How to Resell Thrift Store Asics on Ebay [Video]



I had a great time making this video and I hope you discovered some useful tips to help you make even more money on eBay.

I plan to release more tutorial videos just like this one so if you have any topics you’d like me to discuss or questions that you’d like me to answer, please leave a comment below.  I’d love to hear em!

Thanks again and have an amazing weekend!


I Received $992.42 Worth of eBay Payments Over the Last 2 days – Here’s What I Learned


Best Day EverAs you can imagine, it’s definitely been an exciting time on eBay for me over the past few days.

Ever since the last payment arrived last night I was trying to think back to see if I’d ever had a run like this on eBay and, honestly, I can’t remember a 2-day span quite like this one.

So I’m just going to make it official and say that this is definitely a 2-day record for me and this will the next record that I will work tirelessly to break.  (It’s so tantalizingly close to a $1000 it’s irratating!)

Here’s the daily breakdown of payments received.  Please note that these numbers include shipping cost also so it’s not 100% sales:

February 22:  $652.69

February 23:  $339.73

2-Day total:  $992.42

There’s still some sales that I made on Sunday that I’m waiting to receiving payments for but, still, not a bad amount to be added to your Paypal account right?

ConsistentSeriously, I celebrated for like a few minutes last night and  then my mind was already running and trying to figure out not only how I can break this current record of mine but also how to do it consistently.

Because that’s the key word isn’t it?  Consistency.  It is for me anyway.  These numbers mean nothing if it’s sandwiched between weeks of only $50 worth of sales.

So what did I learn from awesome experience?  Quite a few things actually – both personally and professionally – and now the goal is to try and figure out a way to achieve these results on a consistent (there’s goes that word again) basis.

Lesson #1:  It can be done!

This was probably the most important lesson that I learned.

I mean, I always knew that you could do numbers like this on eBay.  There are literally thousands of sellers who achieve and surpass this on a regular basis.

But for me, it means nothing unless I actually experience it for myself.  So to see these numbers is definitely a confidence builder and, more importantly, I like the feeling of having that amount of sales on eBay.

It’s addicting and I want more!

In fact, all I could think about Sunday night was going out the next morning and finding even more stuff.  Good thing too because I ran into a bunch of great items including these shirts (if you’re not excited by this picture then you definitely need to read My Reseller Guide):


Lesson #2: Auction’s Are Still King (for me)

And it’s not even close at this point.  I received payments for 29 items over that two day stretch and only 3 of them came from Buy-It-Now (BIN)  auctions.

Now, to be fair, the BIN auctions did generate the highest sales over the two days, here’s the pics…

Sperry Boots


Item Cost:  $8.99

BIN:  $49.99

Miu Miu Boots

Miu Miu

Item Cost:  $4.99

Best Offer Accepted:  $55.00

Awesome sales but they can’t compete with the overall sales that I was able to generate using the auction format.

During this 2-day stretch, I started the majority of my auctions for $24.99 and I intentionally let it run for 5 days so that it ends on a Sunday (which is apparently the best time to have you auctions end, if you subscribe to that theory).

That starting price point for auctions has been a favorite of mine for years and it’s been great at getting buyers off the eBay sidelines and onto the bidding field (see that sports metaphor there?! lol).

Seriously, if you haven’t yet, try running what I call an “Auction Flash Sale”.  If you have a bunch of BIN items that you haven’t moved yet or if you have a lot of  BIN items with a lot of watchers, try re-listing them using an auction format with a low starting price.  If you’re items are high-value, this strategy will force the action on buyers and it WILL generate sales!

Plus, it’s tax refund season so buyers will have a little more ammunition in the bank accounts.  What better way to entice them than bidding on an attractively low priced item item?

Tax Refund GuyLesson #3:  Streamline EVERYTHING

You definitely need to have systems in place to handle this amount of activity, and that goes for every single step of the thrift reselling process on eBay.

Here’s the thing:  The faster you can get the item from the thrift store to listed on eBay, the better off you’ll be.  Not only will you generate faster sales but the lost of momentum is huge!  You’ll never be as excited about a thrift store item as the day you find it so use that to your advantage.  Keep thinking about the potential profits and do whatever it takes to get your items listed.

This streamline thing goes for shipping too. On Sunday,  I was out all day so I was forced to pack all my sales at night…all at once!  If this had been a few years ago I would’ve definitely been overwhelmed but it was actually no problem because I’ve  streamlined the shipping process at this point.

I have all the packaging material I need (that includes Flat-Rate boxes and envelopes, packing tape, bags to carry the boxes to the post office, etc..) and I knew exactly where every sale item was.  Next to listing items, the shipping process is the least favorite activity of mine but I forced myself to get better at it and it doesn’t slow me down as much anymore.

Shatter that Ceiling

It’s always fun to look back but honestly I’ve already moved and I’m ready to achieve even better numbers.  I don’t know when but I will.  Like I said, it’s so close to a $1000 that it’s annoying me at this point!

I hope you’re having an amazing week so far and best of luck at the thrift stores!

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Don’t Visit Savers on 50% off Day, Do This Instead!


Happy President’s Day!  I truly hope you’re enjoying this extended 3-day weekend  with your family and friends.

Right now, Savers is having a 50% off sale on their clothing and shoes, and here I am at home writing a blog post.

Why you might ask?

Here’s the truth:  I’m not a fan of these 50% sales.  I know it probably sounds weird coming from a guy that practically lives in a thrift store, but it’s true.

Don’t get me wrong, the 50% off part is awesome – that’s not the problem at all.

It’s just too chaotic out there!  The clothes are all over the place, you can barely find the matching pair of shoes, and the workers (and I don’t blame them) are just “over it” having to deal with all the mess.

If you ask me, I’d rather not deal with all that.  Especially when there’s a better way – another option where you can still get great deals and the best selection, without having to deal with all the madness that comes with a 50% sale.

Attend the Calm Before the Storm

A Savers 50% off promotion is usually open to the public on Monday and available to Club Card Member’s a day earlier on Sunday.

So when is the best time to go?  Sunday, right?!

Nope.  At this point, everyone is practically a Club Card Member so it’s not really an advantage anymore.  You’re still going to deal with all the headaches.

Instead, I’ve discovered that the best time to check out these sales isn’t even during the sale day at all.  Nope.  The best time to go is actually right before it on Saturday night!

Yes, Saturday night!

There’s a three main benefits to shopping the night before a big promotion.

1.  It’s empty.  The thrift store traffic should be low or basically nonexistent at this point.  I mean, who would shop the night before a 50% promo.  Not many people.   Well, except me of course.

This environment allows me to take my time and really dig into all the nooks and crevices of the thrift store.  My mind slows down, I’m relaxed, and the great items seem to find me instead of the other way around.

2.  The inventory is loaded and you get first pick.

With a 50% sale looming the next day, you can be sure that Savers is loaded with inventory by Saturday night!  They don’t want to be caught in a situation where there’s not enough things for people to buy so most of their inventory will already have made their way to the sales floor at this  point.

That means you get the best selection (even before the Sunday morning crowd) plus, because most people will rather shop on Sunday to take advantage of the promo, you’ll have first pick to all the great stuff available!

3.  You can still get a great discount.

But Meinard, what about the 50% off?!  Well, the downside is that you will miss out on that sale.  But at the same time it doesn’t mean that you have to pay full price either.

Savers usually has a ongoing promo that you can still take advantage of.  Right now, they’re making a push for donations so they have a promotion where you can receive a 30% card for every 5 bags of clothes/shoes that you donate.

Obviously, 50% off is better than 30% but overall I think this strategy is better.  To me, having first pick at the best inventory is worth the 20% difference!

Yes, This Strategy Still Works


I actually filled out one of these 30% off cards a few days ago and I used this strategy this past Saturday.  Yes, that’s Valentine’s Day – my fiance was awesome enough to let me visit the store for a few minutes before dinner.  If that’s not love I don’t know what is :)

And lo and behold I found some great stuff.  Here’s just some of the items I found this past weekend.

Vintage hockey Jersey


Adidas Drose Basketball Shoes


Infant Air Jordan’s

(they were the same size so I’m guessing it’s from the same owner)


Imperial purple

The sales floor was bursting with great stuff and this is just some of the items that I found.  The store actually had to set up makeshift racks along the aisle just to accommodate the extra stuff.

And as usual, it was empty in there so it was like I had the whole place to myself.

I’ve been using this strategy for the past year or so with tremendous success, and I HIGHLY recommend it!

Again, there’s nothing wrong with going on the actual sales day.  Just don’t be surprised if you go early on Sunday morning and you have a hard time finding anything thanks to reseller’s like me :)

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A Good Reminder of Why I Continue to Sell on eBay


Meet Bedtime Bubba


This 18″ doll was made by Tyco in 1997.  I bought it at Goodwill (still in it’s original box, I might add) for $4.99.  It’s actually a pretty cool doll – it has a working flashlight and it says a ton of phrases.

Well, yesterday I sold the doll for $39.99 (my Goldilock Price Point, for those of you who are keeping track) and I honestly didn’t think much of it.

I just thought that it sold to some random toy collector or something…until I read the message from the buyer.

Here’s what it said:

“So excited. I didn’t think I would find one like this. My special needs 20 year old had him as a best friend many years ago. Somewhere along the way he was gone and I know Jake misses him. Thanks…”

Talk about being blindsided, but in a good way of course.  I was immediately touched so I I replied to the buyer that I also included 4AA batteries so that the doll would be ready to go as soon as the package arrived.

Here’s the final message:

“God Bless you.  It’s such a crazy world and one childhood bear being back with a guy who loves him makes all of the difference to all.  Thanks so much…”

Why I sell in the First Place

Obviously, money is a reason – I’m not going to lie and say that it isn’t.

But I remember when I first started and thinking to myself how awesome it was to be able to interact and connect with other people so far away.  I would be amazed when one of my packages would go to some destination that I’d never visited before like Russia or Maine.

Don’t get me wrong, eBay is not without it’s flaws but sales like these are a good reminder that there are people out there who appreciate what we do.  I for one am going to keep this experience in my back pocket and re-visit it whenever things get to be a little overwhelming on eBay.

This is definitely one to remember.

Hope you’re having an amazing day!



Amazon > eBay…At Least for One Day


Expand AmazonHappy Aloha Friday Resellers!  I was on my way out (to the thrift stores, of course) to get more stuff for the weekend but first I wanted to share an awesome day I had yesterday….on Amazon.

Yup, Amazon!  One of my goals for this year was to increase the Amazon portion of my business and it’s already starting to pay off in this early part of the year.

I’ve  been selling textbooks on the site for many years now but Amazon had really taken a backseat as I worked to grow my eBay sales for the past year or so.

Now, it’s time to give Amazon it’s time in the spotlight!

Yesterday was the first time in a LONG time that my Amazon sales actually outperformed my eBay sales and I couldn’t be happier.  What did I sell?  It was a combination of textbooks, baby products (if you can believe it or not), and my newest obsession, board games!

Just to be clear:  I’m not doing FBA, all of these products were purchased and shipped by me, and I’m still purchasing all of my products from thrift stores!

Here’s some of the thrift store items that I’ve been able to resell on Amazon:

Ghandi and King textbook

GhandiItem cost:  $2.99

Sold for $38.03

Friends Scene It?

Friends Scene itItem Cost:  $4.99

Sold for $60.97

This Friends Scene It? was my highest selling game…until this game literally sold a several minutes afterwards!

Big Buck Hunter Pro

Big Buck Hunter

Item Cost:  $4.99

Sold for $74.99

(I had this game listed on Amazon as well but it sold on eBay first)

Fitness:  Theory & Practice Textbook

Fitness bookItem Cost:  $2.99

Sold for $71.06

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A Healthy Grandma, the Super Bowl, and Some eBay Sales


Best Return Flight Ever

It’s great to be home!

As I mentioned in my last blog post (or blurb is more like it), I went back home to the Philippines for a week to visit my grandmother who suddenly came down with pneumonia.

She’s 97 years old and is without a doubt one of the strongest people that I know – she doesn’t use a walker or a cane, she exercises regularly, and her mind is as sharp as ever.  I’m also aware, however, not to take anything for granted at that age so it was important for me to visit her.

As  you can imagine, it was definitely an emotional trip and thank you to everyone for their support and words of encouragement.  It really does mean A LOT!  I’m happy to say that she’s doing much, much better.  She was discharged yesterday and resting comfortably at home.

That bit of great news was enough to make my return home so much easier and on top of that there was also that little thing called the Super Bowl to look forward to!

What a great game, right?

sharksI actually missed the majority of it (apparently there were dancing sharks at halftime?!) but I did tune in during the 4th quarter just in time to see that unbelievable finish.  I’m not a professional coach or anything, but why wouldn’t you just run it in if you’re on the 1 yard line?!  Oh well, that’s for the professionals to discuss.

Regardless of where you were or who you cheered for, I hope you had a great Super Bowl Sunday!

So for those keeping track:  A healthy grandmother, check.  Superbowl Sunday, check.  The only thing left to make this return trip even more awesome is of course some eBay sales!

Timing is Everything

I knew I was going to be away for about a week so I had my auctions end (more or less) on the time that I arrived home.  The ability to time your auctions is another reason why I will NEVER completely go away from the auction format.  True, the lion’s share of eBay activity involves Buy-it-Now’s but the classic auction format still has it’s uses.

Plus, it never hurts to have cash coming in after a trip :)

I hope you enjoy my latest eBay sales and thank you again for all you kind words and support.  Have an awesome Monday!


Finds of the Week

BMW Vest


Item Cost:  $8.99

Winning Bid:  $36.00

Vintage Gary Payton Jersey


Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $41.05

Tori Richards Saxophone Santa Shirt

(I wonder how much more I would’ve got for this shirt if I found it during Christmas?  It pains me to think about it…)

Tori Richards Santa Shirt

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  42.00

This Jet Lag is Killing Me


Happy Super Bowl Sunday everyone!

Before I start, I want to apologize to everyone who has sent me a message, email, tweet, or comment.  I know I’m late to respond and I want to let you know that I’ll definitely get back to you.

I visited the the Philippines for a week to visit my grandmother who suddenly came down with pneumonia.  Thankfully, she’s recovered and doing much better – that’s the most important thing!

Unfortunately, the time difference between Hawai’i and Manila is pretty drastic and it’s probably going to take me a few days to get back to normal.

I have, however, read a few of the messages and it seems like everyone’s doing well and still finding great stuff at the thrift stores.  So that’s great news to come back to :)

Talk to you soon and I hope you have a great Super Bowl Sunday!


Overcoming the Dreaded Post-Holiday Dip


decreasing graphEvery year it happens.

After the crazy deals and euphoric spending habits of the holiday season, buyers from all over the world start getting their credit card bills and, just like that, reality strikes.

“Holy crap, I actually have to start paying for this stuff?!”

All of a sudden, budgets start to tighten up, spending goes down,  eBay activity takes a nosedive, and before you know it, we’ve entered into what I call the “January Dip”.

That dreaded few weeks after the holidays when you want to tap the eBay microphone and say “Hello?? Is anybody there??…Hello!?”

It never fails.  This happens every year and I’ve seen it in some years extend all the way to March.

In the past,  all I could do was just sit back powerless and hope for the best.  Yeah, not a good feeling to have.

Luckily, I’ve learned a few things over the years so that my post-holiday season doesn’t result in an eBay hangover.

Don’t get me wrong, the “January Dip” still hits me but I’ve been able to soften the blow and keep the cash flow coming despite the decreased activity.

Here’s a short video of a what my iPad mini sounds after completing some recent sales:


Wanna keep the good times rolling after December?  Wanna hear these sounds for yourself?

Here’s how you do it.

First, you need to accept the fact that this WILL happen after the holidays.  Activity will decrease and eBay will be slow down – there’s just no way around it.

Being anxious and worried will not stop it from happening.  So instead of worrying about your sales and wishing that it could be Christmas all over again, you should focus your energy on how you’re going to overcome it instead.

That includes staying positive and keeping your activity level up. Keep visiting your thrift stores and keep listing.  Just put your head down and put in the work.  That’s the first step.

Buyers will eventually pay their bills, they’ll start to let loose with their spending again, and eBay will get back to normal.  And I don’t know about you but I’ll be ready when it happens.

Cash (Flow) is King

The second thing you need to do is shift your mindset a little.

During the holidays, I wanted to take squeak out EVERY. SINGLE. DOLLAR. of profit that I could from each item.  Because everyone had a spending mentality during that time you could charge higher prices and still get a consistent flow of cash coming in.

Come January, however, you need to adjust your strategy a little as buyer’s spending habits start to slow down.  You can still charge high prices but realize that you may be waiting a longer than usual for that item to sell.  So instead of a nice stream coming in, it’ll be more like a trickle.

So there’s definitely a trade-off:  Do you want to make money now or do you want to play the waiting game?  I don’t know about you but I’d rather get paid NOW!!

A $50 Sale Is Worth More than a $100 Auction

This is the thrift store reselling version of that old saying “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”  and it basically sums up my strategy  for the first month and half after the holidays.

My main goal during this period is NOT to maximize my profits; instead, my goal is to maintain my cash flow.  What’s the difference?

Maybe an example will help clarify.

These youth Nike Lebron’s are worth $50 each on eBay and that’s exactly what I had them listed initially ($49.99 each, Buy it now).

Lebron Green

Lebron Red

They attracted a lot of interested buyers but no one was able to push that Buy-it-Now button and commit.  So what do I do? Do I just let it sit there and hope that someone eventually buys it or do I take action and give those buyers a good “nudge”.

I took action.

I ended the BIN auctions and re-listed both pairs for $24.99 auction -format.  Both pairs sold for $24.99 each to the same buyer and they paid right away.

Right now I know some of you are thinking  “But Meinard, those items are worth $100 combined.  You just lost $50 in potential profits.”

True, but unfortunately “potential” doesn’t pay our eBay fees, cell phone bills, or whatever else we use eBay for.  I wish it did, but it doesn’t.

I have no way of knowing if and when a buyer would’ve bought those pairs for $100.  The important thing right now is that there’s $50 dollars in my pocket (well, my “Paypal pocket”) and I can go and find the next thrift store item that I can resell.

I know sometimes this can be a tough strategy to follow because we get it stuck in our mind that “No, this item is worth X amount and there’s no way I’m letting it go for less!”

Again, there’s nothing wrong this mindset but if your goal is similar to mine (maintaining your cash flow) then you have to become more flexible with your items and you can’t become to attached to them.

After December, I’m much more lax about what I’ll accept for an item.  In fact, for the most part, I let the market dictate the “value” of an item.

How do I do that?

Simple:  By using the auction-format and starting the auction at $9.99-$24.99.

This is a gamble for sure but ,typically, the items that I purchase (and hopefully the items that you purchase) at the thrift stores are worth a lot more that this price so I’m not too worried.  Remember, I’m trying to keep the cash flow going, not maximize profit.

Having a low starting price on your items will invite even the most spendthrift person to place a bid.  Sometimes, all you need is that very first bid and all of a sudden the value skyrockets.

Check out these items for example:

ApexStarting price:  $24.99

Winning Bid:  $56.00

Mountain Hardwear GreyStarting Price:  $24.99

Winning Bid:  $55.89

 Of course it all depends on the items your selling as well, so hopefully you’ve been buying only quality items.  Just a heads up, those Old Navy jeans you always see at Goodwill probably won’t start a heated bidding war any time soon.  Nothing against the brand, I’m just saying the truth.

Check out my FREE Mini-Course and My Reseller Guide for the brands you SHOULD be looking for!

My Selling Strategy for January and February:  Disney “Frozen” Edition

Let it goMy strategy for the next two months is simple:  “Let it Go, Let it Go…”

Again, cash flow is KING for me right now.  I’m going to continue to use the auction-format heavily these next few weeks.  I’m also going to start them at a low price with a shorter duration (5 days as oppose to 7) so the cash flow arrive even soon.

Come on buyers, I dare you NOT to place a bid at these prices lol

Even if I don’t get the price that I expect, cash is still coming in and that’s the most important thing.

Give it a try.  I mean, what’s the worst that can happen?  You would make some sales and move some inventory?!  Oh no!

Seriously though, if your sales have slowed down then this strategy is worth a shot.  You don’t have to auction off EVERYTHING.  Try it out on a few items and see how it goes.

Good luck and I’ll talk to you soon


Finds of the Week & a Thought about Non-Paying Bidders


Hey Resellers, happy hump day!  That’s Wednesday by the way just in case you haven’t heard the expression or seen a Geico commercial recently. These commercials are actually pretty funny and it makes you feel bad for the camels a little lol

Here’s it is .  I know it doesn’t relate to reselling but it makes me laugh so why not.

Anyways,  I wanted to offer a quick thought before I share some of my latest sales.

I’ve been the auction-style format a lot recently to move some inventory and to get myself out of the “January dip”.  This is just a term to describe that stagnant period after the holidays where it seems like a ghost town on eBay.  Ok maybe not a ghost town but compared to the holiday season it is.

To get the sales going again, I’ve been using the auction format with a really low starting price (usually $9.99-$24.99) in hopes of attracting buyers and maybe – just maybe – getting a bidding war or two started.

So far so good and the strategy has been working as well as I hoped – bids are coming in and sales are still being made.

The drawback to this of course is that you can’t request immediate payment with the auction-style format and, unfortunately, you open yourself up to non-paying bidders.

I just sold a jacket last night for $56.00 and, just my luck, it sold to a buyer with zero feedback.  Yeah, I’m not holding my breath for that payment to arrive.

It got me thinking though:  Why can’t eBay or Paypal just automatically take the money out of buyer’s accounts for items that they’ve won?

I mean, they do this to sellers all the time don’t they?  I don’t know about you but eBay swoops into my Paypal account every month to AUTOMATICALLY take out eBay fees that I owe.  Paypal has the authority to INSTANTLY freeze seller funds if there’s ever a buyer dispute.

Why can’t they do the same for buyers?  I guess the short answer is that they can but they just don’t want to.

Which is too bad because I think there would be a lot less non-paying bidders roaming around the site if they knew that…oh, I don’t know… they may ACTUALLY have to pay for the stuff they bought.  SHOCKING!

If you’re dealing with non-paying bidders as well, hang in there and hopefully our payments arrive soon.


Finds of the Week

 West Coast Choppers Jacket

West Coast Choppers

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $27.00

Adidas Running Shoes

Energy Boost

Item Cost:  $4.99

Winning Bid:  $33.00

Mountain Hardwear Jacket

Mountain Hardwear

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $37.00

Ready to Get Serious About Thrift Store Reselling on eBay?

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In this 2-week course, I reveal some of my favorite and most profitable thrift store items that I consistently sell on eBay.

Best of all, it’s absolutely free!

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3 Limiting Beliefs You Need to Eliminate as a Reseller


I think I’ve been doing this long enough to know that having the right knowledge – what to buy, how to list it, and what price to sell it – doesn’t guarantee you success as a reseller.

It’s a little like losing weight:  everyone knows that you should eat less and exercise more but not everyone necessarily follows through on that.

Why is that?

mindsetWell, it’s the same whether we’re talking about reselling or losing weight, you need to be able to utilize your knowledge and a huge part of that is getting your mind right.

Don’t get me wrong, obviously it’s great to know what brands to resell on eBay and the selling strategies that you should use to sell them.

But in my opinion, that’s just half of the story.

To be successful (and by “successful” I mean to reach your true earning potential) you need to approach reselling with the right attitude and mindset.  In fact, I could argue that having the proper attitude is more important (and will probably take you farther) than having the right knowledge.

Winning the Mental Game

Since I started this blog, I’ve had the privilege of meeting hundreds of other resellers from all over the country.  It’s been amazing to be able to connect and share success stories with so many different people.

It’s also interesting to note however that, regardless of location, that so many people share the same “limiting beliefs” when it comes to reselling.

It never fails.

I hear it all the time and it’s unfortunate because these limiting beliefs not only drain your morale and lower your enthusiasm, but they also place a cap on your earning potential.

The following is the Top 3 Limiting Beliefs that I consistently here from resellers and I’ll just come out and say it – they’re all flat out FALSE!

If you want maximize your profit and make 2015 your best eBay year ever, then you NEED to eliminate these thoughts from your head!

1.  Reselling for Profit is “Wrong”

This is the first and potentially most damaging belief that a reseller could have.  I say that because this “guilt” over making profit from thrift store items has the ability to negatively affect every facet of your business.

I’ve seen this reseller shame manifest itself in many different ways at the thrift stores.  I see it in the seller whose afraid to use their smartphone to research or when they quickly put their phone away as soon as another shopper gets too close.  I’ve even seen it cause successful resellers to quit altogether.

I’m not trying to start a debate with this topic because I know there’s others who do see reselling in a “steal from the poor” kind of way.  I respect their opinion, but I simply do not agree…at all.

Why?  Well, there are a couple reasons.

First, the concept of buying something for cheap and reselling it for profit is not a new concept.  It’s being done daily not only in thrift stores but in nearly every industry you can possible thing of – stocks, auto, banking, clothing, technology, etc. Plus, have you seen some of the thrift store prices lately?!  Why should we be ashamed of ourselves when they’re doing the exact same thing?

Another argument I hear is that we are taking away cheap clothing that was intended  for the less fortunate.  Come on.  That would be true if I walked out of the thrift store with all of their clothes and shoes but that’s not true.  Last time I checked, there are still thousands of discounted items left to purchase at the store.

goodwill workPlus,  the money we spend helps thrift stores provide other services as well.

They provide community assistance and offer job opportunities with the sales we generate.

So feel good about purchasing from the thrift stores and know that your money is put to good use, regardless of why you shop there.

Personally, I’m very open about what I do at the thrift stores – with the employees and other resellers.  I use my smartphone freely and I chat openly about what I’ve found with the other “regulars” that I’ve been able to form relationships with.  I even ask employees if there’s anything good in the back sorting area and they’re more than happy to help.

2.  I’ll Just Stick With What I know

There’s an item that you can resell for profit in nearly every aisle so don’t get tunnel vision.  If you’ve been limiting yourself to one section during your visits then let 2015 be the year that you break free!

I’ve been expanding aggressively as of late and I’m nowhere near finished.  Just the other day I sold my very first pair of ice skates – yes, ice  frickin skates – on  eBay and I also got started on the world of board games (very interesting niche, looking forward to sharing my results so far).

Here’s the  ice skates that I recently sold $39.99:


And a board game that I sold for $31.99:


You don’t need to expand to every aisle starting today, that’s not what I’m saying at all.  But I am asking you to stretch your legs a little and see what else is available out there.  You never know what you’ll run into :)

If you need ideas, check out my How To Get Started Guide.  I guarantee you’ll discover something brand-new in each of those resources!

3.  There’s too much competition

I can relate with this one because it affected me earlier in my reseller journey.

I was afraid to share my success stories with other people or to let other eBay sellers know what brands and items I’m selling out of fear that they would get to these items before I do.

fightingI was SOOO wrong and I’m almost ashamed of myself for even operating in that scarcity-mode.

Here’s the truth:  Competition doesn’t matter because there will always be donations.  Plain and simple.  There will always be valuable items to purchase.  I may not have believed that earlier on but I WHOLEHEARTEDLY believe it now!

I’m not saying this in some wishful thinking, law-of-attraction kind of way.  It’s just the flat out truth!

I’ve been doing this for almost a decade and the quality and quantity of items has only gotten better.  Have you seen the donations bin at your local thrift stores?  If you haven’t, check it out during your next visit.  If they’re anything like mines, they’re full…everyday!

Plus, even if there are a lot of competitors in your area, who’s to say that they’re looking for the same things that you are?  I think one of the reasons why I’ve been so successful is my obsession/fascination with unique and rare brands and items.  So don’t be afraid of a little competition.  Use them as fuel and motivation to work harder and improve.

These limiting beliefs that I just mentioned may seem harmless at first, but rest assured that they’re affecting your sales in a big way.   So take the necessary steps today (like, right NOW!) to eliminate these beliefs and don’t be surprised if and when you see your sales improve.

I hope you found this post useful.  If you did, please share, favorite, and retweet so we can spread the word to our fellow resellers.

How about you?  Have you been affected by any of these limiting beliefs?  Do you have any others that you’d like to share?  If you were fortunate enough to overcome them, how did you do it?

Until next time, good luck at the thrift stores and I’ll talk you soon!