You might be researching ways to make money and came across thrift store flipping as an option. Yes, there are people who make thousands going to thrift stores, garage sales, and buying things on Craigslist who then turn around and “flip it” (sell it for a higher price) somewhere else, perhaps on a web site like eBay. You might not know what is worth looking for when you are purchasing items to flip. Here are some tips.
- Name brand clothing. People search for name brand clothing on resale sites, so it has a higher chance of coming up in the search. Sometimes if you are willing to look not only will you find name brand clothing but it might even still have the tags on it, which will fetch as higher price as it can be sold as “new with tags”. You won’t always find name brands, but if you take time to look you might.
- Frames. Don’t worry about ugly art. Take a look at the frame. Could you paint it and put more modern style art in it or a mirror? There are diamonds in the rough here if you look for them.
- Books. But don’t go with fiction. You are better off looking for non-fiction books on an obscure topic. Textbooks, depending on age, can also be worth buying. Do a search on eBay before you purchase a book.
- Pyrex. There is a market for old Pyrex dishes. Be on the lookout whenever you shop.
- Old technology that still works. There is a large market for things like vintage video game consoles or really old brick cell phones.
- Mugs. Sometimes they are vintage items from a popular company or have a character on them. Always browse the older mugs.
These are just a few examples of things to look for to flip in thrift stores. When you go shopping keep an open mind and see how maybe you could create a “lot” to sell of a full outfit for example or matching cookware. Even if you are just buying items for yourself, thrift stores can be really fun to shop at.