Be aware that I resell many of my vintage finds, so these 11 things I avoid at thrift stores, yard and estate sales may not apply at all to you. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule…but I primarily avoid these items. They either don’t fit my niche or I know they are slow sellers.
Items I Avoid Buying for Resale~
- DESIGNER PURSES OR OTHER DESIGNER ITEMS…anything claiming to be Gucci, Coach, Ralph Lauren, Vera Bradley, Michael Kors, and others I steer clear of. Knock-offs abound, and I can’t guarantee it’s the real thing. I tried selling a bunch of watches on Ebay once, including a fake Rolex. And I said it was fake. To “fix” the problem, I took the word “Rolex” out of the title, but had it in the description. I had to take it completely out of the title & description to get Ebay off my back. So be careful buying designer items & selling online unless you can authenticate them.
- GLASSWARE…clear glassware is dead in the water & almost impossible to sell. Even some Waterford pieces!
- CLOTHES unless Christmas sweaters. Some people probably do well with clothes. Not my niche.
- JEWELRY…not to say it’s not a good thing to sell because it can be. Not my niche, although I do have a very small vintage estate jewelry section in my Etsy shop. Those were the good deals I couldn’t pass up!
- BOOKS…are slow sellers for me. I love them, and sometimes a book or two will sell quickly. A couple of years ago I found 11 volumes of a collectible children’s series called “My Book House.” Can you believe I bought all 11 volumes for 66¢? THAT was a good deal I couldn’t pass up! I’ve sold 3 volumes, but the rest are languishing. Do kids even read books anymore? My granddaughter used to like to read…now she’s glued to her phone.
I’ve read that autographed books can do well, and cookbooks can. But I don’t have the time to look through every book searching for one autographed. I found a signed June Carter Cash cookbook, but it took forever to sell.
**My rule of thumb for books…if it’s still there by the time I arrive, don’t buy it. BUT….this is not always true.
- HOLIDAY BARBIES, even if untouched in the box. I see them sitting at yard sales all the time. Also toddler toys, baby stuff, board games except Scrabble, Bingo, and others with small playing pieces. Crafters repurpose the playing pieces in various ways, and same goes for Bingo cards.
- VINTAGE THERMOSES…I found one at a thrift store a couple of years ago and it took FOREVER to sell. No more.
- VINTAGE WHISKEY BOTTLES
- BEADS or other craft items unless unopened
- CHINA….Nothing made in China & nothing with a bar code
- LADIES VINTAGE ACCESSORIES….HATS, GLOVES, SCARVES….Ladies’ vintage hats were the first thing I started selling, and at that time, dealers grabbed them left and right, no matter what condition they were in. Then prices went up and sales stalled. I see them sitting at estate sales. Gloves and scarves are also dead.
So there you have it….my list of 11 things I avoid at thrift stores, yard, and estate sales. I would be interested in knowing what you think! Do you have any to add to the list?
Need some ideas about what to look for if you resell? Check out my list of Top Ten Things I Look for at Yard Sales.
Another post you might find interesting…Don’t Be Burned by These Picker Fails~