Let me start by saying that, overall, most of my days at the thrift store and eBay are pretty great – I make sales on a (almost) daily basis and I can’t remember the last time I left a thrift store without at least 2-3 items to resell on Ebay. So life’s already pretty good to begin with!
But have you ever had a REALLY great day? One of those “Jack Bauer” on “24″ days that seems to stand out from the rest? Where it seems like you can’t do anything wrong and even seemingly negative events turn out to be blessings in disguise?
Well, I had one of those days on Tuesday, January 14th!
There were some great sales (4 to be exact), found some amazing stuff (more on that later), and I can’t help but smile whenever things work out for the better (which they usually do).
It was definitely a great day so let’s get started!
Rise and Shine
The day had already started out on a good note when I woke up and discovered that these jeans had sold for $59.99!!
I found these jeans a few days earlier during one of my quick stop-by’s at Goodwill. This just goes to show that you don’t need to spend a lot of time at the thrift store to find great stuff. Whenever I’m busy, I still spend a quick 10-15 minutes at a Goodwill or Savers just to see what shoes and jackets are available (they’re the easiest to sort through). As you can see, it’s definitely worth the time to check!
Sell and Find More: The Reselling Cycle
After packing the jeans and shipping the rest of my sales from the previous night, I decided to check out a Goodwill in Wahiawa. This is actually one of my favorite spots to visit but I rarely go there because it’s somewhat of an outlier when it comes to thrift stores in my area.
The other stores are packed together which makes it easier (and cheaper on gas) to visit all at once. This store, however, is pretty much by itself. Nevertheless, it’s been a few weeks since I last visited - plus I was feeling good about my early sale - so I decided to stop by and check it out.
As I parked my car and started walking to the entrance, I checked my phone to see if I’ve made any sales during the drive there when this popped up - these boots had just sold for $49.99!!
Two great items sold, over $100 in sales, and I haven’t even stepped foot in a thrift store yet!
And did I find anything good at this Goodwill stop? It wouldn’t be a good day if I didn’t! I was able to find some great shoes (or what I thought were great shoes), a couple of vintage jerseys, and some nice shirts!
Serendipity (and More Sales!!)
Needless to say, I was feeling pretty good about myself on the drive back.
I packed my two sales as soon as I got home and I quickly prepped and cleaned the shoes I found in Wahiawa so I could list them. But when I looked inside to note the size I realized that they were actually mis-matched sizes – one was a size 7 and the other was a 7.5. And then I remembered that there were actually two pairs of this shoe at the thrift store and, somehow, I managed to mix them up before purchasing them.
I was a little annoyed with myself because usually I’m pretty good at checking my items so that I can avoid situations like this. Oh well, Goodwill has a great return policy and it gave me a reason to visit another store later in the day. As you’ll soon see, I’ve never been happier to purchase a pair of mis-matched shoes!
I quickly set the shoes aside (since they were no longer going to be auctioned) and I started to work on the other items I found. After a few minutes, I received a message from a buyer with one of those unsolicited best-offers. To be honest, I’m not a fan of these offers mainly because the majority of them are so ridiculous that they’re not even worth replying to.
Not today though!
I listed this Ralph Lauren jacket for $79.99 BIN and he offered to $65 shipped for it! He had over 200+ positive and he could pay right away so I quickly changed the price on my phone and, as promised, he sent the payment immediately – another great sale!
I was feeling pretty good thanks to these sales and I was able to quickly list the items I found earlier in the day. With that task completed, I started to make my way out the door to return the mis-matched shoes from earlier when the eBay app on my phone made that “Cha-ching” sound, indicating that a sale had been made. (I love that sound by the way, I could listen to it ALL day!)
And what did it show? Only the best sale of the day! A pair of vintage Nike shorts for $79.99!!
These were great sales and I’m not even including all the $24.99 auction bids that I received on this day. So you can understand why I had a HUGE smile on my face during that drive to Goodwill.
I arrived at the store expecting MORE great things (based on how the day was going) but, unfortunately, the selection was a little disappointing. I couldn’t find anything at the men’s or women’s shoes, or anywhere else for that matter. I was actually about to leave when I noticed a rack of clothes on the side.
I figured I might as well check it out since I was there and, just like that, a slow day turned into one of my most memorable ones yet thanks to these two items:
If you’re not excited by this logo then you should definitely check out my FREE 2-Week Mini-Course! (FYI, another seller on eBay just sold the same exact blue jacket for $189.99).
I mention this story because 1) In all my years of thrifting, I’ve found only 10 or so of these items so to find 2 in one day is definitely worth mentioning and 2) I think it’s pretty amazing when things just work out for the better.
I almost get the feeling that I was meant to find these item. Think about it: this all started because I mistakenly purchased mis-matched shoes. I never intended to visit this store at all on that day, but somehow I found myself there and these two items were there waiting for me. Everything worked out perfectly!
I was so excited after Goodwill that I decided to stop by Savers as well and guess what? Yup, I found even MORE great stuff like one of my favorite brands:
And that’s where I ended my day. I stayed at Savers until closing and, with the way things were going that day, I would’ve continued thrifting too if there were any 24-hour thrift stores. Are there any 24-hour thrift stores??
Anyways, that was my day in nutshell. It was definitely a fun ride and, thinking back on it, there’s really no reason why we can’t have more days like that. We just have to take action – so keep visiting, keep listing, and make it happen!
Thanks again for all your support and good luck at the thrift stores!