Best Selling Items On eBay: My Top Sales From 2020

Last Updated on July 25, 2020 by Lee Meier

Best Things To Sell On eBayWondering what the best selling items on eBay are? Here are 81 of my best eBay sales so far this year.

Everything on this list has been purchased at the thrift stores to flip for profit.

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Now For The Top Sales Of 2020

Prices are approximate (unless otherwise noted) as I generally pay for items by the pound.

From least to most….here they are!

81. CRV Floor Mats

crv floor mats

I usually prefer looking for clothes when I’m out sourcing.

But every once in a while I have some down time while I’m waiting for new items to come out.

During those down times, I usually go through the hard goods (non-clothing items).

The shipping cost shown above is for shipping to my own location. The actual shipping the buyer paid was $34.28.

In reality, it only cost me $17.84 to ship it with eBay’s FedEx discount. So I actually ended up making some on shipping.

Anytime you have something very heavy, very large (like this item), or both heavy and large, the cheapest shipping method is FedEx.

Paid: $5.00

Time to sell: 6 months

80. Second Skin Compression Pants

These pants were in excellent condition, found in the bins. If you’re not familiar with this brand, they won’t say “Second Skin” anywhere on the item.

The only way to identify these is with the second skin logo which is basically two “S’s.” It looks like this:

These particular pants “sold” twice. The first time for $15 but were unpaid for.

Then this time for almost $20 plus international shipping to the UK. You can learn how to do international shipping here.

Paid: $1.00

Time to sell: 10 days (the first time), then 7 days

79. Men's Silver ZAC Jeans

Silver is a great bread and butter brand to keep your eye out for. I especially love when I am able to find them in men’s as men’s clothing always seems to sell better for me than women’s.

These were not in perfect condition so I got a little less than what you might get for a pair in excellent condition.

Paid: $1.50

Time to sell: 11 days

78. Vintage Coach Purse

I’ve had this one for a while! I bought several purses at the same time (all found in the bins). And this is the last one to sell.

Surprisingly one of the ones listed at the same time was a Wilson’s bag that sold within the first day or two of listing.

I’m unsure of exactly how long I had this because this bag got re-listed when the first buyer made an offer and I didn’t have best offer turned on.

Because I had sent out offers, I was unable to edit the listing and had to create a new one.

I’m guessing it took this long to sell because I accidentally have best offer turned off.

You can read here about why I strongly suggest using best offer on almost all listings.

Paid: $2

Time to sell: 6 months?

77. Bob Mackie Jacket

This sale came from a repeat customer.

The other item she purchased was a Very Vollbrach Animal Print/Duck Jacket that is also on this list as well as on 17 Unique, Modest, or Just Plain Ugly Clothes To Sell.

You can convert customers into repeat buyers by:

Paid: $2.00

Time to sell: 2 months

76. Zumba Pants

I love coming across any type of “specialty” item. By specialty, I mean anything that is specific to a particular activity.

Things like fishing gear, wrestling shoes, etc. If you want to do a specific activity like that, you need very specific items to go with it.

And Zumba is not much different. So when I found these and realized they were an XL (a great size to sell), I priced high and waited for offers.

They actually ended up selling for full (on-sale price) without an offer.

If you’re wondering about how to run sales, I have it here in Everything You Wanted To Know About Running Sales.

Paid: $1.50

Time to sell: 2 months

75. LuLus Dress

I usually try to avoid over-saturated sizes like small and medium.

But with this being a cute Lulus dress, I had to give it a shot.

It did take a while.

But it probably would have sold faster if I had a mannequin tall enough to accommodate a floor-length dress.

Paid: $1.00

Time to sell: 5 months

74. Kavu Hemp Shorts

If you aren’t familiar with Kavu, it is a Seattle-based outdoor wear company. They are probably best known for their bags, but they have great, well-made clothes as well.

Anything Kavu (especially bags) has a great resale value. These shorts in particular I knew would be a good seller since they are a hemp/cotton blend.

Always look at tags as natural materials like hemp are sought after. Sometimes it doesn’t even have to be a well-known brand – just a unique material.

Paid: $1.50

Time to sell: 1 month

73. Texas Longhorns Pullover

Any type of college sports items I always like to pick up.

I generally go for bigger brands such as Nike, adidas and Under Armour.

But I loved the throwback style of this pullover and decided to pick it up despite the no-name brand.

The other reason I got it was because of the vintage pullover style. Anything vintage, especially when it comes to collegiate wear, sells well.

Paid: $1.00

Time to sell: 2 months

72. Cukees Smocked Bird Dress

This is just the cutest baby girl dress!

I had a lot of watchers. Sent out several offers. And received few offers.

But it finally sold for full asking price! That’s the power of having “activity” on your item and why I recommend turning on “Best Offers.”

Activity is what helps your item rank in eBay search results so it gets seen by shoppers. You can read about Best Offer plus 8 other ways to rank in eBay search results here.

Paid: $0.75

Time to sell: 2 months

71. 5.11 Tactical Series Pants

Recently 5.11 Tactical Series pants have been hit or miss for me. I was consistently getting around $25 for them.

Then I had some that I had to keep dropping the price on. They finally sold for around $12.

I’m not sure if it was the style or the size or the color that was the problem.

But these were in very good condition. So I figured I would start high and I could always come down if needed.

I listed these at $26.99 and I took an offer of $22 the next day. I was happy to make some fast money.

You can read here about my 5-part method to increasing sales.

Paid: $2

Time to sell: 1 day

70. Baby Bjorn Little Potty

Top 10 Sales January 2020

While not a resale item, when you have listing goals, sometimes you get creative and end up finding stuff around the house that you need to get rid of.

Who knew a used potty would go for this much?

This is the second one of these I’ve sold. The other went for a bit more. It is a discontinued item and hard to find which is why they are selling for this much.

I can’t remember how much I paid for this since I got it 10 years ago for my oldest. My three kids all used it and I was going to sell it at a garage sale for $1 until I realized it was worth much more.

Time to sell: 1.5 months

69. Royal Creations Men’s Hawaiian Shirt

Top eBay Sales of 2020 This is a good example of a unique shirt.

The brand is not a top-selling brand, but the print is what this shirt had going for it.

It not only included vintage woody cars but motorcycles as well.

It sold in 7 hours to Brazil.

Paid: $1

Time to sell: 7 hours

68. Tommy Bahama Men’s Shirt

Top 10 Sales January 2020

Tommy Bahama is a favorite brand to find. And one I luckily come across pretty often.

The more unique the design, the better. And the bigger the size the better.

Also, 100% silk sells well so look for that too!

Paid: $1.25

Time to sell: 4 days

67. Torrid Blazer

Top 10 Sales January 2020

Torrid is another brand I’m always glad to come across. Especially when you find sizes like 4X!

I received an offer for $10 on this. I decided to decline it.

Just a few days later it sold for full (on sale) price – no offer!

Paid: $2

Time to sell: 1.5 months

66. Tegu Blocks

 

If you haven’t heard of this brand before, it is one to know! New, these magnetic blocks are very expensive. So no wonder there is a demand for them used.

I came across these in the hardline bins (non fabric items) while I was killing time waiting for new clothes to be brought out.

I actually thought they would sell before Christmas. But they didn’t sell until January.

Goes to show that toys sell anytime of year!

Paid: $1.50

Time to Sell: 5 weeks

65. Sleeping Baby Productions Sling

 

This is another one that was a personal item, not a resale item. I’m including this because carriers are good things to be on the lookout for.

Really, any baby carriers are great to resell. I’ve sold several and one even made my Top 20 Sales of 2019 list.

Having had this for 10 years and worn all three of my babies in it, I was sad to list it.

But I’m happy it can go to another baby-wearing mom who will enjoy this beautiful Guatemalan woven fabric and handmade design.

Time to sell: 3 weeks

64. Pendleton Women's Shirt

Pendleton is one of my favorite brands to come across. Although I do prefer men’s items over women’s.

When sourcing Pendleton, be sure to check for moth holes if the item is wool. That is probably the biggest problem I come across when I find these in the the bins.

I have sold men’s wool shirts with minor flaws (such as small holes) on auction, and they have done pretty well.

So if you get home only to notice an item is flawed, don’t toss it. List it on auction and see what happens.

Big sizes in this brand sell especially well. This particular shirt didn’t really have anything special going for it, but I still got almost $25 for it.

The most exciting part was to sell it to someone just a few towns away.

Paid: $1.00

Time to sell: 2 Months

63. Carhartt Vest

I got this item as part of a bulk salvage purchase so the price I paid was a bit higher than what I’d pay if I found this at the bins.

The vest was in decent condition, but the zipper pull was missing.

I listed it at $24.99 and got a ton of watchers within one day of listing.

I sent out several offers for $22.99 and it ended up selling for the full $24.99 price tag.

Sending out offers will bump your listing up in the search results and it will be more likely to sell for full price.

You can read about this and 8 other ways to rank in eBay search results here.

Paid: $5

Time to sell: 2 days

62. Seven For All Mankind Men's Austyn Jeans

I love men’s jeans. Well, men’s clothes in general.

There is just so little of it out there compared with oceans and oceans of women’s clothes.

And having a great brand like 7FAM makes it even better.

So when I came across these and found they had a hole in the knee, I figured they would probably still sell for a decent amount.

And I was right!

I listed them not too low, not too high. Just right.

And they sold for the full asking amount, no offers involved!

Paid: $1.50

Time to sell: 2 weeks

61. Smart Wool Sweater

This winter sweater sold in May.

This is why I don’t advise listing items only seasoning. I list items when I get them rather than storing them for later.

Chances are they will sell!

And if you are worried about making less money during the off-season, time and time again, I’ve seen that it’s just not true.

Using Terapeak for research (it comes free with an eBay store subscription), you can easily see graphs of average sale price throughout the year.

The average sale price for seasonal items surprisingly stays pretty much the same throughout the year.  Sure, the volume goes up during the peak season, but the price is very consistent.

Here is the graph of average sale price for “Smartwool Women’s Sweaters” throughout the year that shows the price doesn’t fluxuate:

Paid: $1.25

Time to sell: 1.5 months

60. Charter Club

This jacket sold twice. The first time it sold for $20 and I got it returned for fit.

My return policy is: 30 days and buyer pays return shipping. It doesn’t cost me anything if the buyer just wants to try something on.

And I believe having this return policy helps me sell more than not allowing any returns. As soon as I get it returned, it’s easy to refund and relist with a click of a button.

And probably 9 times out of 10, the item ends up selling for more the second time, which was the case with this one.

The first sale took 30 days and sold for $20. The second time around, it only took 1 day to sell and I accepted an offer of $25!

I didn’t even have time to get it put away!

Paid: $1.50

Time to sell: 1 Month, then 1 Day

59. Elsa Costume

It’s always fun to be at the bins with friends. And even more fun when they give you stuff they don’t want. All because of glitter!

Sure, I’ll deal with glitter all over. Actually, I photographed this one, then immediately took measurements on the photodrop and bagged this one up.

I did have glitter on my backdrop for a while, but that was okay with me!

I love selling Disney costumes. I pretty much always pick them up if I come across them.

This was my first experience with an adult-sized Disney costume.

And even though it isn’t anywhere near Halloween, it still sold quickly.

Paid: $1

Time to sell: 11 Days

58. LL Bean Jacket

On occasion, the thrift store sends out coupons. The day I got this, I was able to use a 75% off coupon to pick this jacket up pretty cheaply.

I knew it was worth much more. Anything that is LL Bean that is vintage men’s always seems to go for quite a bit. And it was an XL, so that was a plus too.

It did take quite a bit longer to sell than I anticipated. And I didn’t get quite as much as I was hoping for.

But, I was able to make a little money off the shipping portion.

For shipping heavier items, I have a flat cost for USPS Priority shipping. I’m then able to choose the cheapest Priority method.

Being on the west coast, I don’t often ship things close, but if I do, I’m sometimes able to save a little bit on shipping, which was the case with this item.

Paid: $3

Time to sell: 4 Months

57. Very Vollbrach Women's Jacket

This is definitely a unique, one-of-a-kind item. Duck with animal print. In addition to the duck on the front, there was another on the back.

I’m not sure who would wear (or like) this, but someone did!

Moral of the story is, unique items sell. Just be sure to use keywords in the title so buyers can find what they are looking for!

Paid: $1.50

Time to sell: 1 month

56.Vintage Mickey Mouse Shortalls

Overalls full length or shorts length (known as “shortalls”) are a HOT item right now.

Especially any that are vintage.

This particular item not only had these things going for it, but they had Mickey Mouse on the front pocket.

And as I’m sure you know Mickey or really anything Disney is always a HOT sell.

Paid: $1.50

Time to sell: 3 months

55. Goddess Bra

If you find this brand (or one of it’s sister brands: Elomi or Freya), it is definitely one you want to pick up.

The resale value is generally in the $20-$30 range, especially for big sizes. And this was an ESPECIALLY big size. It kind of dwarfs my mannequin!

These bras will always have a style number on them. So all you have to do is google the brand and the number and you can easily pull up the name of the bra.

You will also find good keywords by doing this such as “T-Shirt bra” or “minimizer.”

This bra sat for quite a while with zero offers. Then, BAM, someone bought it for full (on-sale) price (no offer)!

It just goes to show that sometimes you just have to wait for the right buyer to come along.

Paid: $0.50

Time to sell: 2 Months + 10 Days

54. Quaker Factory Beaded Shirt

Top eBay Sales 2020

If you’re not familiar with Quaker Factory, it is a QVC brand.

For this brand, I’ve had good luck with plus sized clothes. Especially unique design such as this beaded shirt.

This shirt had some staining on the sleeve cuffs. A little Fels Naptha and a quick wash did the trick to get the stains out.

Paid: $1.50

Time to sell: 2 months

53. Climbing Shoes

I always seem to come across climbing shoes. They tend to be left by the “professionals” for whatever reason I don’t know.

I was hoping to get more for them, but sometimes you don’t always get what you hope for. Oh well, it’s still a good price.

Paid: $1.50

Time to sell: 1.5 months

52. Represent Clothing Men’s Jeans

These jeans sold in a bundle with another pair of jeans for a total of $60 plus shipping!

I offer discounted shipping for multiple orders, so I had the buyer subtract $6.99 off the price of these (for a total of $26 plus shipping) to account for the shipping discount.

Normally I send out an invoice with discounted shipping but it was easier to do it this way at the time.

The trick to getting buyers to purchase more that one item from your eBay store is to include a comment in your listing that says something like “Check out other items in my store!”

Paid: given to me!

Time to sell: 10 days

51. Carhartt Coat

Well, this list wouldn’t be complete without a Carhartt coat on it, would it?

This coat was in pretty beat up condition. Not terrible, but still wearable.

I always put Carhartt coats like this straight to auction. I find that you will get more for it on auction than selling fixed price.

Carhartt is one of the few items I sell on auction.

Paid: $4

Time to sell: 10 days (ran a 10-day auction)

50.Duluth Trading Bag With Gasoline Smell

I love coming across Duluth Trading items, especially bags.

Unfortunately this bag had a distinct gasoline smell to it.

I didn’t want to wash it and risk damaging the leather. So I aired it out as best as I could, and “Febreezed” it.

Alas, it still had a little smell to it, so I listed it “As-Is” with the smell and all.

It sold for about half of what I would expect without the smell, similar to this Duluth Bag that made my Top 20 Sales of 2019 List

Paid: $1.50

Time to sell: 2 months

49. Women’s Plus Size 6X Shorts

Top eBay Sales 2020

This picture doesn’t quite show the enormity of these plus size 6X shorts!

I hadn’t heard of this brand before, but once you get into unusual sizes like this, there’s not too much other competition out there.

Also, it was made in the USA, so that is a plus too.

And surprisingly, for the amount of material, they were pretty light so I didn’t pay very much.

Paid: $1

Time to sell: 3 months

48. Boeing Shirt

Top 10 Sales January 2020

When I came across this one in the bins, I knew it would be a winner! A unique design that would probably be a gift for some airplane enthusiast. Who knows.

A quick search only brought up a couple others like it and the going price was $25-30.

Paid: $1

Time to sell: 1 month

47. Free People Jean Jacket

I rarely come across Free People so I was pretty excited to find this jacket.

It did have a large grease stain on the front. I didn’t try to get it out, but I probably should have. My go-to product for grease stains is a little Dawn dish soap.

I just included the flaw in the description and made sure to take some close up pictures of it.

Paid: $1.75

Time to sell: 1 month

46. Woolrich Coat

This was one I didn’t mean to buy. But sometimes when you get in a hurry you forget to go through everything in your cart.

The comps weren’t bad, but it wasn’t in the greatest of condition.

There were a lot of stains on the outside not visible in the picture above. (I wanted to show off the sherpa lining).

But it turned out okay. I made about $20 off of it after fees.

Oh, and it sold as a fixed-price listing in just 11 days!

Paid: $4

Time to sell: 11 days

45.Vintage Gap Shortalls

No, you are not seeing double.

This is another shortall that made the list. Like I said, they are HOT!

I normally stay away from Gap as it’s just not a great brand for resale.

But, I’ve had especially good luck with these types of vintage 90’s overalls. Especially Gap brand!

They had tons of offers and sold while on sale.

Paid: $1.50

Time to sell: 1.5 months

44. Ann Taylor Wide Leg Pants

During the COVID-19 shutdown, I did some sourcing online – mostly on eBay.

This is one of the items I received as part of a “lot” that I broke out into individual items to resell.

With shipping included, this item cost me about $6 to purchase. So that definitely cut down on my profits.

But sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do!

And it was still an okay profit.

Paid: $6

Time to sell: 6 days

43. Dickies Overalls

This is another one on this list that sold twice. The first time was an unpaid item case.

The offer that time was $15. Thank goodness they didn’t pay, because I ended up almost doubling my money on this one!

Dickies isn’t normally a brand I go for, but these were in new condition, with a small defect (tiny hole).

Paid: $2.50

Time to sell: 3 months (the first time), then 2 months

42. Vintage Baby Dress

I’m such a sucker for vintage baby dresses! The day I got this, there were two right together, likely donated at the same time. The other sold quite a while ago for $21.99.

The comps for this one were quite a bit higher. So I priced it high and it took a while to sell. But someone finally bought it!

It went to the Philippines. (The shipping price in the picture above is the domestic price and not actually what international shipping was).

The weird part was the characters for the address – nothing I could read or decipher.

When I went to print the label, all the characters printed out as ### symbols!

So I printed a screen shot of the address and stuck that to the package in addition to the label.

My mailman said the barcode will get it there. Then once it’s there, they will be able to read the address I attached.

And he was right – it arrived just fine!

Paid: $0.75

Time to sell: 3.5 months

41. Splash Mountain T-Shirt

I’m starting to love vintage t-shirts. If you’re wondering if something is vintage, a good clue is if it is made in the US.

Oh, and if I have room, I like to put “MADE IN USA” in the title.

For this shirt, I decided to go with some other keywords: Faded, Grunge, and 90’s.

It sold for full asking price.

Paid: $0.75

Time to sell: 3 days

40. Big Star Jeans

This is my first time selling this brand. I was pretty happy to come across it.

I always like when jeans have the name (Liv Boot, in this case) printed in the inside so there is no guess work.

“Thick stitch” is a good keyword to have in the title as well.

Not much else to say about these. They sold full price as a fixed-price listing.

Paid: $1.50

Time to sell: 2 weeks

39. LL Bean Coat

And yes, another example of a winter item that sold during the summer.

This LL Bean coat was not only a great size (an XL), but it also had goose down insulation.

That is always a plus in my book. And something I don’t pass up.

Paid: $2

Time to sell: 3 months

38. Porsche Jacket

Porsche Jacket Top Sales February 2020

I always end up with items that I stand there with in my hand, going back and forth in my head. “Do I buy this? Do I not buy this.” The struggle is real!

This was one of those items. Port Authority: “Don’t buy.” Porsche: “Buy.” Port Authority: “Don’t buy.” I obviously ended up buying it or it wouldn’t be on the list.

Two of the deciding factors were condition and the fact that everything was embroidered. The back side had “Porsche” spelled out in large, embroidered letters as well.

Well, I barely got this guy listed and it sold! So I’m pretty happy I ended up deciding to buy this one.

It is headed to Puerto Rico (no international shipping required since it is a U.S. territory!).

Paid: $1.50

Time to sell: 2 Hours

37. JNCO Jeans

Top ebay Sales 2020

I’m really going to date myself here – but these were the BOMB back in my day!

And they are still sought after.

When I found this in the bins in not the greatest condition (cuffs heavily worn and frayed), I knew they would be a great sell.

I priced high at $54.99 and took an offer for $30, which I thought was reasonable for the condition.

Paid: $2

Time to sell: 4 days

36. Dansko Boots

Top sales February 2020 Dansko Sheepskin Boots

I’ve had these boots a long time. I’m not exactly sure how long because they ended up having to get relisted so my starting date on eBay was not the original date.

I guess that would be one plus side to having my own separate inventory tracker. But does that translate to more sales? No.

So that’s one of the things I skip in order to have more time to list more items.

They sold the first time, then the gal asked if she could wait 2 weeks to pay. I’m pretty lenient so it was fine with me.

As long as I get the money I don’t really care when. Well the day came when she said she would pay and she kept her word.

But then, not too much later I get a message saying, “Whoops…I didn’t realize these are the wrong size! I’m so sorry.”

Luckily I hadn’t shipped yet so it was just a refund of her money (which does cost money to do with PayPal fees). So that was just a little aggravating.

The most frustrating part was having to wait another 4 months for these to sell.

This was one of those items that had a lot of watchers (I think up to 11 at one point) with not a lot of activity.

But I finally got an offer for the same amount that they had sold before.

Paid: $2.50

Time to sell: 5-6 Months

35. Wacoal Bra

Wacoal Bran top Sales

Wacoal is one of my favorite brands as far as bras go. So I was pretty stoked to find this with the tags!

If you’re not familiar with selling bras, a lot of them have style numbers.

All you need to do is go to your favorite search engine, type in the brand and style number, and voila! You can find out the exact name of the bra.

It’s also a good way to get keywords. One of my favorite websites for bra research is herroom.com.

Paid: $0.50

Time to sell: 2 Weeks

34. Akoo Jeans

Top sales February 2020 Akoo Jeans

When you show up to source with a goal to get X number of items, it forces you to think out side the box. To look up brands you might not normally look up.

This was one of those items. These jeans I found while waiting for bins to rotate.

They were in some bins set off to the side. And were pretty interesting looking with studs and seemed to be made pretty well.

I had some time to kill since I was waiting for some new bins to come out. So I looked these up and was pleasantly surprised at the comps!

Paid: $1.50

Time to sell: 1 Week

33. Biltrite Cowboy Boots

Top eBay Sales 2020

Men’s boots are one of eBay’s top selling items.

This particular brand sells for quite a bit. However this particular pair was in pretty bad condition – including a cracked insert that needed replaced.

The funny part is, these sold to Blake Shelton. Ok, not quite Blake Shelton, but the name was very close!

Paid: $5

Time to sell: 5 weeks

32. Pendleton Reversible Vest

Every reseller out there knows Pendleton is a great brand.

But what I’ve found is, with reversible items, the tag is not obvious. The tag is usually hidden inside a pocket.

So I’m guessing this item got left in the bins because no one saw the classic blue and gold Pendleton tag on the inside pocket.

It did have just a bit of pilling. I recently got a sweater shaver that I am loving. In just a few seconds, the pills were gone and this sweater vest was as good as new!

You can read about the sweater shaver and other reseller supplies I use here.

Paid: $1.50

Time to sell: 1 month

31. Cabela’s Men’s Boots

Top eBay Sales 2020

Cabela’s is a brand I’m a little leery about as the resale can be pretty hit or miss.

However, these were given to me, so I was pretty excited to get them.

Especially since they were Gore-Tex.

Anytime I come across Gore-Tex, as long as it’s in good condition, it’s pretty much an automatic buy for me.

Paid: free (given to me!)

Time to sell: 2 months

30. Carhartt Coat

Top Sales February 2020

Another Carhartt for the win!

When I get a coat like this, I never list it fixed price. It always goes straight to auction.

I like to start auctions for Carhartt at $1.99 to gain a lot of attention.

The first auction ended with a winning bid of $51. The person paid, but I ended up getting a return for fit. Not a big deal since my policy is that the buyer pays return shipping.

It went straight back to auction and ended up going for $32. Quite a bit less, but that is the risk you run with auctions.

I do believe the $51 price was pretty over inflated given the condition. There was heavy wear and fading.

There was also very heavy wear and fraying around the cuffs. And the inside blanket lining had heavy pilling.

Moral of the story is: do not pass up Carhartt if you can get it cheaply. It is one of the few brands that does well even with flaws.

Paid: $3

Time to sell: 2 Weeks (Two 7-day auctions since the first sale fell through), not counting the return shipping time.

29. Represent Men’s Jeans

Top eBay Sales 2020

Yes, another pair of Represent Clothing men’s jeans for the list.

All I have to say, is if you find this brand, pick it up!

Thank goodness for awesome friends that gift me items to help me reach my goal of paying off my house.

Paid: free (gifted to me!)

Time to sell: 1 week

28. Tadashi Dress

Top Sales February 2020 Tadashi Dress

This dress is just gorgeous! I wasn’t familiar with this brand at all, but I could tell it was definitely a quality item.

It was gifted to me. You might be thinking that’s not fair, but when you let people know your mission (in my case, paying off my house) and what you are doing, you might be surprised that people will get behind you and support you.

I’m so thankful for this and other items that were donated to me to help me get my house paid off!

The interesting thing about this order was it was an international order that went to Japan. I always get so excited to see where my international shipments are headed.

And yes, I do my own international shipping.

Paid: free (gifted to me!)

Time to sell: 3.5 months

27. The Sak Purse

The Sak Purse

This was the cutest purse! Not a brand that is normally on my radar, but the style was so on-trend.

Pebbled leather, tassels, studs. You couldn’t get much more on-trend.

I had a lot of interest, a lot of watchers, a few offers and I sent out several offers.

After all that, it sold for full price! Love when that happens!

I’m a firm believer that a lot of activity on an item (including sending out offers) increases your rank in eBay’s search results and will help your item sell faster.

I’ve also put together my Five Tactics I Use To Help Items Sell Fast you can read about here. It really works!

Paid: $1.50

Time to sell: 9 days

26. Matilda Jane Girls Dress

This was my first experience with this brand. And it was just the cutest dress! The backside was tiered ruffles in various patterns.

It received a ton of attention – lots of watchers. And it sold in just two days.

Unfortunately, I got a return request on it because it has a zipper. Apparently the buyer didn’t want something with a zipper.

As long as the buyer pays return shipping, I don’t really care what the reason is.

This dress never actually got returned. That’s what happens with probably about 1/3 of all return requests.

The buyer gets too busy or decides the cost of return shipping isn’t worth it.

Paid: $1

Time to sell: 2 days

25. Vintage Adidas Men’s Track Jacket

This is one I wasn’t too sure about buying. It’s pretty ugly, in my opinion.

But it was an older vintage style. It also had the trefoil embroidered on the chest. I always consider that a plus when buying Adidas.

Well, I’m glad I ended up buying it. After it sitting for several weeks with no watchers or offers, it sold for full price!

Paid: $1.50

Time to sell: 6 weeks

24. Diapers

Top Sales February 2020 Diapers

This is technically not a resale item, but one from my personal stash (okay…the kids).

I have bought diapers to sell though, so they are something to keep an eye out for. Certain brands do better than others so you will want to do your research before buying to sell. They are a good item to sell in lots.

Probably the biggest thing to note with cloth diapers is that the print makes a big difference. Typically cute prints will sell for more than solid colors.

Paid: a lot! (But used with 2 kids and saved a lot of money not buying disposable diapers that go to the landfill.)

Time to sell: almost 7 months

23. H&M Tweed Coat

Top Sales February 2020 H&M Tweed Coat

H&M is a brand I usually toss aside without thinking twice. The majority of items aren’t worth selling.

But this coat was different. The quality was really nice.

Plus, it was a wool blend and the knit style was tweed.

If you’re not sure what tweed is, the definition according to Google is “a rough-surfaced woolen cloth, typically of mixed-fleck colors.”

For unique fabrics like this, I like to do some close up pictures so the buyer can get a good idea of the material.

For shipping, I always charge a fixed price for “Priority” USPS shipping. I leave the method as generic priority.

Then I’m able to choose the cheapest method to actually get it there.

Turned out this coat was headed out to Twilight country (as in the vampire book!) just a few hours away. I used a regional flat rate box so it only cost about $8 to get it shipped.

You can read about Regional Rate Boxes and other ways to save substantially on shipping here. These methods save me around $1,200 a year!

Paid: $2

Time to sell: 11 days

22. Burberry Women's Pants

You never know what you might come across at the bins. And that is the fun in going!

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a real, legitimate Burberry before. And especially not at the bins. So imagine my surprise when I find that these are NEW WITH TAGS!

The other things these pants had going for them were the material (linen) and the size (tall). I find specific sizes (such as women’s tall or men’s big and tall) do well.

Paid: $2.00

Time to sell: 2 months

21. Kuhl Jacket

Kuhl is another outdoor wear brand with a great resale value. This jacket was in very good condition with no flaws and minimal signs of wear.

I did get an offer of $20 which I turned down.

This ended up selling while on sale for $35.19 and it went to my neighbors up north in Canada via USPS First Class International.

Paid: $2.00

Time to sell: 5 weeks

20. Aran Crafts Sweater

Aran Crafts is an Irish knitwear brand made on the Aran Islands of Ireland. If you aren’t familiar with it already, it is definitely one to put on your BOLO (be on the lookout) list.

The tag looks like this:

Similar sweaters typically sell for $100-$150 new.

Another thing to note about this brand, is that it is owned by West End Knitwear. So some of their items will have a West End label.

(You can find the West End men’s sweater that earned the #5 spot on this month’s Top Sales List here.)

Paid: $2

Time to sell: 1.5 months

19. Piazza Sempione

Top Sales February 2020

This sweater was so well made. You can definitely tell when something is nice after sorting through so much junk!

And the material was so soft! And Made In Italy! Definitely a huge plus!

This item was just sitting in the bins that had been well picked over. The moral of this story is to not just write off bins that have been on the floor for a while.

A lot of times there are still good things! Someone just hasn’t taken the time to look something up.

Paid: $1.50

Time to sell: 2 months

18. Kilt

 

I found this interesting-looking kilt in the bins. When I tried to research the brand, I didn’t see a whole lot of comps.

It seems well made and the size was a big plus for me: a 42″-44″ waist.

I’ve seen other sellers selling kilts, so I knew they sold for decent amounts. I listed it for $44.99 and ended up accepting an offer for $38.

Paid: $1.50

Time to Sell: 12 days

 

17. Naketano Hoodie

This is my first experience with this brand. I’ve come across a few dupes while shopping at the bins and it is easy to tell they are just “junk from China,” as I like to say.

The real thing is so well made and the material is very thick. It was in excellent condition as well.

I had a lot of watchers as well as several low-ball offers on this one. Don’t be afraid to decline or counter offers.

I explain here how responding to offers can actually help your items sell!

The funny part is, I had someone offer $30. Then send me a message that they changed their mind because of the virus and me being in Washington State.

I get trying to be careful, but this is a worldwide virus we are talking about here!

Anyways, just a couple of days later, it sold for $38.

Paid: $2.00

Time to sell: 5 weeks

16. Disneyland Resort Hoodie

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I really thought this would be a lot quicker sell.

It is a cute jacket with sparkles and rhinestones, yet it took 5 months to sell.

Oh well. For nearly $40 I can wait.

There are a lot of various Disney lines out there when it comes to apparel. The ones to look for that will make you the largest profits are:

  • Disneyland Resort
  • Disney World Resort
  • The Disney Store

Paid: $1.50

Time to sell: 5 months

15. Zum Zum Vintage Dress

This is probably one of my favorite items I’ve sold. Isn’t it gorgeous!

It sat for 2 months with ZERO interest. No watchers. No offers.

Then BAM! The right buyer came along and paid full price.

On another note, vintage sizing can be interesting. Make sure to include a disclaimer that says something like, “This is a vintage size and does not run true to today’s sizes. See measurements.”

I think most buyers looking for vintage understand that, but it is always good to cover yourself just in case.

That being said, I’ve never had a buyer that has had issues with the sizing.

Paid: $1.25

Time to sell: 2 months

14. Ben Davis Men’s Jeans

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Ben Davis is an awesome men’s work wear brand to resell.

It doesn’t sell as quickly as Carhartt, but the prices are still good.

Another Ben Davis item (a coat) sold for nearly $50 and snagged a spot on this month’s Top Sales.

Paid: $2

Time to Sell: 4 months

13. Military Hat

Military Officer Hat

 

Sometimes I buy things, then wonder why I bought them. Then I’m not excited to get them listed and they end up sitting forever.

This is one of those items. I bought it before Christmas, then it actually ended up sitting over Christmas Break.

I finally got tired of looking at it and listed it at the end of January.

Just two weeks later it sold for this much! Sometimes those things just sitting around end up doing the best.

Moral of the story: if you have items you’re sitting on, get them listed! They are not making you money just sitting there!

Paid: $1

Time to Sell: 2 weeks

12. West End Sweater

Top Sales February 2020 West End Sweater

Like the Piazza Sempione, this sweater was very well constructed and seemed to be very high quality.

I hadn’t heard of this brand before, but when I felt the quality and saw Ireland on the tag I had to stop and look at it.

Are you noticing a theme here? The country of manufacture does make a difference

I also like to find Made in USA items as well.

Back to this sweater…….It was in such beautiful condition and an XL (I love big sizes) that I had to get it. Especially since it was 100% wool.

Material is another thing to check as natural fibers are definitely sought out.

Yes, sweaters take up a lot of storage space. But the return on it is worth it.

Paid: $1.50

Time to sell: 1 month

11. Vintage Jeanne Marc Pants

One day at the bins, I came across a whole ton of vintage clothes. Most were new with tags. And only a few turned out to be worth buying.

I got a few Jeanne Marc items, including this one, new with (vintage) tags from Saks Fifth Avenue. The (1980’s) price on the tags was over $300. That’s a crazy amount in today’s prices.

I didn’t have a whole lot to base my pricing on, but I ended up listing this one for $59.99. I had a couple watchers right off the bat and received an offer of $25 which I declined.

The buyer came back at $40 and I accepted that.

Paid: $1

Time to sell: 5 days

10. Vintage Pencils

Vintage pencils?

Yes, pencils can apparently be vintage!

Vintage as in they are no longer made. So anyone that is particular about their pencil will go online and try to find the same kind.

And they are willing to pay a premium for them!

This item earned a spot on my 27 Non-Clothing Items To Sell list.

 

Paid: nothing – had sitting around the house

Time to sell: 2 weeks

9. Swanndri Men's Wool Button Up Shirt

I ran across this brand recently, looked comps up, then realized the item was full of holes. I was so disappointed!

But just a few weeks later, I found this gem. Not in perfect condition. But not full of holes!

If you’re like me and don’t know much about brands, a good clue is the location where the item is made.

Anything from Europe, New Zealand, Australia or similar countries is worth looking comps up. Especially if it is a natural material like wool.

Paid: $2.00

Time to sell: 2 months

8. LL Bean Tote Bag

Vintage LL Bean bags with leather trim? Yes, please!

This is a favorite of mine to find.

And the older the better. Last year, I sold a vintage LL Bean duffel with leather trim and leather bottom (in not the greatest condition) for $60 plus shipping.

Something to definitely be on the watch for!

Paid: $2

Time to sell: 3 months

7. North Face Jacket

North Face Jacket

The North Face is one of those brands that does pretty well. Newer styles definitely sell better than older ones.

This jacket was one I’d classify as older. If you’re not sure on how old something is, a lot of brands have a date on the tag.

The North Face is one of those brands that will always have the date.

In addition to being an older style, this jacket also had some yellowing to it. I decided to take a gamble and get it.

I gave it a good OxiClean soak and it cleaned up pretty well, but there was still a little bit of discoloration in a few places. (You can see other supplies I use here for reselling).

The North Face is one of the few brands I like to auction. A lot of times I will get more than I expected.

And actually, I was only expecting to get about $10 for this one. So I was pretty surprised it ended up going for this much.

Definitely more than I would have gotten had I done fixed-price.

Paid: $1.50

Time to sell: 7 days (put it on auction right from the start)

6. Combined Order

Every month I usually get a few combined orders.

I’ve always left them off the list because I typically feature the highest priced items.

But I decided to include it to show you the power of a combined order.

Poshmark is a great platform when it comes to bundling items. But this seems to be one of the drawbacks for selling on eBay.

To offset the difficulties on eBay, I have some language built into my listing templates that encourages shoppers to check my other items.

It also explains that I will gladly combine shipping.

Doing this, is a little time consuming for me (having to send out an invoice). But the trade off is worth it.

I’ve sold as many as 8 items at once doing this!

Paid: $10 (a couple of items were sourced online)

Time to sell: various

5. Free People Jacket

Top Sales February 2020 Free People Jacket

Free People is a brand I don’t find too often. So I’m definitely excited when I do come across it!

This jacket was in very nice condition and is a currently popular style.

Notice the keywords “anorak,” “utility,” and “military.” “Cargo” would have been another good one to through in there if there were room.

This was a fast sale.

And it ended up going to Canada via doing my own international shipping through USPS First Class International. So the buyer ended up paying almost $32 in shipping in addition to the $49.99 price.

The great thing is eBay fees are NOT calculated on the $32 of international shipping, but are instead calculated on the $8.99 it would have been for domestic shipping.

Love that!

Paid: $1.50

Time to sell: 1 day

4. Starbucks Coffee Maker

Top Sales February 2020 Starbucks Coffee Maker

I’m not sure the exact year on this, but it’s been sitting in storage for a LONG time (unlisted).

Shipping this was definitely different than shipping clothes and it took me a while to figure out the best option.

I accidentally ended up forgetting to put in the dimensions of the box (I normally leave these blank for clothing and just put in the weight) so I lost a couple dollars on shipping. Lesson learned.

The cheapest shipping option turned out to be FedEx. Unfortunately FedEx labels can’t be purchased through the bulk shipping tool and have to be purchased separately.

The good part is eBay gives a hefty discount for FedEx shipping.

The other drawback (compared to USPS) is FedEx doesn’t provide free pickup for the shipping method chosen, so I had to make a special trip to drop this off.

If you have an item you’re not sure about shipping, it’s best to take a look at this handy tool: eBay Shipping Calculator.

You will be able to see the prices (with or without the eBay discount) with various methods and carriers. You just need to enter the weight and dimensions for your item.

Paid: selling on consignment

Time to sell: 1 day

3. Vintage Gunne Sax Dress

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This dress was left over in the bins after all the “professionals” had been through it.

After selling a couple Gunne Sax dresses last year (both which made my Top Sales list), I knew this would be an awesome return on my (whole) dollar investment!

The Gunne Sax dresses I sold previously had lots of watchers, lots of offers, and many messages from buyers.

This dress, on the other hand, had nothing!

Well…a few watchers here and there.

I sent out lots of offers for $69 but had no takers. Then I woke up one day to this sale!

Paid: $1

Time to sell: 6 months

2. Mustang Coverall PFD

This is one no one else wanted. To heavy, I guess.

But my outlet has a policy to price heavy, untagged items for $4.99. So I figured, hey, what the heck. Might as well take a gamble on this.

Oh, and I’m horribly embarrassed to show this picture! This is an example of how NOT to take a picture.

But I was in a hurry and this is what it ended up like, complete with the lighting cord across the top left corner.

Oh well. It still sold despite the awful picture.

Paid: $4.99

Time to sell: 5 weeks

and drumroll please…

1. Gaming Keyboard

I don’t have a whole lot of knowledge about keyboards. But I do know specialty keyboards and mice can have a nice resale value.

So I was pleasantly surprised when I looked up this brand. It seemed to have a great sell through rate also (a lot sold compared with how many were listed).

In addition, at the time of the listing, I think there was only one other of this exact one listed.

Anyways, I found this in the bins at the end of February long before the words “quarantine,” “stay at home,” and “shelter in place” were even in anyone’s vocabulary.

The week everything came to a halt because of COVID-19 was when this sold.

Hey, people stuck at home need something to do!

It was listed at $89.99 and I sent an offer of $84.99 out to a watcher which was accepted.

Paid: $2

Time to sell: 3 weeks

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