Monday, October 8, 2012

Thrift Store Haul for eBay Inventory

A few readers have contacted me asking to see a typical thrift store haul when I go shopping for eBay inventory. I just returned from a 2-hour thrift store shopping expedition and below is what I came home with.

16 100% cashmere sweaters, both mens and womens. We price these between $19.99 and $29.99 depending on the size, brand, texture (cable knit, 2 ply, etc.), and style (cardigan, v neck, hoodie, etc). Average profit per item here is $12-$16. Worst case scenario, profit is $192 on this batch. These usually sell within 4-6 weeks, faster during fall and winter.


4 ladies workout tops. Columbia (NWT), Rei, and 2 Nike. We price these at $19.99 and profit is about $12, so $48 profit expected on these items.

4 miscellaneous ladies wear - 1 sequined Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta t-shirt, 1 Masters Tournament jacket, 1 Ann Taylor top (NWT), and 1 Chico's top. Expected profit on these 4 items is also $48.

4 Mens items - Columbia coat (with $80 tag), Bobby Jones Golf Shirt, Alpaca sweater, Woolrich wool cardigan zip sweater. Estimated profit on these items is $125.

2 children's items - Gymboree top and legging set and London Fog snow suit / bunting. Estimated profit for these 2 items is $30.

Other - Vintage game ( still in original shrink wrap), Starbucks mug, and electronic Sudoku new in package. I have just been informed that my daughter is keeping the Starbucks mug, so scratch that.  Estimated profit is $66. 

Total paid for all items above was $167.27.

Estimated profit for this shopping trip = $509. Not bad for an investment of $167 and a few hours of listing.  I love this job!

The great new is that anyone can learn to do this! Profitable items are all around you in your own community if you know how to look for them. Check out my eBook on Kindle, What to Buy at Thrift Stores to Sell on eBay.

Also, keep in mind that 1/3 of this stuff will go to international buyers. The #1 way to increase your sales on eBay is to offer international shipping. If you aren't offering international shipping, you are leaving a lot of money on the table. Check out my eBay International Shipping Tutorial.)

Visit my Facebook group and network with other sellers who share their finds!

Happy Selling!

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