I am not sure if it is the area that I live in or the fact that everyone is buying to resell on Ebay. But….thrifting for profit has been a bit challenging lately.
One thing that keeps my head above water is that I look for the items that are rare, unique, and/or one-of-a-kind. Why spend countless hours sorting through the racks to find another stale Free People item? Seriously, Free People is not what everyone makes it out to be. In fact, the only time that I have been lucky selling Free People is when I found wadded up shirts at the Goodwill Outlet. Yes, people thought they were destroyed garbage and didn’t give them a second glance. But then I come in and scoop them up for a win. It’s all seriously just a game.
You could consider my lucky Free People finds as diamonds in the rough. But what I am really talking about are the items that nobody wants because they have never heard of them before. Remember a couple years ago when I found that badass Junker Designs leather jacket?
Yeah, it sold for over $400. Nobody else gave it a second look because they had never heard of the brand before. I could tell just by touching it that it was expensive. The quality and details of it were just too awesome. I am so glad that I found it a new home.
Another rarity that I made a hefty profit on were a set of vintage photo albums from Japan. It was a complete set of 1-10 and titled “Photographic Views of Japan”. They sold on Etsy for $250 about 2 year ago as well.
A more recent overlooked money maker was this cross stitch pattern that I found and sold on Ebay a few weeks ago. It had been opened and was just missing the needle. Everything else was there. Even though it was missing an item, it still sold for $90!
So, I like to let everyone beat each other to the punch on finding the scarce Vinces, Frye’s, and Patagonias. I’ll stick with the big profits and super cool items any day.