When we first started selling on Amazon, much of my inventory came from thrift stores and garage sales. It came naturally to me as I’ve always been a thrift shopping fiend. I love the thrill of the hunt! Whether or not you’re new to Amazon FBA or you’ve been selling awhile, I want to tell you why thrift stores as a part of your sourcing can mean an impressive ROI.
The best way to show you what’s hiding at your local thrift store is to share with you a few amazing treasures I’v found and resold on Amazon. (I’ve also sold things on eBay, Craigslist and Etsy and you can, too.)
Dallas Cowboys Monopoly Collector’s Edition
I paid: $3.99
Sold on Amazon: $110.00
Nene Thomas: Emerald Hawthorne – 750 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
I paid: $1.99
Sold on Amazon: $35.00
Monster High Doll
I paid: $3.99
Sold on Amazon: $55
There are so many crazy deals I’ve found like that and resold on Amazon. SO. MANY. I’m convinced if I could duplicate myself to create an Army of Thrift Store Shers, I would rule the world! 🙂
In addition to what I’ve resold on Amazon, I’ve also sold some things on other platforms (Etsy & Ebay) and used the money for our Amazon business.
I found a brand new kit in a thrift store that contained lots of things a diabetic needs to check his or her blood sugar. I listed it on Ebay as an auction, not sure what to expect really, and it sold for just over $250.00. I paid $2.
Thrift stores are typically crawling with games and puzzles. I picked up one that was clearly vintage, and was taped shut. I shook it and it sounded different than the others – like something else might be in there. I wondered if I’d ever have the time to count the pieces to resell it, but I thought, what the heck? I’m only out $1.99 if it’s not complete.
I opened it at home to find a vintage ladies’ Gruen watch with diamonds. That little gem made me just under $300.
I’m not telling you that everything you find at thrift stores will rock your world. I AM telling you, however, that the chances are very good that there is treasure hiding right now just waiting to make someone some money. Our society throws things away like crazy (I hate that, BTW), and sadly when one generation passes away their children either don’t want their possessions or they don’t understand how valuable they are.
If you’re interested in learning more about thrift store sourcing, here are the resources I’ve personally read and used to learn more. Thank you for allowing me to include them here as trusted affiliate links. My very tall husband and I have a nasty Starbucks addiction and every little bit helps. 🙂
Stephen Smotherman & Debra Conrad are people I found early on in our Amazon journey, and their content has helped me again and again. I can’t say enough good things about them and I feel really good about sharing their products with you. You guys know (if you’ve read this blog very long at all) that I’m not going to link to something I don’t believe in.
Good luck with your treasure hunting! Let me know in the comments whether you’ve ever bought and sold something from a thrift store or garage sale on any platform and how it worked out for you!