A Quick Hello and My Finds of the Week

I have a few more hours until I visit Savers and Goodwill for the weekend so I thought I would just drop a quick note and say “Hi”.  I hope you’re having an awesome and (hopefully) relaxing weekend in your neck of the woods.

I also wanted to give another huge “THANK YOU!” to Jim for allowing me to share his latest finds with you.  His follow-up email has given me a nice jolt of motivation this week and it’s led to some pretty amazing finds.  Thanks Jim!

This week I plan on changing the theme and overall look of the blog so don’t be alarmed if you visit the site and it’s completely different.  I’ve been using this current them ever since Day 1 and it’s definitely time for a change.  I’m also itching to do my 2nd Thrift Store Giveaway so be on the lookout for the announcement!

Have a great Sunday and I’ll talk to you soon.


Finds of the Week

Ecco Golf Shoes

I’ll definitely take a closer look at Golf shoes after this sale.

Ecco Golf Shoes

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $49.99

Vintage Air Jordan


Item Cost:  $8.99

Winning Bid:  $49.99

Rare Adult Swim Pants

This was my most memorable sale for the week – not because it was the most profitable, but because the pants were just so damn unique.  The colors we’re vibrant and the design/print (I’m still not really sure who that character is)  will definitely make the user stand out.

Adult Swim

Adult Swim 2

Item Cost:  $4.99

Winning Bid:  $49.99

Harley Davidson Shirts

Thanks to Jessica (@JMJ697MN) I learned that Sturgis, an annual American Motorcycle Rally, will be held on August 4-10th so now would be a great time to list all your Harley Davidson and other motorcycle-related gear on eBay.

Harley Lot

Item cost:  $6.99 each

Winning Bid:  $66.00

The Best Kind of Emails

Happy July 1st everyone – I hope you’re having an amazing week so far!  Can you believe how fast this year is moving?  Just like that, half the year is finished.  Hopefully you’ve had a great year so far and, I don’t know about you, but I’m planning on absolutely demolishing the rest of the year and finishing on a high note!  Joining me?!  I hope so!

To get the motivational ball rolling, I thought I’d share an update email (my absolute favorite type of emails)  I received a few days ago from Jim.   Jim was one of the earliest supporters of this blog and it was definitely great to hear from him again.  And, as you’re about to see, he’s been busy since we last spoke!  His email just filled me up with so much motivation and it was chock full of great sales and reselling advice that I just had to share it, with his permission of course.

So today, instead of sharing my Finds of the Week, I thought I would share of his instead.  Please enjoy and thanks again, Jim, for the extra shot of motivation and for letting me share your success stories with everyone!

Here’s the email:

” Hey Meinard.

Thought I would just say HI, haven’t spoke in a about a year, What you have tought me has made me a steady income.I think I bought your course like 2 or 3 years ago. Winter months are definitely better for me selling jackets, hoodies and ESPECIALLY Wool shirts, Pendleton, and Woolrich.  This has been an automatic $25 or more for each 1 find, paying $3 or $4,  even brands I never heard of were selling, it was so darn cold!lol!

This is something everyone can find at their thrift stores if they are in a part of the country with Winter!  Nooow I am stockpiling them for next winter.  I have 9 wool shirts stored away and 5 pairs of fleece or flannel lined pants. Each item I put away is $25 or more next winter. Nobody is buying flannel  or fleece lined pants now so I wait til they are 50% off every Wednesday at the Salvation Army in my area and pay $3 per pair. My Salvation army has 50% off 4 of the 5  colors every Wednesday.

Anyway, I love your weekly blog and I am on the lookout for those Nike blue tag shirts!  I haven’t found any of those Florsheim shoes you described yet.
I make about $300-$500 during the Summer I am guessing, and Winter time(Sept-April) like $800_$1200 month profit!
Like you say, You have to keep expanding your search. I really don’t sell any women’s clothing as they just don’t have any high end items like you find.  Sunday is definitely my best day too. I got 2 more bids while writing this letter. I just sold that Swt Sean john denim jacket for $40 and I got $16 bid on a pair of American Eagle plaid patchwork shorts (pd $2)! 

Thank you,


Jim’s recent sales

New Ecko Ultd Sriped Shirt

Item Cost:  $3

Wining Bid:  $17.99

Vintage New York Yankees Athletic Jersey

Item Cost:  $3

Winning Bid:  $19.99

Bernie Williams Youth Jersey

Item cost:  $2

Winning Bid:  $19.99

Adidas Kevin Durant Jersey

Item Cost:  $1.25

Winning Bid:  $21.99

The North Face Jacket

Item Cost:  $6

Winning Bid:  $31.00

Fox Racing Moto Shirt

Item Cost:  $2

Winning Bid:  $24.99

Aeropostale Bowery Distressed Jeans

Item Cost:  $3

Winning Bid:  $25.99

Sean John Denim Jacket

Item Cost:  $10

Winning Bid:  $39.99

Under Around Men’s Hoodie and Sweatpants Set

Item Cost:  $3

Winning Bid:  $31.99

Izod Lacoste Plaid Golf Jacket

Item Cost:  $6

Winning Bid:  $38.99

Vintage Scottie Pippen Chicago Bulls Jersey

(This item sold in 1 hour!)

Item Cost:  $2

Winning Bid:  $39.99

I Wish the Weekend Lasted 5 Days!

I absolutely love the weekends!  I mean, who doesn’t right?!

But while most people look forward to 2-days of relaxing and spending time with family and friends,  I’m actually thinking how much money I can make on eBay!

In all my years on eBay, the weekends  – Sunday’s especially – are still the busiest and most active selling days.  It never fails.  I don’t know if there’s any hard data to back this up but it just seems that way to me.  This is the reason why I always make sure to have EVERYTHING listed in time for the weekend and why, if at all possible, I always try to end my auctions on Sunday night – even if means resorting to using 3 – and 5 – day auctions.

This Past Weekend Was AWESOME!

There’s no other way to describe it.  Not only did my auctions do well, but every buyer paid immediately; it was weird, it seemed like everyone was on their best behavior.  Not that I’m complaining or anything :)

On top of that, my Buy-It-Now (BIN) auctions were also hitting so it created a situation where it seems like my eBay app was making that “Cha-Ching” sound all day long (well, that’s how I imagined it anyway lol).

It was a great weekend and I was absolutely sad to see it end.

There’s definitely been an upswing in sales and bids recently on eBay and I know that several of you have had similar experiences.  That’s music to my ears and hopefully this is a trend that will continue.

I’ve been hitting the thrift stores pretty hard the past few days and I’ve been rewarded with some nice sales.

I’m also on the lookout this week for my next Thrift Store Giveaway prize so be on the lookout for the announcement.  I’m hoping to do another one REALLY soon!

In the meantime, I hope you guys are crushing it on eBay and beyond!

Talk to you soon,


Finds of the Week

Vintage Nike Air Jordan


Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $24.99

Shady LTD “History in the Making” Hoodie

This is another brand that you should definitely keep an eye on.  I try to stay away from most Hip-Hop brands (Rocawear, Sean John, FUBU, etc) but I make an exception with this one.  Shady LTD is rapper Eminem’s brand and they’ve been, by far, the most successful Hip-Hop brand for me.  His hoodies have sold pretty well thus far.

Shady Hoodie

Item Cost:  $4.99

BIN:  $27.99

Army Fatigue Cargo Shorts


Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $41.00

Asics Women’s Running Shoes

Running shoes are quickly becoming one of my biggest sellers.  Unlike basketball which is basically dominated by Nike and Air Jordan, running has a wide selection of popular brands for athletes to choose from and each brand has a loyal following.  This particular shoe has logged in a considerable amount of miles (it even had a stain on the toe box) and it still was able to sell for a great price!


Item Cost:  $6.99

BIN:  $49.99

Discover this amazing brand in My Thrift Store Reseller Guide

There’s a good reason why this brand made my “Top Thrift Store Items to Resell List” on my eBook – it’s really that popular and easy to sell!  I sold both of these items within 1-2 days of listing them – the vest on the 21st and the jacket earlier this morning –  and they’ve been practically a guaranteed $50 whenever I find them (depending on the condition, of course).



Item Cost:  Vest -$6.99, Jacket – $8.99

BIN:  $49.99

Nascar Leather Racing Jacket

JH Design

Item Cost:  $12.99

BIN:  $59.99

How To Spot a $100 Nike T-Shirt


I’m always stressing the importance of expanding your brand knowledge.  If you just can’t seem to find anything at the thrift stores or if you’re eBay sales have slowed, then one of the best ways to break out of this rut and increase your sales is by expanding and widening your search during your treasure-hunts.

A few weeks ago I shared one of my favorite brands of dress shoes to look and it was great to hear that many of you have found and sold your own pair since then!

One that note, I want to share another valuable thrift store item that you should definitely be on the lookout for.  They’re worth a lot of money, but – and this should come as no surprise – you need to put in some work to find them.  Luckily, we thrifters are no stranger to that :)

It’s All Because of Running

Running has become somewhat of an obsession of mine for over a year now.  And if you’ve been following this blog then you know that I ran my very 1st Marathon in December 2013 (the Honolulu Marathon), I’m even more obsessed with running shoes than I am with basketball shoes (my running brand of choice is Skechers, which I find interesting since I always assumed it would be Nike or Asics), and I got into the habit of running 2-3 miles, 6 times a week (resting on Sundays).

So what that this have to do with finding a $100 Nike T-Shirt at the thrift stores?  A lot, actually.

You see, before Nike became the brand that Michael Jordan (and other elite athletes) have built, it was primarily a running and track & field company.  That was their primary focus.  It seems strange to think of that way because Nike has been an athlete-driven company (as oppose to a sport-driven company) for as long as I can remember.

These shirts are a reminder of that long-forgotten time in the company’s history so if you’re lucky enough to find a shirt from this pre-Air Jordan era than it could potentially be worth a lot of money eBay.

A Word of Warning

So why the heck did this plain looking shirt sell for a $100 recently?!

Nike Blue TagThat’s a great question.

But before I share with you how to spot these valuable t-shirts, I think it’s worth mentioning this important point one last time:  it’s not going to be easy!

It’s not that they super-duper rare or anything  (I actually found several of these vintage t-shirts already),   it’s because it’s going  to take a lot of time and effort to peruse through a rack of shirts.

By comparison, looking through jackets and shoes is a walk in the park because they’re typically spaced out enough that you can just “eyeball” it and still manage to spot a find or two.

But t-shirts, on the other hand, are a different story.  They’re packed together so tightly that you’re almost required to (painfully) look through each individual one if you want to find one of these items.

I’m just letting you know ahead of time that it might take some effort.  But on the bright side,  if you’re willing to put in the work then you also stand to reap the benefits!

Tag Your It!

The key to finding to finding these vintage T-shirts is the dark blue size tag that Nike used on all their items during this era (hence the name “Nike Blue Tag Shirts”).  Here’s a close-up of what they look like:

Nike Blue Tag4

And here’s are several auctions that recently ended:

Nike Blue Tag5

Nike Blue Tag6

Runners and track & field athletes go crazy over these shirts and they’re worth a lot of money (depending on the condition and graphics on the shirt).  Nike even used these blue labels on several Air Jordan gear before he became a brand himself, and those are worth some good money on the resale market as well.

Here’s a recent shirt that sold for $300!

Air Jordan Blue Tag

So what’s the secret to finding these?

Well, it’s the “secret” to success in just about any endeavor:  hard-work and perseverance.  If you’re willing to put in the time to look through the t-shirts at your local thrift store then you may just be rewarded with a  $100 sale on eBay.  I hope you’re up for it!

Good luck and please let me know if you come across any of these shirts at your local thrift stores – I’d love to hear about it!


Finds of the Week (June 16, 2014)

I think most people won’t share my sentiments but I’m just going to say it anyways:  I love Mondays!

There, I said it!

While everyone else is dreading getting out of bed to go to work, I’m actually excited to get up at 5am in the morning to get my coffee, turn on the computer, and get the day started.  Why the rosy outlook on Monday’s, you ask?

Part of Your WorldWell, the weekend just ended so that means I just spent time with family and friends who otherwise work during the week – that’s always a plus!  This past Saturday, I went to sing Karaoke with some friends that I’ve known since the 5th grade.  I’m not going to say how long ago that was but I will say that these are friends that I’ve known for  LOOOOOOOOONG time, so there wasn’t any shyness about singing my favorite Disney song as a child (“A Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid”).  It was definitely a good time!

Not only that, but the weekends are busy time on eBay so I’m usually riding a wave of auctions ending and payments being received which always gets the motivational juices going.  Plus, every Monday is 25% off at Savers (at my local stores anyway and hopefully it’s the same for yours) so it’s usually a big thrifting day for me and it’s a great way to get the sales week started!

Plus, I’m smiling just a little bit more today because the San Antonio Spurs just defeated the Miami Heat yesterday to win the NBA championship (sorry, I’m not really a big fan of the Heat).  Although, I would’ve liked for the Heat to win only because it will drive up the price of the Nike LeBron IX’s that Oliver just won from my 1st Thrift Store Reseller Giveaway.

I’m off to Savers later today to take advantage of their discounts.  Good luck with your treasure-hunting today and I hope your Monday is off to a great start.

Here are some of my latest eBay sales, please enjoy!


Finds of the Week

Honda Racing Shirt

Honda Shirt

Item Cost:  $4.99

Winning Bid:  $26.00

Skechers Walking Shoes

Skechers GoWalk

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $29.49

Asics Neon Running Shoes

Asics Gel Noosa

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $33.00

Harrington Plaid Jacket

Harrington Plaid

Item Cost:  $6.99

Buy-It-Now:  $59.99

Vintage Nike Kobe’s

 Nike Kobe pop

Item Cost:  $7.99

Buy-It-Now:  $59.99

Check out My Thrift Store Reseller Guide to discover my Step-By-Step Guide to finding Valuable Nike’s just like these!

And the Winner is…


First, let me just say a big “THANK YOU” to everyone who entered my very 1st Thrift Store Giveaway!  It was a lot of fun and I had a great time reading about all of your amazing sales in the comment section.

If you didn’t get a chance to read them yet (and if you’re looking for a quick motivational boost), I highly recommend that you take a minute and check out the comment section of my previous post to discover what other resellers are having success with.

Board games, overcoats, faux fur jackets, Diecast toy cars, a US Marine Embassy shirt, Mickey Mouse sheets, and even a hearing aid that sold for $300 – these are all great sellers and it just goes to show that there are SOOOOOO many different types of items that you can profit from at the thrift store!

That being said, I’m happy to announce that the winner of the Nike Lebron IX sneakers is…drumroll please…Entry #9, Oliver!

Oliver, congratulations and I hope you enjoy the Nike LeBron’s!

If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry – I plan of having a lot more of these Giveaways so you’ll get another chance soon.

Thanks again to everyone who participated and best of luck this weekend at the thrift stores!



GiveAway Time!! Who Wants FREE STUFF?!

It’s GiveAway time!!

Many of you have sent me messages and/or commented on how you wish you could have some of the thrift store items that I’ve found, and now here’s your chance.  This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a very long time and I’m really excited to (finally) get it underway!

What Are You Giving Away?

I’m guessing this is the question that most of you are thinking right now so let’s just get this one out of the way first.

Because this is my 1st GiveAway and because these were the 1st group of items that I started reselling on eBay, I though it would be fitting giving away a pair of these:  the Nike LeBron 9 IX’s!!

Here’s some pics: Lebronix





These shoes are youth size 2.5 so they’re perfect for any young Lebron fans that you know. They have the usual signs of wear that you would expect from a thrift store item (scuffs and creases on the soles and toe box, and the a Nike sign on the left pair is faded) but you should still be able to get a good price if you plan to resell them on eBay.

Plus, the NBA Finals are about to start so there should be a lot of Lebron and Miami Heat fans who are scrolling through eBay right now.

Here’s some recent auctions that just ended:

Lebron IX completed listings

I can’t guarantee that you’ll get similar results, but if these guys sold their pair for that price then why can’t you?

Is it FREE to Enter?

It’s ABSOLUTELY FREE to enter and you don’t have to spend a single dime!  I’ll even pay for the postage to mail the shoes (US only, no International shipping)!

To enter, please scroll down to locate the entry form on the bottom of this post.  Simply sign in with your Facebook account or email address and complete one or all of the following (further instructions found on the Giveaway Form found on the bottom of this post):

  • Follow me on Twitter
  • Retweet a Message
  • Leave a comment on this blog post.

Each one counts as one (1) entry so the more you do, the higher you chances of winning.  That’s it, and you will automatically be entered to win!  A random winner will be selected at the end of the GiveAway and the shoes will be shipped as soon as the winner’s shipping address is confirmed.

(Note:  I will be contacting the winner via email to confirm shipping address, so please use an email address that you frequently check.  If I can’t confirm a shipping address or if the original winner isn’t responding to emails, another winner will be selected.)


I have met some amazing people through this blog and hearing all of your success stories has given so much inspiration and motivation to continue doing what I’m doing.   This GiveAway is just a small token of my appreciation and I hope to run many more of these events in the near future.

Thank you again for all your support and encouragement, and good luck!!


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Finds of the Week (May 30, 2014) [Updated]

[I just added a new item in the Finds of the Week section.  The buyer paid immediately after the post went live]

The Show Must Go On

With all the recent events that transpired, it’s definitely been an interesting month on eBay land.  Hopefully we’ve all taken the necessary steps to protect our information online as a result of the data breach (seriously, if you haven’t changed your password by now, what exactly are you waiting for?) and as for the Google Penalty…well, there’s nothing that WE can really do about that.  That’s all on eBay.

So at this point, there’s really nothing left for sellers to do but acknowledge that these events occurred and just move on.  The month of May was definitely a down month for me in terms of sales but I’m not ready to blame that entirely on these recent events – I also lost about a 10 days of sales because of my recent trip and I haven’t visited the thrift stores as often as I normally do because of other obligations.  But that’s about to change soon.  I plan on hitting the thrift stores really hard these next days and I’m really focusing on getting my activity level up again.

Despite the dip in sales, I still had some pretty great sales and I’m sure you guys did as well.  I had a bunch of NBA and basketball related auctions that did really well (probably because the NBA Playoffs in on right now).   Lately I’ve been finding some really great NFL gear as well, so I’m eagerly awaiting for the start of the season so those rabid fans can wake from their hibernation and start opening their wallets again in support of their teams.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy this weeks finds.  If the month of May was a great month for you, congratulations and keep it up!  If you know you can do better (like me), then let’s pick ourselves up and DO THE WORK!

Have a great weekend!


Finds of the Week

Superdry Button L/S Shirt


Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $24.99

Asics Women’s Running Shoes

(FYI, brightly colored shoes are great sellers)


Item cost:  $4.99

Winning Bid:  $33.00

Vintage Yao Ming Jersey


Item cost:  $6.99

BIN:  $39.99

Nike Running Shoes

(You would recognize these shoes if you signed up for my FREE 2-Week Mini Course)


Item cost:  $4.99

Winning Bid:  $40.50

Vintage Kobe Bryant Jersey


Item cost:  $2.99

Winning Bid:  $48.02

eBay Needs to Weather the Storm

Bounce Back Mode

Rough RoadIt goes without saying that eBay is HUGE part of what I do online.  There’s no way I would’ve achieved all the success that I’ve had without leveraging the traffic and exposure that the company provides.

So when I read about all the bad news and press that eBay has been garnering lately, I’m going to be honest – it’ makes me a little worried.  Okay, a lot actually!

You may or may not have heard but eBay has been negatively affected by two (2) serious events:  a massive data breach and Google penalizing them for bad search engine optimization (SEO).

Security Concerns and Inadequate Response

Earlier this week, the company announced that as many as 145 MILLION of their customer’s data – including names, phone numbers, addresses, and passwords – have been compromised.  As of now, financial information is not on the list of compromised data but that doesn’t make me feel any better at all and neither should you.  The possibility of identity-theft is definitely a cause for concern and it can takes months or years even to reverse the effects.

If you haven’t done so already, I would strongly recommend that you change your passwords immediately.  If you go to the eBay website, there should be instructions on how to do just that.

Not only is the company receiving negative press for losing all this data, they’re also being questioned for their unorganized and lackadaisical response.  Apparently, the data breach occurred sometime in February or March and only now have they been aware of it.  Furthermore, once they did acknowledge the possibility of a cyberattack, it took weeks for them to start emailing their user base about it.

In fact, I actually heard about it on Twitter and Yahoo before I received any official news from eBay themselves.  I finally received my notification on Thursday, May 23rd but there are still some users who haven’t received their notice and, worse yet, maybe don’t even know that their information was potentially stolen.

Decreased Search Engine Rankings


Another issue that eBay is dealing with recently is the punishment they received from Google for their internet practices.

Wait, why should eBay care about Google?

Google is the biggest search engine in the world and millions of internet users use their site everyday looking for information and products.  It would make sense then that a company like eBay would profit tremendously from the search engine traffic that can be generated from Google.  For example, if I need a dog leash and I type “cheap dog leash” in the search box, it would be beneficial for eBay to be on the top of that search result.  They are millions of motivated buyers doing the same thing, after all.

On the other hand, Google is also a business and it’s their job to provide the best and most relevant information to users of their site.  As a result, their search results are designed to reward high-quality and engaging content.  Because they’re a well-known and established company, eBay has enjoyed favorable rankings in Google search results despite having very thin content and some unusual advertising practices.

But that all changed about a week ago as, according to searchengineland.com, as many as 120,000 eBay pages have lost their rankings and this accounts for 80% of their organic traffic.  Google doesn’t comment on these things so we can’t officially  know why eBay’s rankings have dropped, but those who follow SEO believe it’s because of the lack of content in their site (it’s mainly just ads and things for sale) as well as their poor advertising practices.

For example, check out some of these ads.  Dynamic Keyword Insertion, or DKI, is an advertising tool that allows company’s to place a user’s search term directly on an ad and it’s lead to some pretty interesting ads from the company.  Interesting, but I guess Google is no longer amused.  Check out these examples:

Heads ad 2Vomit Ad s

Time to Rally

Kobe(I know I’ve used this image before but I think it still relates…Go Lakers!!)

Can the company recover from all this?  Of course they can!  I need them to – my sales depend on it!

I may not agree with all their policies but I’m still a huge fan of the company and I want their site to continue to grow and do well.  Thanks to the data breach, regaining consumer trust will be a big issue moving forward and I hope they take the necessary steps (immediately) to do just that, whether it’s improving their security or offering some sort of identity-theft protection similar to what Target did recently.

The Google penalty is troublesome but I’m hoping that eBay won’t be affected too much by since they’re already a well-established company.  Plus, I think most people already know to check out the site for deals without Google having to remind them.  I guess only time will tell and we’ll just have to see how the lost in rankings will affects the company’s bottom line.

Before I go, I just want to remind you one more time to please change your password if you haven’t done so already.  It only takes a few minutes and it could potentially save you a ton of headaches.

Hope you’re having an amazing weekend.  C’mon eBay, time to rally!


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!


Finds of the Week

Patagonia Sweater

I really like the print on this sweater!


Item cost: $4.99

Winning Bid: $28.49

A Rare Gap Sale


Item cost:  $6.99

Buy-it-Now:  $34.99

Brooks Walking Shoe


Item Cost:  $7.99

Winning Bid:  42.00

The Kobe photo courtesy of theshopblog.net