I’m so excited to share this with you all! For starters, I love collecting glassware. I have a curio cabinet that I’m going to refinish for my kitchen and I am going to display my colored glassware inside so I love finding new pieces! I recently went on a Salvation Army thrift store run and I found all of the pieces I’m going to show you on basically one shelf – score!
The other reason I’m really excited to share this with you is to show you the power of thrifting and how you can make money.
I’ve tallied up all the glassware that I purchased for the price that I bought it and then I found the same (or similar) item for sale on Etsy. I spent roughly $37 on my collection at the thrift store.
If I would have purchased all of these items on Etsy, the total bill would be $300 (not including tax & shipping). Here’s the deal guys, the items on Etsy are prices that shop owners decided to list the item for. You may be able to find similar items on eBay but you WANT to price your items in the highest selling market. It’s just a fact that things sell for higher prices on Etsy versus eBay. Even if it is the same exact item.
You need to set your price. See what your competitors are charging and, if you can afford to, charge a little less. And make sure your pictures count. Photos are the number 1 selling point of your item. They need to be well lit, clear, and detailed. Your photo will sell the item at a single glance so make your images count. *I will go over how to take photos, what lighting to use, and how to edit in a future post.
Back to the actual items I purchased… Normally I would say that some of the glassware items I bought were too expensive (even at thrift store prices). And normally I wouldn’t purchase something like this on a whim or even to resell (unless it was just a really great piece with a high markup value). However, I have a colored glassware collection and I’m trying to diversify. I have a lot of pinks, browns, greens, and blues, but not many reds or purples so I am willing to spend a little more to grow my collection with unique pieces. And, it wasn’t only about the colors, it was also about the style of the glassware as well: unique shapes and hues.
Digging Deeper into reselling
Here is what I purchased in a single shopping trip at a local Salvation Army store.
Below, I’ve listed what I paid for each item. Items are listed from left to right.
Light Blue Candy Dish – $7.99
Grey Hobnail Votives (set of two) – 99¢
Amber Dish – $2.99
Green pitcher – 99¢
Cranberry Perfume Bottle – $1.99
Pink Glass – 99¢
Cranberry Vase – $1.99
Purple glasses (set of two) – $1.99/each
Purple Scalloped Dish – $2.99
Red Vase – $3.99
Purple Lampe Berger lantern – $2.99
Red Candy Dish – $5.99
To be honest, the Salvation Army generally prices their items higher than Goodwill and other thrift stores I’ve been to. But, those prices are nothing compared to what you would have to pay if you bought these items online at retail prices.
I’ve tried to find the exact match of each item I found on Etsy. I wasn’t always able to find exact matches on every item but I did manage to find similar pieces. I’ve also listed the retail price below (on items that I did not find exact matches for, I linked a group page of similar items and listed the price that was on the lower end of the spectrum).
Green pitcher ($44): http://etsy.me/2jnCwlW
Purple oil lantern ($50 – $177; group page): http://etsy.me/2kuRys8
Light blue candy dish ($25 – $40; group page): http://etsy.me/2jFZfLg
Red vase ($7.99): http://etsy.me/2jnfFqW
Pink glass ($5): http://etsy.me/2kuXJMN
Pink Perfume Holder ($50; very similar): http://etsy.me/2kCFeth
Red candy dish ($34): http://etsy.me/2kb8ypx
Amber dish ($15): http://etsy.me/2jG6uTf
Grey hobnail votives ($10 – $15): http://etsy.me/2jnzK0l
Purple glassware ($25 for set of 2; similar beehive style): http://etsy.me/2jnzNt3
Cranberry glass vase ($15): http://etsy.me/2kCmA0n
= approximately $300.99
Now, this total is using the very lowest price range. So, if I couldn’t find the exact item but items similar to it were going anywhere from $40 – $100 I calculated the cost at $40 instead of $100.
Isn’t that crazy? If I were to resell these items I could make roughly a $263.12 profit. Not bad for a 30 minute trip to the thrift store.
Selling aside, this is exactly what I’m referring to when I mean you just have to know what you’re looking for. I collect glassware so I always keep my eye out for unique pieces. You may hate mismatched things and colored glass but you can decide what you do like and look at the thrift store for those kind of items. Or, you don’t have to buy anything personal and only dedicate your time to finding markup items (items that you can sell for a profit).
Either way, you can still get great deals even on “higher priced” thrift store items. I hope this helped you see the potential in shopping secondhand!