There are a lot of things to love about thrift store reselling. One of the aspects that I enjoy the most, however, is the learning and discovery part of it – especially when it relates to learning about new brands!
Sometimes I reminisce about when I started and I’m always amazed by how far my brand knowledge has expanded. When I first started, it was mainly Nike’s and Air Jordan’s – I’m a basketball fan so these are things are I already know and am familiar with.
While “starting with what you know” is a great strategy in the beginning, it can also limit your success if you only stick to your comfort zone. The truth is that thrift stores are filled to the brim with tons of different items in a wide-array of categories.
And guess what? Each section of the store if filled with valuable items. Stick to just one section and you’re basically leaving hundreds of dollars just lying around (that’s how I see it anyway). Sooner or later, you’re going to need to move past your comfort zone and expand into other areas as well.
On that note, I’m going to share with you an item that I recently discovered that will hopefully help you expand into one of my favorite categories – dress shoes! This dress shoe is very valuable but it’s “sneaky”- there’s a trick to finding them which I’ll explain a little later.
Florsheim is the name of the brand that I’ll be discussing. This company is over a century old and they’re best known for their men’s dress shoes, although they also make athletic shoes as well.
The funny thing is that I almost gave up on this brand. I’ve tried selling their dress shoes before but with very little success…until now!
You can ignore many of the company’s dress shoes but there is one style in particular that you should be on the lookout for at the thrift store: The Florshiem V-Cleat, 5 Nail dress shoe!
Here are some auctions that currently ended (all items are in used-condition, similar to most pairs that you’ll find at the thrift stores):
How can you tell if you found a pair of these valuable shoes? All you have to do is turn it over!
How To Spot a Pair
If you find a pair of Florsheim, turn the shoe over and take a look on the bottom. Here’s what you should be looking for:
The “V-Cleat” refers to a triangle piece that’s located on the heel of the shoe. Here’s a picture from one of the pairs that I found:
The “5-Nail” is exactly what it sounds like – it’s 5 nails and they’re located on the middle of the soles. Here’s what they look like:
To be honest, I’m not really sure what the purpose of these features are (I’m guessing it’s durability-related). All I know is that these are the types of Florsheim shoes that you should be looking for. I’ve recently sold two of these pairs for $49.99 each Buy-it-Now but I may try to use the auction-format the next time just to see what type of results I get.
These shoes are hanging out at your local thrift stores, I know they’re are! And you didn’t have a reason to peruse through the shoe rack, well now you have one.
The goal is to slowly but surely expand you brand knowledge so that you have something to look for in every single aisle at the thrift store. It may take some time but it’s definitely worth it and you’ll have a lot more fun in the process!
I’m constantly researching new brands so I’ll be sharing more valuable brands just like this one in the near future. If you enjoyed this post or you know someone who might, please share, Like, and tweet – I really appreciate it!
Until then, keep crushing it at the thrift stores and on eBay!