Thursday, October 20, 2011

day 20: finding mysterious treasure {31 days of thrifting}

I was at Goodwill the other day and spotted this shiny new box:

Now I know absolutely zero about golf.

But the balls were brand new in the package and the box seemed to be very high quality, so I thought they might be worth something.  They were priced at $6.99 because they were missing a sleeve of 3 balls.

I know it might seem a little crazy that I would even think of buying a $7 box of golf balls when we don't play golf.

But here's the fun part- thanks to my handy dandy little smart phone, I looked up Titleist Pro V1 golf balls on the internet and found them on Amazon for $54 a dozen {$4.50 per ball!}. Another quick search {okay, extremely sloooow search on my little low-end phone} revealed that someone on eBay had sold an identical box with three unopened sleeves for $30.

So I bought them.

I took them home, snapped an iPod pic, wrote one sentence about them and uploaded them to eBay in five minutes.

They sold that week for $28 plus shipping.

Not really a huge profit after taxes and fees, but it was definitely worth my five minute investment!

thrifting tip #13:

be on the lookout for any kind of valuable item you can resell.

If you have time, try to keep your eyes out for high quality items. After you've thrifted for a while, your "expensive" radar will sound the alarm when you've spotted something nice, even if you aren't looking for that kind of item.

If you find something that looks valuable but you're not sure what it's worth, do a search on your phone, or call your husband if he's not busy and ask him to do a search on the internet for you. It's definitely helpful to know the market for your "field" of items, but sometimes, like golf balls, you won't be sure, so use technology to your advantage.

If you don't have those resources available, you can take the chance that it might not be there later, then go home and do a more thorough search to see if the item is something you can resell.

{Some stores will hold items for you- in that case, ask the manager if they can hold the item until you return later that day. If you decide against it, call the store and let them know you changed your mind, and won't be able to buy it after all.}

Always keep your eyes open, and if you can, know your find's worth before you buy.

Then- even if it's only a few dollars at a time- you can be thrifting for profit!

I so love getting paid to shop!

How about you?

I know some of you do- oh my goodness, you guys should read some of the stories in the comments! I love it!!! So much fun!


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