No matter where you live, a reseller can become bored sourcing the same items at the same place each week. Not only that, your store begins to reflect your inability to find new and trendy items.
I live in a rural community, so unless someone is knocking on my door to drop off items, I will be driving at least 15-30 minutes. Therefore, I have to plan thrifting trips. I fill up the tank, bring a lunch and hit the road, but not as often is I like.
I dream of the day I have someone local to measure, describe and photograph my items. That person would send them to the virtual assistant to list. Then have a high-schooler come in the afternoons to pack and ship sold items. I would source and do the accounting.
Here is where I would go on a regular basis if that dream ever comes true:
- The Goodwill Outlets! I have never been but am planning a trip next month. The closest ones are 2 hours away, but if you live in a large city it is a place that goes through inventory quickly. They sell by the pound so you can get some really nice items very cheap.
- Savers! Again, the distance keeps me from going. They do sell by the item, but I have heard of some unbeatable prices for items.
- Goodwill and Salvation Army! The prices are very high in many locations. But if you have time to look for the 1/2 off color of the week and have a decent knowledge of brands, you can score some listings there.
- Estate Sales! It is a great place to find jewelry, clothing and vintage home items. You have to be patient and must have a limit of the highest price you are willing to get it for.
- Thrift/Charity shops. Most have “half Price colors,” and have a daily special. Most items are priced by volunteers. If you see a price that is too high, don’t be afraid to ask for a reduction.
- Garage Sales! This is another situation where the owner (who is emotionally invested ) will be willing to negotiate in order to keep from pitting it all away
- Social Media! Facebook groups can be a great way to get cheap items without burning a tank of gas.
- Your own closet! Clean it out and sell the items!
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