Today I visited a few stores off by themselves that don't often produce a lot of inventory and I only had a few hours to shop. Today was an exception! Following is a breakdown of my three-hour workday with the items I purchased and how much I expect to make:
Had to return a scale that would have sold for about $60-70 - didn't work. Goodwill takes returns on electronics, and even gives store credit for returned clothing in some places. Found a pair of shoes.
Stopped here first expecting to be in and out. I don't think I've ever bought anything from this store before. Maybe once. They overprice anything that looks good to them. Since I didn't have high expectations for today's treasure hunt, I went ahead and purchased these items:
As I was leaving I saw a pair of Ray Bans in the case. They had been marked down from $200 to $150, and agreed to discount an additional $20. I wasn't feeling confident about spending that much, so I said I'd be back if the husband gave the okay. While I was waiting for him to look up (he was shopping elsewhere today) I went to the store in the next building.
This place is hit or miss. I've found a few really good things in here. Worth checking out once a month or so.
Then, 'round to the overpriced counter items... many marked-up items but they missed...
Back to Store #2
By this time, the husband had said get the Ray Bans (expected sale price $300-500).
As I was walking into the store again, I saw a printer in the furniture section I had not visited (as I don't sell furniture... except once). !!! It is one of the holy grails of printers, apparently. so...
I didn't end up getting the Ray Bans. They were prescription lenses and I have no idea how that would affect the value. But I was happier with the printer.
A Goodwill Boutique. Donated clothing is pre-screened for this store and tends to be better quality and not out-of-date styles. A couple times I did very well in this store, such as one time they had a rack full of brand new gauze palazzo pants and other gauze items from the same brand. I bought 8 or so of those for $10 apiece and sold for $50-70 apiece, plus a cool jacket off the same rack that I paid $15 for and sold for $150 within a couple hours of posting it. And the time I found a rare and desirable DVF dress, another designer dress, and a designer suit - paid about $25 at the most for all three and sold for over $200.
Today I didn't find anything to buy
In summary... spent $81 today and expect to make $920-1555. Not bad for a few hours' work.