My Latest Thrift Sales – Summer 2018
I noticed the other day that it’s been a long time since I shared with you some of my recent sales from thrift store flipping. For the past several years, I’ve been selling my thrifted finds online on sites like Poshmark, eBay, and Mercari. It’s been a fun and profitable side hustle for me.
I like to give updates on what I’ve sold from time to time so that people who are thinking about selling can find some inspiration. Those who are already sellers can see what brands and items have sold well for me and might sell well for them too.
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This summer’s sales started well for me and slowed down as the weeks went by. This is partly my fault. I got a dog! She’s been wonderful, but I liken having her to having a baby in the family. She needs lots of care and attention, which we’re happy to give her.
The slow sales are also a seasonal trend in the second-hand sales world. It wasn’t a surprise, but I’m hoping sales will pick up in the coming months.
What did I sell?
Lululemon Pace Rival Crop pant
It’s rare that I come across Lululemon pants new with tags. When I do, I scoop them up because they are sure to sell. I’ve found that their pants and shorts sell better than tops and bras. Fitted legging style pants such as those people wear for running sell better than the looser flared yoga style pants.
ModCloth polka dot pants (plus size)
I didn’t bother picking up ModCloth in the past. I hadn’t come across many nice pieces by the brand to begin with. My perception of their clothing was that it’s fast fashion, which I don’t usually pick up for resale. I also didn’t think their retail prices were high enough to justify high second-hand sales.
I’m happy I gave the brand a try recently because it’s sold well for me. ModCloth has a lot of devoted fans who are willing to buy their items even second-hand. Here I sold these polka dot pants. They appeared new and unworn despite not having tags. They’re also plus size, which is a category that sells well.
Anthropologie Eloise chemise
Every time I put together one of these posts, I end up showing you something from Anthropologie. That’s because Anthropologie sells well for me. I found this pretty chemise and almost kept it for myself. Then I reminded myself that I’m supposed to be selling the things I find and I listed it. I passed on a lower offer of $10. I’m glad I did because it later sold for $19.
Anthropologie Maeve Rokin dress
Kate Spade Buckle Over dress
Kate Spade heels
I sell Kate Spade every chance I get. My friend gave me these heels to sell, so they didn’t cost anything to obtain.
Betabrand poo emoji dress
How fun is this dress? The print may be too small for you to see that it’s the poo emoji. I picked up this dress off the rack thinking it was cute not recognizing the emoji at first. As soon as I recognized it, I knew it would be popular. It sold for full asking price the same weekend that I listed it.
Lilly Pulitzer Harper dress
Lilly Pulitzer is a perennial best seller. This dress cost more than I usually pay for used dresses because I bought it at a curated second-hand store. Despite that, i wanted to try to sell it and it sold for more.
James Perse men’s cashmere sweater
I also sold a Helmut Lang silk kimono blouse (profit: $44.10) and a rag & bone Natalie silk tank top (profit: $18.22). I pick up anything rag & bone as long as it’s in good condition. Retail prices are high for this brand and it’s popular, so it sells well second-hand. This top was missing the brand/size tag, but that didn’t stop me from picking it up. I knew it was nicer quality right away when I saw it on the rack and then felt it. The material tag on the inside stated that it was rag & bone and 100% silk.
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The next few weeks will be all about getting listings up. I have several piles of clothes ready to sell. I joke with my husband that I need an extra room just for everything I need and do to sell online. My parents and their friends recently gave me things to sell for them. Yep, I’m taking on more and more selling consignment for others.
I have a few heavy jackets and coats to list. With cooler weather around the corner, I’m hoping those will make a splash in sales. I found a beautiful Zara coat that I intended to sell, only to fall in love with it when I put it on myself! Nonetheless, it’s time to get winter and holiday items up for sale.
I’ve been able to keep my closet at over 100 listings available at a time. I bumped up my closet numbers in April with the Closet to Cash challenge and have kept them up since then. I still have to be more proactive in trying to make sales though. How do I do that?
On Poshmark, I share more of my own and other people’s listings every single day.
I make more offers to people when I get a notice that they like my items.
I drop prices frequently to see if anyone will buy.
If I get no buyers, then I relist my items and start over again.
Does it sound like a lot of work? Second-hand selling does require both time and effort. It’s not called a side hustle for nothing!
How were your summer sales? Any surprises? What are you doing to get ready for next season