strong identity.” You should be identifying and checking the tags on trendy items anyway, so that is the most common way you’ll find ETCETERA.
The Current Market Outlook: Etcetera is an unusual brand with a loyal following. The market has slowed down recently and this has become more of a bread and butter brand, but we still pick it up whenever we can!Resale Value: Low-Medium
20. LIFE IS GOOD
Most Common Types of Clothing: Hats, shirts, hoodies, and jackets
What to Look For: You probably won’t find any Life is Good items by just walking down an aisle, as they tend to blend in. If you’re going through everything on a rack however, you’ll quickly learn to recognize their small clip-art style logos with quirky sayings. The resale value of t-shirts is pretty low unless they have an unusually good saying on them, but stay on the lookout for hoodies, jackets, and hats.
The Current Market Outlook: The market has really fallen for Life is Good pieces recently. While we’re still moving items, they are typically only the “better pieces” with large or excessively cute logos. Our hats and shirts have been selling in the $10-15 range and jackets a bit more.
Resale Value: Low