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From Thrift Store to Ebay?

September 14th, 2013 at 03:18 pm

There is a thrift store on post that I visit from time to time. I just thought about it the other day and mentioned it to a co-worker.

I was thinking of buying certain items from the thrift store and selling them on Ebay.

For instance, I bought a white strapless floor length gown for $13.00. I bought it because every year there is an annual military ball. I also thought that I could give it to my youngest daughter for her wedding gown if she wants it.

But I also thought about selling it on Ebay eventually.

The thrift store also has other items such as books, DVDs, clothes and furniture.

You think this is a good idea?

6 Responses to “From Thrift Store to Ebay?”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    It's only a good idea if the item WILL sell and the price you paid is less than what you can profit from the sale. Don't forget to figure in Ebay fees, which are about 10% of the total sale including shipping.

    I have purchased some items at garage sales before and resold them, but I had previous knowledge of the items and their ability to sell.

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    I know a few others may tell you differently, but I don't think it's a good idea. You'll probably find you have a lot more trouble selling things than you realized. Don't forget to factor in shipping costs when you calculate your net profit.

    I have a friend who does this sort of thing, specializing in porcelainware, and she admits she's had a lot of items for YEARS and still can't sell them. She resorted to trying to sell them at my tag sale a few weeks ago at rock bottom prices, but even then, she didn't sell much.

    If you figured out how many hours of your time you spent searching for just the right items to sell, along with your time posting them, running to ship them, etc., i'm guessing it'll come out to very little.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    I usually only sell our used things, and even then, there isn't a profit to be made from the majority of it. The rest goes on a garage sale and then to charity.

  4. Maranatha Says:

    I have done very well on eBay over the years buying used clothing, shoes and purses. The secret is though KNOWING the market and whether or not a particular brand will sell. If not you could get stuck with a lot of DUDS! Good luck!

  5. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    I'm finding that ebay is getting expensive. I've had much better luck with my local high end consignment shop. They take 55% of the selling price. And I asked the owner what they are looking for and then search for items at local charity shops.

  6. Sian Says:

    thanks ya'll!

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