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How I Made $11,000 Selling Items Online in 2020

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How I made $11,000 Selling Items Online in 2020I nearly made $11,000 ($10,995.85) selling items on the side last year. That was the most that I’ve ever made since I’ve been flipping. The crazy thing is that I feel like I’m just getting started as an online seller. This year will be even better. In this article, I want to share how I did it. I will also share my top 10 sales as well.

Focused on Better Items

The first thing that I did was focus on selling better items. I wanted to find items that I could make more money on. I looked for more vintage games, running shoes, and jerseys. The good thing is that I was able to find more too. If you are in a similar situation and want to increase your sales, start looking for better items.

More Sourcing

Even though we were quarantined for part of the year, I was able to do more sourcing. Once thrift stores started to open back up, I was there. I was going to thrift stores twice a week when I wasn’t working. I visited my usual ones and found some new ones.

Besides going to just thrift stores, I also went to a few yard sales and some estate sales. I found some great deals. Estate sales tend to have some hidden gems. Often, people are looking to get rid of items quickly, so they are willing to give you a deal.

Last but not least, there were also two instances where I was able to get over 60 free items. People were cleaning up and before they threw stuff out, they asked if I wanted to look through the stuff. That happened because I promote my business whenever I can. I’m always telling people that I sell things online. If you flip items, you should do the same thing.

More Platforms

Last year, I made sure to crosspost more of my items to different online selling platforms. That was another thing that worked. Besides eBay, I sold items on Mercari, Poshmark, OfferUp, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and Nextdoor. Here’s how I decided what to post on each platform.

Mercari

It’s my second favorite platform, so I list any kind of them on that site. Shoes, bobbleheads, board games, you name it. If I think I can sell it, I’m going to list it on Mercari.

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Poshmark

90 percent of the items that I list on Poshmark are clothes. Every once in a while, I’ll list a coffee mug or a bobblehead there just to see if I get any bites.

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OfferUp

I list items that have been sitting around the house for a minute. I also list larger items on that platform as well.

Craigslist

I list a lot of my larges sized items on Craigslist. Since there is no shipping, I’m down to meet people to get some of the bigger items sold. I also list all of my “lots” there.

Facebook Marketplace

I list my lots on this site as well as some of my other random items. Since they added shipping last year, I’ve added more bobbleheads and board games to the platform.

Nextdoor

I post lots and some of my older items on Nextdoor. I don’t get many sales on the platform, but I hope that changes this year.

Continued to Promote

I made sure to continue to promote my items. I shared them online when I got the chance. I told people about the store. From time to time my friends have purchased items from me. Make sure that you take some time each month to promote your store so that you can maximize your sales.

Next, I want to share my top ten sales from 2020.

 

I paid $7.23 for this LRG Aspen Sweater. It sold for $64.99

I paid $6.47 for these Kobe Bryant huaraches. They sold for $65.99.

I paid $13.82 for this Protege Sweater. It sold for $69.99.

I saw these two bobbleheads in the thrift store one day. Something told me to check them out. I’m glad I did The comps looked good so I grabbed them. I paid $2.87 for the pair. They sold for $75.

I saw these Hoka One One Clifton 5 shoes inside the showcase area at one of the thrift stores. I ended up paying $17.42 for them. That was fine because they sold for $84.99.

I picked up this Spookytown fire department for $5.50. It sold for $100.

This Dale of Norway Sweater caught my eye. I’ve never heard of the brand, but I knew that wool sweaters can sell for a good amount. I looked at the comps and decided to grab the sweater. I ended up selling it for $100.

I was amazed to find this brand new Nascar Jacket in the store. Nascar jackets can go for a decent amount so I grabbed this one. I paid $18.03 for it. I sold it for $145.

I was able to get a Tiffany watch similar to this one for free. Yes, you read that right. I got it for free. I’m not sure it worked or not, but I sold it for $199.

Last but not least, I saw this Hero Quest board game and quickly grabbed it. This game can sell for hundreds depending on the condition. I paid $6 for it. It sold for $210 making it my best flip of 2020.

I want you to know that if you want to sell things online, do it. A few years ago, I was making a hundred bucks every couple of months. Now I’m having 5 figure years. I’m just getting started. Check out the blog posts below to help you with your reselling journey.

My eBay Best Sellers

eBay Shipping Tips: The Beginner’s Guide

7 Places to Get Inventory For eBay

What to Sell on eBay: 45 Items to Flip Now

14 Changes to Make When Your eBay Items Aren’t Selling

How Long Does It Take To Sell an Item on eBay: My Average Sales Time on eBay

If you need help selling on eBay, check out my video, eBay for Starters.

How is your eBay selling coming along?

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6 Comments

  1. Great tips! I could totally see myself getting into this, but pretty sure my husband would not be happy about me storing it all right now!

    1. He’ll change his mind once you start getting sales 🙂

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