Professional Reseller

Professional Reseller

Thriftyluxe

Port Orchard, WA

Female, 43

I have bought and sold pre-worn designer clothing and accessories for the last 15 years. In the last year, I've added household goods, health/beauty products and collectibles to list! Typically, this means purchasing at local thrifts and consignment stores and reselling online via Amazon and eBay. I'm also a Certified Trading Assistant on eBay allowing me to sell professionally for others.

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Last Answer on March 12, 2013

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How much do you mark up the clothing you resell from thrift stores?

Asked by juddy judd almost 6 years ago

Mark ups vary with each item. I seek highly sought after labels and only resell items where I can at least quadruple my investment. Though most of my items sell at a 500+% return.

Can you generate enough business with this to do it full-time?

Asked by Livia83 almost 6 years ago

I do! Enough to employ another person and lease space too! As long as there are thrift and resale stores on the planet, I will have work!

What kinds of items are your bread-and-butter, profit-wise?

Asked by Sylvia (OR) almost 6 years ago

Discontinued health and beauty, grocery, toys and electronics do very well on Amazon. My "bread and butter" on eBay are high designer items sold at the likes of retailers Neiman Marcus, Barney's, Net a Porter etc. Though I am not opposed to selling less quality items if the opportunity is there!

Do you launder clothing before reselling it?

Asked by brikhaus almost 6 years ago

I use a variety of methods to clean products before I sell them. Some, with visible debris, will be laundered. If it's an expensive piece, it goes to the dry cleaners. I also use the home Dryel dry cleaning kit quite often.

How many thrift stores do you source from? Do you have problems with your supply drying up once you've done the initial sweep of their racks?

Asked by Senora Cassie almost 6 years ago

I'm grateful to be in an area surrounded really good thrift stores. I've never had a problem with sources being depleted and am never at a shortage of inventory. There is no way to keep up with the influx in the four stores I frequent most. Since expanding the types of items I sell, I'm able to glean profitable items from nearly every department.

How legitimate are the star ratings on Ebay? Seems like everyone has 99%+, which just can't be right.

Asked by stars almost 6 years ago

Honestly, I don't pay that much attention to the star ratings. Mine or other sellers when I am purchasing something. When the ability to leave negative feedback was taken from sellers, the integrity of the feedback system was lost.

If you had to pick one, what was your most valuable find in a thrift store? How much did you sell it for?

Asked by stacyluv89 almost 6 years ago

I found a Brunello Cucinelli buffalo hide, soft sided briefcase at a Salvation Army thrift. It was tagged at $300 but I was there on a 50% off sale day, so purchased for $150 resold it for $2.8k. That's the first one that comes to mind!