There is a fortune to be made in reselling hidden gems that you find at thrift stores, yards sales and Goodwills. The hard part is knowing what to look out for.
A couple years ago I went into my nearby Goodwill everyday (sometimes twice a day) and studied the racks and shelves. I looked things up as I went on the eBay app to learn what resold for good money and what was junk.
Because I had just let college, I was desperate to make a full-time income online and wanted to do it by selling used stuff on eBay. Somehow, I succeeded.
I’m still learning new profitable clothing brands and other things, but I have a good base of knowledge to build on.
When I first started reselling, I would go into a Goodwill and not have any idea what things were valuable. I would scan clothing racks and be glad if I found a Nike shirt or a North Face fleece that I’d make $5 profit on. Now I try to get at least 5 times my initial investment.
And the more I learned, the more my eyes were open to to the sheer amount of potential inventory I could buy.
All of a sudden, the problem went from not knowing what to look for, to having to stop myself from buying too much inventory.
For the past few months I’ve slowed way back on working on reselling clothing because I’ve been focusing on writing more.
I’ve listed less than 20 things on eBay in the last month.
Still, I have over 500 things listed and make more than $500 profit each month on the site because of how much stuff I listed earlier this year. Here are my gross profits for the last few months:
One of the most fun thing about reselling on eBay is that there is always more to learn.
And the more I learn about obscure things that sell on eBay, the more amazed I get about how there’s a market for everything.
Here are 4 things little known things that I’ve sold online for profits.
4 Strange Things To Resell
1. Stuffed Animals
Recently I sold an ugly stuffed animal on eBay for $50:
This was the ugliest stuffed animal that I’ve ever sold (or seen). But because it’s a toy from the 1980’s, people still collect them.
In the past I’ve also sold a pair of raggedy Ann and Andy’s, a Toy Story Woody plush, and a huge stuffed bear.
And contrary to what a lot of people think, Beanie Babies are worthless.
2. Printer Ink
If you have a laser jet printer you know that printer ink is expensive.
So it might not surprise you that you can sell sealed, expired printer ink on eBay for good money. If the ink isn’t expired, you can ask for a little more money.
Here are some ink that I have recently sold.
True, I only made about a $4-$5 dollar profit off each ink. But these small sales add up.
A couple of years ago I would go dumpster diving on a regular basis. There were only one or two dumpsters that consistently had good stuff- the main place was the office supply store $taplez.
Sometimes they would throw out boxes of expired but unopened toner cartridges. This was the jackpot for me because a lot of them would sell for over $40 and I got them for free. I must’ve made over $1000 from the things I pulled out of that dumpster.
3. Used Books
Books are some of the best things to flip online. For one, you can sell used books on Amazon using their FBA (Fulfilled By Amazon) service. This means you get to sell on the biggest marketplace that the human species has ever known.
And to make matters better, used books are plentiful, usually cheap to buy (usually $1-$2), easy to ship, and have good margins.
Here’s a couple of profitable used books that sold on my Amazon account in the last month. I got both of these books for $3 or less:
Also, I’ve sold a few old instruction manuals on eBay. People will pay for a manual to an obscure electronic because the manuals are rare.
4. Weird Clothes
Clothing is my favorite thing to sell on eBay.
Like books, clothing is plentiful and cheap to buy at thrift stores. Also, it’s easy to list, easy to store and cheap to ship.
There’s nothing better than stumbling across a strange, vintage piece of clothing that sells for good money. Whenever I’m scanning the racks and see a brightly colored shirt with a weird design, I get excited.
Here are a couple weird pieces of clothing sold in the last 2 months for $20 or more:
As you can see, these pieces of clothing are unique and vintage. The first is a WWE undertaker shirt and the last two have unique and eye-popping designs.
These are the types of things to be on the lookout for!
Open Your Eyes
In reselling, the more you learn the more you’ll earn. With each new clothing brand, book, or electronic that you sell, the more you build on your knowledge. And as your expertise increases, so will your earnings.
Besides writing and designing my Kindle ebook covers on Photoshop, I don’t have much artistic ability.
But I’ve heard artists say that making art is about learning how to see.
Reselling is like art: the most important part is learning a new way to see.
Most of the things you find on the shelves of a thrift store, or on the tables of a garage sale will be worthless. The trick is to be able to block out all the ‘noise’ and focus on the few profitable things that could be worth money.
There is an endless amount of profitable, weird things to resell on eBay and Amazon.. Be on the lookout for these things the next time you find yourself at a yard sale or a thrift store!