7 Things to Look for at Thrift Stores to Resell for Profit

Flipping items online is all the rage these days. It used to be that when I told someone that I bought stuff at thrift stores and sold it on eBay for a living they’d be like…. These days, however, it’s more like, “Oh yeah. I’ve got a brother who does that. He’s weird too” which I guess is an improvement. We didn’t start out our eBay journey by googling “things to look for at thrift stores to resell.” In fact, it was a mix of accident and necessity that made us start selling on eBay. Kirstie was having a really rough pregnancy (she ended up losing 25 pounds that she didn’t have to lose) and I needed to come up with a solution that would allow me to spend time with her instead of at work. I won’t bore you with that story (since you can read it here) but, long story short, I loved …

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21 Outdoor Clothing Brands To Sell For Huge Profits on eBay

Kirstie and I were leaving for Washington in 3 days.  Kirstie grew up in the Pacific Northwest and would be at home there, but I knew that I wanted to fit in I needed to do three things, eat lots of granola, get some Chacos, and buy a Patagonia jacket.  I had cruised eBay for a Patagonia Torrentshell (a rain jacket) for weeks but hadn’t been able to find a color I liked in my size.  The few that did come up were selling for over 75% of retail!  Imagine buying a used jacket for only 25% off the new price!  The thing is, I gladly would have paid that amount if I knew it would be there in time.  Instead, I ended up buying from an outdoor website for full price and paying $25 for two day shipping.  If only some eBay seller had come through for me… As my Patagonia jacket search shows, …

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21 Outdoor Clothing Brands To Sell For Huge Profits on eBay

Kirstie and I were leaving for Washington in 3 days.  Kirstie grew up in the Pacific Northwest and would be at home there, but I knew that I wanted to fit in I needed to do three things, eat lots of granola, get some Chacos, and buy a Patagonia jacket.  I had cruised eBay for a Patagonia Torrentshell (a rain jacket) for weeks but hadn’t been able to find a color I liked in my size.  The few that did come up were selling for over 75% of retail!  Imagine buying a used jacket for only 25% off the new price!  The thing is, I gladly would have paid that amount if I knew it would be there in time.  Instead, I ended up buying from an outdoor website for full price and paying $25 for two day shipping.  If only some eBay seller had come through for me… As my Patagonia jacket search shows, …

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Money for Cuddles: Huge Profits Selling Used Plush on eBay

When we’re out thrifting, we always meet people who want to talk to us.  If they were people who knew us from the blog (or even just smelled normal) we’d be totally fine with it…but they’re not.  We were out sourcing about a year ago when a lady cornered us and started talking about her reselling business.  It turns out that she sold nothing but plush and baby blankets.  Her main customers were people who were trying to replace a lost blanket for their kids and she had OVER $70,000 IN SALES LAST YEAR! When I tried to match pace with her and tell her about a book we had recently sold for $550, she one upped me and said she had just sold a limited edition Valentines Hidden Mickey teddy bear for $1,100.  Ouch.  Turns out, there is something to be learned from everyone!  I’ll admit that I spent a few hours digging through …

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Buying Luxury Goods for Resale: Louis Vuitton Edition

Every time I go to Walmart, I see women wearing stained sweats, socks with sandals, and carrying a Louis Vuitton tote. Or a Chanel purse. Or Prada…take your pick.  At least, that’s what they would have you think – but, if you are one of these people, let me tell you a secret…no one believes your bag is real!  The plastic-y, shiny fake leather, the fraying strings, etc.  You don’t look high class, you are a poser. And, believe it or not, carrying a fake designer bag makes you look even poorer than carrying a normal Walmart purse… ​The real kicker is: designer purses and clothing are not out of reach for the average person. You might not be able to walk into Neiman Marcus or a Louis Vuitton store and swipe your debit card anytime soon, but eBay has become a hot spot for designer goods and handbags priced at 80% or more off …

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How to Sell Men’s Jeans on eBay (plus 13 brands to look for…)

Jeans are one of the items that new sellers get wrong almost every time.  Most brands don’t hold their value, they’re difficult to picture, and are more expensive that you’d think to ship.  Put all of these things together and, suddenly, the simple task of buying jeans becomes a money sink.  When we first started reselling, our local Savers had a “Member’s Event” where all men’s jeans, pants, and shorts were 75% off.  We went down the rack and pulled out almost 50 pair of jeans.  After all, you can’t go wrong for $3 can you?!  Well…turns out you can.  Terribly, stupidly wrong.  We ended up re-donating almost 20 pairs of jeans, and muddled our way through listing the other 30.  A year later, we still had 10 pair that remained unsold, sitting in storage.  All told, we spent around $160 on the 50 pairs of jeans and ended up profiting just over $200.  ​ Barely …

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Flipping Thrifted Cowboy Boots on eBay

Generally speaking, the price that something sells for on eBay is a combination of two factors: how much it cost when new, and how hard it is to get. Now, if you live in a rural area, you may be able to waltz down to your local feed store and pick up a pair of cowboy boots. They will be expensive but at least they will be available. For the rest of the world, there is eBay. Whenever there is an expensive product that may be limited geographically, you should be smelling opportunity on eBay. Especially if your area (like mine) happens to be particularly rich in that item… In this case…cowboy boots. ​Before we get to brands, however, let’s talk about a few non-brand things that make cowboy bots worth picking up: NON-BRAND THINGS TO LOOK FOR EXOTIC SKIN Exotic materials (usually an unusual type of leather) is one of the main distinguishing factors …

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8 Things To Sell Instead of Throwing Away

We’ve heard all the excuses that people give to put off selling on eBay: “I don’t have money to invest, It sounds like too big of a commitment, I don’t know what kinds of things people want, etc…”  Well, after reading through this list (and maybe our other BOLO’s) you are out of excuses.  Every day you throw away things that you could be making money with on eBay.  So buckle up, and let’s launch into the list of 8 items you didn’t know you could sell on eBay! EMPTY TOILET PAPER & PAPER TOWEL ROLLS Since paper towels can be had for around $1 a roll, who would have ever thought that the empty rolls wold be worth anything at all!?  Well, it turns out that there is a sizable market for empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls/tubes on eBay!  What do people need these for?  I’m not sure… Craft supplies?  Tunnels for quite a …

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12 of the Most Valuable Thrift Store Finds of All Time

THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE: $477,650 We’ve all heard of the man who bought a $4 painting at a garage sale, found an original copy of the Declaration of Independence inside, and sold it for $2.4 million. A once-in-a-lifetime story, right? Not so much, actually. Michael Sparks was visiting a Nashville thrift store, where he bought a candleholder, a set of salt and pepper shakers, and a yellowed print of the Declaration of Independence. Sparks figured the document was a worthless, modern reprint, so he paid the asking price — $2.48 — and headed home. After looking over the document for a few days, he wondered if it might be older than he initially thought. So he hopped on the internet to do some research and soon realized he had purchased one of only 200 official copies of the Declaration of Independence commissioned by John Quincy Adams in 1820. Of those 200, 35 had been found …

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