How To Make Money Reselling Thrift Store Items

Last Updated on July 27, 2020 by Lee Meier

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Wondering How You Can Get Started Making Money From Home Through Reselling?

Are you looking for a fun and easy way to make extra money or start a new side hustle that is worth it? Are you wondering how to make money reselling thrift store items on eBay, Mercari, and/or Poshmark?

Then you’ve come to the right place!

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What I Know About You

You have dreams.  You have big goals for your life.  You want to be financially free.  Maybe you want to stay home with your kids.

I’ve been there too.  I’ve clipped coupons, cut back on spending, stuck to a budget.  That’s great defense.  But sometimes that’s not enough.

Play Great Offense

You need to start playing great offense too.  You need to find a way to make money.

I know.  I’ve tried it all.  From surveys to sweepstakes, from contract work to direct marketing.  I’ve played all the games, even signing up for bank accounts to get the bonus money.

Then I stumbled upon reselling thanks to a friend that was kind enough to tell me that you can make good money doing it. 

But Where To Start?

I didn’t know the first thing about how to get started!

Didn’t know where to find stuff to sell.  What items to look for.  What brands. What styles. How to list. Where to list.

Then what if it sells? How do I ship?

I was overwhelmed.

Any maybe you are too.

And that’s why I’m here. Here to:

You Can Do This Thing!

Through trial and error, I grew my reselling business from ZERO. And just last year I made almost $20,000 (net)!

As a naptime side hustle! And I want to teach you how to make money reselling thrift store items online too!

I know you can do it! Let’s jump in!

Your First Step To Start Making Money From Home Through Reselling

If you’re new here and haven’t signed up for my FREE 5-Day Reseller Bootcamp, you are going to want to do that now!

The course is conveniently delivered straight to your inbox.

In it you’ll learn:

  1. What kinds of items you can flip.
  2. The best places to sell to maximize your profits.
  3. 6 keys to taking professional looking photos.
  4. The 5 components to get your items sold.
  5. How to turn flipping into a steady and reliable income.
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If You’re Ready To Start Making Money By Reselling….

Here are some posts that are geared towards beginners:

  • How To Sell On eBay (8 easy steps that will take you from account setup through making your first sale)

What Can You Sell/Resell (aka Flip) For Profit?

The options of what you can sell are endless. New, used, and even damaged or for parts can have a market.

Here are some things you can sell online:

  • clothing
  • vintage clothing
  • bras
  • shoes
  • handbags
  • luggage
  • totes/duffel bags
  • car parts
  • phones (this is something you can sell for parts)
  • graphing calculators
  • perfume/cologne (even partially used!)
  • skin care (partially used as well)
  • makeup
  • laptops/computers/tablets and accessories
  • specialty keyboards
  • outdoor gear
  • sporting gear
  • sports fan apparel
  • books
  • collectibles
  • art
  • craft kits and supplies

Some Examples Of What You Can Sell Online

The best way to learn what kinds of things you can sell online is to look at “sold” items.

Because I believe this is the best way to learn, I have several articles showing you what I’ve sold and what you can sell.

You will find them here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where Can I Sell Things Online?

There are many options to sell things online. Some popular places for reselling/flipping items are:

  • eBay
  • Poshmark
  • Mercari
  • Kidizen (follow link to sign up and get $5 off your first purchase!)
  • Depop
  • Etsy (vintage clothes and collectibles)

You can even easily post on on eBay/Poshmark/Mercari/Etsy (or whatever combination you choose) all at once using a cross-listing tool like Vendoo.

This is a great way to get a lot of eyes on your items and make money quicker.

You can go here to get 25% off your first month (affiliate link):

How Do I Ship Things When Selling Online?

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This is probably one of the scariest parts for new sellers – figuring out shipping. It really is pretty easy though!

Each platform has made it super easy.

When you make a sale, you don’t even have to go to the post office/fedex/ups to ship!

You will purchase (or be given) a label online that you can print off right from the convenience of your home.

The process is a little bit different for each platform. But here is a quick breakdown:

How To Ship On Poshmark

Poshmark is one of the easiest platforms when it comes to shipping. You don’t really even half to worry about anything!

When your item sells, Poshmark will send you a label. All you have to do is print it off and attach it to a FREE USPS Shipping Box .

Boxes are free for pickup at your local post office. Or better yet, you can get them delivered to you free of charge.

Once you’re item is packed up, you can then either schedule a FREE pickup from USPS. Or put it in a dropbox at your local post office.

You can read more about how to ship on Poshmark here.

How To Ship On eBay

Shipping on eBay is a little bit trickier. You will need to know the weight and size of the package you will be shipping in order to choose the correct shipping method. Fortunately, eBay has a handy Shipping Calculator to compare the cost among FedEx, UPS, and FedEx. A simple rule is small things (such as clothing) go USPS:

  • Under one pound is cheapest to go USPS First Class.

  • Over one pound will be Priority. Flat rate envelopes or boxes are usually cheapest.

Much more is covered in How To Sell On eBay. With eBay, you can greatly expand your audience by selling internationally. eBay has made it actually pretty simple to ship internationally. You can read here how to ship internationally on eBay.

How To Save Money On Shipping

Do you want to save money on shipping? I mean, who doesn’t?

I’ve written this article explaining how you can save drastically with little-known methods. You can learn what methods/FREE USPS supplies to use to save money.

I also show you what kinds of items can be shipped with each method. You can find the article here:

How Much Can You Make From Reselling Online?

The sky really is the limit when it comes to how much you can make from reselling online.

Some sellers work very part time and may make a few hundred a month.

Other resellers have very large businesses with many employees, warehouses, etc. And there are many ranges in between.

Personally, I work about 10-15 hours a week, mostly during naptime. Looking at net profit, it works out to about $30/hour.

If you want the complete breakdown of gross income plus all my expenses related to reselling, I publish monthly income reports. You can find them here:

What Supplies Do I Need To Sell Online?

The supplies (and hence start up costs) for reselling are pretty minimal. All it really takes is your phone to take pictures with (and to list from).

You will need to have shipping supplies on hand for when you make your first sale. And that is about it!

Some Supplies You Need For Reselling

Here are a few articles related to reseller supplies:

 

 

 

 

I have also put together a list of the exact reseller supplies I use. You can find that here:

There’s no better time to get started than now.  So get out there and get Listing To Freedom!

-Lee