GO LAKERS!!!…Oh Yeah, and My Finds of the Week!

KobeHey, what’s up  everyone – I hope you’re doing amazing today!

Usually I’m super excited to share my latest thrift store finds turned eBay sales, but today those items will take a backseat (for me anyway) as one of my most anticipated days has finally arrived:  the NBA Draft Lottery!!

The Lakers had a miserable season – I felt like my eyes we’re going to bleed from watching some of those blowout games – but hopefully those months of torment will all be worth it after tonight.

This draft class is one of the most talented in a while so if the Lakers can somehow manage to get a top 3 pick (heck, why not get the 1st overall while we’re at it) then that would be a HUGE help to get Kobe his next championship.

So good luck to Laker Nation tonight!

Oh yeah, and here are my latest finds haha

I hope you have a great day and good luck at the thrift stores!

-Meinard

Finds of the Week

Patagonia Sweater

I really like the print on this sweater!

Fish

Item cost: $4.99

Winning Bid: $28.49

A Rare Gap Sale

alwaysskinny

Item cost:  $6.99

Buy-it-Now:  $34.99

Brooks Walking Shoe

Vstrap

Item Cost:  $7.99

Winning Bid:  42.00

The Kobe photo courtesy of theshopblog.net

Thrift Store Finds of the Week (May 13, 2014)

Back on my Grind

I stayed true to my promise of no thrifting while I was in Thailand, despite the fact that I saw several sneaker shops that looked promising.  Needless to say, going to Savers, Goodwill, and Salvation Army was high on my To-Do list when I arrived back and I was excited to see what items had accumulated.

To be honest, it was a little strange being back at the stores and I needed a few minutes to re-orient myself and ask “How does this work again?”.    But after walking around a bit I discovered that it really is like riding a back and I was back in the groove of things before I knew it.

The week away really helped too and it seemed like I was finding great stuff in every aisle that I visited.  I’m still waiting on several auctions to end but I did have some nice sales that I wanted to share before I left for my trip.

I also wanted to remind you that eBay is starting another seller promotion today (7,000 free auction-style listings from May 13-19) so be sure to check your inbox to see if you received the invitation.  If you did, now would be a good time to list and re-list all your items!

I hope you having an amazing start to the week and good luck at the thrift stores!

Meinard

Finds of the Week

Asics Running Shoes

Nimbus

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $39.99

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Camo shorts

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $39.99

Vintage Nike

Huarache

Item Cost:  $9.99

Winning Bid:  $49.99

Oakland A’s MLB Jacket

Oakland Athletics

Item Cost: $8.99

Winning Bid:  $59.99

Thailand: What An Amazing Place!

Birdshot

I arrived home a few days ago and only now do I feel like I’m starting to recover from what was an amazing trip over in Thailand!

I’m not a big fan of the flight there and the flight back (over 10 hours both ways) but every experience in between was great and I feel blessed and fortunate to be able to have that experience.

I’m in the process of gathering all of my pics and videos but I wanted to share the few that I do have while the memories of the trip are still fresh in my mind.

Leave the Jeans and Sweaters at Home

Trust me, you won’t need it. I’ve heard from many people that Thailand is a notoriously hot and humid place, and it certainly did not disappoint. Don’t get me wrong, Hawai’i is known to have it’s fair share of hot and muggy weather also,  but it was nothing compared to Thailand. Hawai’i actually feels like the North Pole compared to what I experienced there!

We arrived in Thailand at midnight so I assumed, even though it’s a muggy place, that the weather would’ve cooled down and it would manageable.

Wrong!!

Even at midnight, it was hot and sticky the moment we left the friendly, air-conditioned confines of the airport and the short five-minute walk to the shuttle was enough to cause sweat to start rolling down my face. And this was in the middle of the night, so you can imagine what it was like at 2 in the afternoon with the hot sun in the sky.

So word of advice, if you ever plan of visiting, stick to shorts and light cotton or dri-fit shirts whenever possible. Your jeans, sweaters, and jackets will do you no good on this trip.

Kop Kun Krap (Thank You) to the Beautiful People

Thai people2

I’m not exaggerating when I say this: Thai people are some of the nicest people you will ever meet!

Every person I met on this trip – in the hotel and while sightseeing around town – was very kind, extremely helpful, and there’s a certain calmness and peace that radiates from their personality. It’s a little hard to describe now that I try but they always have a smile on their face and you can’t help but be as relaxed and laid-back as they are whenever you’re around them.

Interestingly enough, many of the locals actually thought me and my girlfriend were Thai.  Several times, the staff at the hotel and folks around town would come approach us and start speaking Thai.  Only after a few confused glances between me and my girlfriend did they realize that we weren’t from there.

We met a lot of people during our stay and our experience was the same:  Thai people are some of the nicest you will ever meet!

The Past and the Present

We visited Phuket and Bangkok during our trip and there was a big difference between both locations.

In Phuket, we stayed at a Hilton Hotel and this place was beautiful!  This hotel was right across a beach and it wasn’t too developed so there were still a lot of trees and beautiful scenery to soak in.  This area really highlights the natural beauty of the country and it’s easy to see why this place is popular tourist destination.

Phuket Hilton

On a sad note, this was also the area that was affected by the tsunami in 2004.  We heard countless stories from locals who actually experienced and survived that natural disaster – stories of whirlpools, cars being carried off the streets, currents so strong that you couldn’t lift your hands, and of bodies floating after the water rescinded.

Ten years later, the buildings have been fixed and the town has bounced back.  Yet it was obvious that the experience was still fresh in their mind and it just showed the resiliency of the people there.

After Phuket, we visited Bangkok and this place was dominated by another type of jungle:  the concrete jungle!

Bangkok

Bangkok is home to tall skyscrapers, long highways, and over 13 million people!  This city was the total opposite of Phuket but it had it’s own set great qualities as well.  This place was definitely much busier and there was a lot of things to keep you busy.

We stayed at the Shangri-La hotel, another beautiful venue, which was surrounded by small vendors, street food, and we also got a chance to visit a floating market – which was a really cool experience!

Floating market 3

Floating market 2

The hotel was also within walking distance of their Skytrain and metro system.  My girlfriend and I took the rail system one day to explore the city and it was one of the best experiences of the trip.  We got to sample the local cuisine, did a little shopping, met more nice people, and we even got to check out their biggest markets – the Chatuchak – which was open only during the weekends.

This market was wild; I mean, literally wild!  In addition to the typical souvenir shops that you would expect to find, this market was also filled with vendors who sold a wide range of animals.  They had birds, parrots, owls, squirrels, dogs, puppies, snakes, spiders and even a huge turtle.  I wanted to take a picture of all of them but we were told that pictures were not allowed – I’m guessing because many of those animals were illegal.  This was the only shot I was able to take.  I really wish I took a picture of the turtle and the owls though!

Market pets

I Rode a Fricken Elephant!

Riding an elephant was definitely one of the coolest things I have ever done!

Elephant

To be honest, I was a little scared (at first) when I saw these animals because of an accident that occurred in Honolulu a few years back.  I’m smiling in this pic but I can remember being scared as hell being that close to them!

Regardless, there was not way that I was going to pass up a chance to experience these animals up close.  You can’t help but stare and marvel at them when you see them, especially if you’re not accustomed to seeing them just walking around the streets with no restrains or anything.  Really beautiful and friendly, and they immediately shot up to the top of my favorite animals list!

Celebrating a 41-Hour Birthday

This trip was filled with a TON of great memories:  the muggy weather (can’t forget that), the people, the food,  the venues, the marketplace, and of course the elephants!  Another cool thing that happened on the trip was that I was able to celebrate an extended birthday.

You see, it just so happened that I had my birthday (May 4th) during the trip and Thailand was 17-hours ahead of Honolulu time.  I was able to celebrate my birthday early overseas because of the time difference, so when it finally came time for May 4th to roll around Honolulu time, I already had an extra 17-hours in Thailand to celebrate.  Pretty cool coincidence and definitely a birthday to remember!

This trip was exactly what I needed and I feel more energized and motivated to reach my goals!

I hope you’re doing well and I’ll talk to you soon,

Meinard

Off the Grid, Part II

Off the gridHey fellow thrifters, I just wanted to write a quick message to say that I’ll be Off the Grid for about two weeks.  Yup, completely away – no eBay, no thrifting, no Twitter, no blogging, and no email – and I COULDN’T BE MORE EXCITED!!  Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to miss all of those things, and I’m going to miss connecting with other resellers and hearing about all you’re great thrift store finds while I’m away.  And it’s going to be sad not hearing that eBay “cha-ching” sounds on my phone for a while.

So why am I so excited?

Well, honestly I could use the time-off – who couldn’t, right?!  1/3rd of the year already flew by and I hope this quick break will re-charge my efforts to finish the rest of the year on a strong note.  Plus,  the last time I went Off the Grid I ended traveling overseas to Europe and visiting London, Paris, and Rome in the process.  It was an amazing experience!

Where am I going this time?  Trust me, I want to tell you but that’ll just ruin the whole surprise I feel.  I will tell you that it’s someplace that it’s incredibly hot (or so I hear) and it’s someplace I never thought I’d ever get to visit!  I’ll be sure to take a ton of pics and I’ll share them with you as soon as I return.

Until then, please take of yourself and each other and I wish you best of luck at the thrift stores while I’m away!

Talk soon,

Meinard

How To B.A.N.K. as a Reseller

Money in the Air

I’ve been happily reselling thrift store items on eBay for several years now, and in that time I’ve been fortunate enough to learn a few things about the trade such as what items to sell, how to clean thrift store shoes, the value of goal-setting and many other lessons that have come along the way.

My experiences have taught me that this business – and I call it a business in the most casual way as possible – is really a LOT of fun and it’s easy to learn if you have the right mindset and the right tools to help you along the way.

Now, I’m aware that, especially in the beginning, it may seem difficult and some aspects of reselling may seem elusive; but I can promise you that it will pass and it will get easier if you follow some fundamental principles.  In this posts,  I’m going to share some of those basic building blocks with you and I’m going use the acronym B.A.N.K. to help illustrate those points.

“B” is for Blueprint

Blueprint

I’m a fan of making things as simple as possible, so I think any discussion about how to succeed as a reseller should first start with the basic blueprint.  At this point, there’s no need for any confusing statistics, or discussions about about which format is best to use, what time of day is best to visit the stores, or what day is best to list items on eBay.  There will be plenty of time for that later.

All we really need at this point is a simple, one-sentence statement that accurately describes what it is that were trying to do.

Here it is:  Buy something for less, and sell it for more.

It’s a little more complicated than that obviously, but when you get down to the basics that’s what it’s really all about:  Buying something for cheap and selling it for more.  This isn’t a new concept, either.  It’s been done for hundreds of years and in practically every setting from real estate, to the the automobile industry, and of course the stock market.

So why is the thrift store model for reselling so successful?

Well, it all boils down to the first part of the blueprint which is “Buy something for less…”.

Despite the annoying trend of upwardly moving prices, thrift stores are still a great place to find amazing deals on shoes, jeans, shirts, jackets, and just about anything else you can think of.

And another great thing model is that people are constantly donating more stuff.  I don’t know if it’s because people are extra generous or if it’s because we generally buy more stuff than we actually need (it’s probably a combination of both) but I firmly believe that the supply of cheap, valuable items will never run out.

“A” is for Activity

Stay Busy

There are a lot of eBay-related activities that I perform on a daily basis but the most important task – and the ones that you should pay the most attention to – are the following:  visiting the thrift stores, cleaning and taking pics, listing your items on eBay, and mailing your items.

Making $10,000 a month is my ultimate goal and – although it’s always in the back of my mind – in reality, I think about it very little on a daily basis.  Instead, I’ve chosen to devote my focus and attention to those 4 key activities that I just mentioned.

These are some thoughts and questions that swirl around my head throughout the day:

How many stores have I visited?  Can I sneak in another visit?  How often am I cleaning and taking pics?  Let’s get these items listed TODAY!  I know it’s late but let’s get these items packed and ready to ship tomorrow.  Let’s check out X, Y, and Z thrift stores tomorrow – we haven’t been there in a while, I bet they have some good stuff lying around.

I know it can be tough at times but you need to challenge yourself to keep your activity level up.  Honestly, the toughest part for me is the middle part of the reselling process – the cleaning/taking pics & listing your items on eBay.

To me it’s the most boring part.  I could visit Savers and Goodwill all day and never be tired of it; hungry maybe, but I’ll never get tired of it because it’s exciting!  But as soon as the adrenaline of treasure-hunting wears off and the reality of cleaning and listing all of those items sinks in, it can be a challenge to get myself motivated again.

But as much as I hate it, it needs to be done.  If I don’t clean and take pics of items then I won’t have anything to list.  And if I don’t have anything to list, then I won’t have any sales.  And if I don’t have any sales then this whole system breaks down, doesn’t it?

And there’s needs to be a healthy balance, also.

If all I do is visit treasure-hunt because it’s the fun part of reselling and I avoid cleaning and listing those items because they’re boring, then that won’t do much good either.

Or what good is it to get paid if you neglect to ship the items?  You may have the money in your account for a little while but Paypal will be quick to take it back when you can’t provide proof of shipment.

So if you’re not reaching your sales goal, assess your activity level.  Remember, it’s good to have goals but I think it’s more important to focus on those activities that will help you achieve those goals.  So ask yourself: How active are you in those 4 areas?

“N” is for #NeverGiveUP

#NeverGiveUp is a hashtag that my friend and fellow reseller Mike (@BOTC12) likes to use and it’s one of my favorites.  Selling on eBay can be a roller coaster at times, and while the highs are fun and easy to manage, the lows can be downright daunting and gut-wrenching.

And just to let you know:  You WILL eventually experience lows as a reseller.  There’s no way around it.

You will eventually encounter bad custFrustationomers who will try to take advantage of you (yup, they’re out there), you will experience times when you leave a store empty

handed, and you will go through days when nothing’s selling.

These experiences are a given, but having a #NeverGiveUp attitude will help you overcome these hurdles.  There were many times early on when I wanted to just stop completely – when I questioned if I should still keep going – but I persevered and just kept learning and stumbling forward, and I’m glad I did.

Now, whenever a bad moment happens,  I just shrug my shoulders and say to myself “that’s just how it is” and move on.

I’m not saying these things to scare you, I just want you to be prepared for it.  Reselling on eBay can be a roller coaster, but the good times EASILY outnumber the bad times low-times and it’s not even close.  Just keep at it, stay positive, and #NeverGiveUp!

“K is for Knowledge

As I mentioned in my previous post, part of the fun with reselling is discovering all the great brands that are out there.  If you’re new to the reselling game, I always recommend that people start with what with they know – whether it’s a brand or a favorite hobby of yours.  If you’re interested in it, then there’s a good chance that someone else is interested also.

To use myself as an example; I’ve always been a fan of basketball – played it since I was a little kid and I’m still a fan to this very day.  And this is exactly how I got started.  I knew the value of Nike’s and Air Jordan’s from experience and they were one of the first thrift store items that I would sell on eBay.  In fact, I still sell them to this very day and I highly recommend you do also!

Here are some recent sneaker sales:

Royal

Sold for $49.99

SFB

Sold for $59.99

Stealth

Sold for $109.99

Of all the points and advice that I mentioned so far, I believe that having the right knowledge of items to sell is the most important.  I don’t want to discount the importance of the other points that I just mentioned, but you’re sales, profits, and the amount of fun you’re going to have will all drastically increase if you have a good understanding of which items to buy and which items to leave behind.

I like to use this analogy:  Thrift store reselling without the right knowledge is like entering a long-division math contest with just a pen and paper.  The process is slow, you’re going to make a lot of mistakes, and you’re going to lose badly to someone with a calculator!

I’ve been doing this for years and I’m constantly trying to increase my brand vocabulary (in fact, here’s a new brand that I recently discovered).  It keeps me motivated and engaged, and it’s a big reason why I’ve been able to increase my sales as high as $6,000 per month.  I haven’t quite reached my goal of $10,000 per month but I’m steadily climbing there – it’s only a matter of time!

Action > Planning

In my opinion, there’s never been a better time to get started reselling thrift store items on eBay.  The amount traffic that eBay receives and the number of  buyers who are signing on continue to increase.  Plus, donations will never stop coming – they haven’t anyway in my years of doing this – so there’s plenty of opportunities to make some great profits!

The most important thing, of course, is to take action and get started, and there are some great resources here to help you do just that.

There are over three (3) years worth of thrift store sales that I share in my popular Finds of the Week.  In these posts, I share the name of the item, how much it cost, and how much I eventually sold it for on eBay!

My FREE 2-Week Mini-Course is also another great tool to help you get started.  Once you sign-up for the course (the form is located on the sidebar), you’ll receive one e-mail per day about an item, brand, or strategy that I’ve been having success with!

Lastly, my Thrift Store Reseller Guide has all the brands and items that I look for on a daily basis plus all the tips and techniques that I used to maximize my profits on eBay.

Thanks again for all your support and please remember to Share, Like, and Tweet – I really appreciate it!

-Meinard

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Thrift Store Finds of the Week X 2

Happy Saturday!  I hope this posts finds you in good spirits and absolutely crushing at the thrift stores and on eBay!

I know I already wrote another Finds of the Week posts earlier this week and but who says I can’t write another one, right?!  Besides, I’ve been having some amazing sales this week and I couldn’t wait another couple of days before sharing them!

Finds of the Week

Herman Work Boots

Herman

Item  Cost:  $6.99

Buy-it-Now:  (BIN) $34.99

Just when you think you have buyers figured out, an item like this rolls around and makes you question everything.  I had this item listed initially for $24.99 using the auction format.  There were 6 buyers who were watching the item but the auction eventually ended with no bids.

I re-listed the item for $10 more using the BIN format instead and it quickly sold for more than the previous auction.  Obviously I’m happy with the higher price but ultimately confused about buyer’s logic sometimes.

Vintage Nike Trainers

QK

Item Cost: $6.99

BIN:  $39.99

Polo Ralph Lauren Sweater

Ralph

Item Cost:  $8.99

Winning Bid:  $67.55

The Salvation Army charged $2.00 more than they normally would because the tags were still attached but I was confident that this item would still sell for a lot more than their asking price.  I know prices are steadily climbing at the thrift stores but there are still some great deals to be found, regardless of the price.

Think about it, even if this item was priced at $14.99 or $19.99 you would still be making a profit of approximately $40!

Retro Air Jordan

Stealth

Item Cost:  $6.99

BIN:  $109.99

The thirst for Air Jordan’s never ceases to amaze me.  Check out the condition of this pair:  the soles are starting to yellow, there are scuffs throughout, plus there are creases on toe box and around the ankles.  Yet I was still able to sell it for over $100!!

Don’t let your lack of sneaker knowledge stop you from cashing in on this amazing brand.  It’s easy if you know what to look for.  Check out my Reseller Guide to discover my step-by-step guide to selling Nike’s and Air Jordan’s on eBay!

 If you aren’t reselling Air Jordan’s from your thrift stores then you are definitely missing out on some amazing sales – there’s no other way to put it.

Finds of the Week (4/7/2014)

Moving Right Along

“Tide and time wait for no man.”

I’m not sure where I heard that quote or who said it, but no truer words have ever been spoken.  Just like that, we’re already a week into April and I’m left wondering again “Where did the time Go?”  It’s amazing how time flies.

I was actually really sad to see March end.  Not only did I have a great month of sales (which I hope you did also) but March was also packed with several awesome eBay seller promos.  In fact, there were so many promos that they actually started to overlap each other.

I definitely felt spoiled and I’m extremely thankful to be included in those seller promos.  Apparently, some of them by invitation only.  So if you didn’t get to take advantage of these recent promos, don’t worry.  I’m sure you’ll get the invite for the next ones.

April is already shaping up to be a great month and I hope you’re as pumped up and excited as I am to make this THE best month yet!  Why not, right?!  I’ve got a lot of thrifting planned this week and I’m also working on some really cool posts.  In the meantime, here are some recent sales from the past week – I hope you enjoy!

Thanks again for all your support and best of luck at the thrift stores!

Finds of the Week

Orlando Magic Hardaway Jersey

Penny

Item Cost:  $4.99

Winning Bid:  $31.00

Nike Running Shoes

nike yellow

Item Cost:  $6.99

Buy-it-Now:  $39.99

Don’t forget to check out my FREE 2 WEEK MINI-COURSE to learn more about these valuable shoes!

Vintage Atlanta Falcons NFL Jacket

Falcons

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $49.99

Vintage US Navy Bomber Jacket

US Navy

Item Cost:  $8.99

Winning Bid:  $79.50

How To Prep Your Thrift Store Shoes for Auction

I’ve been wearing and collecting sneakers since I was a little kid so cleaning and restoring them have never been a problem for me.  I was one of those kids who would spend weeks just looking at a pair of Air Jordan before I even dare put them on my feet.

And after each use, I was also one of those kids who would immediately clean the the ENTIRE shoe and then place them back inside the shoe box, in exactly the same way that I bought it.  I would repeat this (vicious) cycle for each pair of sneakers that I bought.

Over the top?  Maybe.  But little did I know that all that cleaning was really training me for life as a reseller!  So when it comes to prepping thrift store shoes for auction, it’s almost second nature for me.

Not everyone, however, suffers from my obsession with shoes so I wanted to create a post that shows you exactly how I get each and every one of my thrift store shoes ready for eBay.

Do I Need To Do This?

Technically, you don’t have to do anything.  There’s absolutely nothing wrong with just selling your shoes in the exact same way that you found them at the store.  It’s perfectly fine.

But just know that you are potentially leaving behind hundreds (and even thousands) of dollars worth of additional bids and sales by skippig these important steps.  So while it’s not mandatory to clean them, I highly recommend that you take the extra 5 minutes to follow the steps that I’m going to share with you.

What You’ll Need

The good news about prepping your shoes is that it doesn’t cost much and it doesn’t require a lot of materials.  All you really need are the following:

  • Gloves
  • Toothbrush
  • Napkins
  • Scissors
  • Shoe cleaner

I insists on wearing gloves because, let’s face it, I don’t know where these shoes have been and some are really bad condition to start.

As for shoe cleaners, I’ve been using the Footlocker and Champs Sports brand cleaners ever since I was a kid and it’s never let me down.  They really inexpensive (less than $10) and they last a REALLY long time!!

The napkin is for wiping off the excess dirt after using with the shoe cleaner and I recommend using an old toothbrush for scrubbing.  Some shoe cleaners are equipped with their own bristles for scrubbing but they’re really weak and they break easily.  Using a toothbrush allows you to put some pressure while scrubbing and, thus, more of the dirt will come off.

The scissors appears to be an odd item in this list but it’s actually one of the most important one.  I use them to remove any thrift store tags on the shoes plus they’re extremely handy at removing any rocks or pebbles that get wedged on the bottom of the shoes.  They’re also great for removing old gum and any stubborn dirt marks as well.  Keep them around, they’re definitely useful!

The Process

There are a few things that I do before I start actually using the shoe cleaner.

First, I always make it a point to dig into the insoles of the shoe (with the gloves, of course) and remove any debris that may be stuck in there. Dig with your hands – and I mean really dig with your hands – to make sure that there are no surprises in their for your buyer such rocks, grass, or even insects (I’ve found a lizard in a pair before).  That’s one sure fire way to get a negative feedback!

Second, I take my handy scissors and I remove any rocks, gum, and other debris on the bottom of the shoe.  Again, the scissors are great at reaching the narrow crevices where most of the small rocks will likely be stuck.

Lastly, I adjust the laces.  Most of the shoelaces you’ll find will be in a tight bow on the front of the tongue, like so.

I always like to hide the lace tips in the back of the tongue and here’s why:  1)  it gives the shoe a much sleeker and cleaner appearance compared to when the laces are visible and 2) leaving the bow in the front will obstruct the top of the shoe tongue.

The shoe tongue is an important piece of real estate on sneakers because it’s a favorite place for company’s and top athletes to place their logo.  Buyers recognize these logos and they’ll want to see, trust me.

Here’s an example:  The number “3” is Dwyane Wade’s signature logo.  Notice how much sleeker the shoe looks and how much more visible the logo is when the laces are hidden?

Scrubbing

After completing these steps, the rest of the process involves the actual scrubbing of the shoes.

Footlocker and Champs Sports uses a foam gel in their cleaners and it works really well.  All you need to do is point the nozzle in the area that you’re trying to clean and spray a small amount of cleaner.  Again, this cleaner is strong and you really don’t need to use to much.

Before

 

After spraying your shoes, grab your toothbrush and just start scrubbing away.

You should start to see dirt and scuffs start to disappear after a few strokes.  In this example, I sprayed the foam cleaner only a small portion of the shoe to showcase the difference that it can make.  See how much whiter and brighter that area is after a few small brush strokes?

After

Pretty good, right?!  It’s already looking much better!  Simply repeat the process on the entire shoe to finish up.
Here are some before and after pictures of a pair of vintage Air Jordan Dwyane Wade’s:
Before
After
 
 Before
After

It may take a while to get familiar with the process, especially if this is your first time, but stick with it.  It will become automatic after a while and you’ll be cleaning shoes in half the time.

Again you only need a few materials and most of them are probably just laying around your house as you’re reading this – like the napkins, toothbrush, and scissors.

I highly recommend the shoe cleaner from Footlocker and Champ Sports but if you don’t have a store nearby you can also purchase the Sof Sole Oxy Shoe Cleaner
from Amazon (this is my affiliate link, THANK YOU!!).  This product is priced the same and it works just as well!

Cleaner shoes will receive higher bids.  It’s really that simple.

This process has literally earned me thousands of dollars and I still use it to this very day with much success!

Thanks again for all your support and best of luck at the thrift stores!

-Meinard

Look For This Item in the Dress Shoes Section

There are a lot of things to love about thrift store reselling.  One of the aspects that I enjoy the most, however, is the learning and discovery part of it – especially when it relates to learning about new brands!

Sometimes I reminisce about when I started and I’m always amazed by how far my brand knowledge has expanded.  When I first started, it was mainly Nike’s and Air Jordan’s – I’m a basketball fan so these are things are I already know and am familiar with.

While “starting with what you know” is a great strategy in the beginning, it can also limit your success if you only stick to your comfort zone.  The truth is that thrift stores are filled to the brim with tons of different items in a wide-array of categories.

And guess what?  Each section of the store if filled with valuable items.  Stick to just one section and you’re basically leaving hundreds of dollars just lying around (that’s how I see it anyway).  Sooner or later,  you’re going to need to move past your comfort zone and expand into other areas as well.

On that note, I’m going to share with you an item that I recently discovered that will hopefully help you expand into one of my favorite categories – dress shoes!  This dress shoe is very valuable but it’s “sneaky”- there’s a trick to finding them which I’ll explain a little later.

Florsheim

Perseverance

Florsheim is the name of the brand that I’ll be discussing.  This company is over a century old and they’re best known for their men’s dress shoes, although they also make athletic shoes as well.

The funny thing is that I almost gave up on this brand.  I’ve tried selling their dress shoes before but with very little success…until now!

Style Matters

You can ignore many of the company’s dress shoes but there is one style in particular that you should be on the lookout for at the thrift store:  The Florshiem V-Cleat, 5 Nail dress shoe!

Here are some auctions that currently ended (all items are in used-condition, similar to most pairs that you’ll find at the thrift stores):

Florsheim Auction 3

Florsheim Auction 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

How can you tell if you found a pair of these valuable shoes?  All you have to do is turn it over!

How To Spot a Pair

If you find a pair of Florsheim, turn the shoe over and take a look on the bottom.  Here’s what you should be looking for:

The “V-Cleat” refers to a triangle piece that’s located on the heel of the shoe.  Here’s a picture from one of the pairs that I found:

V Cleat

The “5-Nail” is exactly what it sounds like – it’s 5 nails and they’re located on the middle of the soles.  Here’s what they look like:

5 Nail

To be honest, I’m not really sure what the purpose of these features are (I’m guessing it’s durability-related).  All I know is that these are the types of Florsheim shoes that you should be looking for.  I’ve recently sold two of these pairs for $49.99 each Buy-it-Now but I may try to use the auction-format the next time just to see what type of results I get.

Keep Expanding

These shoes are hanging out at your local thrift stores, I know they’re are!  And you didn’t have a reason to peruse through the shoe rack, well now you have one.

The goal is to slowly but surely expand you brand knowledge so that you have something to look for in every single aisle at the thrift store.  It may take some time but it’s definitely worth it and you’ll have a lot more fun in the process!

I’m constantly researching new brands so I’ll be sharing more valuable brands just like this one in the near future.  If you enjoyed this post or you know someone who might, please share, Like, and tweet – I really appreciate it!

Until then, keep crushing it at the thrift stores and on eBay!

Meinard

Finds of the Week (March 20, 2014)

It feels like a really long time since I wrote one of these posts and I really missed it!  As I mentioned in my previous, my Grandma was admitted to the hospital during the past week so my normal routine was thrown out of whack for a little while.

Good News/Bad News Situation

I always like to get rid of the bad news first so we’ll start with that.  The bad news was that I wasn’t able to visit the thrift stores as often I normally would during her stay at the hospital.  To be honest, I didn’t really care at all when I was there but I’m sure there were some great items that I missed during that time.

The good news, however, is that my Grandma’s recovery is going well and she has since been discharged!  Another great thing that happened during that week was that I continued to make sales on eBay (and generate income as well through Google AdSense and the Amazon Affiliate program) even though I wasn’t doing any work, it was basically left on autopilot!

In this posts, I wanted to share some of those sales during that week.  I’m also just about done putting the finishing touches on my next posts in which I’ll describe a type of dress shoe that I’ve been having great success with.  It should be posted in a few days!

In the mean time, I’ve been slowly getting back into the groove of things.  It feels great to get back into the thrift stores and I’m still finding some amazing stuff.  There’s are several seller promo’s going on through March so I’m definitely going to push hard these next 10 days and finish the month strong.

Thank you again for all your support and best of luck at the thrift stores!

Finds of the Week

Nike Running Shoes

Volt

Item Cost:  $6.99

BIN:  $34.99

Vintage Air Jordan Shorts

Jordan Elephant Shorts

Item Cost:  $6.99

BIN:  $39.99

Retro Air Jordan

Royal

Item Cost:  $8.99

BIN:  $49.99

Ralph Lauren Denim Jacket

BlanketItem Cost:  $5.99

Winning Bid:  $51.00