During my sourcing trip in Chicago with my sister, we had our first experience at the Goodwill ‘Bins.’. This one is in Rockford.
- Bring a huge bag. I brought one that is actually stores a Christmas wreath. It is lightweight, has a handle, is two yards in diameter and held 42 pounds of clothes.
- When they roll new bins out, stop what you are doing, move next to one and be prepared to dive quickly.
- When sorting through a bin, take full advantage of you are tall, and grab what is furthest away and pull it forward.
- Grab what looks good and move on.
- Always get 25# or more, because you get the lowest price per pound. Ours was 99 cents.
- Be prepared to meet other resellers. This was a great networking experience. We met a Newbie who had sold on Amazon for years that quit his job the week before to be a full-time reseller on EBay. A partner duo who sold everything from clothes to Nintendo Game Systems. A 50+ married couple who were full timers. We all had so much in common, shared ideas and as well as nightmares.
- Find a nice place in the corner, and go through each item carefully. While the items are less than what you would pay in a thrift store, you don’t want to waste your money and time repairing or removing stains.
- Eat before getting there and stay hydrated. You cannot do your best if you do not feel your best.
- Bring your keys, ID, PayPal and phone, store them in your front pockets. Leave the rest in the car.
- Everyone is there with a different purpose, but I met a guy who doesn’t buy anything there but comes each day. He checks the pockets of all of the pants and coats for loose change. By the time he was finished telling me about his awesome finds, I almost began to wonder if I was in the wrong business!
Where everything is Fit for a Queen
Priced For the Pauper!