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Introducing my FREE 2-WEEK MINI-COURSE!!

“Don’t Know Where to Start?

If you’re new to thrift store reselling or if you’re looking for more great thrift store items to resell on eBay, I’ve got just what you need!

Introducing the FREE Thrift Store Reselling 2-WEEK MINI-COURSE!

I’ve been working on this course over the past 2 months and I’m glad to say that it’s finally completed.  Don’t let the fact that it’s FREE fool you.  This course is filled with tons of great items and plenty of useful information which has the potential to help you make hundreds and even thousands of dollars on eBay!

During the 2-week program, you’ll receive an email (almost daily) regarding an item that you should be looking for or a strategy that you should be using.  I intentionally included two (2) “rest” days so you can absorb all the information and hopefully use it while you’re at the thrift store.  I ultimately decided on this format because focusing on one brand or item a day allowed me to expand on the topic a little more and add more useful information (like tips on how to find them at your thrift store).

The 5 W’s of the Mini-Course

Who is it for?

I designed this course to benefit everyone.  For those just getting started, I’ve included thrift store items that are readily available (yet still very profitable) so you can get your first sale quickly and easily.  For the seasoned thrift store veterans, there are some vintage and EXTREMELY RARE items that has the potential to draw bids up to $400!  Regardless of your skill level, I guarantee you’ll benefit from this course!

What Can I Expect?

Which each lesson, you can expect to receive a combination of the following:

  • A thrift store brand or item that you SHOULD be looking for.
  • Pictures and descriptions of that item.
  • How much you can expect to sell this item for on eBay.
  • Tips and advice on how to find that item at your own thrift store.
  • An eBay or thrift store strategy that you should be using.

Where Can I Sign-Up?

It’s simple!  Simply type your name and email address in the form located on the sidebar.

When Can I Start?

Instantly!  As soon you sign-up for the course, you will start receiving lessons immediately and you can expect it the course to run for a full 2 weeks.  You can tailor the lessons to fit your own schedule – you can visit the thrift stores after completing each lesson or you can simply save the lessons and complete it when you have some free time.  The choice is yours!

Why Should I Do This Course?

You mean, aside from the fact that it’s FREE? :)

In all honesty though, the information in this course can and will help your eBay sales.  I’m confident in that.  All the information in this course is current – I continue to find each and every one of these items, and I’m still using each and every one of the strategies that I’ve outlined.  This information continues to make me money on eBay and there’s no reason why it can’t do the same for you!

I just wanted to finish off by saying that I’m here for you, not only as a guide if you need it, but also as a friend. I try my best to respond to all emails and comments, and I certainly do not hold myself above anybody. I’m not special, I’m just a regular Lakers fan (sorry, I had to add that in there!) from Hawaii who likes to visit thrift stores and sell on eBay.

Thrift store reselling is something that ANYBODY can do and I’m blessed to be a part of this wonderful community!  Thank you so much for your support and, if you’ve made it this far, I’d love it if you’d come over and say hi to me on Twitter (@thrift_reseller) or through email (thriftstorereseller@gmail.com).  I’m really looking forward to hearing from you!

Thanks and best of luck at the thrift stores!

-Meinard

Thrift Store Items You Can Resell on eBay (6/25/2013)

Hi and welcome to the June 25, 2013  edition of Thrift Store Items You Can Resell on eBay!

Each week I’ll post several pics of thrift store items that I’ve recently sold on eBay, as well as share with you the profits that I’ve made for that item.

Where Did The Time Go?

As I was writing that first sentence, I had to pause for a second to soak in the fact that we are more than halfway done with 2013.  Can you believe that?!  I swear I was just opening Christmas gifts and popping fireworks to ring in the New Year only a few days ago.  I’m a look-to-the-future kind of guy so I really don’t like to reflect too much on the past, but even I have to admit that time surely is flying fast.  Next thing you know it’s going to be Thanksgiving and I’m going to be talking about how it was just summer a few days ago.  Just watch!

Nonetheless, I hope you had an amazing first half of the year and an even better second half.  Here are some of my recent sales from the past week, please enjoy!

Finds of the Week

BOC Flower Sandals

BOC

Item cost:  $4.99

Buy-It-Now Price:  $39.99

I was actually pleasantly surprised by this sale.  I’ve never had too much luck with this brand but I took a chance on this pair because of the fun color and the nice floral design on the front.  Really glad my risk paid off!

Harley Davidson Beach Shorts

 Harley shorts

Item cost:  $3.99

Buy-It-Now Price:  $49.99

I didn’t even know that Harley made floral beach shorts.  Did you? For some reason, I just can’t imagine a bunch of Harley biker guys relaxing at the beach.

Vintage Duke Blue Devils Jacket

Duke Hoodie

Item cost:  $6.99

Buy-It-Now Price: $64.99

I’m not a Duke fan but I’ll start cheering for them if I sell more items like this.  You hear that Coach K?!

Thank you again for all your support and I hope you have an amazing week!

-Meinard

Should We Shop In the Shadows? Part I

shopping shadowA couple of days ago, I received an email from a fellow reseller in which an interesting question/topic was brought up.  For privacy reasons, I won’t mention the person’s name or the exact message, but I do want to send a thank you to that person for sending that email – it’s been an interesting few days of contemplating on it.

Here’s a breakdown of the question:  the reseller had mentioned to a thrift store employee that he was purchasing items with the intent to resell them for profit.  While the employee didn’t directly say this, it was still pretty obvious that they were upset with the whole idea.

Have I had any similar experiences?

Honestly, no.  On the contrary, the thrift store employees have been some of my biggest supporters.  They’ve helped me out on many occasions by helping me fight for discounts (“small rip? missing buttons?  30% off!”),  asking what particular brands I’m looking for, and even seeking me out in the store to notify me that a pair of Air Jordan’s or a Ralph Lauren jacket has just been placed on the sales floor.  I can’t thank them enough for how kind they’ve been towards me.

Do they know that I’m a reseller?  Yeah, they do.  I didn’t tell them directly, but many of them figured it out when they started to see me day after day after day haha.  It’s still not a big deal at my local thrift stores and it’s certainly not something that I feel that I should hide.  In fact, there’s another reseller at one of the Goodwill who I’ve gotten to know pretty well (after seeing each other so many times we just assumed that we were both selling on eBay) and we talk openly about our successes and strategies in front of everyone – workers included.

I’m sure very thrift store has a different position on reselling – some like it and some don’t.  I personally have no problem with what we do but I’ve spent the past few days thinking about possible reasons why the employee had an objection to it.

I was going to write one blog post on the entire subject but I think it would better as a series of post (I didn’t think I could write so much on the subject).  Here’s Part I of potential reasons for objections:

Just a Bad Day

This was actually my first reaction/response to the email I received.  Maybe that person was just having one of those days where nothing was going right and nothing sounds good, and the topic of reselling just so happened to be mentioned.  This is a possibility but it doesn’t hurt to delve deeper into the topic.

Is It Wrong To Make a Profit on These Items

This is also another possibility.  Some people have the belief that it’s wrong or greedy to try to make a profit.  And if that’s the case then there’s nothing we can do about that; after all, everyone’s entitled to their own beliefs and opinions.

Personally, I don’t think there’s anything wrong – morally or otherwise – to try to make some profit on thrift store items.  I’m not performing an illegal activity and I’m providing a service to buyers who are looking for these items.  Reselling thrift store items is a skill and it takes time, so why shouldn’t we receive compensation for it?

Actually, I think the problem is not that WE’RE making profits , I think the problem is that THEY’RE missing out on theirs.  Believe or not, thrift stores are trying to maximize their profits also and it must kill them to know that some of their items are worth A LOT more than they’re selling it for.

That’s why they’ve started to price some of their jeans for $129, that’s why some Goodwill’s stores have now started to sell on eBay, and that’s why some stores have now started to hire eBay Coordinators to maximize their online presence.  And, truthfully, I don’t have a problem with any of that either.  I think thrift stores do a lot of good in the community and they need money to fund these activities.  But obviously they don’t have a problem making profit, so why should we?

Bottom line:  Thrift stores set their prices, we buy them, and that should be the end of it.  I don’t think they should have a say on how we decide to use them, whether it’s for personal use or to make a profit.

What about you?  Have you experienced any resistance from employees about reselling their items for profit?  Is this an activity that we should keep to ourselves whenever we’re treasure-hunting at a thrift store?  What do you guys think?  I’d love to hear some additional perspectives on this subject!

Thanks for letting me rant and I hope you’re having a great weekend

Meinard

Thrift Store Items You Can Resell on eBay (June 7, 2013)

Hi and welcome to the June 7, 2013  edition of Thrift Store Items You Can Resell on eBay!

Each week I’ll post several pics of thrift store items that I’ve recently sold on eBay, as well as share with you the profits that I’ve made for that item.

San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game One

First, let me apologize for the lack of updates as of late – I have several projects (work and home related) that have taken up most of my time recently.  I  actually had some free time yesterday to share some of my recent sales but then Game 1 of the NBA Finals started and I already knew I was going to have trouble staying focused.  That was an exciting game but is there any way that BOTH of these teams can lose?  Someone get back to me on that :)  (Go Lakers!)

A few of the projects that I’m working on are winding down so I’ll have more time to write and visit thrift stores.  In the meantime,  I hope you enjoy some of my recent sales.  Have a great weekend and good luck at the thrift stores!

 

-Meinard

Finds of the Week

Vintage Chicago Blackhawks Sweater

Blackhawks

Item cost:  $6.99

Buy-it-now price:  $34.99

Vintage Youth Air Jordan

Stealth

Item cost:  $4.99

Buy-it-Now:  $39.99

Ralph Lauren Pullover

R Wing

Item Cost:  $5.99

Buy-it-Now:  $49.99

This jacket sold REALLY fast.  Probably could’ve sold it for more but oh well…on to the next one!

Danner Boots

Danner

Item Cost:  $6.99

Buy-it-Now:  $79.99

 

“Chicks Dig The Long Ball”

A few years ago, Nike created  one of their most memorable commercials entitled “Chicks Dig the Long Ball” which featured Mark McGwire, Tom Glavine, and Greg Maddux.  This is one of my favorite Nike commercials and, instead of trying to describe it, I thought I would just let you watch the sheer comedic awesomeness of this ad:

Obviously, this commercial aired before the current steroid scandal in baseball and it’s ironic that Glavine and Maddux will probably enter the Hall of Fame before McGwire does, but I mentioned this commercial because Nike does bring up a good point:  people (not just girls) dig the long ball!  The single or double is just as effective as getting runners to home base but let’s be honest, those plays just aren’t as exciting as a ball getting hit over 400 feet.  It’s the same in football, the 5-yard slant just can’t compete with a 50-yard bomb in ESPN’s Top 10 (unless that slant wins the Super Bowl of course, but you get my point).

The funny thing is that I find this to be true when it comes to reselling as well.  When my friends ask if I’ve found anything good recently, they’re slightly interested when I mention a modest sale (aka, a single)  but their ears perk up as soon as I mention a $100 or $200 item (aka, a homerun).  Honestly, these sales are rare for me and the majority of my items sell between the $20-$40 range, but they are definitely fun to talk about!

I’ve had a good run recently with these home run items and it doesn’t happen too often (and so close to each other also) so I thought I’d share some of my higher-ticket sales from the past week.  Hope you enjoy!

The Long Ball

Salvatore Ferragamo Shoes

Ferragamo

Item cost:  $6.99

Winning:  $122.50

Patagonia Jacket

Patagonia

Item Cost:  $8.99

Buy-it-Now:  $124.99

Patagonia Jacket

ultralite

Item Cost:  $8.99

Buy-it-Now:  $124.99

Polo Ralph Lauren Sweater

Polo

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $215.00

The timeline for this Ralph Lauren sweater was amazing and I basically made over $200 in about of 10 minutes.  Here’s how:

  • 0 minutes:  Item listed
  • 2 minutes:  3 watchers
  • 4 minutes:  Buyer asking for a Buy-it Now price (I didn’t have one so I asked her to make an offer)
  • 5 minutes:  Another buyer offers $100 to end the auction early (tempting but I passed; up to 10 watchers)
  • 6 minutes:  Buyer from 4 minutes asked me to make the first offer claiming she didn’t want to offend me (I didn’t answer immediately)
  • 7 minutes:  Another buyer offers $200 to end the auction early (I’m listening…)
  • 8 minutes:  I responded to the buyer from 4 minutes stating that someone offered me $200 and she can have it for $215 if she’s interested.
  • 10 minutes:  Buyer accepts $215 offer, payment sent immediately through Paypal.

I really had no idea how much this jacket was worth so it would’ve been interesting to see how much it would have sold for had I left the auction continue (my guess is that it would’ve ended around $300-$350).  But I was happy to make the $215 and the buyer had decent feedback so I decided to end it early.

With stories like this, is it any wonder why Polo is one of my favorite brands to look for at the thrift stores?  My Reseller Guide has an entire section dedicated to Polo Ralph Lauren to help you find items just like this.  And here’s a hint:  if you’re looking for Ralph Lauren items with the small Pony logo, you’re looking for the wrong stuff!

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

-Meinard

Thrift Store Items You Can Resell on eBay (May 11, 2013)

Hi and welcome to the May 11, 2013  edition of Thrift Store Items You Can Resell on eBay!

Each week I’ll post several pics of thrift store items that I’ve recently sold on eBay, as well as share with you the profits that I’ve made for that item.

Finds of the Week

Nike Kobe Basketball Shoes

KobeChina

Item Cost:  $6.99

Buy-It-Now:  $39.99

This particular pair is a great example of how well some basketball shoes retain their value.  This shoe is missing its shoelaces, has some separation in the midsole, has the usual scuffs and creases, and the logo on the tongue is missing some pieces…and yet it still sold for $39.99!

Polo Ralph Lauren Shirt

RedPony

Item Cost:  $6.99

Buy-It-Now:  $39.99

Birki’s Sandals

birkis

Item Cost:  $4.99

Winning Bid:  $37.77

Thrift Store Tip:  It’s the summer season and the weather is getting hotter so be sure to check out the shorts and sandals section at your thrift store.  I always have a good selection of these types of sandals in my area and they’re a steady, consistent seller.  Check out my Reseller Guide to discover all the brands of shoes and sandals that I target!!

Patagonia Jacket

Patagonia

Item cost:  $8.99

Buy-It-Now:  $124.99

Ride the NBA Playoff Wave

Crazy sports fanSince I started selling on eBay, I’ve always kept a close watch on what’s going on in the sports world.  If you haven’t noticed already, sports-fans are some of the most-loyal and downright craziest people you will ever meet.

 

I’m talking about the one’s that stand shirtless in the middle of winter during an NFL game or the one with those unusual rituals that they swear have an effect on the outcome of the game. Yes, I’m talking about those guys.  Who knows, you might actually be one of them!  These fans will do anything to support their team and that includes getting their hands on the latest team gear.

NBA Playoffs

The NBA Playoffs have officially started so now is the perfect time to get your basketball items posted and in front millions of fans.  As I write this, the following teams are still alive in the playoffs:

  • Golden State Warriors
  • Denver Nuggets
  • Memphis Grizzlies
  • LA Clippers
  • Boston Celtics
  • New York Knicks
  • Atlanta Hawks
  • Indiana Paces
  • Houston Rockets
  • Oklahoma City
  • Brooklyn Nets
  • Chicago Bulls
  • Miami Heat
  • San Antonio Spurs

These are the teams that you should be looking for at the thrift stores.  Unfortunately my Lakers were dispatched – rather easily I might add – by the San Antonio Spurs so they’re no longer in the hunt for the championship.  I guess there’s always next year – a phrase that I’ve been saying far too much recently.  But I digress…

In addition to team-related gear, you should also be on the lookout for individual apparel.  Lebron, Kobe, Durant, and Carmelo are all marquee names in the NBA and they have the corresponding shoe deals to back that up.  The shoe rack at the thrift stores is one of the first areas that I visit because, unlike jackets or shirts, these items are usually spaced out very well and it’s easy to spot the valuable ones.  Always examine the shoes for any rips or separation but don’t be afraid of a little dirt on the uppers or the soles, they can easily be cleaned off.

See related post:  How to Clean Thrift Store Shoes

Here’s some recent NBA gear that I’ve sold

Air Jordan Jacket

Reflective

Item Cost:  $6.99

Buy It Now:  $24.99

Nike Lebron James

2055

Item Cost:  $7.99

Buy It Now Price:  $69.99

Nike Lebron James Youth

South Beach

Item cost:  $3.49

Buy It Now:  $69.99

Thrift Store Reselling Tip:  Don’t forget to visit the kids section, some youth shoes are just as valuable as the adult version.  Unsure if the Nike’s at your thrift store are valuable?  Check out my Thrift Store Reseller Guide for my step-by-step guide to finding valuable Nike’s and Air Jordan’s!

Vintage Nike Shorts

TeamUSA

Item cost:  $3.99

Buy It Now:  $49.99

Thrift Store Items You Can Resell on eBay (April 22, 2013)

Hi and welcome to the April 22, 2013  edition of Thrift Store Items You Can Resell on eBay!

Each week I’ll post several pics of thrift store items that I’ve recently sold on eBay, as well as share with you the profits that I’ve made for that item.

Finds of the Week

Jambu Clogs

Jambu Wedge

Item Cost:  $4.99

Winning Bid:  $31.00

I still have a few auction-style listings :)

Vintage 2007 Nike Basketball Shoes

Zoom

Item Cost:  $6.99

Buy-It-Now Price:  $59.99

Thrift Store Reseller Tip:  The NBA Playoffs started yesterday so now is the perfect time to list your basketball-related items.  Oh, and Go Lakers!! (sorry, I had to sneak that in there.)

New With Tags Tommy Hilfiger Coat

Tommy Trench

Item Cost:  $6.99

Buy-It-Now Price:  $39.99

Some Recent Buy-It-Now Sales

Hi and welcome to the April 10, 2013  edition of Thrift Store Items You Can Resell on eBay!

Each week I’ll post several pics of thrift store items that I’ve recently sold on eBay, as well as share with you the profits that I’ve made for that item.

First of all, I apologize for the lack of updates recently.  I try to update the blog at least once or twice a week and my Twitter account daily but sometimes things and task and ideas spring up all of a sudden and unfortunately I get sidetracked.  I’m still very active treasure-hunting at the thrift stores and with listing items on eBay.  In fact, I’ve actually had some of my most successful thrifting days in recent memory and – with eBay’s recent free-listing promotion – it couldn’t have come at a better time.

The funny thing is that, even though eBay is running this amazing promotion right now, I still find myself using (and paying extra for) Buy-It-Now (BIN) auction.  I’ve just been having so much success with them and it’s been fun tinkering with different prices and strategies.  I have about 3 weeks before I open my store and hopefully by then I’ll figure how to maximize my auctions.  Prior to this, I’ve relied almost completely on auction sales so I understand that it may take some time to get  used to the new format.  But, in the meantime, I’m having success with it so I at least know that I’m moving in the right direction and, most importantly, I’m  having a great time in the process!

BIN Success

Nike Women’s Running Shoes

Wineberry

Item cost:  $6.99

BIN Price:  $49.99

Air Jordan

University

Item Cost:  $6.99

BIN Price:  $49.99

Thrift Store Tip:  Don’t forget to check out my Thrift Store Reselling Guide if you need help with identifying Nike’s and Air Jordan’s!

NHL Hockey Jersey

Hinote

Item Cost:  $8.99

BIN Price:  $99.99 or Best Offer

Best Offer Accepted:  $65.00

Air Jordan

Spike

Item Cost:  $6.99

BIN Price:  $79.99

Why I Can’t Wait To Re-Open My eBay Store

As you may recall, I opened up an eBay store a few months ago.  I knew a lot of other sellers who were having great success with it and I was curious to see how it could benefit my sales.  And although there were a lot of features that I liked at that time, I ultimately cancelled my eBay store subscription for one reason:  no more free-listings!

Opening an eBay store meant that you forfeited your 50 free auction-style listings per month – I have 2 eBay seller accounts which means that I would now be losing 100 free-listings per month.  This was something that I couldn’t give up and eventually became a deal-breaker for me.  Opening a store did entitle you to a nice discount on fixed-price listings but at that time I was concentrating heavily on auction-style listings so I felt that this benefit wasn’t really a benefit at all to me.

Change of Plans

Several things have transpired since then that have caused me to change my stance on opening an eBay store.

More Success With Fixed-Price Listings

In recent months, I’ve noticed that I’ve started to utilize more and more Buy-it-Now listings in my auctions.  This wasn’t some experiment I was trying to do; rather it was a strategy to avoid dealing with those pesky non-paying bidders.  You see, I started to notice that I experienced higher instances of unpaid items with certain items, such as Air Jordan’s and vintage Polo Ralph Lauren.  In some cases, I would have to re-list an item several times before finally having a successful auction and there’s nothing worse to me that wasting time.

So with these higher-ticket items, I’ve been doing a better job of pricing my items and using more Fixed-Price listings (with immediate payment required).   My auctions are now a good mix of auctions and fixed priced listings and this strategy has been really amazing for me so far.  With my use of fixed-priced listings getting higher and higher, that nice eBay store discount is starting to more and more tempting.

Here are some Fixed-Priced items that I recently sold

Ecco Sandals

ecco

Item cost:  $6.99

Sold for $39.99

Brooks Running Shoes

Brooks

Item Cost:  $6.99

Winning Bid:  $59.99

Harley Davidson Boots

Harley

Item Cost:  $9.99

Winning Bid:  $89.99

Seller Update

By far, the Seller Update that’s set to roll out has had the biggest impact on me in regards to opening an eBay store.  Of course, there are the standard benefits of cheaper fixed-priced listings and lower final value fees but there’s also some exciting changes that make opening an store practically a no-brainer (well, for me anyway).

The first update (starting on April 16th) is that eBay is now giving sellers the option of using auction or Fixed-Priced listings as part of their 50-free listings per month.  I love this update and it fits perfectly with my new auction strategy.  And if that got me excited, the next update pretty much crushed any hesitations I had about opening a store:  Starting on May 1st, you can now get anywhere from 150-2,500 free listings per month.  (It all depends on the type of store you open of course and you can click here for a more detailed breakdown of the benefits.)

That’s right, what was once my biggest objection to opening a store has been eliminated and I couldn’t be more excited.  Normally I list anywhere from 90-175 items per month so the basic store plan which gives me 150 free listings per month should work just fine for me.  The additional cost to open a basic store ($15.95 for a yearly commitment, $19.95 for a monthly subscription) is well worth it considering I already pay more than that per month in additional insertion fees after I’ve exhausted my free listings.

I’m planning on opening a store for just one of my seller accounts and see how it goes from there.  I would still be getting 50-free listings for the other account so the 200 free listings per month should be more than enough for my current pace.  But regardless, it feels great not having to worry about rationing my free-listings and I can’t wait to get started on my eBay store.

Is it May 1st yet?!?!

I hope you and your family are having a great Easter and good luck at the thrift stores!

-Meinard