Category: Flipping Advice

Sweaters in the Summer? Seasonal Selling Is Key to Success

four_seasons_by_nalmes

One of the things I find most surprising about thrift shopping in Hawaii is how much winter wear these people have. The Goodwill I go to is littered with sweaters, hoodies, and jackets that I just can’t possibly imagine people at this latitude wearing. But alas, I buy and sell a ton of cold weather gear.

I started taking flipping seriously during the spring months and began to hone my craft during the summer. While my strategy has always been to get items in and out as quickly as possible, even if they don’t sell for the most money possible, I quickly found myself developing an impressive hoodie collection that a New England native like myself would envy.

I had forgotten about seasonality.

Read More

How I Save $2 on Almost Every Mercari Sale (And It Only Takes 60 Seconds)

Whether you sell on Poshmark, Mercari, or some other app, the shipping is almost universally the same.

A ripoff.

On Poshmark, every item, no matter the size, weight, or type, costs $5.95 to ship. That really eats into your profit margin.

On Mercari, the same is pretty much true. For items weighing 8 oz. or less, you can use Mercari’s minimum $4 shipping. If your item weighs between 8-16 oz., the only option they offer is $6 priority shipping.

That’s why I always ship it myself.

Read More

Never Leave the House Without Your Armor…I Mean Accessories

Would you leave the house without your purse or sunglasses? I know that I wouldn’t! So why would you overlook them at the thrift store? There are plenty of people out there looking for designer goods on the cheap — do you know how to sell designer handbags online?

I see bold accessories as a woman’s armour.
– Rachel Zoe, Fashion Designer

The thrift store has a wealth of high quality items with big resale potential. Here are 12 of the name brands you should look for, both the obvious and the not-so-obvious.

Read More

5 Brands of Jeans You Can Resell For Awesome Profits

I have about 6 months of clothing flipping under my belt. That level of experience definitely makes me more than a novice, but I haven’t quite earned “expert” status yet (though I do as much reading and research as I can, which has greatly accelerated my development). From my experience (and research!), I’ve learned the best jean brands to resell for a profit.

And I really love reselling jeans.

Because I’ve bought and sold so many different items, I’ve learned a lot about what sells well and what doesn’t. I’ve also settled into particular niches that I like, generally because they both make money and there’s consistent supply. One such niche of mine is jeans, both men’s and women’s.

Here are 5 of my favorite brands of jeans to flip.

Read More

7 Things You Need to Take Your Flipping Business to the Next Level

When Dawn and I started reselling we did things very informally:

  1. Go to the store
  2. Buy a few items
  3. Take some pictures and create some listings
  4. Put the items away
  5. Pull the items out to answer any questions about measurements or condition
  6. Package and print a shipping label once an item sells

It definitely wasn’t the most efficient process, but we didn’t have a ton of inventory. With maybe 20-40 items in stock and listed at any given time, we didn’t need to invest in infrastructure or look for better processes.

But as our respective inventories grew, so did the amount of work. It wasn’t long before the flaws in our process started to become apparent.

We were spending too much time trying to answer product questions that we could have just addressed when first creating our listings. Once items sold, we were spending more time trying to locate them. And with higher sales volumes, finding packaging materials on the fly was proving to be both challenging and expensive. The new stresses made doing the work less enjoyable. All of that compounded, and before we knew it we were building a backlog of inventory that hadn’t even been listed.

We had two choices:

  1. Stop acquiring new inventory and keep things small
  2. Scale up with better processes and improved efficiency

The first choice wasn’t an option. We had lofty goals, and the only way we were going to achieve them was to re-evaluate our processes and invest in our businesses.

These are the 7 things that have taken our flipping businesses to the next level:

Read More

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén