6 Thrift Store Items That Sell On eBay

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Thrift Store Items That Sell On eBay

If you are looking for thrift store items that sell on eBay this is exactly what you have been looking for!

I know the feeling of walking into a thrift store and being completely overwhelmed by the number of items you can buy.  Should you start looking at the dirty underwear or the bathroom items first.  The answer is none of those!   Dirty underwear isn’t a money-maker and I just avoid the stuff in the bathroom section altogether.  You want to make money and you have to know where to look.  Your brain is probably overloaded with items available at the thrift store.

I can’t stress the importance of checking what items sell for on eBay before you ever purchase anything.  I have written an article on exactly how to check the eBay sold listings here.

I know this is basic information but make sure you inspect the item and plug it in prior to buying it.

You’re in luck because I am writing this guide to give you some pointers for things that actually sell all the time on eBay.


Books are a great beginner item to buy and resell.

Books are one of the easiest things to find at thrift stores.  There are full-time resellers that buy and resell books only.  There are always loads and loads of books to choose from at thrift stores.  What I like about books is you can ship them Media Mail through the USPS.  This means you can ship them for a reduced rate.  Typically, you don’t want to sell your books individually (but in some cases you mind find selling a book that in high demand by itself).  It’s better to sell your books in lots.  There are lots of box sets or groups of books you can get.  Here are some good ones:

  • Anne of Green Gables
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • The Hunger Games
  • Happy Potter
  • The Hunger Games
  • Goosebumps
  • The Boxcar Children

Textbooks are also found at thrift stores.  Did you know that textbooks are extremely expensive?  Ask anyone that has gone to college or bought textbooks for their son or daughter.  A lot of students will actually just donate their textbooks not realizing that their old textbooks are worth hundreds of dollars.

With books, you can dive deep into any niche you want.  For example, gardening, science fiction, horror, cooking, self-help, computers, recipes, etc.

Remember that hardcover books will sell for more than softcover books.  You want to check them to make sure there are no markings in them and that none of the pages are torn.  You can easily scan the barcode and see what any book in the thrift store is selling for.


Almost every thrift store has lots of glassware.

People are really serious about glassware that they have in their homes. Don’t get me wrong there is a lot to learn on glassware. This site http://www.patternglass.com/ has also taught me a lot about glassware. There are lots of different patterns you need to be on the lookout for. Some good brands of glassware are Fenton, Mikasa, Indiana Glass Company, Libbey, etc.

I have bought punch bowl sets, glass salad bowl sets, vases, etc. Sets are usually a smart idea provided that it’s not a low-end brand. Remember that emerald, amber, and colored glass is popular for glass collectors. Also, people do collect depression glass, cranberry glass, etc.

I’ve sold my share of glassware. If you are completely new to glassware I would stick with the basics. You can get Coca-cola glasses and lot them up and sell them for $25+ easily. You can get beer, whiskey glasses, and wine glasses. For instance, Sam Adams, Budweiser, Guinness, Crown Royal, Jack Daniels, etc.

You can usually find bags of shot glasses. You can lot them up and sell them that way.

Looney Tunes, Disney characters, Starwars, comic book characters, and even Smurfs sets of glassware sell pretty well.

Don’t forget about Pyrex. You can get their mixing bowls, bakeware, measuring cups, etc. Pyrex usually sells for pretty good money and you might be surprised how much it goes for when you look it up.

There is a lot of money and glassware.  The big money is in the vintage glassware.  I highly recommend you learn about glassware when you are out thrifting, at garage sales, estate sales, etc.

Bags of Cars

People collect cars all the time.  Did you know there is actually a toy hall of fame?

Toy cars are sold in bags. What I am talking about is 1:64 scale toy cars. You know those cars you used to play with as a kid? Depending on the thrift store you can get 4-10 toy cars in each bag. Some of these cars can be worth some decent money. It’s important to look at the bags before rushing ahead and making the purchase, though.

You want to look at the bottoms of the cars and look for Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Majorette, Maisto, Ertl, etc.  Don’t be that idiot that just takes one car out of the bag.  It’s really probably just a kid that really wanted it anyway.  You know what I’m talking about!  Be on the lookout for Hot Wheels with red lines on the wheels. These are called “Redline”. Remember the older the year on the bottom typically means they are worth more.

Be on the lookout for real tiny cars. These are called Micro Machines.  These are great items for collectors.  Here is a pretty cool site I found on Micro Machines.

I would buy almost anything that is in a sealed box. These are typically from collectors and sometimes worth some pretty decent money.

Whenever I buy bags of cars I usually get them for $1.99 to $3.99 a bag. There is a good chance you will find some gems in there and they will be worth some decent money. However, a lot of the ones you will find are at least worth $5 or so a car. Typically, I will sell the car individually if it’s $7 or more. Otherwise, I will just wait until I have a lot of 25-50 and sell them as a lot deal on eBay.

Receivers & CD Changers

You can make a small fortune selling receivers and CD changers. Don’t get me wrong there is a lot of crap out there, though.  Again, make sure you plug it in.

Look out for brands like Sony, Bose, Kenwood, Yamaha, Onkyo, etc.

Sony is a very good brand that sells for good money.  Somewhere along the way, I heard “if it’s Sony it will sell on eBay”.  Can’t remember where I heard that, but it’s usually the case. This doesn’t mean you should buy everything that says Sony, though. Make sure you look it up before you purchase it. I’ve sold several 300 disc cd changers for $160+, receivers for $100+, etc.  Trust me you will see lots of Sony stuff out there!

Yamaha is a very good brand! It’s actually probably my favorite brand to buy for receivers. I personally use their home audio receivers for my surround system at home. Expect to pay a little bit more for Yamaha stuff, though.  But, it resells for decent money.  I have sold receivers for $150+.

Onkyo is a good brand for home audio.  My surround system speakers are actually Onkyo speakers.  I have bought 6 disc CD/DVD changers for $9-14 and resold them various times for $100+ several times.

Kenwood is another quality high-end brand.  I look out for their receivers all the time when I go thrifting.  You can expect to pay a little extra for Kenwood stuff.  But, it typically sells for a little extra.

Bose is a high-end brand that I always jump on when I find it. It’s not something you’re going to find every day, but when I do my eyes open really wide. You’re typically going to pay more for Bose stuff, but it sells quickly and for more money.

Remember that it’s going to cost more to ship receivers and CD changers. I typically list it with a price like $69.97 + $49.99 shipping. It just looks more appealing than $120 + free shipping. I typically mail these items out FedEx. FedEx gives better rates for larger heavier items. I would highly suggest reading my article on shipping if you are new to selling stuff online.

Video Games

Video games are in high demand for gamers.  If they come with the original box, manual, and packaging they sell for more.  That’s right nerds pay more money for all the boxes and packaging.  If they just include the game cartridge they are called “loose”, which sell for less.  But, don’t make the mistake of buying any and every video game that you come across in a thrift store.

I have found that older games sell for more than newer games.  So, what I mean is games for Nintendo (NES), Super NES, and Atari.  A lot of these video games for these systems sell for $20+.

You might come across newer games for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, and Playstation 3 from time to time.  These can sell for decent money.  It’s so important that you check the sold listings on eBay before you purchase any video games from thrift stores, though.

Make sure you check behind the glass.  This is where a lot of the good games seem to be found.

New Tagged & Bagged Items

Anything new with tags on it should catch your eye at thrift stores. 

Not everything you come across that is new that has tags on it should automatically be added to your cart.  I have purchased items for $2-4 and resold them on eBay for 50+ many times.  Since the item has a tag still on it you can easily scan the barcode on your smartphone and see what it’s going for on eBay.

I love bagged items because you get several different things instead of one item.  Typically, you will get a bag for $2-5.  I have bought countless bagged items because one thing caught my eye.  Once, I got home and opened it I realized that some of the items actually sold for $10 and $20 each.

I’ve bought bags of yarn that I got for $10.  I sold each item for $9 (a total of 20 items).  I got multiple shot glasses that I packaged together and sell for $10+.  I’ve had vintage photo reels, toys, etc.

Bags are an awesome way to buy stuff at thrift stores!

eBay Listings & Tips

It’s important that you list your items on eBay correctly though.  You’re never going to sell any of the items you bought at a thrift store if you don’t list them on eBay correctly.  If you are completely new to selling on eBay I would highly recommend you check out my article on listing your items on eBay for beginners.

If you are more experienced on eBay I have also written an article on tips for boosting your eBay sales.

Let me know what items you regularly find at thrift stores or questions you have about items at thrift stores down below.


Reseller Dude

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4 Responses

  1. I can definitely say from experience of being an eBay Power Seller that what you have shared here is great information anyone can follow to start making money selling on eBay. Though I didn’t use thrift stores all that much, I preferred garage and yard sales, when I did I found some great items to resell for profit.

    Seeing how I used to be in the video game industry I was fortunate to have many video games either still shrink wrapped in their original boxes or just in very good condition. As you have pointed out these are big money makers. I also used to sell DVD movies and TV show boxed sets like Game of Thrones and The Simpsons.

    There are many things that will sell well on eBay, especially when in good condition. The key to success is first doing your research and like you have stated, checking to see what sells on eBay by looking at the eBay Sold Listings. I personally feel that selling on eBay is a bit easier than selling on Amazon, which I prefer when doing affiliate marketing.

    • I also use garage sales to make money with eBay, too. Profit margins can be really high with garage sales. But, thrift stores can have some really hidden gems in them, too. Personally, I have made thousands of dollars buying items from thrift stores and reselling them on eBay.

      Good tip on DVD boxed sets. I did see The Godfather set the other day and found out it was selling for $20+ dollars. I believe it was $3 at Goodwill!

      You are spot on about checking the sold listings. I don’t buy anything before actually checking what it has sold for in the past. There is no guesswork; it either sells or it doesn’t. That is one of my favorite things about selling on eBay.

  2. I know the feeling of being overwhelmed walking through a thrift store. Nice list of books! (some of my favorites).  I have sold some books in the past.  I have sold lots of Goosebumps which did sell for $20+.

    I recently just started selling on eBay.  I typically go thrifting once a week.  I was wondering what your thoughts on buying DVD’s or VHS tapes are?  I know I can usually get DVD’s for $1-2 here.  However, I don’t really know if the markup is high enough to resell on eBay.  Your thoughts? 

    • Hey Sarah,

      I forgot all about Goosebumps. I actually had a lot of them when I was growing up.

      As far as DVD’s go I don’t typically look out for them at thrift stores. I don’t know a lot about DVD prices, but I have bought some sets of them sealed. VHS tapes can be pretty profitable, though. Especially ones that are out of print or something rare.

      A lot of DVD’s and VHS tapes the markup isn’t that high. But, I’m not saying you shouldn’t be on the lookout for them.

      You can ship them Media Mail, though 🙂

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