Very Basics;Thrifting 101

Very Basics;Thrifting 101


Thursday September 24, 2020

Designer Clothes, Electronics, Furniture and More.

First Hint- NEVER buy clothes that aren’t from a thrift store.

You need a plan, a budget, and a target audience to sell to. You’ll also need a platform to sell on. For me, Amazon Seller, Decluttr, ABEBOOKS, Offerup, Letgo, and Ebay works best because of the type of inventory I’m selling, but many people find great success selling on Poshmark, Mercari, Etsy, etc.

“Salvation Army Stores are my absolute favorite. They are typically huge stores, the prices are great and every Wednesday they offer 50% off everything (except for the color of the week). I leave with 40 plus items for under $100.” – anonymous thrifter

Good Will Stores also have sales of select color tags. However, I heard through the grapevine they remove most of that color from the floor so they can sell the full price items. Try going Sundays while there are still some good half-price items on the floor. Mondays are also typically goo because the racks haven’t been picked over yet and you can still find some half off gems.

Savers and unique or second hand stores for profit are also a good bet.  Strategic product placement is more observed when items are being sold for a profit.  However, with tons of inventory everyday there’s no guarantee they have antique or vintage appraisers working there. It’s up to you to research. 

First and foremost go to the thrift store with a plan or an idea of what you are searching for.  Helpful tips;

  1. pay cash- that way you cannot spend more then that amount.
  2. Don’t grab stuff you don’t need, or won’t sell immediately. The idea is to sell in categories and quantities as well as quality items.

Look for these high end designers and brands:

Calvin Klein, Anne Taylor, Hersey Johnson, Crew, Madewell, Anthropologie. These bring me the most profit. Stores like Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters sell many different brands – Maeve, Deletta, Florete, Moth, Moulinette Soeurs and Sunday in Brooklyn. It’s good to familiarize yourself with these brands. Here are the links to the full list of Anthropologie Brands and Urban Outfitter Brands. Limited editions and signed.

Artists: Ben Nicholson, Ilya Bolotowsky, Giovanni Battista Torriglia, Alexander Calder, and even Pablo Picasso.

be successful at flipping vintage, designer, and collectible items are you find thrifting you don’t have to dig too deep.  You can turn a .50 cent Mason jar into a $12.99 Amazon prime item in minutes. This chapter is for the few who want to research and find that gold ticket item.

That gold ticket item is that one item that escaped everyone prior to you (probably anyone) Thrift stores are great for this, people toss their grandparents old ”junk” or raid their attics after years and years of storage and it’s up to you to figure out where the gold mine is.

Items that sell:

Frames, designer clothes, items with tags, engraved or vintage mugs, books first edition rare in good condition, vintage electronics like record players, PS4 Xbox and Atari Nintendo vintage games, vintage albums

Look for these designers or brands:

Lancome, Ralph Lauren, Nike, Under Armour, Clinique, Versace, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Balenziaga, Dior Homme, Prada, Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stella McCartney, DKNY, The Northface, Activwear, Colombia (for more click the link below)

Mediums and Paintings : 

Hand-painted works on canvases are always-cherished.  A mid century or prehistoric illustrations are particularly rare. Watercolor, acrylic, Tempera, and distemper paints on metal, copper enamel, or engraved craftsmanship are your golden tickets. Anything dated in the 30s,50s,80’s and older are where the big bucks are.

Why distemper is of value: it’s washable- gives rise to the paintings, one of the of a means of it’s purpose. 

Utilized in historical patterns as whitewashed made


  • Scan the ISBN code to find competitor prices (App Store)
  • First edition/First Print 
  • Signed 
  • Classics (especially children’s books)

You can learn to read the publication page on the first page of every book.  The books that are rare, signed, and/or first editions first prints can be worth a fortune.


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