Thrift Score: Tecnica Fur Boots

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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!

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Gorgeous colors and in great condition!
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The soles look almost unused
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This is where the wear would show on hair/fur shoes–at the toes. But these are in great shape!

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Big Money Oddball Items

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:

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Mounted white tail deer, sold for $170 plus shipping, FREE

 

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Suzuki Omnichord Vintage Synthesizer, sold for $227 plus shipping, cost $50 thrift store
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Vintage Olympus camera, sold for $40, FREE
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Bernardaud Limoges votives, sold $50, cost $4 at thrift store

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Thrift Score: United Nude Ankle Boots

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

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How to Print Labels on Ebay

You should totally be buying and printing your shipping labels from Ebay. Here’s why:

  • It’s cheaper than the post office in-store price.
  • Your carrier can pick up the labeled package from your home.
  • You don’t have to make a trip to the post office.
  • Tracking information automatically updates so your buyer can view the status of their order
  • When validated by the shipping carrier within 1 business day of received payment, the tracking info with fulfill the Top Rated Seller requirement.

You can use regular printer paper and tape it to the package or you can purchase adhesive labels that will fit in your printer. You will need a food scale that is precise up to 0.25 ounce (usually available from Amazon, Ebay, Walmart and lots of other places for under $25). Even if you don’t already have a food scale, it will quickly pay for itself with postage savings.

Take 2:47 minutes and watch this step by step video on using the label printing tool.

 

Thrift Score: ETRO Matching Skirt & Top

Last week I found this beautiful matching skirt & top by designer ETRO. I was shopping at a local benefit thrift store called CHKD. It’s not my usual haunt, but I’m so glad I stopped by!

Purchased: $10 plus tax.

Sold: $163.50 plus $4.99 shipping.

 

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The listing started at $99 and there were 6 bids. The first offers came just a few hours before the auction ended.

Obviously, I don’t know EVERY designer brand out there–or whether they are worth the cost and effort to resell. This was the first time I came across ETRO. So how did I know to buy it? These clues:

  • European sizes.
  • Made in Italy.
  • Unique print that did not look mass produced on a soft, silky fabric.
  • Marketable size (women’s large)
  • And of course I researched the brand on Ebay’s sold listings and found it consistently sold for a great price.

Happy thrifting!

Ebay Score: Reselling Bloch Flats

 

I recently purchased this pair of Bloch leather ballet flats from another Ebay seller. It was a bargain since style of Bloch flats are $150 retail. They were also in wicked great condition showing very little wear.

Alas, they were a smidge too big for me. So I relisted them in my own Ebay store.

Purchased: $22.94

Resold: $56.98

Why did I get $30+ more than the original Ebay seller? After reviewing their original listings I found:

  • Photos in poor light
  • Typos in the title
  • Auction based listing

I searched sold listings of other Bloch ballet flats and found BIN (Buy It Now) listings commanded a higher price. I used the average sold price, set it as a BIN, and took photos in better light. I also made sure my listing was free of typos.

And then I tweeted and tweeted these bad boys to make sure my listing received plenty of traffic.

Sure enough, they sold within 48 hours and gave me a tidy profit of $21.35 after shipping costs and fees. Not bad for buyers remorse, huh?

 

 

 

Thrift Score: Vintage Tadashi Gown

 

Sheer accents have been a longstanding fashion staple for subtle sexy. Or if you’re Rihanna, not so subtle. I’d had good luck selling Tadashi items in the past, so when I spotted this Tadashi I grabbed it, even though it was priced higher than I’d usually pay for a dress at a thrift store.

This dress was probably made in the 1990s or even early 2000s. It was in fantastic condition and showed almost no wear.

Purchased: $20 +tax

Sold $99 +$4.99

I started this as an auction, just to test the waters, but I didn’t get any takers. I relisted as a Buy-It-Now and it sat for a couple weeks. Just when I was thinking it was overpriced (or undermarketed), it sold!

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I especially love the satin cuffs and wide bateau neckline. The fabric had just enough stretch to hug all the right curves. I’m so glad this showstopper found a home. 🙂