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 :)



Finds of the Week

Eddie Bauer Cardigan

Bauer Cardigan

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $28.00

Infant Air Jordan


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!


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!


 Finds of the Week

Infant Air Jordan’s


Item Cost:  $2.99

BIN:  $39.99

Icon Motorcycle Boots


Item Cost:  $9.99

BIN:  $59.99

SAO Snakeskin Boots


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:


    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!


    Finds of the Week

    Nike Air Force


    Item cost:  $6.99

    Buy-It-Now (BIN):  $49.99

    Vintage Notre Dame Hoodie


    Item Cost:  $8.99

    BIN:  $34.99

    [Check out the FREE 2-Week Mini-Course

    to Learn More About These Pair of Boots]


    Item Cost:  $6.99

    Winning Bid:  $58.00

    Lucchese Cowboy Boots


    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!


Finds of the Week

Merrell Trail Running Shoes


BIN:  $39.99

Vintage Nike LWP Trainers


BIN:  $39.99

Adidas Croc Patent Leather Hi-Tops


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,


    Finds of the Week

    John Deere Hoodie


    Item Cost:  $6.99

    Winning Bid:  $31.00

    Nike LeBron James


    Item cost:  $6.99

    Winning Bid:  $49.99

     Nike Women’s Running Shoes


    Item Cost:  $4.99

    Winning Bid:  $49.99

     Reebok Allen Iverson

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


    Item Cost:  $6.99

    BIN:  $79.99

My 3-Day Win

Roller coaster2Reselling thrift store items on eBay can be a roller-coaster ride sometimes:  some days you’re barely making any sales while other days it seems like you’re invincible!

Thankfully, these past few days have been on the “invincible” side for me.  I’ve had some amazing sales and hopefully this streak will continue!

It’s looking like the decision to only use Buy-It-Now auctions for Air Jordan’s and other Nike’s was the correct choice.  To be honest, I do miss the thrill of the bidding war and watching the auction price climb higher and higher.  However, it’s also great not having to deal with non-paying bidders anymore and, in the long run, having that peace-of-mind is worth more than the thrill of a bidding war.

Oh, and I also sold another costume hoodie…and it’s the most successful one so far!  Check it out at the very bottom!

The Thrift Store Reseller Guide:  Update

I’m also happy to announce that I’m currently working on an exciting content update for the Thrift Store Reseller Guide.  When I first started working on it, I thought it would only take a week to complete but it’s turning out to be THE BIGGEST UPDATE so far!

How big?  Well, it’s easily over a 100-pages now…and I’m not even finished yet!

I’ll be providing a more detailed update of what you can expect with this update in the next few days.  Stay tuned!

Hope you’re having a great weekend and good luck at the thrift stores!

(The following sales occurred between October 17-19)

Finds of the Week

Vintage Chicago Bulls Shorts

bulls shorts

Item Cost:  $2.99

BIN Price:  $39.99

Vintage Nike Trainers


Item Cost:  $6.99

BIN Price:  $49.99

Vintage Youth Air Jordan

Oreo Youth

Item Cost:  $2.99

BIN Price:  $79.99

Another Costume Hoodie

Star Wars Costume Hoodie

I found this hoodie right next to the Darth Maul costume hoodie that I mentioned in my previous post, I’m guessing it’s from the same owner.  I was thinking of leaving this jacket behind because, unlike the Darth Maul and Deadpool versions, this hoodie doesn’t zip all the way to the top – it’s a standard hoodie.  But I decided to give it a shot because it was a good price and I know how fanatical Star Wars fans can get.

I actually had to open an unpaid item case against this buyer and I was certain he wasn’t going to pay anymore until, lo and behold, the payment finally arrived on the 8th and final day (the day I was going to officially close the case).  Luckily I waited just a little bit longer!


Item cost:  $6.99

BIN Price:  $101.00

Halloween Hoodies and A Very Rare Find

Halloween is approximately two weeks away so now is the best time to start cashing in on any costumes that you find at the thrift stores.  I’m not sure if these items qualify as costumes but I’m guessing that the reason why they sold so quickly (and for a great price) is because Halloween is right around the corner.

I am, of course, talking about the recent mask hoodies that I’ve found at Savers and Salvation Army.  Whoever came up with this idea is a genius!

They look like your traditional hoodie except the zipper connects all the way to the top to cover your entire head.  A character’s face is split in half – one on each side of the hoodie – and it forms a complete mask when the zipper is pulled to the top.

These hoodies are really awesome and I really wish that I could’ve kept both of them, but the potential profit was just too much to pass up.

Here’s the first one that I sold.  This was a Darth Maul hoodie from Savers, sold for $79.99!!

Darth Maul:  The Character

Darth Maul Actor

The Hoodie

Darth Maul

This is the most recent mask hoodie that I found.  Deadpool is a Marvel character, most recently played by Ryan Reynolds in Wolverine:  The Origins.  I sold this hoodie for $49.99!

Deadpool:  The Character


 The Hoodie


Yes, that’s me wearing the hoodie.  I remember flashing a smile for this photo, too.  Why Meinard?!

Anyways, I made the mistake of not taking a picture of me with the Darth Maul jacket before shipping it out and there was no way I was going to make the same mistake with this one.  I no longer have this hoodie but at least I have a picture with it.  Damn I miss this hoodie!

A Rare Find

A few days ago I came across a brand that I consider to be one of the most elusive.  I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve found this brand so you can understand why I was really excited when I saw it hanging on the rack.  Here’s the logo of the item:


Those of you who signed up for my Free 2-Week Mini-Course are familiar with this brand and understand why I’m so excited to have found this item.  The auction is currently live and I can’t wait to share the results as soon as the auction ends and payment is received!

Savers is open for another few hours so I’m on way to check out what’s available.  I was able to find some great Nike’s and Air Jordan’s at Goodwill earlier today so hopefully that luck will continue tonight.

I hope you’re having a great week so far and good luck at the thrift stores!


Air Jordan’s: The Gift & The Curse

As I mentioned in my previous posts, my goal of earning $10,000 a month in eBay sales is going to be a learning process and there are going to be several adjustments in my strategy as the months roll by.  Well, it’s been a little over a month but I’ve already made one tweak in my strategy and it involves a thrift store brand that I hold near-and-dear to my heart:  Air Jordan’s!

“The Gift”

First, the good stuff about the brand.

The demand for this brand is enormous! I understand that “enormous” might be a relative term so I’ll add some numbers to that.  Here are some recent stats from Forbes:

  • Air Jordan makes 1.75 BILLION globally.
  • It controls 58% of the US basketball shoe market;  Nike, which is actually the parent company, is second in the US with 34% market share.
  • Lebron James is the top-selling, active NBA player and Air Jordan still outsold his sneakers 6 to 1.

Need a visual?  Check out this video:

The message here is clear:  Michael Jordan may have retired from the game but his brand is stronger than ever!  And if you’re not selling Air Jordan’s that you find at the thrift stores- and that includes his apparel as well as his sneakers – then you really are missing out on some of the best and easiest (I write this word hesitantly and I’ll explain why in a second) sales that you will ever make.

There’s really no need to convince our consumers when it comes to selling a pair of Air Jordan’s, they already know they want it.  The challenge for us is to get these products at a decent price (are you listening Savers?) so we can take advantage of this juggernaut of a market.

“The Curse”

And now, to the not-so-good stuff.

ComputerAir Jordan is still, hands down, one of the best brands to sell on eBay but there is one aspect that I’m not so thrilled about when it comes to selling this brand: the non-paying bidders!  I don’t know if you have the same experience, but this brand can sometimes be a headache when you use the auction-format.  The auction-format plays a major part in my current strategy but its biggest drawback is that it doesn’t require immediate payment after the auction ends.  This excruciatingly painful part is the reason why some Air Jordan auctions are left unpaid.

I will say that the vast majority of buyers on eBay are serious about their bids but it only takes one person to ruin an auction.  Unfortunately, when it comes to Air Jordan’s using the auction-format, more often than not these are the individuals who are placing the winning bid.

How We Can Fight Back

As frustrating as they can be, am I going to let a few bad buyers stop me from selling this brand?

Not a chance!  Air Jordan’s are way too profitable!

I am, however, going to change my strategy to deal with them because these unpaid items have got to stop.  They take up way too much time and too much of my patience.  So from now on I am going to BIN auctions with immediate payments for ALL the Air Jordan shoes that I sell.  This change in strategy will also apply to Air Jordan apparel and other marquee products such as Lebron James and Kobe Bryant shoes.

Here are some recent successful BIN auctions:

Air Jordan Youth

Spizike Miami

Item cost:  $2.99

BIN:  $49.99

Air Jordan Hoodie


Item Cost:  $6.99

BIN:  $24.99

(This particular jacket is actually worth a lot more but the zipper was broken and it’s stuck at the top.  Still a decent sale though.)

Air Jordan Retro


Item cost:  $9.99

Winning Bid:  $49.99

Women’s Air Jordan


Item cost:  $6.99

BIN:  $65.00

Interested in selling Air Jordan’s from your local thrift stores?  Check out my Thrift Store Reseller Guide for an easy, step-by-step guide to finding and selling these valuable items on eBay!

The last pair of Air Jordan’s that I sold using the auction format recently ended and it only served to justify the switch to a BIN format.  This buyer contacted me the 3rd day after the auction ended to inform me that he’s going to need an additional week and half to send the payment.  A week and a half!!

I don’t know why I said yes to this request but I did, and now I’m playing the waiting game.  It’s not like his feedback score is comforting either – he has 3 positive feedbacks and one of them is actually a negative one which states that he never paid for an item.

I’m not holding my breath…

Hope you have an amazing weekend!


A Word of Thanks plus A Good Start

It’s been an amazing past few days of eBay sales and I’ve been looking forward – now that I finally have a break from listing and packing – to sharing some of my recent thrift store finds.  So far, one of my major obstacles have been consistency.  There are days when I would reach my goal of $300+ in sales per day and then there are days where I would be lucky to make $50.  Regardless of the mixed results, those $300+ days are enough proof for me that my goal is achievable.

Before I share some of my recent sales, I just want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for the support I’ve received.  As I quickly (and abruptly) discovered, this is not an easy goal but your advice and words of encouragement have really have really made a difference, especially during those times when my focus and motivation starts to wane.

Again, thank you so much and I hope you enjoy this week’s sales!

Finds of the Week

Youth Michael Jordan Washington Wizards Jersey


Item cost:  $2.99

Winning Bid:  $31.00

Nike Running Shoes

Air Max Orange

Item cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $34.00

Polo Ralph Lauren Boots


Item Cost:  $9.99

Winning Bid:  $36.20

Star Wars Darth Maul Hoodie

Darth Maul

Item Cost:  $6.99

Buy-it-Now:  $79.99

This jacket was really cool!  The zipper extends to the top of the jacket where – when fully zipped –  it eventually forms the face of Darth Maul, a Star Wars character.  You can see through the eyes and there are slits for your nose and mouth so you can breath easily even when the mask is on.

I bought it because I thought it was cool looking and could potentially be my Halloween costume for this  year.  That was until I discovered how much this hoodie was going for.  A brand new one sold for over $200 so I was confident that I could sell it for this price.  It sold in one day!


$10,000 a Month in Sales: By The Numbers

Goal StairsI’ve always been a goal-oriented person. If I’m honest with myself, I’ve generally happier when I have a goal or task that I’m working towards – I’m not content to “just go with the flow” so to speak. This applies thrift store reselling as well.

(Please note that I use the term “sales” to mean the final ending auction value only. I am not including the shipping cost in these numbers. There also other factors to consider such as cost of goods, eBay fees, Paypal fees, and cost of materials, all of which will affect the bottom line.)

Some of you may recall that about a year ago I made it a goal of mine to reach $4,000 in sales for a month. This was exciting for me because, until then, I was averaging about $2,000-$2,500 per month in sales. These are decent numbers and definitely nothing to be ashamed about, but I wanted to challenge myself and $4,000 seems like a good number to work towards.

I remember being excited by this challenge and I remember how proud I was to achieve this goal last year. But after accomplishing it, I sort of just stopped and since then I’ve just been going with the flow. I was almost shocked that I achieved it so quickly and I realized that I may have set the bar to low.

I wanted to get motivated again and I knew that I needed another goal to strive towards – something extreme and that’s when the number $10,000 a month popped into my head! This happened before my trip last month and I knew that it would require some massive action on my part, which made it even more imperative that I recharge during my trip to Europe.

By the Numbers: My Plan of Attack

Goals Quote

So how exactly do I plan to achieve this monumental task? I remember writing down “$10,000 a month” on a notepad and feeling almost overwhelmed by that number; after all, I’ve never even come close to reaching that number before.

After a few anxious minutes, I calmed down, began to crunch some numbers, and I actually started to have some hope that this was actually achievable.

It can be overwhelming if you concentrate only on “$10,000 a month”, but it becomes less scary if you break it down into smaller, more manageable task.

Here’s what I came up with:

1. $10,000 / 30 (days in a month) = $333.33 per day (already sounding better)

2. $333.33 / $30 (the average sale price of my items) = 11 (the number of items that I need to sell in a day to reach $333.33, based on my average sell price).

Note: Sign up for eBay’s FREE Sales Report to get your own average selling price.

So that’s been my focus ever since I returned from my trip: every day, I need to find and list at least 11 items that I’m confident will sell for at least $30.  I hinted this in my previous Finds of the Week post, but I’ve decided to use more auction-style listings as oppose to the Buy-It-Now (BIN) format.  I’m using the BIN format for Nike’s, Air Jordan’s and Ralph Lauren items, but 90-95% of my items have a starting bid of $24.99.

I opted to use auction-style listings because I like the fact that it has a definite ending day (7 days).  If I list items every day, then eventually I’ll be in a situation where auctions are also ending every day and I’ll be receiving payments on a daily basis (assuming buyers are on their best behavior and pay like they’re suppose to, of course).

So far this has been the case.  I didn’t receive any payments during the first week (since the first batch of auction needed 7 days to complete), but since then I’ve been getting paid on a daily basis (anywhere between $50-$300) and it’s a great feeling to have something coming in on a daily basis!

It’s still a difficult task no matter how you look at it but, for me, breaking the $10,000 monthly goal down into this manageable, daily task feels a heck of a lot better.

First Impressions

I’ve been executing this strategy for the past three weeks and there are already a couple things worth mentioning:

1.  Understatement-of-the-Year Alert:  This. Is. Not. Easy!

2.  Between finding these items, listing them on eBay, and packing them for delivery, trying to make $10,000 a month in sales takes a lot of time.

3. I’m not going to find 11 item every day – some days are definitely better than others.

4.  This challenge/goal has got me motivated again and it’s just what I needed!

5.  The first week is the hardest because it takes 7 days for the first batch of auctions to complete.  If you go to the thrift stores everyday during that first week, then you could be in the red before you finally start to see some payments arrive.  Stick with it, though.  After the first week, you’ll start having payments arrive on a daily basis and it’ll be worth the torture!

These are important things to consider and I’m sure I’ll eventually have to alter and tweak my strategy moving forward.  Like I said, I’m not going to find 11 items everyday but I’m hoping that several of the items that I do find will sell over my average selling price to offset the unsold items.

Like these items for instance:

Polo Ralph Lauren Jacket


Sold for $47.00

Air Jordan Dub Zero

Dub Zero

Sold for $49.99

Donald Pliner Boots


Sold for $63.59

Not Afraid


I’ll be honest, there’s a part of me that thinks that $10,000 a month may be a bit of a stretch but I’m not afraid to try and I’m not going to back down from it either.  In the mean time, I’m going to continue to visit as many thrift stores as I possibly can and see what happens.

Regardless of the results, this challenge has given me a daily goal to strive towards and, as I mentioned in the beginning, I’m the happiest when I’m working towards a goal.  I’ve been having a blast so far!

Good luck at the thrift stores and I hope you have a great weekend!