It’s not an official holiday but it may as well be with all the festivities that surround that event. The game wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be (unless you’re a Seahawks fan, of course) but I was pleasantly surprised that there was still a lot of bids and payments being sent throughout the day. Definitely a good feeling to receive money while watching a football game! Anyways, I hope you had a great time.
Plus, I also wanted to remind everyone that - with the NFL season over - the focus now shifts to the NBA. So if you have any NBA gear to sell, now would be the perfect time to get those items listed!
College Students Welcome
Now, about the title of this post: No, I’m not hiring (and I definitely don’t want to be anyone’s boss) but if Thrift Store Reselling was a company and they were looking to hire, do you know who would benefit tremendously from this type of “work”? College students!
Yup, college students -the seriously lacking sleep, juggling multiple classes, working on 20-page papers, while living off Ramen noodles people!
How do I know? Well, because I was actually reselling while I was in college.
In fact, there’s one story that I still remember to this day. I was sitting in class (a small size, maybe 20 or so) and the dean of the school decided to stop by. She was well aware of the skyrocketing cost of higher education so she decided to surprise us by offering us her collection of books from her office – all for FREE! This was definitely a pleasant surprise because, as any college student can tell you, textbooks are NOT cheap!
And while the other students were using this opportunity to find books to supplement their learning, I was using this great opportunity to find books to supplement my earning!
I quickly scanned as many as I could and I found 5 that were worth reselling on Amazon (there were probably more but I’m sure my classmates took a few of them). Regardless, I eventually sold the books that I found for $300+ on Amazon. Not bad for a few minutes work!
You can discover my technique for finding these valuable textbooks in My Thrift Store Reseller Guide. It’s quick and easy, plus you don’t need any expensive book scanners!
Here are some textbooks that I sold using this technique:
A 100 Years of Harley Davidson
Sold for $51.02
Biology: Concepts and Connections
Sold for $99.03
The Benefits of Reselling
It’s been years since I attended college but the challenges are still fresh in my mind. It was definitely a juggling act and it seemed most of my time was spent balancing time between going to classes, working on papers, studying for exams, oh and trying to find time to sleep as well. Plus, as any college student can tell you, it wasn’t cheap either. Textbook prices are ridiculous and you also have to factor in parking fees and food money – Ramen noodles gets old REALLY fast!!
Reselling thrift stores items on eBay provided partial relief to many of these issues, and it provided a ton of advantages over getting a traditional job.
To me, the biggest advantage of reselling for college students is the freedom of time that it allows. In an ideal world, we would all get the classes we want, in the perfect time slot that we needed. But sadly, especially for freshman students, that’s rarely the case. Sometimes, the lecture that you need is full or it’s only being offered at nighttime.
Bottom line, sometimes it just doesn’t work out.
The great thing about reselling is that you can tailor it around YOUR schedule and not the other way around. It’s not a type of job where you have to punch in at a certain time, no. You can do it after your classes or whenever some time opens up. I remember when I used to commute home after a lecture - instead of fighting traffic and just sitting there wasting time in my car – I would pull over to a Goodwill or Salvation Army on the way home and look around while I wait for traffic to die down. So I made some money while avoiding traffic. Two of my favorite activities!
It’s so flexible and, to this day, I think that’s the aspect of this business that I appreciate the most!
You also don’t need a lot of space to get started, which is great especially if you’re dorming or living in an apartment off-campus. All you really need is a computer and a small corner to take pictures. Plus, there was a post office located directly on-campus so I would just drop off my packages on the way to class. It definitely was a perfect college job!
I still smile whenever a college student (or a parent of one) ask about reselling because it brings back so many great memories. Back in my college days, I wasn’t reselling at the same level as I am now. but I was definitely making enough money on the side to make life a little easier
Thanks and best of luck to all the college students out there!
Go UH Warriors!