I just returned from a much-needed mini vacation which is why yesterday’s post was the first one in almost 2 weeks. I truly enjoyed enjoyed getting away and seeing family and friends — and I even found some time to go thrifting. My intentions were to keep it simple but…well…things didn’t work out that way. I wound up sourcing so much inventory that I had to get a bigger suitcase to take all of it back with me. In fact, I had to remove items from that suitcase and carry them on the plane since my suitcase weighed more than the airline’s 50 lbs limit.
…don’t judge me. 🙂
I usually share a lot of my purchases on my Instagram that is dedicated solely to reselling. In fact, I did share a few photos of these items if you look back at older photos. (You can see updates via the photos on my sidebar).
Most of the items listed below will be sent into Amazon FBA. About two or three of them are designated for eBay. As a side note: If you haven’t noticed, at least 98% of the inventory that I have been purchasing is earmarked for Amazon FBA. I don’t have a lot of motivation to list on eBay and have already canceled my store subscription. The next step is to begin liquidating my remaining unlisted inventory.
Profitable Media Items
I found these two items at two different thrift stores. The one on the left was from Savers and the other (on the right) came from a local Christian-based thrift store in the town where I grew up. The latter thrift store actually had thrift store prices — nothing like the “boutique” thrift stores that I see popping up everywhere I turn where I live.
I hope that you all are having a fantastic week of sourcing and reselling. I am just getting back into the swing of things after returning from a much needed vacation. As I looked over my sales for the past two weeks, I noticed that a lot of products that I had every intention of selling on eBay some how made their way over to my Amazon FBA inventory. One of those products happened to be a set of Meaningful Beauty products that I picked up for $2 a set from an estate sale a month or two ago.
You are doing yourself a disservice if you are not keeping an eye out for beauty products at thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales, or yard sales — especially overpriced ones like Meaningful Beauty. I picked up two of these kits from an estate sale after researching the product name on my Terapeak app. I didn’t know much about this line, but I saw sealed beauty products in a tote bag and after looking at the sold listings on eBay, I did a little happy dance in the middle of a crowded room as I scooped them up and placed them in my bag.
It’s that time again for another weekly Amazon FBA roundup! I took things easy this week in regards to sending in any new inventory to Amazon. (Although I will admit that I have quite a bit of new inventory that has accumulated since a good deal of my online purchases to flip were delivered this week.) To be honest, I was completely BURNED OUT from prepping, cleaning, listing, labeling, packing and shipping the largest amount of inventory I have ever sent to Amazon. The great thing about Amazon FBA is that I can take a week off and the sales still come pouring in.
Here is a recap of what sold last week and this week:
#1: Jayne Mansfield Collection
I purchased this collection of DVDs at an estate sale I attended almost 3 weeks ago. I certainly wish I had a “mother’s helper” at this auction because the sheer volume of media (i.e. VHS tapes, DVDs, books, records, etc) was astounding. This particular estate sale consisted of over 45 years of collecting. I didn’t even tackle 20% of what was available. The estate sale was so large that mid-week the company that ran it sent out an email alerting everyone that they had to rent a space to showcase all of the contents.
As a part of my goal to focus on Amazon FBA in the month of April, I wanted to write a post about what it takes to get started with Amazon FBA.
Amazon FBA is a great way to make money online, but it also takes money, time, and a whole lot more to be efficient and successful. I wrote this post with the “reseller” in mind, however, it still rings true even if you are small business owner looking to expand your presence online by utilizing Amazon to promote your products.
Here are a few things that you should be aware of before you get started:
#1: Amazon FBA will require more money, more supplies, more EVERYTHING!
Prepare to be amazed at the sheer amount of packing tape, poly bags, labels, toner, and other supplies that you will need at some point during your venture into Amazon FBA. You can certainly get by without purchasing all of these things, but there will come a time when you need them — and LOTS of them.
I ventured in Amazon FBA having already been a reseller on eBay. That means that I already owned a digital postage scale, a thermal printer, a laser printer, and various packing supplies.
The supplies I added after becoming heavily invested into Amazon FBA included:
- a barcode scanner
- Labels (either pre-printed or self-printed) for suffocation warnings and expiration dates
- Blank label rolls (2×1″) for my Zebra printer to cover existing barcodes
- Packing tape galore (in bulk) –> because I go through about 1-2 rolls each time I send in shipments
I decided to do things a little differently this week in regards to my “FBA Friday” series. Instead of recapping sales from this week via a blog post, I decided to make a quick video of some items that I sourced over the past 2 weeks. Hopefully it will help you if you are looking for new niches to explore. Additionally, I hope that you will see some of these sales (because I have no doubt they will sell…I just don’t know when) in a future FBA Friday blog post.
Enjoy the video!