How To Turn a Thrifting Hobby Into Cash!

If you’re longing to find the right hobby that will make you some extra money on the side, and have a thrifting obsession that takes the entirety of your monthly wage. Then I for one, believe you have come to the right place.

You’re probably wondering, surely I can’t sell these thrifted clothes myself? Where would I even start? Well, that’s where I can help!

It is time to take the love of thrifting to the next level. Create some profit from those weekly trips to the favourite selection of stores. Are you ready to find out how?

Keep Close With Those Favourite Stores

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Thrifting is a competitive game, and making money thrifting is even harder. Getting the best one-of-a-kind piece is difficult when shopping just for yourself. Not to mention finding the show-stopper that is good enough to sell.

So, it would be recommended to somewhat ‘beat the system’. The best way to do this is to build a real relationship with the workers or even owners of the selected thrift shops. This way, you can hopefully win the race to purchasing. By getting a quick glimpse on new stock before it is put onto the rails; and negotiate profitable prices with your trusted seller.

This task is foolproof but may take some time. It is important not to force your friendship onto someone. But, your consistent return and purchases from the store will be sure to get the owners building a liking towards you. Then, the rest will be history and you will be finding the best, one of a kind pieces there is.

Check For Damages

Damages in items can really be a deal-breaker for the business if they go unnoticed. Annoyingly, this is something that is extremely easy to do, especially in the overwhelming environment of a thrift or charity store.

Therefore, before purchasing an item, don’t feel embarrassed to go over it with a fine-tooth comb. After all, you’re not buying for yourself. Therefore, the standard needs to be of high quality. You don’t know what a client might expect from the clothes, so focus on only getting the best.

Ripped seams and uneven pant legs are what give the business its bad reviews. This will ultimately dissolve the possible clientele that could be built up.

Clean Up Your Findings

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Unless the item has been purchased brand new, with the tags still on it, then it has most definitely been worn previously. This sometimes turns people away from purchasing an item. But not us thrifting lovers!

So, in order to get the most of your items and selling, it would be beneficial to clean up the items once they’ve been brought to ensure they are looking their absolute best for the clients. This goes to anything that is found during the treasure hunt of thrifting- shoes, clothes, pillows, even jewellery.

Think of the item as something on a shopping centre shelf. If the packaging is damaged or dirty, it is likely nobody will buy it. Your clothes have the exact same effect. So, take into account what your clients will see, and create ‘packaging’ that will stand out and look brand new.

Purchase a natural soap and gorgeous smelling detergent, to ensure the items are as clean as possible. Ensuring never to irritate a client’s skin. Natural is best! This will also avoid stripping any colours, patterns or possible images on the items too; while returning them to their youthful state.

Know Where To Sell Your Findings

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In this day and age, online is the best place to be. And, for a seller to reach a high amount of clientele, posting on social media is one of the most successful ideas.

There are a huge amount of online platforms that items can be advertised onto, in order to sell them. For example, there is the infamous app ‘Depop’, ‘Shpock’ and even ‘Facebook’ or ‘Instagram’.

The item that you are selling would normally dictate what platform it should be placed onto. For example, clothing would normally go onto Depop, and household items onto a reputable Facebook group. But, for someone just starting out like yourself, posting all of your purchased goods on each app will not be an issue. It gets the advertisements out there!

Upload High-Quality Photos

Realistically, when selling online, the photo is going to be the dealbreaker. The small selection of images will truly determine whether or not the audience takes notice of the items.

Therefore, it would be critical to either invest in or get good at taking photos of your items. Think of it as an advert you see on the television. The lighting is right, the objects look great, and you can truly see what it looks like from every angle. Try and mimic this. Of course, you won’t have a whole studio helping you, but it is still worth the effort!

Most newer smartphones have an exceptional camera, and being the most popular device, chances are you have one.

So, focus on getting your items (whether its clothing or household) into a good light, with a plain background setting. This way, there will be no colour clashes or attention taken away from the product. Then, photograph every angle of the image- the back, front, and sides. This way, the audience will be able to see exactly what they’re purchasing.

It is important to remember how you physically shop. An item is picked up, touched, turned over- all aspects are assessed. This privilege is taken away on the phone, so do the items justice and make them shine!

Make The Description Worthy

Likewise, with the images, the product description will also be a point of interest to the audience. Here you should fully describe the item. From what it is made with, the colour, and even the ways in which it can be worn or styled (depending on what is being sold).

It is important to make the product sound like something the shopper needs in their life-they can’t live without it. So the description is where this, magic needs to happen. Whip out your best writing skills and get going.

It only has to be a few words outlining everything important about the product, but show your passion. This will be very helpful when closing those deals!

Set With A Respectable Pricetag

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It might seem worthy, posting your first purchased items with a higher price tag in order to make some good money, fast! But, you will soon find that this will not sell, probably ever in fact.

The thing that needs to be remembered, is that people will be purchasing pre-used items. Unless they are dying for the Aztec design on the woollen jumper you just posted, then they will likely find their own version, if you have given it too high a price tag.

So, be realistic. These are one of a kind pieces, but they are old. Set the price boundaries in places that can be negotiated or changed, making both parties win. This way, you will see far greater money build-up, as people love a bargain. Selling a handful of highly-priced items every month will not stack up the cash- cheaper items will!


Do you still believe that you cannot make money thrifting! Well, think again.

With time and effort, thrifting and flipping clothing can quickly become a reputable source of income; for those rainy day purchases. Just ensure to follow the tips above. It is important to understand all aspects of selling your own items to the world. So, take into account relationships, prices, quality and the way in which you present your mini- business. All of these features will determine the success that you will receive.

Selling clothes and other items is not a career that will blow up overnight. But, by putting time and effort into what you love, there will be growth and it will become clear to the audience that this is something you are wildly passionate about, so you become a trusted seller.

Thinking about it, it is essentially growing your own mini clothing line. So, if you are an avid fashionista or a lover of thrifting, then this is perfect for you. Don’t be afraid to make yourself seen online, think out of the box even, and make that cash!

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