Thrift Store Items You Can Resell on eBay (1/11/2014)

frustrated kobeWith the holiday season in the rear view mirror and daily life starting to (somewhat) get back to normal, it feels like a great time to get back into the groove of things and start sharing some of my thrift store finds.

I hope you took advantage of the holiday rush and you made some serious moves during that time.  I was definitely riding a nice wave of sales but, unfortunately, what goes up must eventually come down.

I don’t know if it’s because I’m comparing it to the rush of the holiday season but it sure feel like sales have slow down a little.  I’m still making daily trips to the post office but the eBay fishes aren’t biting like they used to.

Luckily, eBay just announced another promotion (200,000 free auction-listings from January 11-21) which will hopefully jump-start some sales again.  I’ve been thrifting like crazy the past two days and I’ve found some great stuff along the way.  I just about finished taking pictures and I’m just waiting for the promo to start so I can take advantage of the free listings.

In the mean time, it’s not all bad news – except for the Lakers losing YET another game by like 50 million points!  Take your time and get well Kobe; no point rushing back to this mess!  But I digress.

Like I said, it’s not all bad news on the eBay front.  I’ve still made some great sales and I’m confident that this upcoming promo is just what I need to get the bids rolling again.

Until next time, have a great weekend and good luck at the thrift stores!

-Meinard

Finds of the Week

Nike Kobe Bryant

Pop

Item cost:  $6.99

BIN Price:  $39.99

 Hello Kitty Boots

Hello Kitty

Item Cost:  $9.99

Winning Offer:  $41.23

 Check out the FREE 2-Week Mini-Course to Learn More about this Great Brand of Hiking Boots!!

Combat

Item Cost:  $6.99

BIN Price:  $49.99

My Goals for 2014

ResolutionsIt’s been a while since I last posted so let me first start off by saying Happy New Year to you and your family!  I hope you’re in good spirits and already a few days closer to achieving your goals for 2014!

This is the New Year’s Resolution post that I intended to write on…wait for it…yup, New Years!  However, I was hit with a cold or flu or something that pretty much knocked me out for the first two days of the year.  Not the start I wanted to have but I’m feeling much better and ready to forge ahead with another great year.

One of the many great things that I love about January 1st is that it offers us a great vantage point in our lives; it allows us the opportunity to not only reminisces about the past year but to also look ahead at the possibilities of the upcoming one.

2013 was without a doubt an AMAZING year for me on eBay but I’m expecting even bigger and better things in 2014!

So what exactly do I hope to accomplish this year?

Well, if I can sum up my goals in one word it would be this:  Expansion!

To call this my New Year’s Resolution would be a little inappropriate because this is a strategy that I’ve actually been implementing for several months now.

For example:

-I recently opened another eBay store (that makes two now) and each store now has over 1000+ positive feedbacks.  This was something that I’ve wanted to accomplish for a while now and I’m hoping it will increase buyer confidence and eventually sales.

-I’ve increased my monthly sales goal to $10,000 per month (read about it here).  This is HUGE undertaking to say the least and it’s definitely going to take some time (and some hard work) to accomplish but I’m already starting to see improvement in my sales and I’m optimistic that it can be done because of my next point which is…

-The number of thrift store brands and items that I look for has skyrocketed!  Those of you who purchased my Updated Reseller Guide (thank you so much for the support!!) should now have something valuable to search for in just about every corner of the store.  And you know what?  I’m still expanding into different niches including women’s athletic apparel (potential Update Alert) where I’ve already found several gems including these.

By the way, finding these items were well worth the “weird” looks I received because I was looking through the women’s section lol!

Studio Pants

Sold for $41.00

Sports Bra

 Sold for $36.00

My Pet Projects for 2014:  Multiple Streams of Income

Multiple Streams

 

Continuing with “Expansion” theme of this post,  the two projects that I’ll be spending a lot of time with this year are Google Adsense and the Amazon Affiliate Program.

Adsense is a program operated by Google and it allows website owners to earn revenue by allowing Google to run targeted ads on their site.  Basically, you earn revenue every time someone visits your site and clicks on your ads.  I’ve been trying this on the side for several months now and my biggest earnings so far was actually this past December where I earned $206.20.

The Amazon Affiliate program is another free program which allows you to market and promote any of the millions of products sold on Amazon.  You earn a referral fee (commission) any time someone purchases a product through a personal affiliate link that Amazon provides.  So far my biggest month earning has been $27.

There are two (2) reasons why I decided to branch out into different programs:

  1.  It’s good to diversify.  Ebay is a great way to make money online but there are many more opportunities available.  There are thousands of people just like us who are enjoying tremendous success on these other programs so why not us right?
  2. I like the idea of passive income.  The hard work for many of my sites (website creation, article writing, posting, etc) has already been finished months ago and they’re still earning revenue to this day.  The goal now is to build as many of these sites as possible!

Reselling thrift store items on eBay is still my #1 priority and I don’t see that changing anytime soon – it’s just way too fun and profitable!  However, I do see the massive potential in Google Adsense and the Amazon Affiliate Program.

This is how I see my days playing out:  I’m most productive in the morning so I’ll be using that time to visit thrift stores and list items on eBay.  The late afternoon and evenings, however, will be spent writing, researching, and overall just trying to improve myself in these two endeavors.

My goal is to eventually earn $1,500 per month from EACH of these programs by the end of the year!  As you can see, I have a LOOOOOOOONNNG way to go but I’m excited by it.  Having multiple streams of income will also make it easier to reach my ultimate goal of earning $10,000 per month.

So that’s what I’m doing this year.  How about you?  What are you excited about?  What goals are you looking to achieve?  Challenges you want to overcome?  I’d love to hear them!

Thanks again for all your support and here’s to an AMAZING 2014!!

Cheers!

Meinard

Finish Strong

Finish StrongAs of this writing, there’s about a week remaining until Christmas morning.  That means there’s only a few days left to take advantage of willing buyers, an increase in spending, and a great opportunity to make some extra income!

I know the weather’s getting a little colder (even by Hawai’i standards), plus family is all around, and the easy thing to do would be to just relax and let 2013 wind down.  That’s fine and great, but I just want to let you know that if you don’t take advantage of the Christmas Season on eBay then there’s a good chance you will regret it.

Maybe not now, but you will come January, February, and March when holiday bills are starting to take effect and buyers are not as care-free with their spending.  Sales will take a little dip, they always have every single year (for me anyway).

So while you can, visit the thrift store as many times as you can and list as many items as you possibly can.  If I’m not mistaken, eBay is currently running a seller’s promotion for 100,000 free listings until December 24th.  I don’t know about you but definitely taking advantage of that!

If you’ve been thinking about selling thrift store items on eBay, NOW is the perfect time to start!

There are a lot resources here to help get you started.  You can check out my popular Finds of the Week post (I’ve been writing these post for years now and I’ve shared a lot of great sales) and you can also sign up for my FREE 2-Week Mini-Course which provides more in-depth training on how you can find some of my favorite thrift store brands and items.

Lastly, my recently updated Ultimate Guide to Thrift Store Reselling shares all the brands and items that I look for, plus all the techniques that I use on a daily basis to help me earn some great income on eBay.

It doesn’t matter which option you choose, the most important thing is that you TAKE ACTION these next couple of days and list as many items as possible – you won’t regret it!

It was a week of great sales for me highlighted by yet another great hoodie costume mask that I found.  And if you thought my previous hoodie masks were great, then you’re definitely going to like this one!

Take care and best of luck at the thrift stores!

-Meinard

Finds of the Week

New Balance Running Shoes

NewBalance

Item Cost:  $6.99

BIN:  $49.99

Vintage Nike Lebron James

Lebron

Item Cost:  $7.99

BIN:  $99.99

Friday the 13th Jason Hockey Hoodie Mask

I wanted to keep this one but it was impossible for me to past up the sale.  Plus, when was I going to wear it anyway – at a Christmas holiday party?! Regardless, this is an awesome looking hoodie!!

Jason

 Item Cost:  $6.99

BIN:  $124.99

Finds of the Week plus Marathon Success!

Finish LineAs I mentioned in my previous post, I was a little (okay, A LOT) anxious about the Honolulu Marathon which took place on Sunday, December 8th.  I’ll be honest and admit that I wasn’t prepared for it and, being that it was my first time, I was unsure about what to expect from the course.

But as the fireworks started and the race began, all those anxieties and doubts vanished rather quickly.  In its place was excitement and adventure, and there were supporters in EVERY mile of the course providing encouragement and refreshments along the way.  Pretzels never tasted so good!

It was a challenge no doubt.  In fact, there was even someone who suffered a heart attack and collapsed to the ground in front of me and my brother on the 23rd mile.  My brother, who’s a nurse, couldn’t feel a pulse so he quickly began applying chest compressions until the paramedics arrived; which took surprisingly long, about 15-20 minutes.

My brother and the others who took turns with the compressions were never able to regain a steady pulse but hopefully the paramedics had better luck on the ambulance.  It was a surreal sight, I hope everything turned out well for him.

I was able to finish the course in 6 hours and 41 minutes and I couldn’t have been more relieved to see that Finish Line.  It wasn’t the best time (by comparison, the winner finished in 2 hours and 18 minutes) but the thrill of finishing still was an amazing feeling!

Thank you so much for your support and encouragement, and for helping me to finally achieve this goal!!

-Meinard

Finds of the Week

Demetre Virgin Wool Ugly Sweater

Demetre

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  22.50

I’ve been trying to sell this sweater for months with no success.  I even went down to $9.99 BIN and still no action.  The moment I added the term “Ugly Sweater” in the description then all of a sudden the number of watchers jumped.  If you have an item that can even remotely be considered an “Ugly Sweater” then I would highly recommend just adding it to the title description.  It’s worth a shot!

Vintage Atlanta Falcons Jacket

Atlanta

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $39.99

Philadelphia Phillies Hoodie Jacket

Phillies

Item Cost:  $6.99

BIN:  $49.99

26.2 Reasons To Be Distracted

    Let me start by saying that I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving dinner and a great (and hopefully safe) time shopping on Black Friday – it was pretty civil in my area except for a few reported scuffles at Wal-Mart.  Nonetheless, I hope you’re having a wonderful start to the Christmas Season!

    I also want to apologize for the lack of updates recently.  I try to update the blog and my Twitter account (@thrift_reseller) with some of my recent finds but an upcoming event has a strangle-hold on attention span recently:  the Honolulu Marathon!

    Honolulu marathonYup, the Honolulu Marathon starts on December 8th at 5am, bright and early!  26.2 miles of tortuous -albeit, scenic – roads that starts and ends at our Kapiolani Park.

    I wish I could say that I was excited about the race, but I think the term “anxious” is more appropriate.  I actually signed up for this race back in January (seriously, Where Did the Time Go?!) and now it’s just a few days away.  It’s my first attempt at a Marathon so that’s reason enough to be a little nervous.  Plus, I wished I trained harder and ran a lot more miles leading up to it.

    But I’m always ready for a good challenge and no doubt this is going to be one.

    There are however a few positives heading into the race: 1)  Walkers are welcome – that’s me! (partly, anyway),  2) there’s no time-limit to finish the race (last years race took 14 hours to officially end), and 3) I’m hoping that the rush of the crowd (over 20,00 have signed-up) will be enough to see me through the hard times when it feels like my knees are about to explode!

    Until then, I’m just trying to hydrate and stay off my feet as much as possible – thrift store visits not included :)

    In the meantime, here are some of my recent sales from this past week.  I definitely noticed an up-stick of bids and sales during Black Friday weekend so hopefully you caught some of that as well.

    Enjoy and wish me luck this Sunday!

    -Meinard

    Finds of the Week

    Quaker Factory Christmas Vest

    CandyCase

    Item Cost:  $6.99

    Winning Bid:  $27.49

    I was hoping to get a little more for this vest but I’m still happy with the results.  I have another one that I’ll probably use a BIN price for instead.  I’ll keep you updated!

    This is just one of the Many New Brands included in the Updated Reseller Guide!

    Travel

    Item cost:  $2.99

    Winning Bid:  $31.00

    Dingo Cowboy Boots

    dingo

    Item Cost:  $6.99

    Winning Bid:  $39.99 (aka The Goldilock Price Point)

    Asics Neon Running Shoes

    Lite

    Item cost:  $6.99

    Winning Bid:  $53.00

Happy Thanksgiving!!

No thrift store finds today.  No tips or updates.

I just want to take a quick moment to say “Happy Thanksgiving” and big “THANK YOU!” for all your support!

I hope you have an amazing day with family and friends, wherever in the world you may be!

Okay, maybe just a couple of thrift store finds :)

Cheers!!

-Meinard

Finds of the Week

Eddie Bauer Cardigan

Bauer Cardigan

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $28.00

Infant Air Jordan

ivmilitary

Item Cost:  $2.99

BIN:  $34.99

Polo Ralph Lauren SweatSuit

PRL Suit

Item Cost:  $12.99

Winning Bid:  $41.99

Finds of the Week Plus a Few Holiday Tips

Where Did The Time Go?

Time FliesWhen I was younger, I remember laughing at my parents during every holiday season because they would always say “I can’t believe it’s Christmas again.  Where did the time go?”  It never fails.

But now, as I’ve gotten older, I can totally understand what they’re coming from.  I mean, think about it, in about a week it’s Thanksgiving again and then it’s Christmas and New Year’s right around the corner.  Seriously, where did the time go?

Not that I’m complaining, of course – I love the Holiday Season!

And not just because of all the fun, family gatherings and the amazing food but because, if you stay focused, the Holiday Season can be one of the most successful times of the year for any eBay seller!

Why?

Well, in about a week an amazing thing will happen in the minds of millions of people.  Almost magically, everyone will turn into “consumer-mode” as soon as they finished eating their turkey.  Heck,  some people are getting a head start – some folks are already lining up outside of Best Buy just to get the best deals!

These are the folks that I want to get my items in front of because many of the inhibitions about spending seem to vanish during this time of year.  The good news is that there’s still plenty of time to get yourself ready and earn some serious cash during these next few weeks.

So before I share my latest Finds of the Week, I thought I would share some quick tips to get you ready for the holidays.

Keep Your Activity Level Up

Between all the family gatherings, office parties, and large meals being eaten, it can be tough to find time and energy to visit the thrift stores and list items on eBay.

I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with enjoying what the holiday’s have to offer, but just know that you’re missing out on a lot, and I mean A LOT, of potential sales.

I highly encourage you to keep up your visits to the thrift stores.  In fact, if it’s possible, I suggest you even INCREASE your visits!

Here’s why:  a lot of people are expecting to receive a lot of new electronics/clothes/shoes in the next few weeks so they’ll be eager to donate a lot of their older stuff to make room.  This activity has probably already started in your area and you can expect it to continue until January 2014.

Avoid the Lines at the Post Office

Waiting in line at the post office has got to be one of the worst things about being a reseller.  My local post office is under-staffed so there’s already a long wait during normal traffic, so can you imagine what it’s going to be like when the holiday rush starts?!  Not pretty.

If it’s anything like the past few years, there’s usually a line of 10-15 people already waiting before the doors even open and it’s common to wait for 45mins and up to an hour just to get to the front of the line.

I don’t know about you but I’d rather spend that time visiting the thrift stores and making even more money.  So if you haven’t done so already, sign-up for a USPS Click-N-Ship account and start printing your postage at home.  You can skip the line entirely, drop your package at the assigned bin, and then your off to the thrift stores to find even more stuff!

Use Buy-It-Now Auctions

If you thought people were busy during earlier in the year, wait until the holidays roll around!  It seems as if there’s always something that needs to be done and, unfortunately, a lot of folks don’t have the time to wait seven days for an auction to complete.  They would just rather buy it now and get it over with.

I’m not suggesting you abandon auction-style listings altogether, but if you’re having trouble deciding on a format to use then I would lean more towards BIN’s for the next couple of weeks.

Ugly Sweaters

If there ever was a time to sell ugly sweaters, this would be it!

Check out this “beauty” that someone on eBay just sold for $103.50!

ugly sweater

There are tons of family parties and office gatherings during the holidays and people will spend top dollar on the brightest, loudest, and ugliest sweaters you can find.  The brand doesn’t matter and neither does the fabric or design, if it will make them stand out then they’ll buy it!

I know that some of you are already seeing a nice increase in sales leading up to Thanksgiving.  Congratulations!

If you have any other tips that you would like to share please leave them in the comment area.  Let’s all make this the best Holiday Season yet!

Thanks again and please enjoy these recent finds as well.  Cheers!

-Meinard

 Finds of the Week

Infant Air Jordan’s

Citrus

Item Cost:  $2.99

BIN:  $39.99

Icon Motorcycle Boots

Moto

Item Cost:  $9.99

BIN:  $59.99

SAO Snakeskin Boots

Sao

Item Cost:  $6.99

BIN:  $69.99

Got A Negative Feedback But Still A Great Week!

    Yes, unfortunately I received a negative feedback from a buyer this week.  To be honest, if the negative feedback was the result of a mistake that I made then I would have absolutely no problem with it.  I’m man enough to say that it was my fault and accept the consequences.

    But the frustrating thing is that many of the negative feedbacks I receive are a result of buyers not fulfilling their end of the bargain; as a seller it’s my job to describe the item as best as possible and it’s the buyers responsibility to look read and look at the ENTIRE description.

    This was the item that I received a negative feedback for:

    Fireberry

    According to the buyer (who’s a newbie with 4 feedbacks) , “They look a lot better on the picture than they do in person!”

    All my pictures are un-altered and I don’t use any special lighting of any kind, just natural sunlight.  Plus, I specifically said that there are scuffs and creases from use and I included nine (9) pictures of every angle of the shoes.  And still I get a negative feedback.  Very frustrating!

    After I calmed down a bit (it’s hard not to take these negative feedbacks a little personally) I replied to her feedback so that other buyers can see my side of the story when they look at my feedback history.  By the way,  I highly recommend doing this also so that potential buyers can hear from both sides and it’s not so one-sided (click here to learn how to respond to feedback you received).

    I also sent her a message stating that I was sorry that she was upset about the item and I reminded her that she still has the option of returning the shoes for a full refund.  I never received a reply.  Which makes me wonder, “How bad could it have been if you chose to still keep it?”

    I also called customer-service as a last ditch effort to get the feedback removed but no luck.  I was able to successfully remove 2 negative feedbacks in the past but that streak is over.  So for now, I have this ugly blemish on my feedback history that just sticks out like a sore thumb.  Thankfully, someone just left a positive feedback so it’s been pushed down the list and it’s not at the very top.

    But you know what?  Who cares!

    Negative feedback aside, I’ve been having a great week in sales so far and I can’t wait to share these items!

    Don’t forget to comment and Like any post that you’ve enjoyed.  Also, check out my Thrift Store Reselling Guide and sign-up for my FREE 2-Week Mini-Course to discover even more great thrift store items to sell on eBay.

    Until next time, thanks again for your support and good luck at the thrift stores!

    -Meinard

    Finds of the Week

    Nike Air Force

    Camo

    Item cost:  $6.99

    Buy-It-Now (BIN):  $49.99

    Vintage Notre Dame Hoodie

    dame

    Item Cost:  $8.99

    BIN:  $34.99

    [Check out the FREE 2-Week Mini-Course

    to Learn More About These Pair of Boots]

    Acadia

    Item Cost:  $6.99

    Winning Bid:  $58.00

    Lucchese Cowboy Boots

    Lucchese

    Item Cost:  $9.99

    Winning Bid:  $102.50

Goldilock Success and a $124.99 Sale!!

So far this week has been a lesson in the Psychology of Selling.  To be clear, I’m not saying that I’ve figured it out;  on the contrary, I don’t think I’ll ever figure it out!

But I’ve had some interesting observations with several of my items.

Here’s how the scenarios been playing out:  I would list an item for $24.99 using a 7-day auction.  I would get several watchers but ultimately no bids as the auction comes to end.  Instead of re-listing the auction with the same format ($24.99, 7-day auction) I’ve been opting instead to use a Buy-It-Now (BIN) auction with the Goldilock Price of $39.99.

Can you guess what happened next?

Conventional wisdom suggests that the auction won’t do any better.  After all, why would someone buy an item for $39.99 when no one even placed a bid when it was $24.99?

Logically, this makes perfect sense.  But interestingly enough, the opposite has been happening recently.  Not only have several of my items been selling for a higher price but they’ve been selling in less than 7 days so it’s a lot quicker than using the standard auction format.

I still don’t understand reasoning behind this.  Is it the threat that someone else will purchase it before they do?  The need for instant gratification?

Whatever it is, I’m definitely happy with the higher price!

The first two items are examples of this trend.  The last item is an exciting sale that happened just this morning!

Hope your having a great week and good luck at the thrift stores!

-Meinard

Finds of the Week

Merrell Trail Running Shoes

Trail

BIN:  $39.99

Vintage Nike LWP Trainers

scream

BIN:  $39.99

Adidas Croc Patent Leather Hi-Tops

Yohji

Item Cost:  $14.99

BIN:  $124.99!!!

Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Program

    I don’t know about you but it feels like forever since I’ve posted some of my eBay sales.  I’ve had some great finds recently and  I’m excited to finally be able to share some of them with you.  But before I do, I just wanted to send out a big THANK YOU to all of you who made the release of the Reseller Guide 5.0 such a huge success!!

    I’m very proud/excited/elated about all the new content I added, and all the positive feedback I received (from first-time readers as well as those who received their free update) made all those looooong hours in front of the computer time well spent!

    So again:  Thank you so much!!

    Making The Time

    Make TimeWhen it comes to reselling on eBay, a big part of being successful is just showing up at the thrift stores and giving yourself a chance.

    I know that we’re all very busy with our daily errands and, in my experience, it’s not about having the time to make these visits, it’s about MAKING THE TIME!

    Between answering questions, sending out free updates to previous owners, and all the twist and turns of the day, it suffices to say that I was extremely busy during the release of the updated guide.

    I could’ve easily just stopped going to the thrift store but I still made the time to visit a few stores each day and I was rewarded with some great finds!

    Thanks again for all your support and I hope you’re having a safe and exciting Halloween!

    Talk to you soon,

    Meinard

    Finds of the Week

    John Deere Hoodie

    Deere

    Item Cost:  $6.99

    Winning Bid:  $31.00

    Nike LeBron James

    IX

    Item cost:  $6.99

    Winning Bid:  $49.99

     Nike Women’s Running Shoes

    shox

    Item Cost:  $4.99

    Winning Bid:  $49.99

     Reebok Allen Iverson

    (It can’t ALL be about Nike’s and Air Jordan’s!)

    Reebok

    Item Cost:  $6.99

    BIN:  $79.99