Category: Stuff We Bought

Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens: 5 of My Favorite Things (Found While Thrifting)

best items found flipping thrift stores

The day will come ( if it hasn’t already) when you’ll be minding your own business, scouring through the racks of misfit clothing when suddenly you will stumble upon the HOLY GRAIL.

The HOLY GRAIL is an item that makes your heart completely stop. An item that makes you question if it’s real or too good to be true! It’s an item that makes you question our nation’s priorities — how could something so expensive just be discarded? HOLY GRAILs don’t happen all the time, but when they do, be prepared to break into song.

Here are 5 of my favorite things I’ve found while out on the prowl.

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Flippin’ Ain’t Easy: Half-Off Madness at Savers

As a full-time social worker who lives in Hawaii and wants to do all of the fun things that come with living on an island in the Pacific, it can be hard constantly motivating myself to shop, list, package, and repeat.

For me, it was about deciding what I want and what’s important to me. I had to find my motivation. And trust me, few things will test your will to succeed more than 50% off days at Savers.

I want to share with you my recent trip to half-priced hell.

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Weekend Haul: My First Lacoste and a NWT Nike Polo

One of the things we want to do on Debt Free Dawn is share with you the items we find. Our hope is this will help you identify some great brands to flip while showing you the types of items we buy and the prices we look for.

This past weekend Dawn and I took a drive up to a Salvation Army we go to less frequently, about 30 minutes away from home (but down the street from a clinic Dawn works occasionally). As usual, the first thing we did was check the half-off date, which is how the Salvation Army moves their merchandise that’s been there for awhile. Luckily for me, some of the deals I found below were only made possible by the 50% off discount I was able to score!

Note: “Purchase Price” below includes HI state 4.7% sales tax. “Estimated Revenue After Fees” subtracts my expected shipping cost and site fees / commissions.

Lacoste Men’s Short Sleeve Orange Polo

  • Purchase Price: $7.32
  • Estimated Sale Price: $23.00
  • Estimated Revenue After Fees: $16.46
  • Estimated Profit: $9.14

Lacoste Men’s Orange Short Sleeve Polo

Update: Sold it for $22.95, profited $9.05 after shipping and fees

I’ve never owned a Lacoste item before (not even as a kid) but Dawn has some experience and told me that anything with a big, bold, or standout piece of Lacoste insignia sells fairly easily. Seeing as we almost exclusively buy items in very good condition with very obvious branding, this made sense to me! This item sold in an eBay auction for $21.50 on August 1, and the big Lacoste croc fits the “standout” criteria, so I’ll ask for $26.95 and settle for something over $20.00.

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