7 Uncommon Items That I Thrifted and Sold via Amazon FBA

I noticed that a lot of the posts I’ve written lately seem to focus on books. In an effort not to brand myself as someone that only sells books through Amazon’s FBA program, I thought I would take the time out to go through my past sales and pick out some odd items that I have sold. Selling these types of items helps my bottom line. I’m hesitant to refer to them as “bread and butter” items, but in essence that’s kind of what they are and you would be surprised at how often I find them and how often they sell.

When I use the phrase “uncommon” or “odd,” I am not referring to the item itself, but rather the fact that you don’t hear too many people talking about selling these types of items. The general consensus that I get from other FBA sellers that thrift for inventory is that books, media, and board games are the extent of what they look for. You are doing yourself a disservice if you only limit yourself to just those categories.

The next time you’re out thrifting and you’re upset because you can’t find anything worth selling, hopefully this post will help inspire you to step out of your comfort zone. 🙂

The Goods…

#1: Do you ever check the health and personal care aisle at your local thrift store? I found this beauty sitting on the shelf still new in its sealed package and priced at $1.98. It just so happens that its color tag was 25% off on that particular day so that made it even more of a steal.

Cost of item: $1.48

Sold for: $38.50

Net Profit: $28.67

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#2: How many times do you walk past the giant pile of power cords and adapters at your local thrift store? Call me odd, but I see this section as ripe for the picking and that’s exactly where I found this item.

I generally pick up name brand adapters if the price is right. Unfortunately, some thrift stores are pricier than others when it comes to certain name brands, so if I can find these power cords for $2.00 or less and can flip them for at least $12, then I am game.

Cost of item: $1.00

Sold for: $13.87

Net Profit: $8.22

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#3: If you aren’t digging through your thrift store or local library’s magazine section, you might be missing out on some hidden cash. I have successfully sold magazines on Amazon and I generally pick them up for dirt cheap. I especially love finding entire volumes at estate sales that I can sell individually on Amazon. These can command much more money than the magazine I’ve chosen to spotlight for this post.

I purchased this issue back in March. After looking at the cover, purchasing it was a no-brainer. This particular issue deals with black hair and Oprah’s hair, which (if you are not aware) has stirred up some controversy in the “black hair” community.

This particular issue took about 1 month to sell.

Cost of item: $0.25

Sold for: $9.95

Net Profit: $4.85

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#4: Selling stuffed animals/plush is still one of those categories that many FBA sellers don’t (or won’t) touch. I picked up this plush for $0.25 because it reminded me of my childhood. It was still in great collectible condition with its original tags attached. Although it was listed on Amazon, it did not have a sales rank. I did NOT let that deter me from listing it and sending it in.

It took about 3 weeks for this item to sell.

Cost of item: $0.25

Sold for: $18.50

Net Profit: $12.90

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#5: I like browsing through the household section — especially for unwanted or unused kitchen items that might be great sellers on Amazon. I stumbled upon this item a few months ago. I did not know what it was, but I have heard of the Pampered Chef brand name AND it was still sealed in its original package so I figured it would sell eventually…and it did…about 2 weeks later.

Cost of item: $1.00

Sold for: $12.95

Net Profit: $7.53

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#6: In that same household section I found this item sticking out like a sore thumb. It looked kind of crazy because it appeared to be just a ton of foil wrapped in plastic, but when I saw the brand name “Wilton,” I decided to scan the barcode just to see if it would be worth anything. It turns out it was.

Cost of item: $0.50

Sold for: $28.29

Net Profit: $20.98

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#7: One of the areas that I never forget to check out at thrift stores are the end caps. Squeezed in between a ton of items were these wrestling ear guards on the end cap in the sports section. It looked like the thrift store received a large donation of sports items and these ears guards along with a lot of other gear like cups, gloves, etc were still new in package.

I picked this item up because it had a really low sales rank, but it turns out that it took longer to sell than all of the other items I have mentioned in this post. I suppose that could be due to the fact that I sent it in when wrestling isn’t in season — who knows.

It took a little over a month for this item to sell.

Cost of item: $1.98

Sold for: $23.08

Net Profit: $15.05

Takeaways…

I have long since stopped looking at the obvious things to sell. I don’t want to count board game pieces and I don’t want to only focus on books or VHS, so I keep an eye out for the less obvious things to sell on Amazon. When thrifting, I can generally can turn $1 into $10 and I try to stick to that ROI since these are items that are single/one-time purchases, not bulk buys. So far, this strategy works for me and accounts for anywhere from 40-70% of my monthly sales.

I do hope this post encourages you to step out of your comfort zone the next time you hit your favorite thrift stores.

Until next time,

Yolanda