Hi and welcome to the August 13, 2013 edition of Thrift Store Items You Can Resell on eBay!
Each week I’ll post several pics of thrift store items that I’ve recently sold on eBay, as well as share with you the profits that I’ve made for that item.
So Glad I Decided To Stop By
One of the best things I love about reselling thrift store items is that even a quick visit can yield HUGE rewards! In this particular example, I decided to stop by a Goodwill that was on my way (while running errands). I was on a pretty tight schedule so I knew that I wouldn’t have enough time to do a full scan of the store.
When time is scarce, I focus my attention solely on the shoes section because they’re very easy to look through. Other items, like long-sleeve shirts and jeans, are packed together very tightly and it’s hard to find quality items just by looking at them – you need to look through each item individually which takes more time than I had that day. With shoes, they’re spaced out so there’s no need to separate them from one another and you can basically stand back from the rack and have a good look at all the items. Quick and easy!
Here are the two pairs that I found that day:
2005 Nike Running Shoes
Item Cost: $6.99
Winning Bid: $100.00
This particular pair sold quickly (in about an hour after listing). The funny thing is that it didn’t even have a Buy-It-Now price attached to it – I actually started the auction at $24.99. A buyer contacted me and asked if I was accepting any offers on the item. It doesn’t hurt to listen right? So I asked him to send me his best-offer and his first reply was $60. I passed on that offer and I wished him luck with the auction. He replied almost immediately and countered with an offer of $100. I almost feel like I could’ve ended up with a higher price if I let the auction continue but it was hard to argue with a $100 offer. Done!
On a side note: I receive so many unsolicited offers like these that it makes me wonder why I should even bother adding the “or best-offer” option on any of my items. Seriously, it doesn’t matter what format your selling, it seems like buyers automatically attach “or best-offer” after it. Do you experience the same thing or is it just me?
Vintage Air Jordan
Item Cost: $6.99
Winning Bid: $124.99
I always try to play it “cool” whenever I’m at the thrift store but all that goes out the window whenever I see a pair of these. These are one of the most sought-after (and not to mention, one of my personal favorite) pair of Jordan’s so I wasn’t at all surprised that I found myself in a near sprint to secure this pair. This particular model was released in 2000 and as you can see it definitely shows signs of wear (in my next post, I’ll discuss how much signs of aging this pair has developed over the years and why it doesn’t even matter for resellers). Again I received some unsolicited offers for this pair but I was confident that it would eventually sell for this price.
Give Yourself A Chance
Remember, you don’t need to spend hours at the thrift stores to get results. Some items are sitting right in front you just waiting to be found. It doesn’t matter if you only have a few minutes – sometimes that’s all you need. The most important thing is that you give yourself a chance to get “lucky” and the only way to do that is by actually visiting a thrift store. As these two items demonstrate, you just never know what you’ll find with each visit!
Hope you’re having a great week so far and good luck at the thrift stores!