RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - People in our area are making a living flipping clothing they find at thrift stores. You'll probably never unload it in one spot, but don't fret. There are several other avenues to take to make money this way.
I tried my hand at flipping thrift clothes and so far have had moderate success. I spent $95 total on shoes from an online auction and several other tops from Thrifty Quaker and Family Thrift.
Clothes Mentor bought one top and five pairs of shoes - $51 cash for all of them, but that left several other pieces to get rid of.
"For teens and juniors, definitely taking stuff to Plato's closet or Ashby in Carytown," suggests Sydney Lester.
Lester, a personal stylist, also told me about Rumors Boutique on Broad Street.
"We do still-trendy vintage," said head buyer Shelby Guest. "We love to do a ton of vintage that works with the art kids and the art program around here. But we also do name, current teen/young adult brands, Urban Outfitters, H & M, Forever 21, American Apparel and brands like that."
They look at the styles and conditions and pull the pieces they think will sell. Shelby wants the Love 21 sundress and the J Crew sequined shirt.
"We give you 35 percent cash or 55 percent store credit for whatever we price it at," said Guest.
Two pieces I brought net $7.75 in cash, which is more than I paid for both. The rest, I list on the three local selling apps: Varagesale, LetGo and OfferUp.
I take pictures, give a brief description and price them to move. Each post takes less than a minute to create.
Within two minutes, my first hit: a woman from Short Pump saw the White House Black Market Jacket on VarageSale and wants it. I meet her the next day and make $7 in the transaction.
A few days of nothing, so I bump my stuff in the feeds.
I download another selling app - Close 5. It took a few days, but there's interest in Fabrik shirt.
I post the remaining items on a Facebook selling group, Midlothian Buy, Sell or Trade. Two minutes later, the Mediplogs are sold, another $12.
At the 11th hour, a member of LetGo makes an offer for the Clarks.
I made a few mistakes along the way, buying out of season, getting things that aren't my size and not inspecting well enough for damage. But here's where I went right. I've got nine pairs of expensive new shoes that fit and a couple of tops, and I've only spent three dollars.
You can always widen your buying audience by posting to national platforms, sites like Poshmark, Thredup and Tradesy. Keep in mind, each of these will deduct their commission, ranging from 10 to 20 percent.
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