|Kate Spade cover for an IPad Mini. Pd. $1. Listing for $49.|
I don't trust myself when it comes to decorating. Even though my mother was an interior decorator, only my sister seemed to inherit her sense of taste. My problem is that I can't see the forest for the trees. I will find a picture I like or may be a lamp, but I can't seem to pull it all together for a cohesive design. For this remodel, I've relied on Pinterest and the advice of others. It's too much money to spend to mess it up.
That brings me to my point: There's no accounting for taste. What I think is adorable, you may think is hideous. That's why I don't pass up "ugly" when I am out thrifting. If something is made well (a quality product), someone is going to love it. More than that, the "ugly" listing will stand out from the others. I have a perfect example of this in my sales for the week.
This week's sales:
(Left to right, top to bottom.)
1. Hippie Peace symbol NIP shower curtain. Pd.$4.99, sold for $12.
2. Brighton Pencil Pak. Pd. $1.99, sold for $10.
3. Oil derrick table lighter. Pd. $12, sold for $30.
4. Duck boot scraper. Pd. $16, sold for $30.
5. My dog Kiki!
6. Mid-Century signed serigraph. Pd. $0, sold for $100.
7. Cat figurine. Pd. $.99, sold for $5.
8. Burberry tie. Pd. 41.99, sold for $22.99.
9. Michael Simon Tweety Bird sweater. Pd. $15, sold for $95. Yep. This is the "ugly" I was talking about! I knew $15 was a lot to pay for a sweater to resell, but I knew in my gut I would make money. The only similar one on Ebay was listed for around $50. I listed mine for $95 because I thought it was more striking. The buyer offered $80, but I was at an event where I had my phone off. She must have gotten nervous when I didn't respond for a few hours and went ahead and bought it at full price.
I've been listing mostly vintage finds lately and nothing from the rack of clothes that have piled up. I think that's why my sales have been down lately. My plan for this week is to list clothes. Some people call them the "bread and butter" of their store. I need some bread and butter; man cannot live on dessert alone!
Happy thrifting! ~Lisa
What is your "bread and butter" to sell? Leave comments below.