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.

The Pen Collector

The Pen Collector

The Pen Flip Overview

Wikipedia page for pens

You may be surprised to see this section in this blog. I love pens. I collect them, and it wasn’t until my boyfriends mom sold a ziplock bag of different pens she had from work on eBay, that, I realized they were something I should keep an eye on when thrifting to flip for profit. Keep an eye out for the following pens next time youre rummaging through the Salvation Army. You can get a bag of pens for a $2.45 at the thrift store and sell them individually or as a while on eBay for a lot more. It’s not massive profit but it’s a good way to get reviews and credibility.

And if you’re a pen collector yourself I recommend trying an online Japanese shop. They have the best, and cutest stationary.

the follow are the most rare expensive pens in the world


West Point Montblanc, Rose Gold Alpha Soft Touch, Montblanc- PIX Black Ballpoint pen, Drillbit Shaped Ballpoint pens, Alpha Soft Pen with Stylus, Matte Paragon Pen ,Mineral Alpha Soft Touch Stylus Pen, Sky Light Stylus Pen with Phone, Bright Soft Touch Diamond Stylus, Crown Jewel Stylus, Ballito Stylus Pen with Light up, Soft Touch Arlington Pen with Rose Gold, Mineral Alpha, Sakra Pigma Micron Pen, Fountain Pens, Custom USB pens

Googled Montblanc pens


Hay Bullet Pen, Bolt Action Pen Brass Schmidt, D007 Goldfinger – Limited edition, Feather Quill & Ink Wood Desk Set, The Thor Series Glass Dip Pen Gift Set with Inks, Bolt Action Pen -L- Brass Schmidt FineLiner 6040, Waterman Carene Rollerball Lacquer, Cross Classic Century Ballpoint Gold 18k Gold, Feather Pen, Montblanc Meisterstuck Le Petit Prince Solitaire Midsize Ballpoint, Soft Touch Accent Gel Pen with Colored Stylus, Aloha Bamboo Pens, Cross Townsend First Generation Lustrous Chrome, THE PRIME fountain pen solid platinum, Royale Excel Lighted Ballpoint pen, S.T Dupont Line D Windsor Fountain Pen Blue Medium, Mother-Of-Pearl & Abalone ballpoint pen, Speedball Calligraphy Pen and Ink set blck, Cross Classic Century Ballpoint pen and pencil set, PIGMA fine line, Kaweco mini fountain pen, Walnut & Black Leather Pen Stand, Parker Jotter Ballpoint pen, The Thor Series, Swarovski Crystalline Pen- Rose Gold, Cross Peerless Star Wars Found Pen Darth Vader Limited Edition, Visconti Rembrandt Blue Ballpoint Pen, Fisher Bullet Space Pen (Chrome), Lamy Safari Fountain Pen in Charcoal Black, Parker IM Fountain pen in Brushed Metal with Gold, Cross Aventura Fountain pen Black/Chrome, Woodsworth & Black Fountain Pen Set Gold, Zebra Sarasa Grand Gel Metal Pen, David Oscarson Diamon Seaside Fountain Pen, X Series Liberty United Rollerball Pen, Gargoyles and Dragons,

Shaeffer Calligraphy, Beiluner Luxury Fountain Pen, Mother of Pearl & Abalone Dual Pen Set,
Waterman Expert Ballpoint -blue-, Loiminchay Nine Dragons Solid Jade, Diamond Exectutive
Pen Set, Maple and Rosewood, Davi Atelier Glass Dip Pen Vintage Handemade Glass , Ultra Hotel Pen Factory, Squire Rollerball pen/charcoal, Bamboo, Pewter Pen Stand, Gunmental colored pens, Leather Wrapped Ballpoint, S.T. DUPONT, Cross Calais Satin chrome Ballpoint & Crimson, Cross Bailey Ballpoint Pen Medium Pt. 1.0mm chrome, ATECH Multifunction, and more….
Montblanc, Cross, Parker, Pilot, Waterman, National Pen, Montegrappa, Fountain, Parker, Thor Series, Speedball, Rolerball, Rose Gold, Cross Aventura, Cross Classic Century, Lamy Safari, Jinhao, Kuretake, Parker Duo Fold
Types of Pens
Fountain, Ballpoint, Rollerball, Medium Point, Fine Point, Gel, Calligraphy, Engraved
Expensive Pens Exist!
Tibaldi- Fulgor Nocturnus
Price tag of over 8 million US dollars, it is the most expensive pen in the entire world according to The pen has studs with 940 black diamonds and 123 rubies.


If the pen looks like it was used for calligraphy, it’s a good bet that its Montblanc and these pens range in a variety of prices. Scoop it.
Test the Pens first
Don’t Buy a pen thats scuffed or missing ink.