So you’ve done it. You have drank the Kool-Aid and have become a reseller. Money is out there waiting to be made and you want in. Great! Fantastic! There is plenty to go around for everyone! Go get what’s yours.
You’ve started and are committed to this new adventure that is reselling. But where do you find ‘stuff’ to sell???? Keep in mind, I myself sell mostly clothing and shoes. I sell on Poshmark, ebay and Mercari. If these are your platforms, consider these ideas since they work for me. I do not do wholesale, that is a whole other ballgame.
Here are some ideas to get you going or to keep expanding your sourcing. If you are new to this, start small. Do not spend any money. Look through your own closet for things to list. Think and plan as if you are having a yard sale. Gather any items that are worth selling, even if it’s just for a few dollars. This will give you a chance to experience the everything- listing, cleaning, inspecting, photographing, pricing, packaging, and mailing. Once you’ve got a few sales under your belt and have some cash to ‘reinvest’, you can head out to find inventory.
By far, the best deals to me anyway, can be found the ‘Bins’, the Goodwill Outlet or Goodwill Clearance stores. Here, you buy items by the pound. On average, my items end up costing from 30-50 cents a piece. Now, this will not be for everyone and may not be in your area. Do some more research before heading out. This can be a great experience if you are prepared.
So, the Bins are not for you? You may want to try:
Church Rummage Sales
Salvation Army Stores
St. Vincent De Paul Stores
The list is endless, there is no way I could include every place. These are just some ideas as to where to pick up inventory. I’m in Arizona and these may not be in your area. Connect with other sellers in your area and get some ideas as to where they source. Do some research and find out when certain stores have sales or specials.
These days, my favorite places to source are Goodwill Outlet and dollar tag day at Goodwill. Have other ideas, questions, or comments? Contact me!