The Quick and Dirty Guide to Selling Sewing Patterns for Profit ~ Part 2

Thanks so much for your enthusiasm about the first part to this tutorial. You can find the first part of “The Quick and Dirty Guide to Selling Sewing Patterns for Profit” here. (This post contains affiliate links. Click here for my full disclosure page)

A follow up post to the article The Quick and Dirty Guide to Selling Sewing Patterns. This post covers BOLOS, shipping, and listing on Ebay or Etsy. Make money online with sewing patterns!

For part 2, let’s take a look at a sewing pattern listing itself, discuss a bit on pricing and shipping a bit and then the best part….the BOLOs! (patterns to Be On the LookOut for). I guess I have still more to say!

The Sewing Pattern Listing

The listing for a sewing pattern can be super easy. I pretty much follow the same formula on Ebay and Etsy (I’m sure though if you looked at my listings you’ll see discrepancies from what I say here…some days I was bored. Or feeling like things weren’t selling fast enough so I tried switching things up. Or I was listing on my phone vs desktop.)

Title
For my title, I start with Brand and Pattern number. Then usually what the pattern is for, ex: “misses’ skirt”, then the size or sizes, cut or uncut, any other features, the designer (if any) and sometimes the words “sewing pattern”. I will sacrifice that last one if there are other more important things to include.

So a title may be: Vogue XXXX Christian Dior Evening Gown Size 12 Bust 32 Dress Cut but Complete
or
Simplicity XXXX Misses Skirt Sz 8 10 12 14 Uncut Pattern Full Long Modest

A lot of sellers just put Size 8 – 14 and I’m sure that’s fine. This is just the way I’ve always done it. When it’s a vintage sewing pattern and there’s just one size…I usually include the bust measurement as well. Since vintage sizing is not modern sizing, this gives the buyer a better sense of the true size.

Photos
I know many sellers just scan or photograph the front and back of the pattern and call it good but I like to go a bit further. I take pictures of the front, a close up of the outfit, the back, close up of the diagram, close up of the chart and description, the contents – pattern and instructions. This last one lets the buyer understand visually if it’s cut or not. If the pattern is older and collectible…then pictures of any condition issues of the envelope as well.

Listing Body
Here is where a good template can be handy. I’m not talking about a fancy schmancy template with roses and multi colors. Just an outline that you can use on any pattern listing and tweak the details. For example, you can type this up (or copy and paste this one) in a Word type document and paste it into your listing. Ebay has a custom template option you could use also.

(Intro line – I just copy and paste my listing title here)
Brand:
Pattern number:
Size:
Bust size:
Description: Pattern and instructions to make: (then I use a bit of description from the envelope itself)
Designer:
Year:
Condition:
Envelope condition:

You’ll notice that in my description above I put “pattern and instructions to make”. I do that to avoid (hopefully) anyone who thinks they are getting a finished product. More of a problem I think with costume patterns.

NOTE: I often get asked whether to list patterns as USED or NEW. If a pattern is cut, that’s easy. It’s used. But if a pattern is uncut…it depends. You’ll get different answers from different sellers and I change my mind on this kind of often. And it depends on the platform. I’m way more picky on Amazon than Ebay. Generally, if a pattern is uncut and the envelope is in fairly good to excellent shape, I’ll call it NEW. To me, I think that’s how pattern buyers understand it…If they’re filtering for new…they just want it to be uncut. However, if the envelope is torn or shows serious wear…I’ll use USED and then right away in the condition box I’ll say..”Uncut, factory folded pattern” and then go on to describe the damage.

Pricing and Research
Like most things we sell online, we need to walk the fine line between getting the most profit and pricing low enough to actually sell. We need to be realistic with sewing patterns. Many patterns will not sell for more than a couple bucks – mostly because there are SO many of them available. I personally am not a high volume, low price seller so I don’t list those patterns separately. They get re-donated or lotted up.
For research and pricing help, I look at Ebay, Amazon and Etsy. If you have an Ebay store, you now have access to Terapeak. Did you know that? I also use Worthpoint – especially for the older, collectible patterns.

Speaking of older, collectible patterns there is an AH-MAZING source of info for vintage patterns. It’s called the Vintage Patterns Wikia. It’s a huge, collaborative database of sewing patterns and it’s the best place to research the date of an older pattern. The fun part is that you can add a link to YOUR listing to that sewing pattern’s page.

Shipping
Here, I keep it easy. For average, lower selling priced patterns – say $25 or less…I just use a bubble mailer. First I insert the pattern into a plain, twist tie type bread bag and tape it closed. Then slide it into the bubble mailer. I’ve had many buyers thank me for the extra moisture barrier (even though my bubble mailers are also Tyvek) If you have an Ebay store…use that store credit for free bubble mailers!!! I just buy plain ones like these for selling on Etsy and Amazon. (get a variety of sizes…some patterns are bigger than others)

I don’t insert cardboard and so far, so good.

Now, if I’m selling a hard to find, vintage, antique or expensive designer pattern – I use a stay flat envelope like these. And I definitely use the bread bag first.

Nothing fancy. That’s me.

Patterns to Look For

Generally, we’re going to talk about newer patterns. As in, not the fab patterns from the 40s and 50s. That’s a whole ‘nother kettle o’fish. I do sell vintage patterns from those eras and no, they are all not home runs. Probably worth researching if you come across them though.

So, like the Star Wars themed one I shared in Part One, there are quite a few patterns that are costume or unusual that will sell for more than $25 and sometimes more than $50. These for the most part will probably catch your eye and I would think you’d probably check them naturally.
NOTE: If there’s a pattern I want to check while I’m thrift shopping, I use the Amazon Seller app or the Ebay app and scan the bar code (or cover on Amazon).

Here are some examples of a few eye catching ones:

Butterick 3048/3049 – Aladdin style costumes. The second number is the kids version. Fairly rare and sales range from $30-60
Simplicity 4559 – Hawaiian dress. This probably would have caught my eye since I know the popularity of events like VLV (Viva Las Vegas). Sells for about $50.
Simplicity 4443 – More Star Wars styles. Sells for $35-$50
McCalls M4695 – Renaissance or Historical costumes are always worth checking. Some are worth nothing, but patterns for men are usually a winner. This shirt pattern sells for $20-40
Simplicity 7543 – This was a new one to me. I’ll be looking for it now. Spiderman sells for $40-$45.
Simplicity 3858 – Another new one for me. Mexican dance dress has sold recently on Ebay for up to $60.
Simplicity 3637 – Elaborate Marie Antoinette style costume sells for $35-40 and more on Amazon.

What’s MORE interesting to me though are the surprises. Little, unassuming patterns that sell for good money. Let’s look at a few examples.

Simplicity 2245/0450 (yes, patterns sometimes have 2 numbers. If you’re not finding results under one, look on the instructions where the second number is usually listed). This is one I just discovered. I have seen Lisette patterns before and have generally ignored them. This SPECIFIC one is what I should be looking for though! It just sold for $100 on Ebay!! Who knew?
Simplicity 7481 – Ah everyone’s favorite holy grail pattern…the Daisy Kingdom wrap apron. I have sold this for as much as $75. Prices have come down a bit…but I’d still be shooting for $50 for an uncut one.
Simplicity 4993 – I’ve sold a couple of these but I know I must have overlooked it a few times before I found out. Research is so important! Sells for about $50.
McCalls M5136 – Dance dress that looks like a simple dress to me. Now I know. Has sold for about $20-35.
Simplicity 1442 – Another seemingly simple craft pattern that sells for about $50.
McCalls 5151 – Dog carriers. Sells for about $30.

Isn’t that awesome!!?? Of course it’s always fun to find one of the “big money” patterns but the reality is that selling sewing patterns is more about bread and butter…but you can definitely make a profit!

What about you? Have you sold a pattern whose value surprised you? Share in the comments below!


The Quick and Dirty Guide to Selling Sewing Patterns for Profit

After seeing how well-received my Quick & Dirty Guide to Selling Coffee Mugs for Profit was, I thought I’d throw together another guide for another of my niches. Sewing patterns. (This post may contain affiliate links. See my policy here. )

Everything you need to know about sourcing and selling sewing patterns on Ebay, Etsy or Amazon!

Selling sewing patterns is definitely not a get-rich-quick method that will solve all your reselling dilemmas. But patterns are a nice bread and butter type item that can be readily found, usually at an economical price and will sell with enough time. That seems to be the story of most of the niches I’ve settled into. Mostly solid, average type items…with a few amazing stand out items to keep an eye out for that will knock your socks off.

One example:

I sold this Simplicity Star Wars sewing pattern for $145 on Ebay. (note: this also sells under Simplicity 4450 – I put both numbers in the listing)

Granted, most of my patterns sell in the $10-15 range, but there are enough $25, $50 and higher patterns to keep things interesting. Before we get into the nitty gritty, here are:

A few things to know about selling patterns

They are easy to find, easy to list, easy to store and easy to ship. Total winner in my book – and in my husband’s (shipping department).

An open envelope does not necessarily mean a used pattern. If you were to go into a sewing store today and looked at brand new patterns, the patterns are open. An exception to this are vintage Kwik Sew patterns which are the only ones I’ve found that came sealed.

When you find sewing patterns in the wild, you’ll need to know whether they are cut, uncut or uncut and factory folded (FF). Let’s discuss this a bit more.

Cut vs Uncut

I’ve gotten to the point where I can pretty much feel an uncut pattern through the envelope. I will say that I have been fooled before (mostly in older patterns where the seamstress was super neat and practically ironed the pieces back together and the cut smaller pieces are hidden within the larger pieces). Here’s a picture of an uncut pattern. Pretty easy to spot. Nice and neat. When a pattern has not been opened and refolded (even if uncut) we call that Factory Folded.

Now here’s a picture of a cut pattern.

Is a cut pattern a deal breaker? Not necessarily. You just have to make some decisions. Generally, if a pattern is cut, you will need to count the pieces to determine if it is complete. Patterns will tell you somewhere (usually on the back of the envelope) how many pieces there should be. There should also be a diagram either on the back of the envelope or in the instruction booklet inside that will show you what the pieces look like.

Generally, a cut pattern will sell better, for more money, if you can affirm that the pattern is complete. You will describe them as “cut but complete”. Some sellers deal in high volumes of patterns at lower prices and so they just list as is. They state it is unchecked and will just refund if there’s an issue. Up to you.

Another decision you will have to make is if you even want to deal in cut patterns or not. Some sellers don’t mind counting the pieces. They grab a stack and do it while watching TV. They find that buyers are not necessarily put off by a cut pattern as it saves them a step in their sewing project.

NOTE: Older, vintage patterns usually came in ONE size per pattern envelope. Newer patterns are multi-sized. So if a newer pattern is cut, you need to determine to which size it was cut and include that in your listing.

Personally, I have determined that the supply in my area of patterns I can resell is plentiful and I can find uncut, factory folded patterns often. So I personally have decided to skip the cut ones. Just not enough time in the week. I will make exceptions for patterns I know fetch higher prices and for vintage designer Vogue patterns.

What patterns to buy

Here’s where it can get a bit tricky. Values on sewing patterns can range from pennies to $100s. As I mentioned, some sellers prefer to deal in volume and will list their patterns at low prices. Some patterns are not worth as much because there are still SO MANY of that particular one available.

Some popular sewing pattern brands are: Vogue, (various Vogue Designer series such as American Designer, Paris Original, Individualist, etc) Simplicity, McCalls, Butterick, Advance, Kwik Sew, Burda and many more smaller or private companies.

My favorite to sell is Vogue. Vintage designer Vogue patterns are just dreamy…the fashions of the past are so interesting! Even vintage non-designer Vogue patterns are just fun. Look at this one. (sold for $30)

You may remember from my Top Finds of 2018 post, I scored a giant sewing pattern haul which started from a pattern lot purchase on Mercari. There were many out of print designer Vogue patterns but also boxes and boxes of regular Vogue patterns..mostly from the 90s and early 2000s. These have been steadily selling on Ebay. Honestly, I need to get more added.

Love me my Vogue.

That’s not to say there aren’t sell-able patterns by the other companies. I sell a lot of Simplicity as well. McCalls and Butterick are also fairly steady.

As in any niche, research can be key. You may decide you just want to specialize in certain categories of patterns. You could then research those categories on Ebay and Etsy to see how profitable they can be. Keep in mind that your idea of profit and mine may vary – I try to spend less than 50 cents per pattern and list for minimum of $10. Your minimum may be higher and so more research will be needed to source patterns.

Here are some sewing pattern categories and if you click on the category you can see current asking prices on Etsy or sold prices on Ebay:

Vintage 40s / 50s / 60s / 70s patterns. Even 80s and 90s. Some sellers prefer to stick with vintage. Because these are definitely out of print they can be worth more. Also, there are people who still like to wear the fashions of the past. Some styles are even timeless so the demand for these patterns continues. There are also vintage sewing pattern collectors. They collect the patterns as fashion artwork.

Costume patterns. This is a category I’ve done pretty well with. Especially patterns that can be used at Renaissance Festivals or Cosplay conventions.

Craft patterns. So many crafty people out there!! And again, patterns go out of print. Only place to get them is online.

Dolls and doll clothing. Closely related to craft patterns, doll clothing patterns can be profitable. I’ve done pretty well with Barbie and American Girl size patterns. Sometimes lotting them up is the best way to sell them.

Baby / Children’s patterns. Personally, this is not my favorite category…no clue why. I ended up making up a “lot” of the kids patterns I had and selling them that way.

Where to source sewing patterns for resale

Thrift stores. My local Goodwills stopped offering sewing patterns recently…but then the other day I came across one that had a bunch and they were offering fill a bag for $4. Value Village (Savers) generally has sewing patterns as well. My closest one sells them for 49 cents (can be half that on sales days) but others I’ve gone to in the area prices them at 99 cents or even 1.99. My favorite little charity thrift offers them for 10 cents each.

Yard Sales and Estate Sales. Hit that craft room in the estate sale! I came across a few boxes of patterns years ago – they were all vintage – so I asked a price for all of them. Couldn’t believe when the price was like $10 or something. Several women were salivating over them as I carried them out to the car. 😉

Online. I have done this in my early pattern buying days. I have shopped Ebay or Etsy for large lots of sewing patterns and then resell them individually. I’m still tempted occasionally but then I remember my bins and bins of unlisted patterns! You can see sewing pattern lots on Ebay here. There are also lots for sale on Etsy.

Selling Apps. As I mentioned earlier, I sourced many patterns on Mercari. If you sign up through my link, you’ll get $10 to start with. Selling on Mercari is pretty easy too, so sometimes I sell some stuff from around the house and then use my earnings to go sourcing!
There are also options of buying patterns locally on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist and OfferUp. I found some patterns from a lady about an hour away and she was willing to ship if I paid extra.

Where to resell sewing patterns

Well, not a big surprise here but my answer will have to be Ebay and Etsy. But also don’t overlook Amazon. I sell a few patterns here and there on Amazon via Merchant Fulfilled. The shipping credit for patterns is more than what it costs to ship so you can add a buck or 2 to your profit.

I don’t list all patterns there on Amazon…mostly newer ones, in really great condition (the envelope too). Vogues do better for me on Ebay than Amazon. I would say that on Amazon – costume and craft patterns have sold the best. But I don’t have a ton listed there either. Just a venue to double check since I’ve found a handful of patterns that will sell for higher prices there.

Another option for selling patterns is on Facebook groups. You can search on Facebook for “sewing patterns” and all sorts of groups come up. Many sewing groups have a discussion group but also a sister “Buy/Sell” group. Just be alert to read the details. Many groups are vintage only.

In conclusion….

……selling sewing patterns for resale is a possibility to keep in mind. It may not interest you. Honestly, there are times when listing patterns makes me bored out of my gourd. This is why I end up with several reselling niches. I can hop around and when one goes quiet…the others pick up the slack.

Stay posted for a follow up article to this one, probably within the week. I didn’t get a chance to cover the sewing pattern listing itself and I also want to share with you a list of (sometimes surprising) BOLOs in the pattern world. I just learned of another one today while I was researching something for this post.

Update: 8/15/19 – Part Two is here! Click here to check it out!
Part Two – The Quick and Dirty Guide to Selling Sewing Patterns for Profit

June Update: Road Trip Picking and What’s Been Selling?

So I didn’t really want to just throw another thrifting haul post out here because the last time I was here…it was a haul post and we talked about the Profit Pile dilemma. But sometimes when I haven’t blogged for a bit, it’s the fastest way to ease back in.

But I’ll change it up a bit and share a bit of what’s been selling as well.

So in May, our little family went on a road trip to visit family and friends. We were gone for about 16 days. We traveled from Washington to Montana, down to Moab, UT and back home again through Idaho and Oregon. Of course we did some thrifting along the way. 😉

I did try to control myself a bit. lol. Some thrift stores I went in and didn’t buy anything. I went to Goodwills, a few smaller thrifts in Montana and Utah, a Savers (first time for me! I usually go to Value Village – I know, I know, same store) and a couple Idaho Youth Ranch thrifts. I also shopped in an antique mall and a private vintage dealer that my MIL is friends with.

It’s a fun side aspect of road trips. Hubby doesn’t mind and my boys are troopers. They get to hit different driving ranges (FORE!!) and I get to hit the thrift stores. It all works out.

I’d like to say I have all of the stuff above listed….but I don’t. Eh…profit piles?? What did I tell you? The awesome Branchell plastic handled flatware is listed on Etsy and so are the Oster beehive blender recipe books. The Taylor & Ng mug I think turned out to be current, not vintage so I popped it on Ebay. The whimsical wooden egg cups are listed but I haven’t gotten to the Irmi nursery switch plate covers or the Bakelite handled cake breakers.

Not shown are the many, many sewing patterns I seemed to have come across in every thrift store I went into. lol. Just what I needed…but some were hard to resist. Like this one:

I have been making a concerted effort to load up my shops with my niches. I have loads and loads of patterns and I seem to come across good ones fairly regularly. But they can’t sell if they’re not listed. So I’m trying something kind of new for me…it’s called “working hard”. ROFL. I crack myself up.

What I’m doing is actually thinking ahead about what I want to list. I normally give in to my short attention span and just grab some random items that either I just bought or that are in plain sight. I love research and so that part can slow me down.

So yesterday I grabbed about 20 patterns that were all the same brand, the same type and generally the same sizes. So I listed all Vogues, all dresses and then grouped them by size and photographed them in that order. I took all my photos, edited the photos all at once and then sat down and pounded out half the patterns last night and the other half this morning before the kids got up.

This has been recommended for YEARS by seasoned resellers but I always found excuses. I do 5 coffee mugs and I’m like….*yawn*. But I have to stop thinking and just start listing! Otherwise I will never make a dent in my pattern/flatware/jewelry backlogs. Today I pulled out some flatware and when my kiddos are done with their school work, I’ll take a bunch of pictures.

And I did sell one of the patterns I listed already! It was this one:

I may have been able to squeeze a few more bucks out of that one but I was still balancing research time vs listing time. And I ended up selling another pattern today for $25 so that was good.

Flatware sales have been doing pretty well also. Once I opened my shops back up after vacation, it seems I sold a ton of flatware! I realized my shops’ inventory was getting low. The slower selling soup spoons and knives are what I mostly have left. So I was happy on our trip to come across a set of Oneida Mansion Hall flatware that I could piece out. I paid up for it…paid about $54 for the set but I’ve sold $135 worth so far.

I also scored some dinner forks and teaspoons by Oneida in the Clarette pattern and I’ve sold about half already.

I also wanted to update you on a couple sales from the anniversary trip thrift haul in my last post. I ended up taking an offer for $40 for the Paragon cup and saucer. It was after our trip and I wanted sales! Had to fill up the coffers!

Also, the Totem serving spoon from that last haul sold pretty quickly for $24.99.

To wrap this up, I just want to mention a couple other things I found on my road trip. These weren’t vintage or even in my niches but they are something I keep an eye out for. Blank media. You might even say, blank obsolete media. There is still a demand for it. These microcassettes (for voice recorders and answering machines) and Sony MiniDiscs sold within 24 hours of listing them, for $28.99 and 49.99. Always worth double checking!

Well, I’d better get back to work! How has your Spring been going for reselling? Staying busy? Lots of yard sales to hit? Feel free to comment below!

Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, How Does Your Profit Pile Grow?

This is how. (This post contains affiliate links..you can see our full disclosure here.)

My thrift haul of (mostly vintage) items from thrift stores and an antique store. Flatware, costume jewelry, sewing patterns and some decorative collectibles!
A’thrifting we will go…..

((Stay tuned down below for more info on my finds from this picture…this is also a thrift haul post…I promise))

So my 20th anniversary is this week and we are such procrastinators that we didn’t really plan much for it. We’re not the lay on a sunny beach type people so we didn’t have some tropical getaway plan from way back to mark our 20th. We’ve got some other trips planned this year and so that’s what we’re saving our money for.
We did have in mind to get away this past weekend and we did. Brought the kiddos and visited some friends. And thrifted!

You may be wondering from my title what a profit pile is. You, as an Ebay or Etsy reseller, may know it as a death pile. It’s the backlog of inventory that grows faster than you can list it. A “death pile” will slowly grow and suffocate you…but that’s too stifling. If we look at it in a more positive way….as a “profit pile” – that focuses on the potential. It’s just MONEY sitting around your house. It’s motivating!!

Now we don’t all start out thrifting and reselling with the goal of having a profit pile…but honestly, as we’ve said before, thrifting and shopping is MUCH more fun than listing and shipping. At least for me.

And this weekend, I kind of had an epiphany about WHY the profit piles grow, even if you are consistently listing. Yes, I know I just said I shop too much, lol. But there’s another component. I’ve tried really hard lately when I have a shopping weekend or splurge…(see my latest YouTube videos) to get all of it photographed and listed right away. And I’ve done pretty well with it.

However, and it’s a big however…there are always a few random items that DON’T get listed right away. Maybe I hit a wall in my research. Maybe it needs an extra bit of TLC or cleaning. For example, I have 2 utensils sitting next to my sink that have been there for a month or so. They have sticky residue that didn’t come off with the price tag in the warm water bath. I need to use Goo Gone or Goof Off or something. Just haven’t done it. So there they sit.

So every time I thrift…80% or so gets listed right away and the other 20% (hopefully usually less) gets added to the profit pile. Sigh. So what can be done about it?

Banner image with title for blog article. 5 Tips for conquering your reselling inventory backlog.

But first….the finds…

Well first, let’s talk about what I found…cuz that’s more fun! lol.

Thrifted costume jewelry. Mostly clip earrings. Some by Marjorie Baer, Trifari. Some modernist copper. Enamel on copper cuff links.
The jewelry haul…

Some fun jewelry finds. The bracelet is unsigned. The bunny brooch is Sarah Coventry. I’m loving that pewter looking brooch. It’s made in Sweden (swoon) and the artist I discovered is Borje Tennung. You can see more of his work here on Etsy. Some other faves are the enamel on copper cuff links as well as the modernist copper earrings. They are unsigned too. The plain gold colored ones are St John. Nice! (Not St John’s Bay…the expensive St John). And two favorites are the Marjorie Baer earrings. They are the chunky dangly ones top right and the wire wrap distressed copper ones. I’ve sold her designs before. She is still designing in the San Francisco area and has been for 30 years. Her items are often just signed MB SF.

The MB SF mark on Marjorie Baer's jewelry.

I also found some flatware. Mostly odds and ends of things. Here are a couple stand outs. This serving spoon (actually Hubby grabbed this one) is by Towle.

Supreme collection by Towle stainless flatware. Totem pole design on the handle.

Plus these salad servers.

Carved wood phoenix salad serving utensils. Lebanese in origin.

Thanks to some folks in the Facebook group “Got Vintage Dealer Support Group” (see, like I said in my how to research vintage post, these groups can be invaluable), I learned that these are Lebanese. Made by Said and Alfred Haddad. You can see more on Etsy here.

Okay, here’s another favorite. This skunk family by deLee Art. Gotta love some good California Pottery.

Ceramic skunk family figurines.

Mr and Mrs Skunk and their kids, Stinkie and Phew. Love that their labels are on them still with their names. And check out the fun maker label:

Original sticker for deLee Art. California. Hand decorated.

deLee Art made some other cute stuff. Check out some of it on Etsy.

Can’t beat a good anthropomorphic find! Remember that word? (Selling Vintage A to Z….A is for Anthropomorphic). Along those lines I also found these giraffe salt and pepper shakers.

Tall ceramic giraffe salt and pepper shakers, wearing hats and polka dotted bow ties. Imported by Tilso Japan.

Aren’t they cute? They are imported by Tilso Japan. Not a name I was familiar with but the giraffes were too cute to pass up.

Now in to a completely different direction. This light fits on a Polaroid SX-70 camera. The white one with the rainbow that is always a fan favorite. And amazingly enough, I HAVE one right now in my profit pile. 😉 Gotta love it when that works out.

Q light for a polaroid instant camera.

I have sold this set before for a nice chunk of change so I’ll find out if the market has changed greatly or not. I just realized that I sold it almost exactly 7 years ago to the day…time flies when you’re having fun!

Both pieces need a bit of clean up (hence the profit pile) so hopefully I’ll get these listed before the week is out. The nice thing is that the sale was on Etsy where the listings last forever. So it’ll be a quick “copy” of the listing to get this one going.

Okay one more item before we get back to our main topic. I went a bit out of my comfort zone on this although I have bought cups and saucers before. Just not too many. I have heard that Paragon is a good brand so I took a chance on this one.

Paragon Hortensia cup and saucer in light teal blue.

The pattern is called Hortensia. I can find it more often in white. I did find a sold for a pink one that sold well…but now I can’t find the listing again. I learned from that listing that the shape is called “corset”. See? So much to the teacup trade I have no idea. I don’t even see any other blue ones anywhere online. Could be good, could be not. I’ll let you know.

Okay, I guess we’d better get back to our topic. If there’s anything in the top picture that you’re curious about, feel free to reply below.

Let’s discuss how to handle your reseller profit pile:

  1. Okay, we’ll start off by addressing the elephant in the room. Stop thrifting. Choose a set amount of time and just work out of your already purchased inventory. Don’t add to it. I’ll be honest, this is the hardest option.
  2. Strictly limit your thrifting. Okay, so just because something IS sellable, doesn’t mean you have to be the one to flip it. There will ALWAYS be more things out there. So either become SUPER discerning as you thrift or go out to the thrift stores less often each week/month. List what you thrift immediately, which should be doable because you’re buying less. Then also take 5 or 10 items from your profit pile and list those as well.
  3. Along with number 2, set yourself some challenges to keep it interesting. Don’t go thrifting again until your 5 or 10 items are listed. Make thrifting a reward not a daily habit.
  4. Find an accountability buddy or group. If you’re part of a Facebook reselling group or the Instagram reselling community search out some accountability threads. Or connect with another reseller with similar goals and hold yourself accountable. I’ve done listing challenges on the blog before…would you like me to do another?
  5. Make sure your profit pile is easily accessible. Sometimes stuff gets “binned” and it’s true…out of sight, out of mind. Pull the 5-10 items you need to work on and get them in your workspace. Little chunks at a time will seem not so overwhelming.

Do you have any other ideas that have worked for you? Have you ever done a thrifting fast and been successful at whittling away at your profit pile? Share your ideas and experiences below!

Personally, I know I need to do something. I think I’m going to work on a combination of numbers 2 and 3. Starting today! Because it’s my anniversary and I know I will be thrifting before the day is out!

Giveaway: Who Supports Your Hustle?

Reselling can, at times, be a lonely business. If you work at it full time at home, sometimes your only interactions are at garage sales or thrift stores…and maybe your friendly neighborhood postal worker. You don’t have co-workers per se and your watercooler conversations happen online via social media.

But most of us have at least one someone who is in their corner. Someone who gets the dream and supports the hustle. This post is a tribute to all those someones. (This post may have affiliate links. See our disclosure page for more details)

In my case, my family (immediate and extended) has always been pretty supportive. They may not have completely ‘got it’ right away but now they do enjoy the flipping stories.

But my main tribute goes to my hubby, Mr. Recycleista. He has been a reseller himself and actually is getting back into the game a bit. He just re-opened one of our Etsy shops selling vintage hardware and salvage type pieces. Feel free to go check out Tahoma Salvage on Etsy.

But more than that, he does so much to support my hustle. (Okay, my hustle is sometimes more like a shuffle.) He is my packing and shipping department. This is huge! He has a natural knack for it so he took on that task early on. He’s quick and efficient and our feedback mentions packaging like 75% off the time!

He also supports my love of thrifting. On weekends and evenings if I need a thriftbreak, he keeps our 2 rugrats busy and lets me have that “mama time”, lol. Important for a stay at home, work at home, homeschooling mama. But he also thrifts with me! Our vacations and weekends away always have thrift stops scheduled in.

He is also indispensable with inventory management. We have a small-ish space and are often shuffling inventory around. Look what he just built me for my flatware:

So what about you? Who supports your hustle? Is it a spouse, a parent or a child? Maybe Grandpa was a wheeler dealer and hustler from way back and gets you.

Maybe….it’s not anyone in your immediate circle. Your family might still be doubtful or even outright opposed. But there are people that you CAN turn to…either in your circle of friends or online. A big role of the Reselling Communities on social media is support. Other people who get it. People who cheer you on, who are thrilled with your flips and can commiserate with the flops. Maybe your hustle support comes from someone online.

Now for the giveaway info.

In order to win this Rae Dunn “Hustle” mug….this is what you need to do:

  1. Leave a comment below telling me who supports your hustle. If you’d like to explain a little, feel free.
  2. For a bonus entry….sign up for my newsletter. Let me know in your comment that you are already a subscriber or that you just subscribed.
  3. Make sure your email you use while leaving a comment is one you check regularly as that’s how the winner will be contacted.

So each person can have 2 possible entries. One for commenting and one for subscribing. The contest will run until Sunday, February 17th at midnight PST. The winner will be announced Monday, February 18th.