For me, shopping at thrift stores for eBay inventory is a big part of my business. It’s exciting, rewarding, and depending on where you are shopping, you usually are helping out a great cause. When I first started going to Goodwill or other thrift stores I had no idea what I was looking for. To tell the truth, I rarely buy the same item twice, so I still have to look items up every time I go. A question I get almost daily is, “How do you know what to look for?” Although I just admitted that I still have to look items up every time I go, I still have some tips that can make your trip must faster and more lucrative.
1. Reddit.com/r/ThriftStoreHauls: Reddit.com is one of the most popular websites in the world. It has so many topics that almost anyone can find a page that matches their interests, and from there, you’ll be hooked. One of my favorites is their ThriftStoreHauls page found HERE. This page is filled with people who post their favorite thrift store find (with pictures), and you can chat with them about their item if you’d like. In most cases, they aren’t selling their item on ebay, but they are keeping it as a treasured item for themselves. So how can this help you find items to sell on ebay? Well, just browsing this website around 10 minutes a day has helped me uncover a lot valuable items that I recognize while I’m shopping for ebay inventory. It’s something that you will put in the back of your brain, and when you see it at a Thrift Store, it will jump out at you! Plus it’s really fun to see what others are finding at thrift stores.
2. Department Shoppigng: Even today, I still find myself overwhelmed sometimes when I am shopping at a Goodwill. There are so many items, and I know there is something good just waiting to be uncovered. To help me with my focus, I sometimes only shop in one department of the store. My Goodwill is broken down into several departments including – Electronics, Clothing, Shoes, Seasonal, Junk Aisle and a few others. I have found that if I take my full attention and allotted time, and focus on only one section of the store, then I find more than I would if I skimmed through the entire Goodwill. Taking this time will force you to dig and look up more items, and in return, you may uncover a hidden gem. I don’t do this every time, but if I find that I’m not uncovering enough inventory, then I will slow down and focus.
Both of this tips really help me while I’m looking for ebay inventory, and I’m sure they will help you too! If you have any other tip that you would like to share, please do so in the comments below!
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