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Myths About Thrift Stores and Buying Items to Resell

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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
(mention this post for $10 off, reply or email me at brigittemartinez@hotmail.com)

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10 Responses to “Myths About Thrift Stores and Buying Items to Resell”

  1. Susan

    07. Apr, 2011

    I can’t believe someone would really ask for a refund of your fabulous book just because they could’t find the items listed there plus the book doesn’t/can’t possibly show all vintage items that sell well. His loss!
    Not finding things to sell on eBay is caused by a lack of imagination theres so much out there that sells. Heck I could make a list of at least 20 items that sell for good money that most people have around there house and charge for it myself:)

  2. strayfinds

    07. Apr, 2011

    Hi Brigitte and fellow Thrift Store Addicts, I totally understand giving that person money back because I see this logic all the time in my e-bay store and auctions, it was a no win situation! I have your book and it’s too bad that other person could not find the pearls of knowledge inside. No matter, it just leaves more for us to have fund with and to score on. Love your posts, keep up the good work. strayfinds

  3. Linda

    07. Apr, 2011

    On Target as usual!
    A quick Google search will show these results as well.

    Maybe the gentleman in question thought it had to be of the exact item. ie. specific band or vintage thingy?

    Just so everyone knows, I am not new to the rodeo but your book gave new new insights. Meaning more cha-ching for me!
    Linda´s last blog post ..Do You Know Where Your Ancestors Are

  4. CCGAL

    08. Apr, 2011

    Sounds like that fellow isn’t bright enough to be on eBay. I have your book, and I found it to be worth the money to me. Wouldn’t dream of asking for a refund.
    CCGAL´s last blog post ..Crescent City Gal is almost a reality

    • Brigitte

      08. Apr, 2011

      Nice of you to say, thanks!

  5. Deena

    10. Apr, 2011

    You are so right, Brigitte! That guy is the kind of customer that we’re glad to refund and say “buh-bye” to. Pretty unreasonable, and quite unclear on the concept. Some days are diamonds and some days are stones, as they say – I usually come home with something, but sometimes nada. Doesn’t matter, I’m back out there the next week anyway. We thrift store addicts love the treasure hunt! Keep up the good work – and by the way, I love your new marketing campaign for your downloads. Well done! My latest coup: A vintage Gucci handbag at Goodwill for $5.99 sold for $85 on eBay.

    • Brigitte

      10. Apr, 2011

      Wow Deena, what a score! No where else but Thrift Stores huh?
      Thanks for those kind words.

  6. Russ

    10. Apr, 2011

    haha, gotta love people like that. Fine by me though, less competition for the good stuff. ;)

  7. Deena

    10. Jul, 2011

    It’s 3 months since you posted the remarkable results of the Mad Men glasses sale, and there’s more competeition now since people know they”ll sell…, but I just sold 8 that I got last week at a thrift shop for 70 cents each, for $68.75 – to someone in Cyprus! Thanks, Brigitte, for this very very valuable tip on the glasses! I’ll be on the lookout for more. And thank you for your enthusiasm and support! Hugs from Texas!