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Where to Get Inventory For eBay?

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What’s going on everyone? Have you ever thought about selling stuff on eBay, but you realize that you don’t have enough items to sell? If that’s the case, I have some good news for you. There are several places where you can get items to sell on eBay. A couple of years ago I wrote a post, where I discussed seven different places where you can get inventory for eBay. Today, I want to go into more detail about a few of them.

Value Village

Value Village is a thrift store that I shop at. There are two different versions of the store. The first set of Value Village stores are a part of the Savers store brand. There are over 300 of those stores in the United States and Canada. The other Value Village thrift stores are located in Georgia and Texas. The rest of this paragraph will be talking about the Value Village stores that are in Georgia. Since I’m in Atlanta, I’ve had the chance to visit several of their locations. Value Village is my favorite thrift store brand. They have a lot of items that I re-sell such as shoes and coffee mugs. My only gripe with Value Village is that some stores charge more for certain types of shoes and sports memorabilia. If you live in or near Atlanta or Dallas, make sure to check Value Village out.

Goodwill Stores

Goodwill stores are another place where you can get inventory for eBay. Rev. Edgar Helms founded the Goodwill. Helms collected clothing and used household goods in wealthy areas of his city. He then hired people who were less fortunate to repair and clean the items. The goods were then resold or given to people. They have over 160 locations worldwide. Their prices are about the same as Value Village. They have items such as clothes, books, furniture, televisions, and video games.

Depending on where you live, there may be several Goodwill stores. Take the time to visit each one. You can see which ones get better items. In the Atlanta area, there are a couple of stores that get the items that I’m looking for frequently. I’m sure the same thing will probably happen in your city.

Goodwill also has a website where you can purchase items from. Shopgoodwill.com  is the name of the site. There are thousands of items from Goodwill stores all over the country listed. I’ve purchased numerous items from the site. When you are looking for items, take time to research. You don’t want to buy something that you can’t make money off of. They also have a shipping estimate tool that you should use if you see something that you want to buy or bid on. Doing that will make sure that you are getting a good deal after you pay shipping. As always, the name of the game is to make money, not lose or break even.

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Salvation Army Thrift Stores

The Salvation Army is a church and charitable organization that was founded in 1865 in London. The Salvation Army runs several thrift stores in the world. They sell furniture, housewares, clothing, and shoes. In my city, the Salvation Army store isn’t as big as some of the other thrift stores. I also rarely find any items to re-sell in there, but you should still take the time to visit one if you live near it. Every thrift store has different items. Yours could be a gold mine.

The next three places that I will be discussing are discount department stores. They are places that you definitely need to check out a few times per year. You can find some great deals if you know what you are looking for.

Ross

The first store on the list to check out is called Ross. Ross specializes in women’s & men’s clothes, shoes, and things for the home. I’ve seen some excellent deals on shoes at Ross. Nikes that typically cost $90 can be on sale for $29.99. There are over $1200 locations worldwide. Unfortunately, there aren’t any locations in New York, New England, Alaska, and parts of the Midwest. I follow a couple of people that make a killing on the items that they find at Ross. They find all types of shoes and jerseys. I haven’t been that lucky yet. Hopefully, the Ross stores in your area have some great items that you can flip.

TJ Maxx

TJ Maxx is the second discount retail store on the list. There are over 1000 TJ Maxx stores in the United States. They specialize in clothing, footwear, and bedding items. They have some of the best prices out there when it comes to clothing. In my experience, TJ Maxx can be hit or miss. I suggest that you check it out for yourself to see what the one in your city has to offer.

Marshalls

Marshalls is the final discount retail store. There are over 970 Marshalls stores in the United States and Canada. Marshalls is TJ Maxx’s sister store. Usually, if you see one of those stores, then the other one is nearby. They have similar items and prices. Marshalls differentiates itself by having a bigger men’s and junior’s departments.

Yard Sales

The final place to get inventory for eBay is at yard sales. My neighborhood recently had a community yard sale. At least 15 of the houses participated in the event.  You can find some sweet deals at yard sales. For the most part, at yard sales, you can try to talk the seller down for a better price. Most of the time they are looking to get rid of the items. I’ve had a couple of yard sales before, and it sucks to have to bring things back in the house. I use craigslist to find out when and where yard sales will be at. Nexdoor is another place where you can look for yard sales.

Here’s a good tip. Try going to a yard sale 10 minutes before it’s over. I recently did that and was able to get 10 free items. The seller was putting things on the curb and stated that I could grab whatever I wanted for free. You can not beat getting free items. I’m sure that other people do that towards the end of their yard sales too.

In summary, Value Village, Goodwill stores, The Salvation Army, Ross, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and yard sales are great places to get inventory for eBay. If you are looking for things to sell, you can’t go wrong by visiting those places.

Where do you get your inventory for eBay from?

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14 Comments

  1. I sell vintage items on eBay and Etsy. I find items at thrift stores, garage sales, yard sales and estate sales mostly. Nice post.

  2. I don’t sell on Ebay, I sell on most of Nigerian E-commerce site and i get my inventory from alibaba or amazon

  3. I keep hearing good things about TJ Maxx and Ross. I’ve usually just sold stuff around the house, but I need to search around for these stores in my area! Who knows, I may find some good stuff.

    1. Check them out if they are in your area. You will be surprised at some of the deals that you can get.

  4. Thanks for these suggestions. I moved last year which led to a major decluuering, so I no longer have stuff from my house to sell.

  5. My problem is I’m so paranoid about getting something that won’t sell that I end up leaving thrift shops with nothing! I also spent like a half hour at this one garage sale last Summer and when I finally found out the guy wanted FOUR DOLLARS per magazine (and that was what they were selling for on eBay), I got the heck out of there. And that was his deal if I bought all 50+!

    1. $4 per magazine? I know he didn’t sell any of them.

  6. Interesting, I’ve been think of doing this. I’ve went as far as going to the stores and looking at items and leaving with nothing. Not sure what brands will sell and It takes a lot of time to look them up while in the store.
    Can you point me in the direction of a list of name brand clothing items that sell best on Ebay?

    1. Clothing is tricky. What sells for some, doesn’t sale or others. I don’t sell much clothing (except for jerseys). If I were you I’d search the eBay app. You can type in brands that you are familiar with and then go to the items sold section. From there, you can see what sold and for how much.

  7. Jason, I realize that Goodwill, Salvation Army, and others have used items but in good shape. So when deciding how much it’s worth , it’s kind of iffy. Any good ideas on how to judge them?

    1. My suggestion is to make sure that the item you are looking at doesn’t have too much wear and tear. Also, look at the sold used sold listings on eBay. If you see some items selling for a good price, buy it.

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