eBay BOLO: Silent Butler (What is it and what is it worth?)

It’s not unusual for us to find strange things at thrift stores. Even after selling full time on eBay for several years we still find things we can’t identify. In fact, I’ve found several things that I’m almost certain are worth good money…if I could just figure out what they are. Such was the case this past week when I came upon a fancy metal and wood contraption sitting (sparkling, actually) on a shelf at my local Goodwill. It was unusual, high quality, and cheap so, in the spirit of thrifting, I bought it with hopes to identify it later. With the help of Reddit’s What Is This Thing I was able to figure out that the thing I thought was a mini bedpan was actually called a Silent Butler. What is a silent butler, you ask? A silent butler is a small metal container with a hinged lid and wood handle. It functions as …

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How To Safely Buy Louis Vuitton From Japan Using eBay (Don’t Get Scammed)

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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The 5 Easiest Things To Sell on eBay (From Thrift Stores)

I’m sure you’re a hard worker. I remember when I got my first job in highschool I would show up early and work my butt off. I did everything that was asked of me and treated that warehouse job like it was my life. Until one day… I worked for 3 hours after school in a warehouse that shipped orders for a preparedness company. Doomsday-prepper kind of stuff. I was putting together 72-hour kits to ship out when I happened to glance at the invoice. They sold for $129 apiece. Now, I didn’t really understand how profit margins worked at the time but I sat down and did some figuring. At $7.25/hour I was making a penny every 5 seconds. In the 3 hours I was at work I could put together about 20 72-hour kits. By my teenage-reckoning I was making my boss about $200/hour. What the heck, man?! Here’s the thing, there’s no …

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60 of the Best Women’s Clothing Brands to Sell on eBay

When Kirstie (my wife) and I were still in college we didn’t party or drink. Not only are we Mormon, but we just didn’t have time for it! In addition to being a full-time Physiology and Developmental Biology student, I working 40-50 hours a week managing a boy’s home. We were managing to keep our heads above water, but just barely. That is until Kirstie got pregnant. Followed by extreme morning sickness.  She was unable to eat and was losing up to 5 pounds a week instead of gaining. I knew I couldn’t keep up my pace and abandon her for 14 hours a day for school and work. I needed to come up with a solution – and quickly – that would allow me to stay home and take care of her.  Enter: selling on eBay. While it wasn’t quick, I started selling off things around our house that we no longer needed (and …

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The 31 Best Things to Sell on eBay for Profit

Luckily, the question of the best items to sell on eBay is a rather easy one to handle. Ready for the answer? Here it is: The most profitable items to sell on eBay are the ones that you can find cheaply and easily. While that might not be the answer that you hoped for, it’s true. In some places of the country, people make $10k a month flipping thrift store items, in other areas you have to source at Ross, hit up yard sales, or become a regular on Craigslist. But, no matter where you are, if you’re wondering what to sell on eBay, think of what is the easiest thing to source in your area! In my home, for example, there are plentiful thrift stores and tons of rich people. Because of this, I find all the inventory I can handle at Goodwill, Savers, and mom and pop thrift stores. Since this is fairly …

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47 of the Best Men’s Clothing Brands to Sell on eBay

I have a confession to make.  I am a man, and I buy used clothing online.  This might not strike you as odd (it shouldn’t if you’re an aspiring reseller), but the majority of people we meet are surprised to find out that not only does used clothing sell extremely well online but that most of the top-selling clothing brands on eBay are men’s!  But wait, isn’t it women that love shopping?  Well, yes…maybe.  That is, there are a lot of women that DO love shopping.  Couple that with the fact that most clothing resellers are women, and you end up with an eBay marketplace that literally has 10x the amount of women’s clothes as men’s clothes listed.  Even with the massive influx of new sellers, if I want to buy a pair of used Levi’s in my size (511s, 34×36, preferably black) there are currently only 3 used options available and the cheapest is $25.50! So …

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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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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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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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