a We usually shop Tuesday through Saturday, although on occasion a Sunday or Monday trip happens. We find that the best days for shopping are Wed-Fri. Much less competition in the stores, and new things have made it out to the shelves by then. Saturday shopping involves more auto and human traffic and less things being put out on the shelves, so it can be more hit or miss than usual. Today was a pretty good day.
STORE#1 (local charity store benefitting women's shelter).
This store was recently remodeled and has mostly clothing. I have gotten a few really nice items out of this store at a very good price, including a Temperley dress for $6 and a blumarine shirt for $4. They have a boutique section, which I avoid because everything is priced beyond what would be a reasonable resale profit margin, and they focus on the better known brands that don't actually sell as well on eBay (Talbots, Laundry, etc.). I didn't get anything there today.
STORE #2 - Goodwill
This store pays off big once in a while. Today's purchases:
STORE #4 - another Goodwill
STORE #7 - yet another Goodwill - I usually don't visit this one as the prices are higher than others and the selection is slim. But today I got a brand new in box Villaware Pizzelle maker for $11. Should sell around $70 more or less.
These are in the same shopping strip, one is a new resale store I've never been in. Very nice stuff, but prices more than I like to pay for resale. But I may have found a place to consign some of my vintage couture. The other is a YWCA resale I rarely go in because the prices are higher than the other resale shop. I did happen to find a three-pieces Misook outfit I took a chance on for $12. Could be $100+
The Jewelry and Beauty Counter
I always make a quick stop by the jewelry counter area at the stores, but I almost never buy jewelry (too hard to investigate quickly). Along with jewelry, this area is usually a hodgepodge of watches, perfumes, lotions, makeup, and miscellaneous small electronics or packaged items.
Discontinued perfumes (including old formulas of perfumes still being manufactured) and other scented products can easily bring $50 and up, even if only partially full. I find that perfume is often marked up beyond my target profit margin, but occasionally I have paid up to $20 after looking it up. Make sure to include size when reviewing listings. Bath & Body Works is extremely popular, and certain discontinued scents are very desirable. Also, L'Occitane products are a good bet. A couple sales listed on this page that might surprise you include a half full bottle of bath perfume purchased for $2-3 and sold for $43, and Lush Silky underwear powder. I purchased all eight cans of powder that were in the case at $2 each and sold in sets of four for $30/31. In this case, I happened to find this product in a discontinued packaging that people preferred (the newer packaging of the product is not nearly as desirable). At the top of the linked page above, there is a link to used, sold fragrances $39 and up (check those out here; note that many of the pages have preformatted research links included to help you up your game.)
This is also a great place to find expensive anti-aging products. One of the most popular brands I find fairly regularly is Arbonne. They have multiple skin care products such as cleansers, which can be profitable if obtained for a couple dollars. However, the big money is in the anti-wrinkle stuff. Other brands can bring even more money, but I don't find them as often. There are also facial toning products worth quite a bit of money. Members can view more specifics/photos regarding these products here.
Other miscellaneous finds in this area include a digital stopwatch worth about $100, a new in box Cadillac owner's medallion, and oils for a reed diffuser or other aromatherapy products. As always, look up by brand and model/style/scent/size.