Sometimes, it’s simple to seem like eBay’s minute in the sun has actually passed – at least as a seller. The heady days of flipping practically any item for a stratospheric revenue could be over, but the market is still rife with chance for sellers willing to do a slightly study and find veins of hot ‘sleeper’ items that are underserved by other listers. As an active eBay seller for the past 12 years, and at the threat of boosting my own competitors, let me share five fairly random classifications of items that have actually served me well just recently.
1. Vintage Three-Piece Suits
I hate to sound like I am generalizing, but hipsters in The big apple and Los Angeles are wild for three-piece matches. Vintage fitted designs, subtle patterns, and flat-front pants are a few of the necessary features that moves each suit I list within a week. In my neck of the woods, I can normally score a vintage fit for $6.00 and flip it for $45.00 to $65.00, depending on quality, condition, design, etc. For fast sales and greatest revenues, prevent matches that have been significantly tailored to fit a very specific body type, have obvious wear, are missing out on buttons, or have non-functional zippers.
2. Vintage Wingtips
Those fly matches need seriously trendy shoes from the very same era. Guy’s vintage leather wingtips are a regularly hot seller, as buyers recognize that new shoes of the exact same quality would set them back a couple of hundred bucks.
Go-to brands in this category are vintage Florsheim, Hanover, and O’Sullivan shoes. Try to find leather uppers and leather soles, five-nail building (which connects the heel to the body of the shoe), and other pens of quality. In my area, it’s possible to score a terrific pair of classic kicks for $4.00 or $5.00 and re-sell them quickly for $35.00 to $40.00.
3. Mid-Century Modern … Anything
The mid-century modern-day visual has actually definitely captured on, and I will not win any acknowledgment for being the first to market with Sputnik lights or Eames chairs. However the ongoing chance in this classification depends on the fact that lots of standard antique dealers are still ignoring this era. It’s totally possible in some parts of the country to get gems from the 1950s and 1960s for next to nothing, as the old guard scouts around for earlier twentieth century stock.
To show, simply a couple of months ago while on holiday in Oregon, a friend of mine and I found an unusual Eames wire and dowel desk chair for $14.99 at a thrift store. We without delay noted and offered it for $450.00. Sure, those big-ticket flips don’t happen every day, however there’s a variety of smaller mid-century items like vases, lamps, tableware, and art work that can still fetch healthy revenues.
4. Emo Clothing
Short for emotional, Emo is a design of rock-and-roll, but there’s a strong linked fashion sense. Classic memento t-shirts, ironic clothes of all types, and work jackets that promote nearly anything are simply a few products that capture this younger design. A fast eBay keyword search that includes the term, ’em o,’ lead to a nondescript vintage cardigan that someone paid $50.00 for and (dare I say it?) lots of cheesy vintage track fits offering like hotcakes. Besides Emo, see exactly what other vintage fashion products are hot sellers by browsing with keywords like ‘rockabilly,’ ‘criminal,’ and ‘bobber.’
5. Vintage Ralph Lauren Clothing
Yes, this is your father’s Ralph Lauren clothes. Think 1980s and ’90s preppie as you scout around for vintage Polo brand name clothes. If you can find it cheap enough, there’s a neat earnings to be made. Bear in mind the Ralph Lauren teddy bear insignia? Well, a guys’s sweater with that iconic bear woven into it recently sold for $202.00 on eBay. Simply last week, I offered a vintage Ralph Lauren oxford with a teddy bear insignia embroidered on the chest pocket for $42.00. (I paid $3.59 for it.) Don’t inform me there are not scores of similar timeless shirts and coats floating around in thrift shops simply waiting to be discovered.
Is your thrifting muscle shivering yet? If not, do some searching around on eBay and randomly search for products you stumble upon consistently in regional auctions, flea markets, or garage sale. See what’s selling and what’s not. The terrific thing about selling online is the remarkable thing about fashion – it’s vibrant, and what’s a dud today might be white-hot next month. EBay makes it simple to assess what items have cost in the recent past and sort by highest-to-lowest list price. This kind of legwork actually settles and can occasionally make you the only regional purchaser for whole classifications of products – and as a seller, that’s specifically where you wish to be.
Are you a current or wannabe online seller? Exactly what niche products offer well for you and what recommendations would you give to sellers just starting?