The 11 Best Goodwill eBay Stores So You Can Thrift From Home

Did you know that Goodwill sells on eBay? Of course you did, that’s why you’re here. It’s common knowledge that people buy items from thrift stores and resell them on eBay. In fact, we have been doing so for more than 5 years and had over a quarter of a million dollars in “side-hustle” sales during that time. However, if you want the best deals, you should always go to the source (meaning not buying from resellers). Couple that with the fact that tons of people are still at home because of the pandemic and most people have a shopping itch that they’re unable to scratch. Well, luckily for you, if you’re the thrift-store-loving-type you can still get your fix via Goodwill’s eBay stores! How Goodwill eBay Stores Function Each area of Goodwills operates independently and has a separate name. For example, the Goodwills in my area are actually “Easterseals-Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain Inc“. Operating …

Read moreThe 11 Best Goodwill eBay Stores So You Can Thrift From Home

10 Ways To Get Free (Or Cheap) Shipping Supplies for eBay

I hate shipping my eBay sales. I mean, it’s a problem I’m grateful to have, but when I sit down to send out orders I feel like those things are already sold. The mission is done and I need to find more things to sell. So what would add insult to injury when it comes to shipping eBay orders? Spending too much money on shipping and shipping supplies. When I first started keeping books for my eBay sales I was astounded at the amount of money I was spending on shipping. It amounted to thousands of dollars per month. Since I was maxed on on the number of items I could list per day I figured that the best way to increase my profits was to decrease my expenses, and that started with my shipping situation. Getting eBay supplies for free or really cheap is becoming more and more necessary if you want to stay …

Read more10 Ways To Get Free (Or Cheap) Shipping Supplies for eBay

21 eBay Selling Tips To Maximize Your Profits (and sanity)

When I first started selling on eBay I was obsessed with reading tips from other eBay sellers. I followed everyone on Instagram, read business blogs, and watched YouTube videos. While I definitely had some success, it wasn’t long before I realized that everyone was just recycling the same few eBay selling tips into new articles. To make matters worse, they were all super basic tips that anyone with a brain had already figured out. This meant that I wasted a ton of time and money floundering around and trying different things as I struggled to build my reselling business past the $10,000/month mark. Now that I’m looking back, I’m hoping that some of my tips for selling on eBay will be things that you haven’t thought of that will ease your own journey. It seems incredible that in 7 years of selling on eBay and almost 5 years of blogging about it I’ve never written …

Read more21 eBay Selling Tips To Maximize Your Profits (and sanity)

What are the Fastest-Selling Items on Mercari in 2021?

During the time we have been selling on eBay we have seen at least a dozen platforms come and go.  Every time something new comes along everyone that isn’t doing so hot on eBay claims that the new platform is the savior of the reselling community and encourages others to jump ship.  Here’s the truth though…if you can’t make it on eBay, you probably can’t make it as a reseller anywhere.  For all it’s issues, eBay has the largest audience, the best support, and the lowest fees.  However, other platforms have a valuable place if your reselling arsenal.  After all, why would you want to leave money on the table? So let’s talk about what is (in my opinion) is the best of all of the alternatives to eBay…Mercari! Mercari, a Japanese company, is a selling platform/app that is currently available in Japan and the U.S.  It has exploded in popularity recently and most resellers …

Read moreWhat are the Fastest-Selling Items on Mercari in 2021?

The Strangest Thrift Store Finds: Goodwill Edition

If you’ve been in a thrift store for more than 5 minutes you’ve undoubtedly realized that they’re is some weird stuff there and weird people around to purchase it. One one of my first trips to the Goodwill Oulets (the “bins”) I picked up a pair of shoes and an honest-to-goodness dehydrated poop rolled out. Was it human? I didn’t check. When we posted about in on our Instagram page we had people reporting that they had found anything from human teeth to dildos. These are just a few of the stranger thrift store finds that people mentioned (pics not included…because we care….): Underwear with a pad still in it A small bag of cocaine (in a KUHL shirt pocket. Nothing goes with crack like the outdoors apparently!) Mice (They didn’t say whether they were dead or alive and I’m not sure which I’d prefer) Dirty diapers All types of sex toys (do people pricing …

Read moreThe Strangest Thrift Store Finds: Goodwill Edition

How To Take Pictures of Clothes To Sell Online (4 Easy Ways)

They say that pictures are worth a thousand words. If you’re talking about selling clothing online, I think that estimate is a bit low. In the fast 5 years, I’ve sold well over 5,000 items of clothing online and, if I had to choose between a description or pictures, I’d go with pictures every time. If you have a title and bare minimum description, your pictures can make or break your sales. While I mostly sell on eBay and Mercari, what I’d like to share is true of not only those platforms but of Depop, Facebook Marketplace, Etsy, Poshmark, etc. In every case, better pictures mean better sales. While each platform attracts a slightly different customer base that is attracted to slightly different things, good pictures are good pictures. So what makes a good picture for selling clothing online? Well, the good news is that you can learn how to take pictures of clothes to …

Read moreHow To Take Pictures of Clothes To Sell Online (4 Easy Ways)

The Best eBay Listing Abbreviations for Sellers

Whether you’re first starting on eBay and feel like everyone is speaking another language or a seasoned eBay vet looking to have more keyword rich titles, this list will help take some of the confusion out of the “eBay Language.”  If you have any additions, feel free to Contact Us and we’ll add them!  So without further ado, he is the most current and complete list of abbreviations to know as an eBay seller! A AB: Aurora Borealis (used in jewelry descriptions) ACC: Accumulation (postage stamps) ACEO: Art Cards, Editions and Originals (miniature paintings on 3.5 inch by 2.5 inch cards)  See also OSWOA and SFA ACL: Applied Color Label (bottles) ADV: Adventure (Books / Movies) AIR: Air Mail (postage stamps) API:  Application programming interface ARC: Advance reader’s copy ATC: Artist trading card (miniature artwork measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches as per ACEO) AU: Australian dollars (see currency exchange site) AUTO: Autographed AUTH:  “Not quite authentic” ​ B B&W: Black and white BB: Beanie Babies BC: Back cover;  British Columbia, Canada; …

Read moreThe Best eBay Listing Abbreviations for Sellers

How to Scale an eBay Business (The Only 4 Ways)

Last July I hit the wall…again.  This was the third business model I had tried on eBay and it was not working like I had hoped.  Sure, I was making money.  We were averaging $3-400 a day in sales, but wanted more.  Much more.  Like 10x that.  Digging through thrift stores all day, every day and then listing into the night had left me feeling like a grubby, burned-out bottom-feeder.  I was always hoping that the very next thing we tried would be the big break that we needed, and our reselling business would start spiraling upward and making us the money we hoped for.  But it wasn’t to be.  It would take several more changes in our structure and business models before we finally started to figure out how to really scale our business.  Now, there are several ways to go about this, and I don’t claim that the way we use is the perfect …

Read moreHow to Scale an eBay Business (The Only 4 Ways)

Get Over the Thrift Store – Sourcing Alternatives for eBay Sellers

If there is one thing that will assure the quick demise of your career on eBay, it will be getting stuck at thrift stores.  I get it, I love thrift stores too.  The thrill of the hunt, the occasional home-run, and the potential to find amazing stuff for yourself (that you desperately need, right?) all work together to keep people running around thrift stores for years trying to build their business.  I’ve said it so many times and I’ll say it again: Hoping to find better items at thrift stores is not a business plan.  Unless you have a large team to help you thrift, list, and ship, you need to find additional inventory sources if you want to make serious money on eBay.  Don’t worry though, there are plenty of ways to start small. Let’s talk about some of them: YARD SALES Yard sales are a great way to find amazing goods at rock bottom …

Read moreGet Over the Thrift Store – Sourcing Alternatives for eBay Sellers

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 …

Read more12 of the Most Valuable Thrift Store Finds of All Time