I debated writing a blog post about thrift store shopping with your spouse–the rewards and the challenges. Then I realized my story involved a flip…so it became this week’s Wednesday’s Flip of the Week.
First I must say, I’m very fortunate my husband LOVES thrift store/yard sale shopping. He never minds stopping at one…in fact sometimes I have to curb it…so our spending doesn’t outpace our selling.
At the moment my husband is very involved, since he hasn’t found work since our cross-country move. He’s been helping me take pictures, measure things, figure out shipping and he even started listing!
The other great thing is that he sees things at thrift stores I would NEVER look at.
For example, the items in these pictures. This vintage scuba gear was spread out throughout the store and found on 2 different days. He had a feeling and went with it. Total investment: $4.50 and as you can see before fees we made over $60.
Would I have bought these? No. Turns out they sell because people not only collect vintage scuba gear, there are clubs who dive using ONLY vintage dive gear. Who knew?
Another advantage is hitting more of the store at once. He’s learning brands, so he hits the men’s side…the shirts, shoes and neckties while I hit women’s and kid’s.
Plus he usually takes the rugrat with him. Makes me hope he doesn’t find work soon! Almost.
No! They’re also for….beer! No just kidding. What I was thinking was they’re also for making profit! I know many of you have heard of this, thought of this, or have done this yourself, but it’s something I want to revisit.
The Moose Drool mug in the picture was one of our own..but purchased at Goodwill of course! My husband grew up in Montana and we had enjoyed a glass or 2 of Moose Drool when we visited his family. I saw the mug one day and thought my husband would like it. In our quest to sell anything and everything, my husband came up with this mug.
We listed it and as you see, my $.29 investment yielded $13.50.
That’s the great thing about mugs. They are in plentiful supply and generally are only $.25-.50….maybe even less at yard sales.(unless your thrift store has caught on, like mine did and priced all Starbucks mugs at $2 or more!) They cover all sorts of subjects and people like to collect them.
My problem in the past had been that I only tried to sell mugs at auction. I’d run it for a week…and if the right ‘John Deere’ aficionado didn’t happen to be browsing, the mug wouldn’t sell. I’d say…oh well and try to unload it at my next yard sale.
But having an eBay store changes everything. For a lower cost, my mugs can sit and wait for the right buyer to come along!
What’s your input? What successes have you had with coffee mugs? I’d love to hear!
I thought from time to time (ok I guess my title commits me to weekly!) I would share one of my successful eBay sales stories. Part of my thrifting adventures involves looking for items that are begging to be matched up to new owners. And ok, my goals aren’t completely altruistic…we need to pay our bills! We are in the same boat as many of you.
This is a young boy’s navy blazer with brass buttons that is made by Talbots Kids. It was a size 14 regular. Found it at a thrift store for a couple dollars. I didn’t buy it the first time..went home…remembered to research it..found out it was probably worth selling…returned the next day and was fortunate enough to find it. I’m not usually that fortunate. (When we get on our feet again I AM getting internet on my phone!!!!)
Anyway, the blazer sold for $42. My pictures aren’t even that great. I’ve been playing around since we’re living in my folks’ spare room after our move. My setup isn’t that great, but I took a bunch..all the details, buttons and tags. Talbot’s Kids in general is a fairly good seller..as part of lots..or outerwear and jackets separately. This blazer sells consistently for good prices. You can see the current completed listings here.
Ok..the idea for this blog has been brewing for awhile…and I’m sure it will still be a work in progress. I have a list of ideas of possible posts swirling around in my brain…maybe it will help to get them out.
- my thrift store scores
- crazy/cool/unique things i see at thrift stores/garage sales
- my flips…things I found and resold at a higher price. Therefore tips for you! Things to keep on the lookout for at thrift stores.
- thrift store items (TSIs) or found objects… repurposed, reused, renewed either by me or by you or by someone else.
- when we finally settle into our new home..be it apartment or (please oh please) a house of our own…my adventurings in outfitting it with handmade, second-hand and of course vintage items. How more green can you get than thrift store shopping???
- cool things other people found at thrift stores
Ok…that helped. I will probably blog about all of it! Please stay posted!