Friday, April 9, 2010

eBay Coach Top 5 Thrift Store Items to Sell on eBay


When I am working with new clients, and teaching them about thrifting for items to sell on eBay, they often seem overwhelmed by the lists of "what to sell" and how much to pay for an item to resell. To simplify this process, I created my top 5 list that contains 5 items that I can regularly find that also sell for a nice profit.

Cashmere Sweaters

Look for 100% cashmere sweaters and sweater vests. Look for any style, any color, any size. Men’s or women’s. Make sure there are no moth holes or stains. The brand does not matter as long as the item is 100% cashmere. Don’t pay more than $5 per item. When preparing the item to photograph, remove any pilling. They will sell even if damaged -here is why.

Dansko Clogs

These are popular in the restaurant and medical industries because they are made of an oiled leather that repels liquids and protects the foot. These shoes can cost over $200 new. Look for the clog style. They come in European sizing and are unisex. Don’t pay more than $7 per pair. 

Eileen Fisher Women’s Apparel

This is a high end brand of women’s clothing sold at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Saks 5th Avenue. The fabrics are usually organic cotton, silk, and other very comfortable and expensive materials. Some of the pieces retail for over $300. The black pants do very well on eBay. Also look for tops, sweaters, jackets, and skirts. And if you are lucky enough to find these with the tags on them, that’s even better. Don’t pay more than $5 per piece.

Under Armour Apparel

Under Armour is a brand of athletic and casual wear made from performance fabrics. You can find this in men’s women’s, and children’s. The hoodies do great. Look for ANYTHING in good condition with this logo. Don’t pay more than $5 per piece.

Bobby Jones Men’s Golf Shirts

These cost around $100 new. You only want large, XL, and 2XL. The smaller sizes don’t sell. The ones with golf course and tournament logos do great. Even if it has a company logo, it will still sell.  Make sure you get the ones with the golfer design on the placket. Don’t pay more than $5.


Check out my online class, "The Profitable World of Selling Women's Pre-Owned Clothing on eBay" for a complete course on how to make money selling used clothing.

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