Tuesday, April 30, 2013

the loss and then leap of faith when thrifting

The other day I was reading this blog by Lisa over at My Pretty Baby... and literally raising my hand and saying "PREACH!" the whole I was reading it. Her post was about losing faith in your favorite thrift store and then being rejuvenated when she found some awesome JFK collectibles.

Since beginning this in-between-jobs/side biz of reselling,  I have definitely had ups and downs. Years ago, I had what I liked to call my "Magic Thrift Store" which was the Goodwill on Hillsboro Road in Franklin. If ever I needed anything for a costume, I would find it in droves.

Ex 1: I was looking for white Keds for my Kelly Kapowski Halloween costume a few years ago and immediately found brand new white leather Keds in my size in their shoe department on my first sweep through the building. [Tangent: It was almost as if Tiffani Amber Thiessen had placed them there herself for me to stumble upon. ]

i know i cut off my awesome 90's bangs, but you had to see the shoes!


Ex 2: When I had my 90's inspired 28th birthday party, I went there looking for inspiration and immediately found it wailing to me from the dress racks. It was nearly a perfect replica of the dress both Kelly and Brenda Walsh wore to the Spring Formal on 90210. Magic Thrift strikes again.


Then they built the Goodwill on Hwy 96 in Franklin, they started getting all the good stuff...or so I thought. At first their merchandise was amazing, and Banana Republic sweaters and adorable dresses were falling from the sky like raindrops...and I constantly saw things like vintage children's books and board games and thought, "If I was into reselling, I would buy all this stuff." People in Williamson County will overlook these treasures!

I was completely spoiled and never understood when people bitched about having bad days thrifting. Seriously? What's that? But when the time came that I decided to start reselling on eBay, I became a bit stonewalled, and I was not finding what I wanted so easily, maybe mostly because I had no focus. Everything suddenly seemed bland and boring and suddenly my world of treasures had dissolved into a mush of stretched out Faded Glory t-shirts and mid 90s coffee mugs. Ugh.

When you have no focus and step into a thrift store, it is SO EASY to get discouraged. By trial and error, I have learned what sells and its normally not what you think. I have some gorgeous vintage cultural dolls that I can't move if my life depended on it, but all that Lisa Frank stuff I have put up goes within a day, even when I only paid $2 for it.


The newer Goodwill has also given me tons of designer shoes that appear brand new and are anywhere from 3-9 bucks, [Tangent: Also, I use my super outdated school ID to save 20% because not unlike Garth Brooks, I'm shameless.] that I can easily sell for $20-$30 a pair. I have had decent luck with selling these, but shoes/clothes are a gamble because they are size dependent.


Everyday, I am learning more about this hobby and trying to broaden my scope of thrift possibilities by garage saling and even trying my luck again at the Goodwill Outlet this week with Rae. Still looking for a focus, but for now I usually only buy to resell something that I would buy for myself, but I purposefully look out of my size so I won't be tempted to keep it. Mama needs money more than vintage kitten heels!

PS. Also Pearl Choi was the big winner of the nail goodies so a box of pretty things are on their way to Cali! Congrats, Pearl! 

12 comments:

  1. Amazing costumes! Those shoes look great. I'm impressed with your thrifting. I love thrift stores, but I have to be in a particular mood. If I can't concentrate, shopping is pointless.

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    1. Thanks! I take dressing up very seriously! Yeah you have to be in the mood. Today I went she was clearly not in the mood. I was full of food and the store was hot and I seriously just wanted out of there

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  2. I've always wondered about shoes - what are the best sizes to sell? I'm always finding really great shoes that look brand new but won't fit my enormous hoofs. You did really great on those costumes! And you KNOW we need to see your 90's bangs! All of my thrifts have dried up plus I'm having an "I don't need stuff" phase anyway - I know that will pass though and I'll be on the hunt again.

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    1. If you have anymore loot to dig through, let me know! I'm really bad at getting attached to things. Today I bought a metal thermos from the 70s at goodwill and I know I'll keep it bc I love it

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  3. Also shoes 7-9 have done well. I wear a 6, so some of the ones I am selling are 6s and I'm realizing no one has little feet anymore

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    1. little feet are so 60's. it's the milk, I tell ya ;)

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  4. I am a reseller also! I have been doing it for about 2 years and can completely relate to this post! Good luck at the Goodwill Outlet. I have learned to love it (so much for cheap) but it can be so overwhelming. I wear a size 6 too so you are not alone :)

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    1. ahhh! I definitely need to pick your brain. I am learning all the time. Yesterday I went to Goodwill and it was a bust...and the thing I did buy...I am probably gonna cute...because I feel like a vintage thermos is something I need in my life.

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  5. I love thrift store shopping too. To the point where a friend gave me a goodwill gift card as a going away gift. I never thought to resell the things I find. My main thing is being ugly frames (and now adding furniture) and making them beautiful.
    I found a pink LC purse at that 96 GW awhile ago which made my husband roll his eyes, but put him in his place when I got three comments on it the same day.
    There are A LOT of thrift stores here in SC but I haven't found a really great one.

    goodluck@goodwill

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    1. I have given goodwill gift cards as gifts too! the money just goes a longer way!

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  6. When I first started selling on eBay years ago, I was amazed at what certain thrift store/outlet store items would go for! I love your costumes
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    Adrienne
    What Lola Wants

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    1. it really is crazy. I pick up a few things every time I go shopping there and there are some really good finds peppered in. Especially housewares and shoes!

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