Thrifting for inventory is certainly number one priority at running my online business. Even after years of thrifting for clothing, I still am learning a lot of things about brands and why they would sell and won’t sell. Which is why people are just itching to ask why am I buying this and that. Why am I buying plus size clothing when I’m not plus size? Why men’s clothing? Sneakers really? I pretty much sell what I think people would buy. Most of my inventory will sell. If not, the bottom line is I still make money on what I did sell. I’m still learning and I know I’m getting better because most of my customers are happy and I consistent make a sale nearly every day (I’ve been shipping 50+ items a month). I didn’t always start out like this.
In the beginning I didn’t know anything about clothing. I lacked in what was considered quality versus quantity. Yet through watching what was selling, and not selling, reading about the fashion business ( books and mainly magazines), and which brands are failing took some time to learn. Even today I’m not an expert but can easily have a nice chat with a fashionista on what is cute. So which is why I include a little information on why I bought the item to sell. Hopefully this series is helping.
Salvatore Ferragamo Ivory Pumps
I’ve sold Ferragamo shoes before. They’re well made shoes made to last. With that in mind I still make sure the condition is still good and that the inside is fairly clean. These shoes were clean but had some pen marks on the exterior. Still these had a retro feel to them so I know this won’t stay too long in my store.
Patagonia is a brand to watch out for athletic and outdoor wear. Their winter jackets typically go for hundred dollars and up for the men’s but the women’s clothing sells well too. I have a couple in my store and during the warming weather will still get watchers on my Patagonia listings.
Athletic wear are typically priced low in thrift stores. Sometimes they even have the retail tags on. These were in great condition and after a quick wash ( I always wash athletic and outdoor clothing) they sold the next day. I make sure they are in great or nearly new condition.
I don’t buy Mary Kay products but I bought this bag because I know there is a consultant out there who is always looking to expand their business. This looks like a weekender bag with a ton of pockets for products. This even include an interior organizer tote. The only damage is a puncture hole done by the thrift store ( You know how they sometimes tag items with too much of a big hole). Still it was very clean and I was tempted to keep it for myself just for those quick road trips to CA.
I’ve always loved Missoni even before they came out with their limited edition Target line. A few years ago this fashion house brand came out with a line of clothing, accessories, and house wares that were limited edition at Target. It sold CRAZY and when I went to target the same friggin day of their release, all the clothing was gone and all I got myself was a Missoni computer sleeve (Whomp Whooomp). I do get a little excited when I see them at thrift stores but not as excited when I actually find clothing from their actual collection. This will sell because it’s gently used and in great condition. If only it was their famed chevron pattern then I could have priced this much higher.