Rummaging to resell?

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Rummaging to resell?

Hello everyone!

My husband and I are trying to save up a fund for unforeseen expenses, etc. I really want to take a vacation next summer and he says that if we have enough saved after all of our bills are paid and everything is taken care of, we can.

With that said, he's started a new "hobby" with one of his co-workers. They will go out on their lunch breaks and some weekends to rummage sales and try to find things to resell at a higher price. So far he's bought an old Playstation and PS2, a very old SEGA game and a Mitutoyo Macrometer.

Does anybody else know of other items that re-sell well? From having my own rummage sales in the past, I know I've probably sold people things for cheap and then they probably turned around and listed it on Ebay.

You can always sell books for a profit. I went to a book sale and it was the last day. You got to fill a bag for a buck. These were huge bags and I brought home 13 of them. They were filled to the brim. I only bought hard covered books but still had at least 13-15 per bag. So I spent 13.00 but if I wanted to sell them, even if I only charged 1.00 per hardcover, that would be 13.00 per bag and in total 169.00. If I deduct my original expense I am still left with 156.00 in profit. So watch for book sales, they are very good resale products.

There are other products like movies, cd's and jewelry that can be marked up if you get them for a cheap price.

Check a couple of the classifieds and see what people are looking for in your area. This might give you a better idea. Good luck with your venture.

Disneyana seems to do well. I've sold old Tokyo Disney postcards and a Walt Disney World vintage candy dish that I bought at Goodwill, and I made more than I spent on them.

Things related to specific dog breeds also do well. I once sold a matchbook from a restaurant in Spain that had a pug on the cover and the history of pugs on the back for $27 on eBay. It was vintage from the 1960's but it was still a matchbook.

I've also sold a bag of vintage children's airline wings that I bought cheaply at Goodwill. People love their dogs, their childhood nostalgia and Disney theme parks.

Wow, books are a good idea that neither of us had thought of. A whole bag of hardcover books for a dollar is an amazing deal.
I can't believe you bought 13 bags, did you sell any of them?

I would also bet that Disney stuff would go very well, especially if it's rare or vintage. My mom has some vintage Disney stuff in a storage locker somewhere, maybe she would let us go shopping in her storage because I doubt she really wants much of it anymore.

Thanks for the suggestions, it's turning into quite the hobby for him!

Music memorabilia is a good seller too, depending on the artist.
I recently sold all my old Prince and Madonna stuff from the 1980's and made some good money from it, which I used to pay off my credit card.

It's been a long time since I've thought about this... or tried to do some selling on eBay. I think when it comes to music, it would have a much better resell value than books unless they're rare books... but it all depends on what you're paying for books, I guess. I've found some at yard sales for a dime or quarter, so that could be worthwhile reselling.

My mom's neighbor had a profitable business going a few years ago by doing this. She wasn't online, so no eBay selling or anything... the item that sold like hotcakes for her was baby clothes. She'd pick them up at yard sales for a quarter or 50 cents and then launder them to make them clean and smelling nice... small repairs if needed, and then resell at quite a nice profit even after factoring in detergent, etc. She fit a lot of baby clothes into one load... one cap of detergent, one cap of fabric softener. Didn't eat into the profits at all going that extra mile.

Another thing that people seem to buy a lot of around this time of year are rare and vintage Christmas ornaments. People love Polish glass ornaments and old aluminum trees from the 1960's.

Here's my approach to "resell" for a profit. I won't buy anything I either a) won't use myself first, or b) know for a fact what it is worth, even used.

For me, this means sticking with stuff I know. Right now, that happens to be toys, baby and kid items, even clothing, to a degree.

I happen to know the "worth" of lots of kids toys and baby gear because I'm constantly searching for the best deals. I've seen and sold enough stuff on Craigslist to know about how much something will go for, especially if you want to get rid of it quickly.

My best advice is to stick with stuff you know. The gaming consoles are smart, especially if your hubby is interested in that kind of stuff. He'd know where the market is and what price people are willing to pay. Then he can purchase when he sees one under his price.

Instead of reselling at rummage sales (garage sales, whatever), which seem to draw the cheapest crowds and are really most profitable for cleaning out a house on the seller end, I encourage you to look to consignment stores, craigslist, and ebay. This is where the profit margin lies largely in the seller's favor.

Yes, very true. This wouldn't be a good idea for me, though, because I love Christmas and would most likely want to keep any finds for myself and my own collection. :-)

Otherwise I think anything that is connected with nostalgia or Christmas are generally great resellers.

Any old pop culture memorabilia will tend to sell, there's always a collector for old pop culture items. I suggest watching a few of the reality shows available out there that will suit your particular interest, it provides a good general knowledge of how it is to be an item hunter.

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