I received an email from someone who bought my book about what to sell on eBay awhile back that to this day makes me giggle.
This reader wanted his money back (which I gave him) because not one item in my book was at the thrift store he went to. Raise your hand if you see how ridiculous this is? Oh I see some hands. Great. Some aren’t up. Well let me dive in.
A thrift store is basically a yard sale confined in a store. Items are donated and put out on the floor on a daily if not hourly basis. Oh you knew that? So does it make sense to think they will always carry the same thing over and over? Of course not. Now if we were talking about a store like Target or something like that and they carried no paper towels, that would be very strange. That is the type of product they carry all the time and is “expected” to have in stock.
If I walk into a thrift store and find some vintage shoes, snatch those suckers up and walk out as you were passing me by walking in, does that mean that thrift stores don’t carry vintage shoes? No. If you walk in hours before me and find some 80s band T Shirts and buy them all up but none were left for me, does that mean you can never find 80s T Shirts. No silly! What the heck are ya thinking. Thrift stores usually have one of a kind items (sometimes they get pallets yes) that once they’re gone they’re gone. Sort of like our auctions. Just because we don’t have the same collectible up for sale every week does not mean we’ve never sold it.
So stop being down about not finding things. The whole point is ………..now pay attention………….. to KNOW it when you see it. Get it? If you KNOW what is hot, and you see it, you’re gonna grab it! You’re gonna sell it, you’re gonna make a good profit. You’re gonna be happy and think all is right with the world and thrift stores. This just happened to me.
You may already know about the buzz on Vintage Roly Poly Glasses by Dorothy Thorpe. More and more are popping up on eBay (because people KNOW they sell now) and the hit show Mad Men has brought them back into popularity. Well because of the buzz, they were on my radar. Well lo and behold, what did I see at my thrift store for 59c each. Yep, you guessed it. Want to see my ended auction? Here you go. This link will expire soon so here’s a pic; (click on the pic to see my id towards the right)
Not too shabby for $2.36 huh? They were not polished at all and looked dirty. As a matter of fact, this thrift store had a special collectibles section where the prices are much much higher like an antique store. But nope, these lonely guys were in the back waiting for me I guess! I probably would have bought them even if I didn’t know about the buzz on these however because I had them on my radar, it took me less than 3 seconds to spot them and put them in my basket ASAP!
I’m gonna talk some more about these myths because all they’re doing is making you leave money on the table. Hey, maybe all the thrift shoppers before me that day were non believers too? Yay for me!
Until next time friends!…………..Brigitte
Author of Thrift Store Goldmines
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