When people want a nice tennis racquet, they don't head to a thrift store. Because of this, all racquets at our local thrifts are cheap (and the same price, no matter what they are). We never pay over $5 for one, and this one cost us $2 including the case. Unless you're actually into the sport they're for, you probably won't be able to recognize what's good and not, so just look up anything that seems nice! Be sure to note in your listing whether the grip is in good shape, and the grip size (usually found just above the grip).
If there are amazing deals for consumers, you can bet your buttons that there is an opportunity to make money for sellers. Buying/Importing luxury goods for resale can be one of the most lucrative markets at the moment if you have the money to invest. So how do you do it? Well, let's talk about how we buy Louis Vuitton bags from overseas: Japan, in this case.
But is it authentic?
While Athleta identifies as a sportswear company, we've had the most luck with their non-sportswear items, namely dresses. Dresses and knit items that you can find the style name for have the potential to sell for $30+ if you find them in a good size!
Plush To Look For:
Old intercom systems (and most other functional old technology) are always a great seller. We only pick them up if we can find two or more together, because then you can test them and sell them as a functioning set. Single units (that the sellers were unable to test) were selling in the $12-15 range, but we managed to move ours in less than a month!
Yard sales are a great way to find amazing goods at rock bottom prices. Unlike most thrift stores, people who price yard sale items rarely have any idea about the resale value of things. Not only that, they are usually open to negotiation! Use an app such as Yard Sale Treasure Map to find yard sales close by you!
Also, don't underestimate the power of a yard sale for unloading your own items. Since we don't own a brick-and-mortar shop, we typically save heavy or low value items and have a yard sale once a year to unload dead inventory and deathpile things we no longer want to list.
Suggested App: Yard Sale Treasure Map
Barely doubling our money for hours of sourcing, listing, and shipping? No, thanks. Looking back through our sold listings later, I realized that there were only 6 pairs of jeans that I should have purchased. They would have sold within a month, we would have put in 1/5 of the work listing and shipping, and we would have spent only $20 to profit...drum roll....just over $200. So read on to discover the secrets of working less and making more in the world of men's jeans!
What makes used jeans valuable?
11 Sales of Interest:
Last year at this time, "Marlboro Man" sherpa jackets were selling for around $300. This one, in dirty condition and a vastly inferior color (natural brown is best), took more than 6 months to sell and we had to put it on sale to avoid keeping it during the summer. Anything that is genuine sherpa will sell based on material alone, no matter the brand.
Non-Brand Things To Look For
If you've ever seen a pair of cowboy boots, it is easy to notice the unusual while sourcing. Look for boots with an odd texture or color. Identifying the type of leather you have is much more important for listing. This can typically be done by looking up the model number printed inside the boot, or looking up boots of that particular brand and finding similar items. If all else fails, you can also send a picture of the boots to the company and they will identify them for you.
If you are in a hurry, you can almost always identify a high-quality cowboy boot by the feel of the leather. If there are several pair, just walk down the aisle and feel each one. If they have a cheap plastic type feel, especially the upper leather, go ahead and pass on them.
Lesson Learned This Month:
This is the type of find you will rarely get your hands on if you thrift only at big box type thrift stores. The competition is too fierce, and the pricing is too high. Finds like these are much more common at mom & pop thrift stores and yard sales. We recognized the brand, felt the quality, and looked them up. We paid the $10 they asked and they sold within a week! Notice, our first picture is not meant to give the buyer a good view of the product. That's what the other 11 pictures are for. The purpose of you main picture is to get a potential buyer to click on your listing, so make that picture appealing! Do not, I repeat, DO NOT be one of those people who thinks they are warding off returns and angry customers by putting a picture of a flaw as the main picture. These headphones had a loose wire which was pictured later and described in detail in the description.