I love this time of year because sweaters, coats, and wool skirts are hot resale items again~ If I’m smart, I’ll buy these during the summer when the thrift stores are selling them cheap, and then sell them for Big Whole Dollars!
The one I want to tell you about today is the DUFFLE COAT. I purchase both men’s and women’s toggle coats. Even though I usually stick to women’s clothes, duffle coats are just too valuable to pass up. These coats are made of heavy wool or a wool blend and usually have toggle button closures and a hood.
Popular brands include Gloverall, Burberry, and and J. Crew. But the GREAT thing about this hot resale item is that even lesser known brands are worth $60 and up.
I usually pay between $5-$10 for coats, but if I can get them during the summer for less, all the better! It’s a solid profit on a classic item that always has a strong market. When you list these coats, use the description terms coat, toggle, duffle, wool, and vintage (if applicable).
Buying tip: Check for holes. Moths love wool and vintage items usually haven’t been stored in a secure area. Inspect coats thoroughly to avoid expensive buying mistakes!
Do you have a hot resale suggestion? Mention it in the comments below!
I bought this vest last week at a little thrift store that was running a 25% off everything sale. It was tucked in the men’s outerwear section and it’s a wonder I found it at all (I don’t usually sell menswear so I don’t shop in that section much). Of course I grabbed it as soon as I saw the Eileen Fisher label!
I almost didn’t buy these! They were $12 at the thrift store and that just seemed like a lot to me. But what the heck, they were made in Italy and it looked like real fur, right? I also did a little research and found out these did have a good resale value.
Purchase price: $12, Goodwill
Shipping and fees: $20.80
Sale Price: $107.99
Total Profit: $75.19
The biggest shock of all was that they sold for this much in in April! I really thought I’d be hanging on to these boots until mid-October, when people are thinking about skiing and being cold again. I’m so glad I priced them high–these are a good example of how you could price something too low, thinking it was out of season. Always research your prices!
Do you have a thrift score to boast about? Share below!
From time to time I sell something not fashion related through my Ebay store. I’m no snob–if it makes money, I’m willing to list it! I got started on Ebay by selling a stroller $360 that I had bought for $200 and used for a year. That definitely got me interested in reselling full time. I’m convinced that just about any category–home goods, collectibles, glassware, instruments, you name it–can make money on Ebay when you know what to look for. Here are some of my biggest oddball scores:
Lilly Pulitzer became a major fashion designer in the 1960s. She and her husband ran a juice stand in Florida and she asked a dress makers to sew her something that wouldn’t show those bright colored fruit stains so badly. And that was the start of the gorgeous, happy prints of this brand!
I almost always pick up Lilly Pulitzer items when I find them, but not all of them sell this well. I attribute the bidding to the right time of year and the right size (this was an XL).
Purchase price: $5, Goodwill
Shipping and fees: $9.40
Sale Price: $53.99
Total Profit: $39.59
Do you have any Lilly Pulitzer dresses in your closet? Share below!
I nabbed this beautiful 1950s style original vintage Nina Ricci dress at a local thrift store. I know, it’s just bizarre what ends up at the Goodwill, but there it was, waiting for me!
Purchase price: $7, Goodwill
Shipping and fees: $28.83 (it went to Australia!)
Sale Price: $103.75
Total Profit: $67.92
I knew it was original by a couple things: labels and seams. This dress had two different labels–one from the designer, Nina Ricci, and another from a store called Thalhimers. Thalhimers started as a dry-goods store in 1842 and became was a popular department store chain until 1992, when it merged with Hechts. The flagship store was in Richmond, VA. As you probably know, modern clothing doesn’t usually have a store specific label sewn on. The store’s name on modern clothing is on one of the paper tags, along with the price tag and extra buttons.
Modern clothing also has tiny fabric allowances at the seams. Vintage clothing often has an inch or more at the seams, like this dress. It allows a tailor to adjust the item for the perfect fit.
These are the kind of thrift scores that make me want to keep shopping and selling! Have you scored any great vintage thrift finds lately? Share below!
Springtime is the time for dresses! I’ve been selling retro, pinup style dresses like crazy lately. Most aren’t true “vintage”, but modern vintage. They share some similar characteristics, like classic patterns and bright colors. I price them at auction for $28 and up.
The great thing about these dresses is brand doesn’t matter. Of course, if the dress is a designer brand it will be worth more, but even Walmart brands are worth at least $28 if they look the part. I’ve gotten as much as a $150 for a pinup style dress. The best part is that the dresses sell FAST. So I look for good deals at the thrift store (I hate to pay more than $7 for a dress) and get these dresses listed as quickly as possible.
When thrifting for pin up dresses, look for:
Gingham, polka dots, stripes, classic florals in bright colors
Sweetheart, v-neck, boat neck, or halter top necklines
Size 12 and up–although smaller sizes will sell, the bigger sizes will get more bids
When you list these types of dresses, use the terms “retro,” and “pin up” and definitely “Plus size” if that applies. Display with a crinoline underskirt for maximum poof for the full skirt.
Below I’ve paired a dress I’ve sold with a similar pin-up styled dress on the left.
Have you sold any pin up style clothing lately? Post a link below!
These cuties are by United Nude and they are so well made! The pink leather on the inside was supple and the fabric uppers was just a little stretchy. I’ll tell you the truth–I was really hoping they would fit me. But they were too big. So I sold them for a good profit.
Purchase price: $5, Goodwill
Shipping and fees: $12.95
Sale Price: $67.98
Total Profit: $50.03
Do you have a thrift score to brag about? Comment below!
This past week, I’ve had an unusually high number of dud sales that were totally my fault. I sold an item, got it out to ship, and found some awful defect that I hadn’t mentioned in the listing. One was a denim dress that I was really excited to sell. I was going to make $30 off of it! I don’t know how I missed the six (!!!) faint yellow stains on the front of the dress. Then there was a pair of pink Timberland boots–the sole was totally coming off one shoe! When you deal in used clothes, it’s inevitable that there will be some wear and tear. But I could have avoided both of these problems by inspecting my inventory more thoroughly.
So what do you do when you can’t complete a sale?
Step One–Message the buyer explaining the problem in a polite, concise manner: “I’m so sorry. When I started to ship this item this morning I noticed a defect. Would you like me to send it anyway or cancel?” You can attach a photo of the problem to your message.
Step Two–After the buyer responds, work with them. Occasionally the buyer will want the item anyhow, or want a discount. Come up with a mutually agreeable solution.
Step Three–Follow through with that agreement. If that means cancelling, choose the option “Buyer asked to cancel the sale or there was a problem with the buyer’s address”. The other cancellation option can negatively effect your seller account. Double check to make sure the refund is processed right away. If you’ve agreed to ship the item anyhow, don’t wait! Get it packaged and labeled as soon as possible.
I’ve also had to cancel sales because:
The buyer asked me to
The item was accidentally listed as buy-it-now at a ridiculously low price
I lost an item in my inventory
The buyer made unreasonable demands
The vast majority of the time, buyers will not object to a cancellation with immediate refund, even if it’s your fault. However, if they don’t cooperate, you can ask Ebay to step in and help. But for the most part, it’s easier to deal directly with the buyer. If the worse case scenario happens and the buyer leaves you negative feedback, contact Ebay customer service and see if there are grounds to have that feedback removed.
Have you ever had to cancel a sale? Comment below!
I had NO IDEA this would be a thrift score. I thought it was a pretty good buy but nothing exceptional. It absolutely boggles my mind that 3 buyers battled it out to the extent they did.
Listed at 7 day auction for $42.99 plus shipping.
2 days before the end of the auction, the bids went up to $76. Hot diggity dog! I thought. I’ll take that on a $5 dress all day, every day.
The day before the auction ended the price doubled. And then the final, winning buyer went up $2.50 just to seal the deal.
Winning bid: $152.50 plus $4.99 shipping.
What made this dress special?
Larger size, women’s 14
Retro style, title included “Pin Up” and “Lucille”
Displayed using a crinoline underskirt
Good quality brand (not designer, but well-respected)
Listed at auction
Started at a competitive price
Sometimes the starting price of an auction influences the perception of the item’s value. There’s something about seeing an item listed with a starting price at $0.99 that makes a buyer wonder if it’s only worth that much. With clothes, the value depreciates so quickly due to trends, style, time, and buyer’s emotions that you can really NEVER tell what an item is worth on the resell market. I figured since retro dresses were in, and that this was a larger size, I had a shot at getting more for this item than usual.
Even taking all these things in consideration, it was just a lucky break for me that 3 buyers all wanted this dress at one time. But luck favors the prepare, so you can bet I immediately went out and bought all the fluffy skirted, retro style dresses I could find. Like these: